The Future

ESL discussion questions about what is yet to come.


  1. Do you think self-driving cars will become a reality in the near future?
  2. How do you think the smart phone will evolve in future?
  3. Will computers become smarter than humans one day? Is this a bad thing?
  4. Do you think that robots will be used to help with cooking and other housework?
  5. Will space tourism become a popular activity one day? Will you buy a ticket?
  6. Do you think brain implants will be used to make people smarter? Will you have one?
  7. Should we use our knowledge of genetics to improve the human species?
  8. Will human beings make contact with aliens during your lifetime?
  9. As technology improves in future, will there be any jobs left for humans?
  10. Do you predict there will be a third world war later this century?
  11. Climate change will lead to disastrous consequences for humanity. Do you agree?
  12. After COVID‑19, will there be an even greater pandemic in the near future?
  13. Are there any other catastrophes humanity will face in the future?
  14. In general, are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future?
  15. If there was one thing you could know about the future, what would it be?
  16. Do you think the earth will become overpopulated in the near future?
  17. Will human beings move to other planets one day?
  18. The global life expectancy is around 73 years. Will this increase in the future?
  19. Which country will be the most powerful in the world in 50 years' time?
  20. In general, will life be easier or more difficult for your children and grand-children?
  21. Will individual freedom become greater or lesser during the next century?
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How to use these materials

It is recommended that you download the 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 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 discussion questions in groups of two or three.

It is advisable to prepare students for using these discussion questions by first introducing them to the topic 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 contained in the discussion questions.

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