ESL discussion questions about the way we look.

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  1. What is the first thing you notice about someone's appearance?
  2. Can you think of a famous person who is very handsome or beautiful?
  3. If a close friend had a problem with their appearance, would you tell them?
  4. Do you spend a lot of money on cosmetic products? Is it worth it?
  5. How should a person look during a job interview?
  6. Do you think it is worth spending a lot of money on fashionable clothes?
  7. How much time should a person spend looking after their appearance every day?
  8. Would you consider seeing an image consultant to improve your appearance?
  9. Do you think tattoos look good on a person? Would you ever get one?
  10. Can an unusual hair colour like blue or green ever look good?
  11. Why are ear piercings so popular in many cultures? Do you have them?
  12. Do nose piercings look good in your opinion? Would you ever have it done yourself?
  13. Do you think painted nails look good? Do you ever paint your own?
  14. Why do people believe that appearance is important when choosing a life partner?
  15. Do you think there is a connection between beauty and intelligence?
  16. Why do we judge women by their appearance more than men?
  17. Why do we like to see beautiful actors and actresses in films?
  18. Why do people take so many selfies nowadays? Have we become self-obsessed?
  19. Do you think that beautiful people are more successful in life?
  20. Is it possible to know a person's character from their appearance?
  21. Is the popularity of cosmetic surgery a problem in our society?
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How to use the appearance ESL discussion questions

It is recommended that you download the appearance ESL discussion questions in PDF format using one of the links above. The best way to encourage classroom interaction is to download and print the appearance discussion questions in the 'pairs' or 'threes' PDF format and then divide the questions by cutting along the dotted lines. This allows students to take turns asking and answering the appearance discussion questions in groups of two or three. Alternatively, you could use the 'cards' format to distribute the questions to any number of students to ask and share.

It is advisable to prepare students for using these discussion questions by first introducing them to the topic of appearance in an interesting and engaging way. An anecdote, quiz question or a related image or video could all be used to achieve this. Depending on the level, it may also be necessary to pre-teach any challenging vocabulary related to appearance contained in the discussion questions.

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