Town and City

ESL discussion questions about towns and cities.

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  1. Do you prefer living in the town or in the country? Why?
  2. Do you have a favourite place in your own town? Why do you like it?
  3. If you were the mayor of your town, what changes would you make?
  4. What is the first thing a foreign visitor should do in your town?
  5. Do you prefer holidays in the country or in the city? Why?
  6. When you visit a new city, which places do you go to first?
  7. What is the most beautiful city you have ever visited?
  8. Can you think of a town or city which is very ugly?
  9. Do you prefer historical or modern cities?
  10. Do you have a favourite city? Why is it your favourite?
  11. If you could live in any city in the world, where would it be?
  12. What is the most fashionable city in the world right now?
  13. What are the advantages of living in a large town or city?
  14. Are there any disadvantages to living in big city?
  15. Would you say people in the city are more educated than in the country?
  16. Is it true that people in large cities are very unfriendly?
  17. Is it better to spend your childhood in the country or in the city?
  18. Do you think the city is a more dangerous place than the country?
  19. Why did human beings decide to build cities in the first place?
  20. In the age of the internet, do we really need cities anymore?
  21. What will the city of the future look like?
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How to use the town and city ESL discussion questions

It is recommended that you download the town and city 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 town and city 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 town and city 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 town and city 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 town and city contained in the discussion questions.

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