Group Discussion: Crime (take 2!)

Hey everybody!

Good morning! Here is our next discussion topic for Saturday (September 27th) and Monday (September 29th). The topic is crime!

We will start the discussion with one or two beginner questions, and then one or two intermediate questions, and with the rest of the time we will ask the advanced questions!

If you are a student of mine, I hope to see you at one of the discussion groups. If anybody (student or not) has any questions about this blog, please let me know: Post a comment here, find me on twitter, or email me through my website. Thanks!

During the next group discussion class, we will be talking about crimes. Here is a list of the lexis and possible questions which we may use during the lesson:

Lexis

Nouns

Adultery

Crime(s)

Criminal(s)

Penalt(y/ies)

Policeman/men

Poverty

Prison(s)

Punishment

Upbringing

Victim(s)

Verbs and Verb Phrases

Commit

Consider

Increase

Lock

Protect

Rehabilitate

Rob

Steal

Adjectives

Adult

Afraid

Common

Dangerous

Juvenile

Legal

Illegal

Prevalent

Safe

Severe

Violent

Expressions

Be allowed to

Be considered

Break the law

(the) Capital Punishment

Crime rate

(the) Death penalty

Life Imprisonment

Questions

Beginner

1.Do you think your country is a safe place to live? Why or why not?
2.Are some parts of this city considered more dangerous than others? Which parts? Are there any places you are afraid to visit because of the high crime rate?
3.Do you always lock your house? How about your car? What are some things people can do to protect themselves from crime?
4.Do you think policeman should be allowed to carry guns?
5.What crimes have you heard about recently in the news?
6.What kinds of crimes are increasing?

Intermediate

1.Have you ever been the victim of a crime? How about others in your family?
2.Is it ever O.K. to break the law? If so, when?
3.What kinds of crime are most common in your country? What are the penalties for these crimes?
4.Does prison help rehabilitate criminals? Should it?
5.Should adultery be considered a crime? Is downloading music or videos a crime? What are some things that are legal that you think should be illegal? What are some things that are illegal that you think should be legal?
6.If a person steals a loaf of bread because he needs to feed his starving family, should he be punished?

Advanced

1.Which punishment is more severe, the death penalty or life imprisonment? Do you think that capital punishment is a good idea? Why or why not?
2.Do you think that punishment for violent crimes should be the same for juveniles and adults? Why/why not?
3.What do you think is the worst crime a person could commit? Why?
4.What makes some people become criminals? Is it poverty, upbringing, lack of education, unemployment or something else?
5.Why do you think crime is more prevalent in some societies than in others?
6.Why do people commit crimes?

That’s it! Please prepare and ask me questions if you need help! You can email me too! Hope to see you next time.

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