ESL Discussion Topics About Education

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.

Guided discussions are a great way for ESL students to improve both language and critical thinking skills. This lesson provides a variety of education-related topics that ESL students may discuss with classmates or answer on their own.

Discussing Education

As teachers, we use a variety of teaching approaches, methods, and techniques to support our students. In addition to general education objectives, ESL students require guidance in their quest to learn English. One way of providing this guidance is to discuss education topics as a regular part of classroom instruction. This is particularly effective as it also creates rich opportunities for speaking and listening practice. Let's explore potential discussion topics about education.

Ready-to-go Discussion Topics

Here are some discussion topics that are ready for implementation. Certainly feel free to modify and customize these according to your own teaching objectives and students' needs.

How Do You Prefer to Learn?

Prep students by providing some ideas. For example, you might explain that learning commonly happens through processes of listening, observing, hands-on practice, and experimentation.

Why Is Education Important?

Encourage students to think about how education impacts not only their personal lives, but also their families, communities and the economy (if age and level appropriate).

How Is Education Different from One Place to Another?

Have students discuss their experiences in other school systems as well as what they may have heard about other schools from friends, family, home countries, etc.

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