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 advantages and 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?