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Questions for discussion:

Description

1. Describe the best play you have seen in the theatre.

2. Describe the best birthday you have had.

3. Describe the best holiday you have had.

4. Describe someone that you respect deeply.

5. Describe an event that had a strong impact on your life.

6. Describe someone that you look up to.

7. Describe the best book you have read.

8. Describe the most beautiful place you have ever visited.

9. If you had an opportunity to time-travel describe a place that you would have liked to visit.

Hypothetical Situations

Questions for discussion:

Talk about three things (revisited)

Questions for discussion:

  1. Can you talk about three things you like about yourself?
  2. Can you talk about three things you dislike about yourself?
  3. Can you talk about three things you can't do?
  4. Can you talk about three things you need to do everyday?
  5. Can you talk about three things that scare you?

Do you believe that...

Below there are 25 facts that sound odd but, nevertheless, are absolutely real. What do you think about them? Facts to discuss:

Do you ever...?

  1. Do you ever wonder what life is all about?
  2. Do you ever type LOL (laugh out loud) when really you aren’t laughing?
  3. Do you ever think you have too many things to finish on time?
  4. Do you ever want to throw all your clothes away and start your wardrobe again?
  5. Do you ever feel jealous of your friends?
  6. Do you ever lie to your friends / parents / spouse?
  7. Do you ever get really angry with yourself?
  8. Do you ever regret eating something after eating it?

How to...

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you know how to take really good photos?
  2. Do you know how to make bread?
  3. Do you know how to make friends?
  4. Do you know how to look your best?
  5. Do you know how to look ten years younger?
  6. Do you know how to handle jealousy?
  7. Do you know how to look after a baby?
  8. Do you know how to overcome fear?
  9. Do you know how to lie?
  10. Do you know how to be a good listener?
  11. Do you know how to see in the dark?

Talk about three things

Questions for discussion:

  1. Can you talk about three names you go by?
  2. Can you talk about three things you like about yourself?
  3. Can you talk about three things you dislike about yourself?
  4. Can you talk about three parts of your heritage?
  5. Can you talk about three things that scare you?

When was the first time you…?

Questions for discussion:

  1. When was the first time you used the Internet? How was it?
  2. When was the first time you went to the cinema? What did you see?
  3. When was the first time you used a mobile phone? Who did you call?
  4. When was the first time you thought life was great? What happened?
  5. When was the first time you traveled alone? Where did you go?
  6. When was the first time you had some real money? How did you feel?
  7. When was the first time you thought the world was a dangerous place?

What’s your favourite…?

Questions for discussion:

  1. What’s your favourite time of the day (and why)?
  2. Where’s your favourite place to study (and why)?
  3. Who’s your favourite and least favourite actor (and why)?
  4. What are your favourite sports (and why)?
  5. Where’s your favourite place to go and relax and think about life?
  6. What’s your favourite expression in English?
  7. What was your favourite TV programme when you were a child?
  8. What’s your favourite fast food and fast food restaurant?

When was the last time you…?

Questions for discussion:

  1. When was the last time you said no?
  2. When was the last time you hurt yourself?
  3. When was the last time you thought to yourself, ‘never again’?
  4. When was the last time you felt on top of the world?
  5. When was the last time you tidied your room / your desk?
  6. When was the last time someone shouted at you?
  7. When was the last time you had a problem with your computer?
  8. When was the last time you had a perfect day?
  9. When was the last time you said sorry?

Would you ever…?

Questions for discussion:

  1. Would you ever stop studying English?
  2. Would you ever change your religion or take up a religion?
  3. Would you ever marry for money?
  4. Would you ever leave your country forever?
  5. Would you ever have cosmetic surgery?
  6. Would you ever commit a serious crime?
  7. Would you ever beg in the streets?
  8. Would you ever lie to the police?
  9. Would you ever get a tattoo on your face?
  10. Would you ever hurt someone you loved?

What’s it like?...

Questions for discussion:

  1. What’s it like being you?
  2. What’s it like in your idea of paradise?
  3. What’s it like being your age?
  4. What’s it like living in the 21st Century?
  5. What’s it like studying English?
  6. What’s it like sitting here and doing this activity with me?
  7. What’s it like outside?
  8. What’s it like to be your best friend?
  9. What’s it like to be a citizen of your country?
  10. What’s it like to be at your level of English?

25 questions about you

Questions for discussion:

  1. If you didn't have to worry about making a living what would you most like to do for the rest of your life?
  2. What is your earliest memory?
  3. If you could live in any other time, past, present, future, what would it be and why?
  4. What motivates you most to go to work each day: money or personal satisfaction? If money were not an issue, would you still keep your job?
  5. If you knew that tomorrow would be the last full day of your life, how would you spend the day?

25 questions about you

Questions for discussion:

  1. If you didn't have to worry about making a living what would you most like to do for the rest of your life?
  2. What is your earliest memory?
  3. If you could live in any other time, past, present, future, what would it be and why?
  4. What motivates you most to go to work each day: money or personal satisfaction? If money were not an issue, would you still keep your job?
  5. If you knew that tomorrow would be the last full day of your life, how would you spend the day?

20 questions about you

Questions for discussion:

  1. If you could spend a day with anyone, whom would you choose?
  2. If you had to name a clever thing that you have done, what would it be?
  3. If you wanted to reward yourself what might you do to celebrate?
  4. What is one thing about your life that you would not change?
  5. What are you not spending enough time doing?
  6. What do you consider your greatest strengths?
  7. What are your weaknesses?
  8. If you are feeling unmotivated, who helps you get yourself going?

Debates

Agree or Disagree:

  • Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
  • Swimming in the ocean is better than swimming in a public pool.
  • Alcohol should be illegal.
  • Children should provide room and board for their aging parents.
  • Studying grammar is more important than practicing conversation skills.
  • Television is the leading cause of violence in today's society.
  • Dogs make better companions than cats.
  • Smoking should be permitted in public places.

Have you ever...?

Another way to start an interesting conversation is to ask the "Have you ever ...?" question.

Questions for discussion:

  1. Have you ever been on TV?
  2. Have you ever sung in public?
  3. Have you ever act in the theater?
  4. Have you ever dyed your hair blond?
  5. Have you ever eaten frogs' legs?
  6. Have you ever received a present that you really hated?
  7. Have you ever walked into a lamppost?
  8. Have you ever cooked a meal by yourself for more than 15 people?

Things we have in common

Try to find:

  1. an actor/actress you all admire
  2. a foreign country you have all visited.
  3. a book by a British or American author you have all read.
  4. an English soccer team you have all heard of.
  5. a type of food you all dislike.
  6. something you all do at least twice a week.
  7. a film you all thought was terrible or boring.
  8. a girl's name you all like.
  9. a boy's name you all dislike.
  10. a job you would all like to have.
  11. a job you would all hate to have.

Pros & Cons

Questions for discussion:

    Think of advantages and disadvantages of:
    -being a child/teenager
    -being an adult
    -being retired
    -being a hard worker
    -being a lazy person
    -being a boss
    -being an employee
    -being a celebrity
    -being a millionaire
    -being poor
    -being religious
    -being an atheist
    -being a human being
    -being an animal
    -being a man
    -being a woman
    -living in the 21st century
    -living any other time (the one you choose)

Pros and Cons

Think of advantages and disadvantages of:

-being a child/teenager
-being an adult
-being retired
-being a hard worker
-being a lazy person
-being a boss
-being an employee
-being a celebrity
-being a millionaire
-being poor
-being religious
-being an atheist
-being a human being
-being an animal
-being a man
-being a woman
-living in the 21st century
-living any other time (the one you choose)

Likes / Dislikes

Questions for discussion:

  1. What kind of people do you like/dislike?
  2. What kind of food do you like/dislike?
  3. What kind of drinks do you like/dislike?
  4. What kind of movies do you like/dislike?
  5. What kind of books do you like/dislike?
  6. What kind of sport do you like/dislike?
  7. What kind of music do you like/dislike?
  8. What kind of TV shows/programs do you like/dislike?
  9. What kind of leisure do you like/dislike?

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