ESL discussion questions about science.

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  1. Did you enjoy science lessons at school?
  2. Which of the sciences interests you most?
  3. Which science do you think is the most important?
  4. Would you like to work as a scientific researcher?
  5. Is science relevant to our everyday lives?
  6. What are the greatest scientific achievements in history?
  7. What major scientific breakthroughs have there been in the last 50 years?
  8. Who is the greatest scientist in your country’s history?
  9. Who is the greatest living scientist in the world?
  10. What is there left to discover?
  11. What would you say is the purpose of science?
  12. Who were the first human beings to do science?
  13. What do you understand by the scientific method?
  14. Is science capable of providing us with absolute truth?
  15. Are there any questions which science cannot answer?
  16. Can science and religion live alongside each other?
  17. According to science, a human being is just a material object. Do you agree?
  18. Can science be dangerous?
  19. Would you be happy to donate your body to medical science?
  20. Do you enjoy science-fiction novels and movies?
  21. Should your government spend more or less money on scientific research?
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How to use the science ESL discussion questions

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

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