Capital Punishment

Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on June 23, 2019 and last updated on February 4, 2023

For many years capital punishment, or the death penalty, was commonplace in most countries, and today it still exists in some countries such as the US. The question of whether it should be part of our justice system or not continues to go on with differing opinions.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • punishment (noun)
  • execute (verb)
  • execution (noun)
  • law (noun)
  • justice (noun)
  • penalty (noun)
  • guilty (adjective)
  • trial (noun)

Conversation Questions

  • Are you in favour of capital punishment?
  • Do you agree with the death penalty?
  • When do you think it should be used?
  • What are the problems with implementing capital punishment?
  • Do you think it is morally right to kill another human being?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.