November 24, 2013


Opinion Questions:

1. Do you have the willingness and determination to help people in an emergency?

2. If you saw someone in trouble, let's say, hit and run accident, would you help the victim? What would you do?

3. How do you prepare for possible natural disasters like earthquake or typhoon?

4. Is it necessary for us to criticize people who are not willing to help in an emergency?

5.  Is it important to have a first-aid kit at home?

6. If you are a victim of pickpockets, would you report that to the police? How about if you are involved in a car accident?

7. If you experience flat tire on the road, what would you do? How about if you see someone having a flat tire in a deserted area?

8.  Could you describe a major accident or disaster you had experienced? How did you deal with it?

Note: This is created for my ESL classes.

November 19, 2013

Dealing With a Dissatisfied Customer

John:  Were disappointed with the website you designed for us. It’s a far cry from what we were expecting.

Kevin:  I’m sorry you’re not satisfied. We really went all out to make it a great site.

John:  Well, I’m not going to mince words, but you charged us a pretty penny and you didn't deliver.

Kevin: Wow, I’m really surprised to hear you say that! We pulled out all the stops.

John:  Don’t try to pull the wool over my eyes. You promised that your best people would work on this  project, but our website looks like it was designed by a summer intern!

Kevin:  What exactly is the problem with the site?  

John:  Where to begin? The shopping cart doesn't even work.

Kevin:   Really? Well, we’ll get right on that.

John:  And you guys messed around forever getting the site done. You were three months behind schedule!

Kevin:  I’m sorry about that. We were swamped. Let me make it up to you. Well give you a 25% discount on the project.

Note: I don't claim this as my own. 
Source: Speak Business English like American by Amy Gillett

November 16, 2013


Opinion Questions:

1. What would your reaction be if all public places declared non-smoking areas?

2. Is it fair to make smokers pay higher health premium because of the diseases this could bring such as lung cancer?

3. What would you say if advertisements related to smoking are completely banned?

4.  Can smoking be considered illegal in the future? How?

5. Many smokers say that quitting smoking is difficult, do you agree? What do you think is the best way to quit smoking?

6. Teens can easily access cigarette vending machines. Is it possible to remove them completely?

7.  Would it help reduce smokers if companies give better employment advantages to those who are non-smokers?

8.  We are aware that tobacco companies are considered highest tax contributors, what would be the impact if people totally stop smoking?

9. If you friend is a smoker, would you stop seeing her? What if you boyfriend is a smoker, would you marry him?

10.  How would you politely ask someone to extinguish his or her cigarette?

Note: This is created for my ESL classes.

November 7, 2013

Discussing A Difficult Decision

Anna:  We need to decide already whether or not we want to move our manufacturing from the Unite States to China. Jeff, have you made the final decision?

Jeff:  There are pros and cons to moving it to China. I’ve been back and forth on this issue for months. I’m of two minds.

Anna:  Jeff, I know this is a tough call, but now is not the time to be wishy-washy. We need to make a decision.

Lynn: That’s right, and I recommend we bite the bullet and move our operation to China.

Anna: Or we could test the waters by moving 25% of our operations there.

Lynn: Good idea. That would give us the best of both worlds: we could reduce our risk, while starting to enjoy some of the cost savings from lower-cost manufacturing.

Jeff: I agree with you that we should put a stake in the ground. Let’s move a quarter of our operations to China.

Lynn: Good call, Jeff!

Jeff: I hope I don’t live to regret this decision.

Anna: You won’t. My gut tells me were doing the right thing.

Note: I don't claim this as my own. 
Source: Speak Business English like American by Amy Gillett

New Year's Resolutions

Opinion Questions:

1. What do you think are the reasons why people make New Year's resolutions?

2. Could you think of the most popular New Year's resolutions?

3. Did you make any resolutions for this year? How about the upcoming year?

4.  Why do you think many people do not succeed in fulfilling their New Year's resolutions?

5. Could you think of the most difficult New Year's resolutions ordinary people make?

6.  What are the pressing things for you to do to become a better person?

7. Wherever we go, people gossip. Do you get interested with gossips? How does sound criticism differ from bad-mouthing?

8. Is there any New Year's resolution you have already managed to do?

9.  How do you think we can change ourselves to a better person?

10. Is there something you look forward to this coming New Year?

Note: This is created for my ESL classes.

November 3, 2013


Opinion Samples:

1. How do you define prejudice?

2.  How do we learn to prejudice?

3.  Are adults more prejudiced than children? Why or why not?

4. What are the common prejudices in your country?

5.  Were there any prejudice in your society that has been eliminated?

6. Why do you think it is hard for us to let go of prejudice?

7.  What do you do when you hear or see prejudice from other people?

8. Is there any possibility for us to be free from prejudice?  How?

Note: This is created for my ESL classes.