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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on October 12, 2020 and last updated on July 17, 2023

The topic of gaming is highly relevant and beneficial for English learners as it offers a unique avenue for language improvement. Engaging with gaming content, such as video games or game-related discussions, allows learners to practice reading, listening and speaking skills in an interactive and enjoyable manner. It exposes them to diverse vocabulary, idiomatic expressions and colloquial language use.

Ultimately, delving into the world of gaming enhances English learners’ language proficiency while immersing them in a popular and engaging cultural medium.

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 Gaming

Gaming has evolved into a global phenomenon that transcends age, gender and culture. With the advent of technology, video games have become more immersive, engaging and accessible. Beyond entertainment, gaming offers a multitude of benefits, including cognitive development, problem-solving skills, social interaction and stress relief.

From casual mobile games to competitive eSports, the gaming industry continues to expand, providing a platform for creativity, storytelling and virtual exploration. This introduction sets the stage for exploring the multifaceted world of gaming and its impact on individuals and society as a whole.

Useful Vocabulary

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

  • gaming (noun)
  • console (noun)
  • addictive (adjective)
  • particularly (adverb)
  • uncommon (adjective)
  • get into (phrasal verb)
  • harmless (adjective)

Conversation Questions

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  • Do you like gaming? If yes, what do you like to play? If not, why not?
  • How has the gaming industry evolved over the years, and what impact has it had on popular culture?
  • What are the benefits and drawbacks of video games on cognitive development and problem-solving skills?
  • How do multiplayer online games foster teamwork, communication, and social interaction among players?
  • In your opinion, should parents be concerned about the potential negative effects of excessive gaming on children and teenagers?
  • What are some popular gaming genres or franchises that have made a significant impact on the industry?
  • Should video games be considered a form of art?
  • Is the rise of mobile gaming positively or negatively affecting the overall gaming experience?
  • Should governments regulate and restrict violent or mature content in video games?
  • Is gaming addiction a serious concern that needs to be addressed?
  • Should competitive eSports be recognised as legitimate sports?
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.