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Business Conversation Questions

Warm-up Task:
With your group, name five local businesses and five global companies.

ESL Conversation Questions:

  1. How is business English different from conversational English?
  2. What is business sense, and do you have it?
  3. Do you know anyone that owns their own business? What do they do?
  4. Have you considered running your own business? What kind of business would you like to run?
  5. Would you rather work for a big company or a small company? What are the pros and cons of each situation?
  6. Some children are expected to work in their parents’ business. Is it good to give children practical business experience at an early age? Why or why not?
  7. Have you ever played the board game Monopoly? Is it a good way to teach children about commerce? Can you think of other fun ways to learn about business?
  8. Business is important in today’s economy. Is business education emphasized enough in school?
  9. What is appropriate business attire? Should a businessman wear a tie to be taken seriously?
  10. Capitalism is the main system of economic interaction in the world today. What are its disadvantages?
  11. Who is your favorite entrepreneur? What did they do?
  12. Which are the world’s greatest companies?
  13. Which company has the worst reputation? Why?
  14. Do you prefer to support local businesses over global corporations? If so, give an example.
  15. Should the government do more to support small businesses and startups? What could they do?
  16. Do corporations have too much influence over government?
  17. Which types of business have the brightest future?

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Work Conversation Questions

Warm-up Task:
What was the first job you had? How old were you? What did you have to do?

Vocabulary List

ESL Conversation Questions:

  1. Are you a hard worker? What motivates you to work?
  2. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  3. If you could do one job, just for one day to learn what it is like, what would you do?
  4. What qualities should a good boss have?
  5. How many vacation days do workers in your country usually get per year? Is it enough?
  6. How important is it to get along with co-workers? Is it a good idea to socialize with them outside work?
  7. What do you think about office romances? Is it unwise to get romantically involved with a co-worker?
  8. Are you an ambitious person? What career goals do you have?
  9. What is the usual retirement age in your country? Should it be changed?
  10. Which professions are very well-paid these days? Why are those workers highly valued?
  11. Are there any jobs you think are not paid enough? Why are those workers undervalued?
  12. Do you know anyone that was fired from a job? What were the circumstances?
  13. Do you know any workaholics? What makes them work so much?
  14. Some companies use a flexible time system and employees can work hours that suit their lifestyles. What do you think about this?
  15. Are there jobs that men do better than women do? How about vice versa?
  16. Some jobs, like president of a country, are powerful, but come with a lot of responsibility. How do you handle responsibility? Do you want more?
  17. If every job paid the same amount of money, which job would you prefer to do?
    For people who are not working:
  18. Are you looking for work these days? What is the job market like?
  19. What are the best and worst things about not working?
  20. If you are looking for work, where is the best place to look these days?
    For people who work:
  21. What is the atmosphere like at your workplace?
  22. If you went to university, is your job related to the subjects you studied? If not, what was the point of university?
  23. What is the dress code at your company? How strict is it?
  24. Are you expected to work overtime at your job? How often does this happen?