A selection of business English discussion questions.

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  1. What kind of service does a consultant typically provide?
  2. Why do companies choose to hire outside consultants? What benefits can they bring?
  3. Has your company ever hired a consultant? Was it a success?
  4. If you were a consultant, what changes would you recommend your company make to improve business?
  5. If a consultant observed your work, what recommendations do you think they would make?
  6. How can a consultant ensure that they do not upset people with their criticisms?
  7. Some people say consultants are an expensive waste of time. Would you agree? Why or why not?
  8. Is hiring a consultant an investment in the success of a project?
  9. What skills are needed to be a good consultant?
  10. Why are some consultants paid so much?
  11. Would you like to work in consultancy yourself?
  12. Do you think the number of consultants hired by companies will increase in future?
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How to use the consultants ESL discussion questions

It is recommended that you download the consultants 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 consultants 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 consultants 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 consultants 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 consultants contained in the discussion questions.

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