ESL discussion questions about money.

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  1. Do you enjoy spending or saving money?
  2. Do you often lend money to friends or family? Do you ever borrow it?
  3. What is the average salary in your country? Is it enough?
  4. Do you feel safe carrying lots of cash with you?
  5. What would you do if you found 100 euros or dollars in the street?
  6. Do you enjoy haggling when you go to the market?
  7. Do you prefer paying in cash or with a card? Or do you pay another way?
  8. Which payment method will be most popular in 50 years’ time?
  9. Do you think there will be a single global currency one day?
  10. What do you think about cryptocurrencies? Are they the future?
  11. When people say “money doesn’t grow on trees”, what do they mean?
  12. Is it important to give money to charity in your opinion?
  13. Why don’t we just print money to end world poverty?
  14. Would the world be a better place if we all had the same amount of money?
  15. What is the quickest way to make a lot of money?
  16. Should we give money to homeless people?
  17. Do you think your government spends too much money on social security?
  18. Should the government set high taxes or low taxes?
  19. If you were the leader of your country, what would you do to improve the economy?
  20. Does having a lot of money make a person more attractive?
  21. In a restaurant, do you think the man should always pay for the woman?
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How to use the money ESL discussion questions

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

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