ESL discussion questions about politics.

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  1. What qualities are needed to be a good politician?
  2. Do you think that many politicians are honest? Why or why not?
  3. How old should you have to be before you become a politician?
  4. Do you think that there are enough politicians from poorer backgrounds?
  5. Would you make a good politician? Why or why not?
  6. How often do you talk about politics with your friends and family?
  7. How have your political views changed during your life?
  8. If you were leader of your country right now, what would you change first?
  9. Should governments provide free education and healthcare for all?
  10. In general, do you think that a high or a low tax rate is better?
  11. Should governments invest a lot in the military?
  12. Have you ever heard of the universal basic income? Do you think it is a good idea?
  13. Do you believe that democracy is the best form of government?
  14. How important is it to vote in a democratic election?
  15. Is there such thing as a benevolent dictator?
  16. Does your country have a monarchy? Would you like one?
  17. Who is greatest political leader in the world today?
  18. Who is the worst politician in the world right now?
  19. Who is the greatest political leader in your country's history?
  20. Which country do you think has the best politicians?
  21. Do you think celebrities make good politicians?
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How to use the politics ESL discussion questions

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

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