Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

The question of which came first, the chicken or the egg has never been solved, but some scientists side with the chicken.

If you think your students would enjoy debating this question, show them this CNN video and read them the related article. This question is a great way to introduce the word “conundrum”. You’ll probably have to practice the pronunciation of that word a few times together! If the content is too difficult for your students, you may want to just ask the simple question: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Have students practise sharing their opinions. Here are some questions to get your students talking:

1. Who thinks the chicken came before the egg? Why do you think so?
2. Who thinks the egg came before the chicken? Why do you think so?
3. Why do you think this question intrigues humans so much?
4. In the video, what does the reporter mean by “that’s the best we can do right now”?
5. What are some other “conundrums” you can think of?

While our Something to Talk About suggestions are useful for getting your students involved in a group or pair discussion, the topics, articles, and videos can also be used if you are looking for something for your students to blog/Skype/or write an opinion essay about.

Related in the ESL-Library:
Famous People: Charles Darwin
Holidays: Easter
Mini-Debates

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  1. Brandywine says:

    May 16, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Now we know who the snesbile one is here. Great post!

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