ESL discussion questions about family.

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  1. How important is your family to you?
  2. Do you know your own family tree? How far back?
  3. What was the most important thing your parents ever taught you?
  4. How has the family changed over the last 100 years?
  5. Is it important to have a good family?
  6. Is it important to have a rich family?
  7. What do you think of the British royal family?
  8. Should the family eat together at mealtimes?
  9. Who is the most important person in a typical family?
  10. Should you always put your family before your friends?
  11. Do you think children should look after their parents when they are old?
  12. When should children move out of the family home?
  13. Is it a good idea for grandparents to live with the rest of the family?
  14. Do you think an inheritance tax is a good idea?
  15. Should a couple be married before they have children?
  16. Do you think divorce has a negative impact on the family?
  17. How many children is the right number of children?
  18. Should parents be allowed to hit their children?
  19. What will the family of the future look like?
  20. Is it a good idea to adopt children instead of having your own?
  21. What is the perfect age to get married?
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How to use the family ESL discussion questions

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

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