Team Building

A selection of business English discussion questions.

  1. Is good teamwork essential to the kind of work you do?
  2. What role do you normally play in a team? Why is that?
  3. Are you normally very active in group discussions or do you prefer to listen?
  4. Have you ever been part of a very successful team?
  5. Have you been part of a team which failed to achieve its objective? What went wrong?
  6. What are the main reasons why teamwork sometimes breaks down?
  7. What makes a good team player in your opinion?
  8. What can a manager do to build a strong team?
  9. Are people more creative when they work as a team or individually?
  10. Are there occasions when it is better to work as an individual rather than in a team?
  11. Can you think of some good team building exercises which might work?
  12. How can teams ensure that they make good decisions?
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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.

It is advisable to prepare students for using these discussion questions by first introducing them to the topic 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 contained in the discussion questions.

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