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Jane, Discussion Leader:


Hi my name is Evgenia, I have lived  in New Zealand since I was little. I fell in love in Moscow and decided to stay! I have had experience in teaching English in Indonesia as well as leading small discussion groups in Moscow.  I hope to meet you soon! 

Meeting new people/ Relationship

Questions for discussion:

  1. How long does it take for you to understand what the person is really like?
  2. What are good conversation starters?
  3. Do you like meeting new people and how long does it take you to trust someone?

Immigration/ Neighbors

Questions for discussion:

  1. What do you think it feels like to be an immigrant? Do you know any immigrants and do you know their stories?
  2. Who immigrates to Russia and why do you think they choose this country?
  3. Do you think immigrants benefit country’s economy?

Human wonders/Supernatural things

Questions for discussion:

Challenges of the modern civilization. Part 1

1. What do you think are some advantages and disadvantages of globalization?

2. Which countries do you think might be against globalization?

3. What do you think globalization will look like in the future?

4. How do you think Russia is similar/different to western countries?

5. Can you give some examples of exotic festivals that are celebrated in other countries?

6. What do you think are some of the biggest environmental problems in Russia?


Questions for discussion:


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:

Charisma & Leadership

  1. What is charisma for you? How would you describe someone who is charismatic?
  2. Name three famous people that you think are charismatic and why?
  3. Do you think charisma can be developed?
  4. What does the word “leadership” mean to you?
  5. Do you think being a leader is genetic or do you think that it is something that can be learnt?
  6. Do you see yourself as a leader?
  7. What qualities does a leader need to have?
  8. Do you think to be a good leader you need to have integrity?

Hobbies and Interests

  1. What hobbies do you have?
  2. Name three hobbies that you would have liked to try out and why?
  3. What are your interests? Is there any activity you would really like to do, but have no time for it?
  4. How do you usually spend your free time? How do you perceive it: as an opportunity for rest & relaxation or the time for developing yourself, making something important?
  5. Have your hobbies changed throughout the years? How have the changed and why do you think that is?

Travelling (new)

Questions for discussion:

  1. Where would you like to travel and why?
  2. Do you think travelling is important for personal growth? If yes, can you please give an example of how a travelling experience made you grow as a person?
  3. Describe the way you travel, do you plan ahead or do you do it spontaneously?

Work & Happiness

1. Is it necessary for human beings to work to be happy?

2. Would an increase in salary motivate you to work longer hours at a job that you don’t like?

3. How would you motivate yourself to do the job that you don’t like?

4. Some psychologists suggest try to remember what the person wanted to do when they were a child to find their “dream” job, do you agree with this technique?

5. Do you think that woman and man approach the same work differently? Do you think they handle stress in a different way?

Genetic Engineering


"Genetic moderation"

WITH food security firmly on the international agenda, there's a growing appetite to look again at the opportunities promised by agricultural biotechnology.

Scientists working in this area are excited by new techniques that enable them to edit plant DNA with unprecedented accuracy. Even epigenetic markers, which modulate the activity of genes, can now be altered. The promise is to modify crops to make them more nutritious or resistant to disease.



Unique –not typical; unusual 
Characteristic – a distinguishing quality, attribute, or trait 
Extraordinary – very unusual, remarkable 
Exceptional -unusually excellent; superior
Astonish - to fill with surprise or wonder; amaze 

Family / Children

Questions for discussion:

  1. What are three things that make relationships successful?
  2. What three qualities did you look for in a partner that you wanted to have a long term relationship with?
  3. Do you think conflicts make relationships stronger?
  4. What do you think about arranged marriages?

Dreams and Goals

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you think our dreams shape our personality?
  2. Do you think your dreams are shaped by the society you live in?
  3. What do you want to achieve in the next ten years?
  4. If you were able to put five people in a room that you would like to be like, who would that be and why?

Job Interview Questions

Questions for discussion:

  1.  What is your ideal job? What country would you like to work in?
  2.  What do you think is the worst job in the world?
  3. What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses?
  4. Give an example of a time that you felt you went above and beyond the call of duty at work?

Dreams and Goals

Questions for discussion:

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