ESL Conversation – Pollution

B1 and B2 Level Speaking

Pollution – ESL Conversation – Discussion on the major issue of pollution. Here are 20 questions to discuss with your students to make them aware about the situation and make them think ways to reduce it.

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to Student B.)

  1. What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘pollution’?
  2. What different forms of pollution do you know of?
  3. How bad is pollution in your town?
  4. What do you do every day that adds to pollution?
  5. What do you do every day that helps to reduce pollution?
  6. Is there a lot of pollution in your country?
  7. What do you think of people who buy big, gas-guzzling Cars when they don’t really need them?
  8. How does pollution affect our health?
  9. Do you think pollution will be a bigger issue in fifty years than it is now?
  10. The former US president Ronald Reagan once said: “Cars don’t cause pollution, trees do.” Do you think US presidents understand a little more about pollution now?


STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to Student A.)

  1. What is pollution?
  2. What harm does pollution do to the environment?
  3. How do you feel when you think about pollution?
  4. Do you think the Kyoto Protocol and international meetings help reduce pollution?
  5. Which bothers you more, noise pollution from traffic or environmental pollution from traffic?
  6. What do you know about air, marine and river pollution?
  7. What are the worst pollutants and who are the worst polluters?
  8. What simple, everyday thing could help reduce pollution most?
  9. What do you think about noise pollution?
  10. The famous marine biologist Jacques Cousteau said: “Water and air…have become global garbage cans.” What do you think of his words?


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Essay idea:

What are the effects of pollution and how can we reduce them.