ESL discussion questions about university education.

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  1. How much should university students pay for their tuition?
  2. Should international students pay the same fees as local students or more?
  3. Should there be university degrees in practical subjects like bricklaying or plumbing?
  4. Is the purpose of a university education to prepare us for life or for work?
  5. Should universities focus more on teaching or on research?
  6. What is the best university in your country?
  7. What is the most famous university in the world? Is it the best?
  8. What do you think about the overall quality of universities in your country?
  9. In your view, is everyone capable of going to university?
  10. Around 40% of people in the EU and the US go to university. Should it be more?
  11. Is studying the classical civilisations of Greece and Rome a waste of time?
  12. Are there any degree courses which you think are useless?
  13. Would you like your children to go to university?
  14. Is three years enough for a university education?
  15. Is there anything you would change about how university education works?
  16. Why do most students study just one subject at university? Should it be more?
  17. What do you think about the idea of an online university?
  18. Does the existence of universities help improve society?
  19. How important is it for students to socialise and go to parties at university?
  20. Should students work for a year before starting university?
  21. Is it really worth studying for master’s degree or PhD?
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How to use the university ESL discussion questions

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

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