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Related Idioms & Expressions:

  1. A sacred cow
  2. Acrimonious criticism
  3. Call someone on the carpet
  4. Feedback is the breakfast of champions
  5. Jump down someone’s throat
  6. Not hold water
  7. People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones
  8. Put someone down
  9. Rub it in
  10. Run the gauntlet
  11. Shoot someone down in flames
  12. Take the flak
  13. The pot calling the kettle black
  14. Throw the book at someone

Argue for/against: 

Please take an either positive or negative position to the statement below. You cannot be neutral. If all students have the same idea, the teacher will play devil’s advocate to have a heated argument.

Criticism should always be accepted with open arms.

Photo Scanning:

Please examine the photo below and try to come up with as many reasons as you can in support of the following statement:

This person does not welcome any criticism.


Reaching a Conclusion: 

  • At the end of each session, we try to come to an informed conclusion on the selected issue.
  • The students are expected to take notes during the class and use their notes to reach a conclusion at the end of each session in around 2 minutes.

Call for Feedback:

Please help us to improve the quality of this class and our online community (LELB Society) by expressing your precious ideas about this question:

In our Round Table activity, the students are the main content developers of the class in the form of comments and replies in our comment forms. How do you compare this autonomy-raising activity with the one in which you exclusively respond to the teacher’s question, which is not prioritized in our online community?

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This Post Has 29 Comments

  1. 1. Which one is better and why: criticizing others in private or in public?

    1. Private for sure to do not broke the person

      1. I agree with you.
        Correction: in order not to break the person.

    2. Of course, it is right when criticism is private. I believe that if a person criticizes another publicly, thus he asserts himself. Sometimes even he shows his aggression.

      1. I agree. Thank you.

  2. 2. How should we react when we are faced with criticism?

    1. Great question, thank you.

    2. its hard to accept some criticism but if we open and welcome right criticism we will receive benefits.

      1. Absolutely. In fact, a closed mind is an empty mind. That’s why we should welcome criticism openly.

  3. Excuse me where is the video file for criticism?

    1. Dear Fatemeh, we no longer embed any video file in our courses. We exclusively focus on the exchange of information in our comment forms. I just thought that this activity increases our interaction even more. Thanks for your attention.

      1. Alright,Thank you.

        1. You’re welcome.

  4. 3. How do you feel when one of your close friends criticizes you?

    1. Although it is not a pleasant situation, I prefer to hear what my friend is saying accordingly and change my behaviour if there is something wrong.

      1. Good strategy, thank you.

  5. 4. There are any rolse for criticising people???

    1. Are there any rules for criticizing people?

      1. There should be some rules in criticizing people. The most important one is knowing the personality and characteristics of the person we are going to criticize. Some people has very sensitive personality,so we should be careful that our criticisms don’t bother them. The second factor is finding a suitable condition to criticize. It’s better to criticize people privately because most people usually become ashamed being criticized in front of others. The third one is knowing the way of expressing our criticisms. We should have in our mind that criticizing people should be done in respectful manners. We should focus on the intended specific matter and don’t relate it to other things. In other words we should not over generalize it.


        1. So meaningful and practical! I do appreciate it.
          With your permission, I comment on your form, because the meaning is flawless.
          some people has –> have
          sensitive personality (space),
          ashamed of being criticized
          we should bear or keep in mind that
          be careful that lest our criticims should bother
          don’te relate it to –> not relate it to (in reference to ‘should’)

  6. 5. What can you do to become more open to criticism?

  7. 6. why is it important to be aware of the facts before criticism? and what is the impact of making assumption on a constructive criticism?

    1. Capitalize “w” in “why”.
      “A” in “and” should be capitalized because it is at the outset of the sentence.
      Your first question: which facts are you talking about?

  8. 7. what are some advantages of to be criticized ?

    1. ‘what’ with Capital W
      What are some advantages of being criticized?

  9. 8. Why do people criticize? What is the ultimate goal of the critics?

    1. Just omit ‘the’ before ‘critics’, because this word must be indefinite.

  10. 9. Do you trust in the role of media in criticising people’s personal lives?

    1. … trust the role of (omit ‘in’) …

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