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 questions.

  • What do you think of when you hear the word “war”?
  • What would it be like to live in a country at war?
  • Do soldiers get paid the right amount of money?
  • Have you ever wanted to join one of the armed forces? If so, which one? If not, why not?
  • Is your country involved in any war at the moment? If not, which country might it fight against?
  • What’s the difference between a war and a conflict?
  • Do you think military service should be
  • What do you think are the best and worst things about being a soldier?
  • Do you think people will ever stop going to war?
  • HG Wells wrote, “If we don’t end war, war will end us.” Do you agree?
  • Cicero said, “an unjust peace is better than a just war.” Is this always true?
  • Do you know anyone who has fought in a war?
  • Is it common for young people in your country to join the armed forces? Why/ Why not?
  • How do you honour war veterans in your country? Do you think they should be honoured?
  • When might you volunteer to join the armed forces?
  • Whatʼs the difference between terrorists and freedom fighters?
  • Is there anything you would die for?
  • Do you have any friends who serve in the armed forces? How do you feel about it?
  • What do you think about women soldiers?
  • Who are the most famous military heroes in your country? Do you agree they are heroes?

Listening: Online Videos




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.

    The Future of War

  • Robots At War?
  • Article from the BBC’s “Click” programme looking at possible fighting robots of the future.

    The Horrors of War

  • The Son Who Haunted Kipling
  • Fairly short, poignant article about Rudyard Kipling’s guilt over finding a way for his extremely short-sighted son to fight (and die) in the First World War.

    The Black Comedy of War

  • First Editorial Column of the Wipers Times, 1916
  • The Guardian profiles this excellent newspaper, produced by British troops in the trenches of Ypres during the First World War. The article includes the Wipers Times’ first editorial column.

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