Science and Technology

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 “science”?
  • What were your science classes like at school? Would you change anything about them?
  • How has technology changed the world in the last ten years?
  • How do you think things might change in the next ten years?
  • Does scientific progress scare or excite you?
  • Theodore Roszak wrote, “nature composes some of her loveliest poems for the microscope and the telescope.” Do you agree?
  • What are the similarities between art and science, in your opinion?
  • Does science show there are no miracles?
  • Should everybody study science at school?
  • Would you prefer to be a famous scientist or a famous artist? Why?
  • What is the difference between science and technology?
  • What technology has changed your life the most?
  • What would you most like to see invented?
  • Do you think science is more a force for good
    in the world or not? Why?
  • Are there any questions you think science cannot answer? Why?
  • Are there any famous inventors from your country? What did they invent?
  • What do you think is the best invention of your lifetime?
  • Adam Smith wrote, “science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.” What did he mean? Do you agree?
  • Which is your favourite science?
  • Which is your least favourite? Why?

Listening Resources

    Online Video

  • Ben Goldacre – Battling Bad Science
  • Interesting, though lengthy (fourteen-and-a-half minute long) TED talk from Ben Goldacre.

  • Brian Cox experiments with sodium
  • Minor explosion as British astrophysicist and TV presenter Brian Cox mixes sodium with water. Quite a nice introduction about the chemical elements in everything we see around us.

    Podcasts

  • Nature podcast
  • Weekly show from Nature magazine. It might be better to set a homework task based around this, rather than listen to the whole thing in class.

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.

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