A selection of business English discussion questions.

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  1. Who is the world's most successful individual in your opinion?
  2. What would you say is the most successful company in the world?
  3. Do you think that you work for a successful company right now?
  4. How important is a good education to being successful?
  5. Is good parenting an essential ingredient of success?
  6. What is the most important quality needed to be successful?
  7. What role does money play in becoming successful?
  8. Do you have to be lucky to be successful?
  9. Can you think of someone you would consider a failure?
  10. What is the biggest success in your life?
  11. What is the best way to measure success?
  12. How would you define a successful life?
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How to use the success ESL discussion questions

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

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