Economy Questions for ESL Students

Instructor: Jesse Richter

Jesse holds two masters, a doctorate and has 15 years of academic experience in areas of education, linguistics, business and science across five continents.

This lesson helps you introduce the concept of the economy and provides a wide range of conversation questions on the topic. Additionally, pointers for modification and implementation are offered. Students' ages and academic ability levels may vary.

Discussing the Economy

The economy is an excellent discussion topic for ESL students, as it allows them to practice using vocabulary used in everyday conversation. Additionally, the subject offers a wonderful opportunity to teach students how the economy affects many parts of our society, including schools, jobs, politics and culture. Let's explore some economy question ideas for the classroom. These questions can be modified for your own needs.

The economy plays a role in virtually all aspects of life, including education, politics, labor and culture.

General Knowledge Questions

  • What is the economy? (This preliminary question is good for brainstorming and getting the conversation rolling.)
  • What does a professional economist do?
  • Is the economy hard or easy to understand? Why?
  • Who controls the economy?
  • What are the connections between the economy and workers' abilities to find jobs?
  • How do government officials influence the economy?
  • What are the various levels of economy? (Elicit and discuss levels of local, regional, state/provincial, national and global.)
  • How does the economy change over time?
  • What are some things that improve the economy?
  • What are some things that hurt the economy?
  • What are some characteristics of a strong economy? A weak economy?
  • What are some examples of historical events that have changed the economy?

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