Raising Finance

A selection of business English discussion questions.


  1. What is the best way to make a lot of money quickly?
  2. Do you think that borrowing money is always a risk?
  3. What is the safest way to raise capital for a business?
  4. Do you think that banks should make it easier for small businesses to take out loans?
  5. Have you ever taken out a loan in your life? What was it for?
  6. Would you ever consider using a loan shark? Why do some people choose to use them?
  7. Is crowdfunding an effective way to raise money for a business venture?
  8. Have you ever attempted to use crowdfunding? Would you consider doing so?
  9. Is it a good idea to borrow from family members to develop a business?
  10. Have you ever heard of angel investors? Do you think they are a good source of capital for a business?
  11. Is it possible to create a successful business without borrowing any money at all?
  12. What happens when a business fails to repay its loans? Have you ever experienced this?
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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.

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