The Positive and Negative Effects of Video Games

The Positive and Negative Effects of Video Games – An ESL Speaking Lesson

Teenagers loves video games. They spend hours every day in their room playing them. But is there any educational value to video games?

Some people think video games can help kids learn strategy. But most parents think video games are too violent or numb their kids minds.

How do you and your parents feel about video games?

This ESL lesson will increase your English speaking fluency and let you weigh the pros and cons of playing video games.

Part I: Let’s Chat about the Photo

Video Games 1

1. What brand of gaming console is this?

2. What kind of game do you think they’re playing?

3. Why is the man wearing his shoes in the living room?

4. How long do you think they’ve been playing?

5. Do you play video games with family members?

Part II: Take the Survey and Talk About It

1. How many hours per week do you play video or computer games?

  • 1 hour
  • 1-3 hours
  • 3-5 hours
  • 5-7 hours
  • 7-9 hours
  • 9 or more hours

2. What types of gaming system do you own?

  • X-box
  • Wii
  • PS3
  • Nintendo
  • Desktop computer games
  • App store games (mobile device)
  • Other

3. What types of video game genres do you play?

  • Action adventure
  • Music and party
  • Puzzle
  • Racing
  • Role-playing
  • Fighting
  • Shooter
  • Sports
  • Strategy
  • Simulation
  • Educational
  • Other

4. Where do you most like to play video games?

  • At home
  • At an Internet café
  • At a friend’s house
  • At work
  • At an arcade
  • In the library
  • Somewhere else

5. What’s the last game you played, bought, or downloaded?

6. Do you prefer playing games to going out?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Sometimes

7. Would you skip sleep or delay going to the bathroom, just to finish your game?

  • Yes
  • No

8. How much time do you normally spend per gaming session without taking a break?

  • Less than 1 hour
  • Less than 3 hours
  • Less than 6 hours
  • More than 10 hours

9. What type of video game would you like to buy next?

  • Action adventure
  • Music and Party
  • Puzzle
  • Racing
  • Role-playing
  • Fighting
  • Shooter
  • Sports
  • Strategy
  • Simulation
  • Educational
  • Other

10. Do your parents limit the amount of time you spend playing video games daily?

  • Yes
  • No

Part III: Share Your Opinions

Video Games

Discuss the Photo

1. Do you think he’s enjoying his video game?

2. What can you imagine is going on inside this boy’s head?

More Discussion

3. Do you own a hand held video gaming device?

4. Do you think video game addiction is increasing or decreasing in teens?

5. How do video games lead to childhood obesity?

6. Do you own games where you have to move your body rather than just your thumbs?

7. Do you think violent video games cause aggression in teens?

8. What are some ways parents can monitor their kids’ gaming activity?

9. How can teachers compete with video games to make interesting classroom lessons?

10. How do you feel after playing video games? Frustrated, Excited, Tired, etc.?

Did you enjoy this ESL Lesson?

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