Discussion Questions - Listening

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1. did read you when you the think headline? What

2. What images your word mind you in when hear the are 'children'?

3. useful How children? are and important

4. rate? What birth a there are falling with problems

5. to number What's of children best the have?

6. can birth Japan's How rate? increase government the

7. a a Is shrinking good population thing?

8. should What governments for children? more do

9. about children annoy things you? What

10. being child? it like a was What

11. reading you article? Did this like

12. you do word when think What you hear of rate'? the 'birth

13. What what you you about read? think do

14. have a couples can to How encourage children? more leader

15. support does to your give families? government What

16. you Why think are do fewer people getting Japanese married?

17. low birth rate time-bomb"? a is a "ticking Why

18. you about things make children smile? What

19. does create? problems ageing an workforce What

20. prime questions you would minister? to like ask What Japan's

Back to the children lesson.

Children - The 20 Questions

STUDENT A's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)
  1. What did you think when you read the headline?
  2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'children'?
  3. How useful and important are children?
  4. What problems are there with a falling birth rate?
  5. What's the best number of children to have?
  6. How can Japan's government increase the birth rate?
  7. Is a shrinking population a good thing?
  8. What more should governments do for children?
  9. What things about children annoy you?
  10. What was it like being a child?

STUDENT B's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)
  1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
  2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'birth rate'?
  3. What do you think about what you read?
  4. How can a leader encourage couples to have more children?
  5. What support does your government give to families?
  6. Why do you think fewer Japanese people are getting married?
  7. Why is a low birth rate a "ticking time-bomb"?
  8. What things about children make you smile?
  9. What problems does an ageing workforce create?
  10. What questions would you like to ask Japan's prime minister?

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