ESL discussion questions about smartphones.

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  1. Do you have a smartphone? What brand is it?
  2. In your opinion, which company makes the best smartphones?
  3. What is the biggest benefit to owning a smartphone?
  4. What is the biggest danger that comes from owning a smartphone?
  5. How long do you spend every day looking at your smartphone?
  6. Aside from making calls, what do you use your smartphone for?
  7. How old should a child be before they receive a smartphone?
  8. Should smartphones be banned from schools?
  9. Can smartphones be used in education? In what way?
  10. Have you ever used an e-ticket on your phone for any purpose? Did it work?
  11. Do you ever pay for things using a smartphone? Are you comfortable with this?
  12. What is the most interesting app you have ever used on a smartphone?
  13. Do you find it worrying that your smartphone tracks your location?
  14. Do you worry that someone could spy on you through your smartphone camera?
  15. Does owning a smartphone mean less private time?
  16. How do you feel when a friend or relative looks at their phone while speaking to you?
  17. Does it irritate you when you see people staring at their phones in the street?
  18. Do you think smartphones will get bigger or smaller in future?
  19. What do you think smartphones will be able to do in ten years' time?
  20. Will smartphones still be popular in fifty years?
  21. In general, do you think that smartphones have been good for society?
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How to use the smartphones ESL discussion questions

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

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