A selection of business English discussion questions.

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  1. Do you know if your company made a profit last year? How much did it make?
  2. What do you think are the future prospects of your company? Will it grow and make more money?
  3. Some companies avoid paying tax by bending the rules of the tax system. Is this immoral or just good business practice?
  4. Have you ever invested money in the stock market? Do you think it is a good idea?
  5. If you had a million euros or dollars to invest, what sort of business would you invest in?
  6. Would you like to be in charge of a large budget? Could you handle the responsibility?
  7. Do you have any good business ideas which could make a lot of money?
  8. In 2008 there was a global economic crisis. What do you think caused it?
  9. How healthy is your country’s economy right now?
  10. Do you think there will be another recession in the near future?
  11. Do you think that profit is the purpose of business?
  12. Is it possible to create a world without money? How would it work?
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How to use the money ESL discussion questions

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

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