Language Learning

ESL discussion questions about learning languages.


  1. Which languages should children learn at school?
  2. Why is learning a second language more difficult than the first?
  3. Could you teach your language to someone else?
  4. Are native speakers the best language teachers?
  5. Can everybody learn a second language?
  6. Why are some people better at learning languages than others?
  7. How many languages do you know? Would you like to learn more?
  8. Which is the most useful language to learn? What about the second most useful?
  9. Why has English become the most popular language to learn? Will it stay that way?
  10. Is it worth learning Latin or ancient Greek? Why or why not?
  11. Why are some languages more difficult to learn than others?
  12. Which is the most difficult language to learn?
  13. What is the most difficult language skill to acquire?
  14. Do you have any great language learning tips you would like to share?
  15. Have you ever used an app for language learning? Did it work?
  16. Is learning vocabulary lists useful to language learning?
  17. How important is it to learn grammatical rules when learning a language?
  18. How important is reading to language learning?
  19. What single activity is most important to language learning?
  20. Does learning a language help you understand that culture better?
  21. Do you think there is an advantage to being bilingual?
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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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