ESL discussion questions about crime.

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  1. Why do you think people commit crimes?
  2. What is the worst crime in your opinion?
  3. Have you ever been the victim of a crime?
  4. Does your neighbourhood have a problem with crime?
  5. Do you think you could ever commit a crime yourself?
  6. Have you ever downloaded music illegally from the internet?
  7. Should adultery be a crime?
  8. Do you think prison sentences are too strict or too lenient in your country?
  9. What is the purpose of prison?
  10. Are modern day prisons too comfortable in your opinion?
  11. Do you believe in the death penalty?
  12. Do you think security cameras in our cities is a good thing?
  13. Would you be happy if there was a national DNA database?
  14. Do you worry about cybercrime?
  15. Should taking drugs be a crime?
  16. Do you think prostitution should be a crime?
  17. Would you say we need more police on the streets?
  18. Do you trust the police in your country?
  19. What could be done to improve police work in your country?
  20. If everybody had a gun, there would be less crime. Do you agree with this?
  21. What would you do if you witnessed a crime?
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How to use the crime ESL discussion questions

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

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