Speaking: Discussion Questions

Download the questions as a .pdf (for printing) or
copy and paste them (for editing) from the list below.
See this post for 10 ideas on how to use these discussion questions.

  • What or who do you think of when you hear the word “celebrity”?
  • Have you ever met any celebrities?
  • Which celebrity would you most like to have dinner with?
  • How would being famous change your life?
  • Momus said that, in the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen people. What do you think he meant by this? Do you agree?
  • Do you think that people who are in the public eye deserve a private life? Why/why not?
  • Would the world be a better place without gossip magazines and celebrities?
  • Would you prefer to be an A-list celebrity or a Z-lister? Why?
  • What’s the biggest downside to being a celebrity, in your opinion?
  • What’s the biggest upside?
  • Who’s the biggest celebrity in your country? What do you think about them?
  • Do you think that celebrities are generally happier or less happy than normal people?
  • Is there anything wrong with the paparazzi, in your opinion?
  • What’s the difference between being famous and being a celebrity?
  • Who is your favourite celebrity and why?
  • Who’s your least favourite celebrity? What don’t you like about them?
  • Which celebrities do you think really deserve their millions?
  • What would you like to be famous for?
  • Who’s the most interesting celebrity you know of?
  • Which actors or pop stars do you think will still be famous in 100 years?

Reading: Online Texts

Here are some interesting (and, hopefully, semi-permanent!) online articles and websites I’ve found. Have a look through and see if there’s one that might interest your class. If you have any other suggestions about more sites or articles I could include here, please let me know.

    General Resources

  • Lost In Showbiz
  • Lost In Showbiz (Marina Hyde’s excellent column for the Guardian newspaper).

  • PopBitch
  • Irreverent look at pop culture.

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