Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on October 26, 2023

Arrogance is a great topic for advanced English learners to discuss as it can help them use more sophisticated vocabulary and practice their pronunciation. They can also learn to express their opinions more clearly and effectively.

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.

About Arrogance

Arrogance is a trait that is often seen as negative. It is the belief that one is superior to others and that one’s own opinions and beliefs are more important than those of others. Arrogance can manifest itself in many ways, such as talking down to others, belittling their opinions, or refusing to listen to their ideas. It can also be seen in the way someone carries themselves, with an air of superiority and entitlement. Arrogance can be damaging to relationships, as it can lead to feelings of resentment and hurt. It can also lead to a lack of trust and respect, as well as a lack of collaboration and cooperation. Ultimately, arrogance can be a barrier to success, as it can lead to a lack of understanding and communication.

Vocabulary Related to Arrogance

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

  • arrogance (noun)
  • entitlement (noun)
  • superior (adjective)
  • boast (verb)
  • look down on (phrasal verb)
  • show off (phrasal verb)

Conversation Questions

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  • Do you think arrogance is a trait that can be beneficial in certain situations?
  • Would you say that arrogance can be a sign of confidence?
  • Can arrogance be a positive quality in a leader?
  • What are some of the potential consequences of arrogance?
  • What strategies can be used to manage arrogance in the workplace?
  • Would you say that arrogance can be a sign of insecurity?
  • Should arrogance be seen as a sign of strength or a sign of weakness?
  • Do you know anyone who you would describe as arrogant?
  • If someone is displaying arrogant behavior, how can it be addressed in a constructive way?
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.