ESL discussion questions about the interconnected world.

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  1. How many of the products you regularly buy are produced abroad?
  2. In general, are imported products better quality than home-produced ones?
  3. Amazon is one of the largest global companies today. Do you like the work they do?
  4. Should countries learn to be self-sufficient or import the things they need?
  5. Would you ever leave your country for better wages somewhere else?
  6. Should governments reduce immigration to protect local workers?
  7. Is it right for large companies to move to poorer countries and hire cheaper workers?
  8. Is it bad that McDonald's and Starbucks have stores in almost every country?
  9. Do you prefer foreign food or your own country's cuisine?
  10. Has too much American culture spread around the world? Can it be stopped?
  11. Are nations losing their national identities because of globalisation?
  12. Would you like to see a world without national borders? Why or why not?
  13. Do you think political and economic unions like the EU are a good thing?
  14. Will the whole world form a single society in future? Would this be a good thing?
  15. Will everyone in the world speak English one day?
  16. Do you think there will be a single global currency some day?
  17. Has increased global travel made people more culturally aware?
  18. Do you think globalisation has made your country richer or poorer?
  19. Is it possible to stop globalisation or is it too late?
  20. Many people believe that globalisation is a bad thing. Do you agree with them?
  21. Is it possible to be an individual in a world of more than seven billion people?
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How to use the globalisation ESL discussion questions

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

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