ESL Media Discussion Questions

Instructor: Matthew Hamel

Matt has degrees in Journalism and Business and has taught a variety of courses at high schools and universities around the world.

Media is so pervasive in today's society that the ability to competently discuss both its advantages and disadvantages is a valuable skill for all ESL (English as a Second Language) learners. This lesson equips teachers with a variety of media related questions specifically designed for use in an ESL learning environment.

Media Matters

Technology has changed the way many of us access and consume media. ESL learners can use media in a variety of ways to improve their English language ability, so being able to confidently talk about this topic is important. For the purposes of the discussion questions in this lesson, media is defined as sources of news and information, some trivial and some vital. There are a few ways you can use these questions with your students.

  • Put students into pairs or small groups and have them ask and answers questions with each other. Be sure to switch up the pairs or teams every so often so that students can hear different viewpoints and opinions.
  • Give the questions to each students and allow them to formulate their own answers. You can then ask for volunteers to share their thoughts about specific questions.
  • Use the questions to assess student progress and application of the language skills you have been teaching in class.

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