Cosmetic Surgery Questions for ESL Students

Instructor: Sarah Mills

Sarah is an educational freelance writer and has taught English and ESL in grades k-12 and college. She has a master's degree in both Literacy and TESOL.

In this lesson, teachers will learn about facilitating discussions about cosmetic surgery with partners or small groups of English as a Second Language (ESL) students. A list of sample discussion questions will be included.

Discussing Cosmetic Surgery

People undergo cosmetic surgery every day in the United States. From smaller surgeries, such as laser hair removal, to routine Botox treatments and more advanced procedures, like facelifts and nose jobs, cosmetic surgery is a booming industry.

Cosmetic surgery is common in other countries, too. In South Korea, cosmetic surgery is so pervasive that the country is referred to as the plastic surgery capital of the world.

Here are some questions that you can use with ESL students to allow them to work with partners or in small groups to discuss the topic of cosmetic surgery:

Questions About Students' Background Knowledge

  • What is cosmetic surgery?
  • Why do people get cosmetic surgery?
  • Is cosmetic surgery popular in your native country?
  • What are some of the risks and dangers associated with getting cosmetic surgery?
  • Do cosmetic surgeons get paid well?
  • What is Botox?
  • What is liposuction?

Questions About Students' Experiences

  • Have you ever had cosmetic surgery?
  • Do you know anyone who's had cosmetic surgery? What did they have done? Were they happy with the results?
  • Which celebrities do you know of who have had cosmetic surgery? Did their appearances improve following the procedure?
  • Has anyone you know ever gotten a Botox treatment to remove wrinkles? Was he or she happy with the results?
  • Have you ever seriously considered getting cosmetic surgery?
  • Have you ever had a friend or family member who considered cosmetic surgery? Did you give them any advice? What was their decision?
  • Has anyone ever suggested that you consider cosmetic surgery? If so, how did that make you feel?

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