The Internet

ESL discussion questions about the online world.

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  1. Do you remember the first time you used the internet?
  2. Which website do you visit most often?
  3. Have you ever contributed to the internet? Have you created a website?
  4. Do you use social media? Why do you use it?
  5. Do you buy things online? What do you like to buy?
  6. Have you ever tried online dating? Would you consider it?
  7. Have you ever worked from home using the internet? Would you like to?
  8. Should children be allowed to access the internet at school?
  9. Is it right for parents to look at their children’s browsing history?
  10. What is the single greatest contribution the internet has made to society?
  11. What would you say is the worst contribution the internet has made to society?
  12. On balance, do you think the internet has made people more intelligent?
  13. Has the internet made the world a freer place?
  14. Should internet access be free?
  15. Is it right that people download films, music and books illegally?
  16. Would you say that internet pornography is a bad thing?
  17. Should people be allowed to say anything they want on the internet?
  18. Do you think the internet has created a problem for elderly people?
  19. How can we protect ourselves against online fraud?
  20. How do you think the internet will change in future?
  21. Do you think we could survive without the internet?
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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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