Time

ESL discussion questions about the continued progress of existence.

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  1. Why does time seem to pass more quickly as you get older?
  2. Do you wear a watch? How do you find out what time it is?
  3. Do prefer digital or analogue clocks? Which are easier to read?
  4. How do you like to use your free time?
  5. Why do we set deadlines for work activities? Do you find them helpful?
  6. Is it important to get up and go to bed at the same time every day?
  7. How important is it to arrive on time when meeting another person?
  8. Do you ever feel anxiety about being late for something?
  9. How many times do you check the time every day? Is it an obsession?
  10. Do you ever waste time? Why do you think you do that?
  11. Do you have any good techniques for organising your time?
  12. Would you say that you have enough free time?
  13. Do you believe time travel will be possible in future?
  14. If you could time travel to another point in history, when would it be?
  15. If you could change an event in history, what would it be?
  16. Does time really exist or is it just a human construct?
  17. Do you think life felt different before clocks were invented?
  18. Has modern communications technology left us with less free time?
  19. Do we have enough time on this planet? Would you like an extra 50 years?
  20. Why do we celebrate birthdays? What makes this important?
  21. In general, do we have more or less free time than in the past?
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How to use the time ESL discussion questions

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

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