Lockdown During a Pandemic

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on May 18, 2020 and last updated on August 7, 2023

The topic of a lockdown during a pandemic serves as a relevant and valuable conversation topic for English learners, offering them a platform to enhance language skills and gain a deeper understanding of global events. Engaging in discussions about the impacts, challenges and experiences during lockdown periods enables learners to practice expressing opinions, describing personal experiences and using vocabulary related to health, safety and daily routines. Moreover, exploring this topic fosters cultural awareness, critical thinking and empathy, as learners share their diverse perspectives on the effects of lockdowns.

By discussing a lockdown during a pandemic, English learners can improve their communication skills while gaining insights into the shared experiences of people around the world.

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 a Lockdown During a Pandemic

Nearly every country in the world has been affected by the coronavirus in 2020, and many of those countries have enforced a lockdown forbidding people from leaving their homes except for very specific reasons.

While the vast majority understand and support a lockdown during a pandemic, some are starting to question whether the negative effects of a lockdown are greater than the positive effects.

Useful Vocabulary

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  • lockdown (noun)
  • handle (verb)
  • spread (verb)
  • affect (verb)
  • restriction (noun)
  • enforce (verb)

Conversation Questions

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  • How has the lockdown during the pandemic affected your daily life?
  • What are some activities or hobbies you have picked up or pursued during the lockdown?
  • How have your relationships with family and friends changed during the lockdown?
  • Have you experienced any positive aspects or personal growth during the lockdown?
  • What are some challenges people have faced during the lockdown, and how have they overcome them?
  • How has technology helped people stay connected with others during the lockdown?
  • What reasons do you think people should be allowed out of their homes during a pandemic?
  • How do you think the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns will impact society in the long term?
  • Should governments enforce strict lockdown measures during a pandemic?
  • Is remote work or distance learning a sustainable alternative during a lockdown?
  • Should essential workers receive special recognition or benefits during a lockdown?
  • Is a complete lockdown the most effective strategy to control the spread of a pandemic?
  • Should the government provide financial support to businesses and individuals affected by a lockdown?
  • Is it ethical for governments to enforce penalties or fines for individuals who violate lockdown restrictions?
  • Should mental health support and resources be prioritized during a lockdown?
  • Can societies learn from the experience of a lockdown to better prepare for future crises?
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.