Bullying at School

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on October 14, 2020 and last updated on July 17, 2023

The topic of bullying at school is highly relevant and impactful for English learners as it provides an opportunity to enhance their language skills while exploring an important social issue. Engaging in discussions about bullying equips learners with the vocabulary and language structures necessary to understand, describe and discuss bullying situations.

Additionally, it fosters critical thinking, empathy and cultural understanding as learners explore the causes, consequences and strategies to prevent bullying. By delving into this topic, English learners can improve their language proficiency while developing essential life skills for creating safe and inclusive environments.

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.

Bullying at School Review

Bullying at school, an issue that pervades school environments, entails the repetitive and intentional mistreatment of individuals by their peers. This distressing phenomenon encompasses various forms of aggression, such as physical, verbal and psychological abuse, exerting profound and lasting effects on victims.

With the potential to hinder social and emotional development, academic performance and overall well-being, understanding and addressing bullying in the playground becomes imperative.

Useful Vocabulary

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

  • bully (verb)
  • gang (noun)
  • transfer (verb)
  • break (noun)
  • availavility (noun)
  • fall into (phrasal verb)
  • look into (phrasal verb)
  • keep an eye on (idiom)

Conversation Questions

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  • How would you define bullying? Can you provide examples of different types of bullying behaviour?
  • In your opinion, what are some common factors that contribute to bullying in schools?
  • How can bystanders play a role in preventing or stopping bullying incidents? What actions can they take?
  • How can schools create a safe and inclusive environment to prevent bullying? What strategies or initiatives can be implemented?
  • Can you think of any effective anti-bullying campaigns or programs that have been successful in schools? What made them effective?
  • How does bullying impact the emotional well-being and academic performance of the victims?
  • What steps can individuals and communities take to support victims of bullying and help them overcome its effects?
  • Should schools be legally responsible for addressing and preventing bullying incidents?
  • Is a zero-tolerance policy the most effective approach to combating bullying in schools?
  • Should bullying prevention education be mandatory in schools?
  • Are punishments enough to deter bullies, or should there be a focus on education and counseling?
  • Should schools involve parents and the wider community in anti-bullying initiatives?
  • Is cyberbullying more harmful than traditional face-to-face bullying?
  • Should victims of bullying have the right to legal recourse against their bullies or the school?
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.