ESL discussion questions about the world of sport.

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  1. What is your favourite sport?
  2. What was your favourite sport as a child?
  3. Are you good at sport?
  4. Do you think professional sports stars are paid too much?
  5. Is time watching sport time well spent?
  6. What is the most difficult sport to play?
  7. Do you think sport should be played at school?
  8. Does sport benefit society?
  9. Do you think we should watch more women's sports?
  10. What can you learn from playing sport?
  11. Is it better to play sport competitively or just for fun?
  12. It's not the winning that counts, it's the taking part. Do you agree?
  13. Why should we admire sports stars?
  14. What do you think about American sports like baseball and basketball?
  15. Can you remember a great sporting event that you watched?
  16. What should we do when people cheat at sports?
  17. Why is football the most popular game in the world?
  18. Would you say darts is a sport? What about chess?
  19. Do you think sportsmen and women should be allowed to take drugs?
  20. Why do people watch sport?
  21. Sport is like war. Do you agree?
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How to use the sport ESL discussion questions

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

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