A selection of business English discussion questions.

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  1. Does your company offer any training programmes? Do you think they are useful?
  2. What kind of training would staff in your company benefit from the most?
  3. Have you ever taken part in a training programme that was useless? What was wrong with it?
  4. Can you think of a training programme which would be useful to you?
  5. What sort of skills do you think young people in your country lack the most?
  6. Do you think your government should offer free work-related training to young people?
  7. Should employees in your country receive free English language training?
  8. Would you say that employees in your company need to improve their computer skills?
  9. Will online training be very big in the future?
  10. If you can learn something from a book, there is no point going to a class. Do you agree?
  11. What would you say is the difference between education and training?
  12. Do you need to have a university degree to work for your company? Do you think this is right?
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How to use the training ESL discussion questions

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

For more ESL discussion questions, see this site's main page. There are discussion questions on a range of topics including general, grammar and business English topics.

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