~ Dialog ~ Topic 21 ~ Generation Gaps ~ Choose the questions you like ~


1) What are generation gaps? Why do they occur? Are they necessary? Discuss.

Generation gaps describe the differences between older and younger people in a culture.

They occur because people change and grow (or not) depending on the influences of time.


2) Do you think it is OK to date or marry someone of a different generation? Tell.

No. That¡¯s absurd. Why would anyone do that. Marriage is an institution. It¡¯s a union

of families. But if a man has great wealth and status, a younger bride may be acceptable.


3) What is the relationship between creativity and generation gaps? Is it evolution?

Yes. We need to evolve. That means being better humans across generations. Think

about Edison, Einstein, Gandhi, Marie Curie, and the other great people from history.


4) Do you ever (dis) agree with your parents/grandparents about anything? Why?

We agree on one thing. If you can¡¯t get a job, your life will be very difficult. These

days, the opportunities for employment are diminishing. Everyone is stressed.


5) How many years create a generation gap? Is it variable? How so?

Recently, each generation has been named: the Greatest (from 1910), the Silent (1925), 

the Baby Boomer (1946), the Generation X (1965), the Millennials (1980), and Z (1996).


6) Is it possible for parents and children to be friends? Describe your own situation.

Yes. But it¡¯s more likely up to the parents, since they set the boundaries of the

relationship. More often than not, the older the children become, the friendlier it gets.


7) Are older people always wiser than younger people? Tell your experience.

Not always. Some older people have had bad manners for their entire lives. Age doesn¡¯t

determine one¡¯s merit in society. On the other hand, elderly folks need our compassion.


8) What are some topics that people from different generations disagree on? Explain.

It depends on the generation, but Baby Boomers tend to be more open-minded if they

grew up in the sixties. They would disagree with most traditional customs and ideas.


9) In your culture, are older women more powerful in the family unit than men?

Probably. What happened in the case in Asia is that men were dominant up until

the turn of this century. Then, women began to assert themselves. Things have changed.


10) Were there advantages in previous generations? Would you like to go back in time?

I¡¯m sure life was more difficult in previous generations. But we could be comparing

apples and oranges. Think of a family living in a peaceful village somewhere 300 years ago.



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~ Topic 21 ~ Generation Gaps ~ FoOd FoR tHhOuGhT ~ Internet ~


Recently, each generation has been named: the Greatest (from 1910), the Silent (1925), 

the Baby Boomer (1946), the Generation X (1965), the Millennials (1980), and Z (1996).


A generation is "all of the people born and living at about the same time, regarded collectively." It can also be described as, "the average period, generally considered to be about thirty years, during which children are born and grow up, become adults, and begin to have children of their own". See: biogenesis, reproduction, or procreation in the biological sciences.




A generation gap or generational gap is a difference of opinions between one generation and another regarding beliefs, politics, or values. In today's usage, generation gap often refers to a perceived gap between younger people and their parents or grandparents.


The sociological theory of a generation gap first came to light in the 1960s, when the younger generation (later known as Baby Boomers) seemed to go against everything their parents had previously believed in terms of music, values, governmental and political views. Sociologists now refer to "generation gap" as "institutional age segregation". Usually, when any of these age groups is engaged in its primary activity, the individual members are physically isolated from people of other generations with little interaction across age barriers except at the nuclear family level.




No longer the new kids on the block, Millennials have moved firmly into their 20s and 30s, and a new generation is coming into focus. Generation Z – diverse and on track to be the most well-educated generation yet – is moving toward adulthood with a liberal set of attitudes and an openness to emerging social trends.


On a range of issues, from Donald Trump¡¯s presidency to the role of government to racial equality and climate change, the views of Gen Z – those ages 13 to 21 in 2018 – mirror those of Millennials. In each of these realms, the two younger generations hold views that differ significantly from those of their older counterparts. In most cases, members of the Silent Generation are at the opposite end. Baby Boomers and Gen Xers fall in between.





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~ Lesson Procedures ~


1) To begin with, as a class, in groups or in pairs study and talk about sections one and two.


2) Then, select the questions you¡¯d like to talk about from section one or from more questions.


3) After that, share your ideas in your conversations. Take equal turns.


4) Finally, make your own questions and create discussion.

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