ESL discussion questions about friendship.

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  1. How many close friends should a normal person have?
  2. What qualities do you look for in a friend?
  3. How do you know if someone is a close friend?
  4. What is the best way to meet new friends?
  5. How does friendship benefit people?
  6. Did you have a best friend at school? Why did you like them?
  7. Should we try and keep in touch with old school friends? Do you do this?
  8. Has social media allowed us to make more friends?
  9. Are long-distance friendships through social media really possible?
  10. Should a husband and wife be best friends?
  11. Can a married man and a married woman become close friends?
  12. Is it possible to have close friends who are much older or younger?
  13. If a close friend commits a minor crime, should you tell the police?
  14. Is it possible to be friends with someone who committed a serious crime?
  15. Can people with very different interests be friends?
  16. Is it possible to be friends with someone from a totally different culture?
  17. Can a person be happy and well-adjusted without any friends?
  18. Are there any differences between male and female friendships?
  19. Is it possible to make new friends when you are very old?
  20. Can a boss be friends with his or her employees?
  21. If you were the boss, would you give jobs to your friends?
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How to use the friendship ESL discussion questions

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

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