List of Controversial Questions for ESL Conversations

Manuel Campos


In this post, we will be providing a compilation of controversial questions that can be used to spark interesting and engaging conversations in English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.

These questions are designed to challenge students’ perspectives and encourage critical thinking.

These controversial questions can also help to improve students’ fluency and confidence in speaking English. However, it is important to remember that these questions can be sensitive in nature and should be used with discretion and respect for all participants.

I hope you find this list useful and that it adds some excitement and depth to your ESL conversations.

List of Controversial Questions

These are some controversial questions

  • Should euthanasia be legal?
  • Is climate change caused by human activity?
  • Should the death penalty still be used?
  • Should abortion be legal?
  • Is the current economic system fair to all citizens?
  • Is it ethical to conduct animal testing for scientific and medical research?
  • Should vaccines be mandatory?
  • Should there be limits on free speech?
  • Should religion play a role in government?
  • Should the government provide free healthcare?
  • Should there be stricter gun control laws?
  • Should same-sex marriage be legal?
  • Should the US have open borders?
  • Should there be a minimum wage?
  • Should there be a maximum wage?
  • Should marijuana be legalized for medicinal and recreational use?
  • Should governments limit the size of families through policies such as the one-child policy?
  • Is nationalism a positive or negative force in society?
  • Is the current education system adequate for preparing students for the future?
  • Is the government’s surveillance of citizens necessary for national security?
  • Should performance-enhancing drugs in sports be allowed in sports?
  • Is the current healthcare system accessible and affordable for all citizens?
  • Should schools have the right to teach creationism alongside evolution?
  • Is it ethical for companies to collect and use personal data for commercial purposes?
  • Should adult sites be banned?
  • Should adult sites require registration?

More ESL Conversation Questions

These are some posts with more ESL conversation questions

Manuel Campos, Docente de Inglés

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I am Jose Manuel, English professor and creator of, a blog whose mission is to share lessons for those who want to learn and improve their English

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