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Discrimination Conversation Questions

Warm-up Task:
Brainstorm as a group to name as many types of discrimination as you can.

Vocabulary List

ESL Conversation Questions:

  1. Are the differences between people a reason to celebrate or a source of problems?
  2. Despite the differences, are people basically the same?
  3. Have you been the victim of discrimination? What kind of discrimination?
  4. Is racism common in your community? What forms of racist behavior have you noticed?
  5. Do you have many friends of a different race or ethnicity? Are these differences meaningful?
  6. Is criticizing a different culture the same as being racist?
  7. What stereotypes about people from different countries are you aware of?
  8. Do certain racial groups have particular strengths or abilities? Is it wrong to point out these differences if they are basically positive qualities?
  9. Do people you know use racial slurs to refer to different groups of people? Or do they use more politically correct language?
  10. What are traditional male and female social roles and responsibilities? Are you a traditional person?
  11. Do you trust men or women more in any particular profession? How do you feel about male nurses? How about a female president?
  12. Women are on average paid less than men for doing the same job. Why is this?
  13. When you are with your friends of the same gender, do you complain about the opposite gender? What kind of complaints do your friends have?
  14. If someone tells a racist or sexist joke, how do you react? If you laugh, does that mean you are racist or sexist?
  15. Do you know any homosexual people? What kind of discrimination do they face?
  16. What do you think about gay marriage? Should gay couples be allowed to adopt children?
  17. Who suffers more discrimination on the basis of age? Old people or young people?
  18. Are you a member of a religion? How does your religion treat members of other religions?
  19. Which types of people suffer the least discrimination? Are you one of them? If not, do you envy them?
  20. Is the level of discrimination in the world rising or dropping? What makes you think so?

 

Gender Conversation Questions

Warm-up Task:
Explain why the following words seem more masculine or feminine: water, speed, power, love, kindness, loyalty.

Vocabulary List

ESL Conversation Questions:

  1. Beside physical differences, what is different between men and women?
  2. Are men and women mostly similar, or do you sometimes feel like they are totally different?
  3. Is it possible to be close friends with a member of the opposite sex, and have absolutely no romantic feelings for that person?
  4. If you are a girl, are you a bit of a tomboy? Do you know any girls who behave like boys?
  5. Did you go to a single-sex school or a co-ed school? Which is better for academic and social development?
  6. Do you have brothers or sisters? What is your relationship with them like?
  7. Who did most of the housework in the house you were raised? How about if something needed fixing? Who fixed it?
  8. Do you think men are better at some things than women? What can they do better?
  9. Are women better than men at some things? Which things?
  10. Are gender differences mainly because of biology? Or more because of socialization?
  11. Do you prefer working with men or women? Do you prefer to have a female or a male boss? Give your reasons.
  12. Some bars or nightclubs offer free entry to women on ladies’ nights. How do you feel about this practice?
  13. Should a man hold a door for a woman because she is a woman? Why might this practice annoy some women?
  14. What is your impression of feminists?
  15. Do you know any male chauvinists? What kind of ideas do they express?
  16. What are some common learning differences between girls and boys? Why do they seem to have different strengths?
  17. Has your country ever had a female leader? Does the gender of the leader make a difference?
  18. Do women face more barriers to succeeding in business than men?
  19. Should women be able to fight on the front-line in the military? What reasons against this can you think of?
  20. Some people grow up feeling they are the wrong gender and take steps to live as they feel they should. How do you feel about transgender people?

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