A selection of business English discussion questions.

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  1. What is your general attitude to risk?
  2. Have you ever taken a big risk in your life? What was it?
  3. How many risks have you taken today?
  4. Do you think you need to take bigger risks in the future?
  5. All in all, would you consider yourself to be a lucky person?
  6. What sort of risks does a person need to take to be successful in the modern workplace?
  7. What kind of risks do companies need to take to be successful?
  8. Can you think of an example of a big risk taken by a large company?
  9. In the long term, are risk-takers more successful?
  10. Do you think investing in stocks and shares is a good idea?
  11. Do you think that risk-taking caused the global recession of the early 21st century?
  12. Should a manager take risks with a company's money?
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How to use the risk ESL discussion questions

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

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