International Markets

A selection of business English discussion questions.


  1. How much do you know about what your country imports and exports?
  2. Is there a particular product you would love to see imported into your country?
  3. What is your country's most famous export?
  4. Does your country have a good trade relationship with the rest of the world?
  5. Do you think the government of your country should do more to protect local industries?
  6. Do you prefer buying products produced in your own country or from abroad?
  7. Do you think the World Trade Organization has made international trade easier?
  8. Is absolute free trade between countries possible? Is it desirable?
  9. Has international trade made the world a better place?
  10. Do you think international trade will continue to increase in future? How will it change?
  11. Do you think the European Union is good or bad for international trade?
  12. Do you ever buy Fairtrade products? Can doing this help developing countries?
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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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