Voting Age Limit

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on October 27, 2020 and last updated on July 18, 2023

This engaging subject offers English learners an opportunity to delve into the complexities of democratic processes. Discussing the age at which individuals should be allowed to vote, learners develop vocabulary, critical thinking and persuasive language skills. Analysing diverse viewpoints fosters respectful debates, enhancing conversational abilities.

By exploring this topic, learners gain cultural insights and learn to express opinions effectively on an issue with significant social and political implications, empowering their language improvement and civic awareness.

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.

Voting Age Limit Review

In any democratic country, an election is a time when people get to vote and have their say about the direction they want the country to go. In many countries, you need to be eighteen years old to be able to vote. Some people think that the age to vote should be higher, some believe it should be eighteen and others think it should be lower.

There are many arguments for both a higher and lower age limit, and this is a topic that is likely to be debated for many years.

Useful Vocabulary

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

  • debate (verb)
  • argue (verb)
  • election (noun)
  • democratic (adjective)
  • democracy (noun)
  • topic (noun)
  • right (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • What is the voting age limit in your country? Do you think it is appropriate?
  • Should the voting age be the same for all elections, or could it vary for different types of elections?
  • What are some arguments for lowering the voting age? Do you agree or disagree with these reasons?
  • What are some arguments for raising the voting age? Do you agree or disagree with these reasons?
  • Do you believe that young people are informed enough to make responsible voting decisions?
  • How can lowering or raising the voting age impact youth engagement in politics?
  • Should there be a minimum age for political candidates as well?
  • Is it fair to limit the voting age based on age alone, or should other factors be considered?
  • Should the voting age be based on maturity and understanding rather than a fixed number?
  • Should young people be given more opportunities for political education and engagement to encourage responsible voting?
  • Is a higher voting age a way to ensure more mature and informed decisions in elections?
  • Should the voting age be the same globally, or should it vary depending on the country's political system and cultural context?
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.