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

(1) What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘mathematics’?
(2) Do you like ‘maths’ – the British English pronunciation and spelling, or ‘math’ the American versions?
(3) Were you good at maths at school?
(4) Did you like maths at school?
(5) Are you good at mental arithmetic now?
(6) What is maths useful for nowadays if we have computers and calculators?
(7) Would you like to study maths again?
(8) Why is maths so important at schools?
(9) Are people who are really good at maths very interesting?
(10) Did you have a favourite or a hated maths teacher?

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

(1) Are all intelligent people good at maths?
(2) How often do you use maths of some kind in a normal day?
(3) Can you remember what your first real kiss was like?
(4) Do you know your times tables up to 12 times 12?
(5) Are girls or boys better at maths?
(6) How many different branches of mathematics do you know of?
(7) What do you know about the history of maths?
(8) What is the philosophy of mathematics?
(9) What’s most confusing to you: algebra, statistics, probability or chaos theory?
(10) Are there times when two plus two equals five?



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