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Warm-up Question:
How many American presidents can you name? List as many as you can.

ESL Conversation Questions:

  1. Have you been following the American presidential election? What has happened lately?
  2. What do you know about the major party candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump?
  3. How much do you know about third-party candidates, such as Jill Stein and Gary Johnson?
  4. Where do you get your information about the American election from? What is your preferred news source? What do you like about it?
  5. How important is the American presidential election to other countries around the world? How can the American President affect other countries?
  6. What do you think about democracy? Is it a good system?
  7. Have you voted for a political leader or party? How important is voting to you?
  8. The American presidential election seems to take a long time. How long does it take to choose a leader in your country?
  9. Politicians in the USA have to raise a lot of money to run for office. Is this a problem?
  10. One of the big issues in the current American election is immigration. Why do people disagree about immigration policy?
  11. Another issue in the American election is trade. Many voters are against free trade agreements. What do you think about free trade agreements such as NAFTA or TPP?
  12. Hillary Clinton is the first female nominee of a major party for president. Why has there not been a female president in the United States before?
  13. Has your country had a female leader? Were they any different from a male leader? How?
  14. At times, the candidates’ personal lives have been talked about during this election. Does the public need to know about the candidates’ personal lives? Why or why not?
  15. During this election some candidates have insulted other candidates and have been accused of rudeness. Should politicians be polite?
  16. The American president is one of the few world leaders with the power to use nuclear weapons. What kind of person should be allowed that kind of power?


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