English Discussion on
 Abbreviations and Acronyms


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STUDENT A's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to Student B.)

(1) Are you interested in learning abbreviations and acronyms in English?
(2) Do you know lots of abbreviations and acronyms?
(3) Do you think abbreviations and acronyms are useful?
(4) Do you have a favorite abbreviation or acronym?
(5) Do you think alphabets that don’t have an English script (Chinese, Russian, Arabic, etc.) use abbreviations and acronyms?
(6) Do you know the punctuation rules for abbreviations and acronyms?
(7) What do you think are the world’s most common abbreviations and acronyms?
(8) Do you ever invent your own acronyms to help you study?
(9) The website www.abbreviationz.com says “RSVP” is one of the most popular queries. Do you know what it means?
(10) What acronym could you create for your name?

STUDENT B's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to Student A.)

(1) What is the difference between an abbreviation and an acronym?
(2) How many United Nations abbreviations and acronyms do you know?
(3) Are there many abbreviations and acronyms in your language?
(4) What do you think about spending a whole English lesson on abbreviations and acronyms?
(5) Can you keep up to date with computer and technology abbreviations and acronyms (WIFI, WAP, ISP, WWW, etc.)?
(6) Do you think abbreviations in e-mail and text messages are adding to or ruining the English (or your) language?
(7) The website www.abbreviationz.com lists 33 different meanings for “BYOB”. Can you think of any?
(8) “Scuba”, “modem”, radar”, “laser” and “NATO” are all acronyms. Do you know what they mean?
(9) Would you like to study for an MA or PhD?
(10) What do ante meridian and post meridian refer to?



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