ESL discussion questions about technology.

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  1. Do you enjoy learning how to use new technology?
  2. What piece of technology is most important to you?
  3. Do you enjoy playing computer games? Are there any benefits to doing so?
  4. Should every human being own a mobile phone? Why are they useful?
  5. Do you have a social media account? What do you use it for?
  6. Do you think the internet has had a positive or negative impact on society?
  7. What has been the most significant new technology over the past 50 years?
  8. What is the greatest invention in history?
  9. Do you have any idea what the next great technological advance will be?
  10. Will machines become more intelligent than humans one day? When?
  11. Will artificial intelligence eventually take over the world?
  12. Will we eventually destroy the world with our technology?
  13. Do you think technology will ever allow humans to live forever?
  14. Could cloning human beings be a good idea? What about cloning certain organs?
  15. Can a machine create a work of art?
  16. Do you think genetically modified (GM) foods are a good idea?
  17. Will we be travelling around in self-driving cars sometime soon?
  18. What is the best way to generate the electricity we need to power our technology?
  19. Should technology be used to deal with climate change?
  20. Do you think it was a good idea to travel to the moon in 1969?
  21. In general, has technology improved the quality of life in the 21st century?
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How to use the technology ESL discussion questions

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

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