Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on November 14, 2022 and last updated on August 1, 2023

Gambling, a topic of both fascination and controversy, holds significant value for English learners seeking to enhance their language skills. Exploring this subject not only enriches vocabulary with terms like odds, bets and casinos, but also delves into diverse grammatical structures through discussions on risk analysis, behavioral psychology and ethical considerations.

Engaging with gambling-related materials, whether literature, news, or debates, empowers learners to grasp cultural nuances and sharpen critical thinking abilities.


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 Gambling

Gambling is a fun way to spend your time and make some money. You can bet on sports, gamble online, play poker or blackjack.

Others play for coping reasons as gambling is a way for them to forget their worries or just to stop them from feeling nervous or even depressed.

Gambling could also be a fun way to keep your mind active, but it’s important to be smart when you gamble. You can find yourself having problems with gambling as it could harm your health and relationships, and leave you in serious debt.

Useful Vocabulary

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

  • entertainment (noun)
  • addiction (noun)
  • addictive (adjective)
  • lucky (adjective)
  • unlucky (adjective)
  • regulation (noun)
  • bet (verb)
  • gambler (noun)
  • beginner's luck (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • Is gambling a good way to get extra money?
  • Have you ever gambled?
  • Why do you think you would gamble?
  • What kind of gambling would you do?
  • Do you know anyone who gambles on sports?
  • Do you know anyone who gambles playing cards?
  • Do you know anyone who gambles with fruit machines?
  • What problems do you think could come with gambling?
  • How addictive do you think gambling is?
  • How do you think regulations could change to reduce harm from gambling?
  • How would you help someone who is addicted to gambling?
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.