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Leisure

Movies

Questions for discussion:

  1. What genre of movies do you prefer? Why?
  2. What is your favorite movie? Explain?  
  3. Do you enjoy documentary films? Is there anything interesting that you have learned from them?  
  4. Do you watch old/black and white movies?

Hobbies & Interests

Questions for discussion:

  1. What are your hobbies or interests? Have they changed over the years?
  2. How did you discover your hobbies or interests?
  3. What kinds of interesting hobbies or interests do your friends and family have?
  4. How much time every week do you spend on your hobbies?
  5. What do you think are the benefits of doing something you enjoy every day?

New Year Season

Questions for discussion: 

  1. This is the season of gift giving. Do you have trouble picking out gifts for family members and friends? Do you prefer to buy gifts or do you give gifts that you've made yourself? Do you think consumerism has replaced the real spirit of the holidays? 
  2. Russia has among the longest federal holiday seasons. Do you think the holidays should be made shorter or stay the way they are? What are good and bad things about being on vacation for so long? Would you rather have federal holidays some other time of year? 

Movies

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The Arts

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Holidays and Travel

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you like holidays?
  2. What holidays do you celebrate?
  3. What holidays do you really look forward to?
  4. Are there holidays in other countries or religions that you wish were also celebrated in your country?

Will Virtual Reality Remove The Need For Travel?

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Would you ever take a virtual vacation?

VIRTUAL REALITY TECHNOLOGY is changing, and fast. Soon to hit the market, Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset which is worn like a pair of oversized goggles and, while still being refined, is already available to the public. Made to connect to computers and mobile devices, it gives users a 3D experience and allows them to feel like they’re walking around inside a virtual world.

Books

Questions for discussion:

  1. How important are books to you?
  2. What would life be like without books?
  3. What kinds of books do you like?
  4. Do you prefer paperbacks or hardbacks?
  5. If you wrote a book, what would you write about?

Hobbies (new)

1. What hobbies do you have?

2. Name three hobbies that you would have liked to try out and why?

3. Have your hobbies changed throughout the years? How have the changed and why do you think that is?

4. Are there any hobbies that you used to do but don’t do anymore, why do you think that is?

5. Why do you think different countries excel at one sport and not at another?

6. Why do you think people have different types of hobbies in different countries?

Internet

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is the internet?
  2. Can you remember the first time you used the internet?
  3. Could you live without the internet?
  4. How do you think the internet has changed the world?
  5. If you use the internet, what do you use it for?

Free time

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you have enough free time?
  2. Do you have free time on Sundays?
  3. Do you have much free time during the day?
  4. Do you have much free time in the evenings?
  5. Do you have much free time in the mornings?
  6. What did you do last summer vacation?
  7. What did you do last weekend?
  8. What do you do in your free time?
  9. What hobbies do you have?

Beach

Questions for discussion:

  1. What do people do at the beach? was the last time you went to the beach? Where did you go?
  2. Have you ever been night-swimming? Are there any problems with jellyfish, sharks or stonefish at your local beach?
  3. Have you ever played sports on the beach? Which sports have you played?
  4. Have you ever collected seashells? Can you describe a shell that you have collected?What did you do with the shells that you collected?
  5. Have you ever been fishing on the beach?

How much leisure is there in your life

Questions for discussion:

  1. How much leisure is there in your life? Is it enough? Would you like to have more/ less of it? Why?
  2. How do you spend your leisure time?
  3. Do people of different ages/ nationalities have different ideas of spending their leisure time? What are those?
  4. Would you like to have only leisure time and no work at all?
  5. Can work be leisure?
  6. Have you ever had a hobby? What was/is it? Why did you choose it?

Holidays

Bank holidays

  1. Do you like holidays? Do you do anything special on holidays?
  2. Do you prefer to stay at home during big holidays?
  3. What are your favourite holidays?
  4. Do you like the anticipation of your favourite holidays?
  5. Do you visit your friends’ and relatives’ places during holidays?
  6. Do you plan ahead for bank holidays?
  7. Have you ever worked on holidays? Do you prefer to rest or work during bank holidays?

What would your acting be like?

Questions for discussion:

  1. Who is your favorite actor?
  2. Who is your favorite actress?
  3. What do you think that both men and women are called actors nowadays?
  4. Would you like to be an actor?
  5. Do you think men or women are better at acting?
  6. Do you think today’s actors are better than those from 30, 40 or 50 years ago?
  7. Do you think it’s strange that most actors are beautiful or handsome?
  8. Do you think anyone can become an actor?
  9. Are there any actors you really don’t like?

Reading

  1. When did you learn to read?
  2. What were your favorite books in different periods of your life?
  3. Have your taste for literature changed since childhood? How has it changed?
  4. What kind of reading do you prefer now (books, magazines, internet, smth. else)?
  5. What kind of books do you read now (classical literature, fiction, science fiction, novels, detective stories, historical novels, business books, smth.else)?

Making Fun. Playing Jokes.

Questions for discussion:

  1. There are different situations in our lives. Sometimes we have fun. Sometimes everything goes wrong. Which option is more often in your life? Why are you so cheerful? Why are your so serious?
  2. What usually makes you laugh? What unusually makes you laugh, how was it last time?
  3. Why another person does not take a thing at the same way? What does it depend on?
  4. What funny situations have you been to during your whole life? Where were they (work, study, friend’s place/parties, in the street, other places)?

Leisure and Hobbies

Questions for discussion:

  1. How much leisure is there in your life? Is it enough? Would you like to have more/ less? Why?
  2. How do you spend leisure time?
  3. Do people of different ages/ nationalities have different ideas of spending leisure time? What are they?
  4. Would you like to have only leisure time and no work at all?
  5. Can any work be leisure?
  6. Have you ever had a hobby? What was/is it? Why did you choose it?
  7. Have you heard of unusual hobbies? What are they? Do you know anyone with such hobbies?

Movies

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why do people see movies? What are you reasons?
  2. Where do you prefer to see movies? Does your choice depend on a type of a film?
  3. What is your favourite genre? Why?
  4. Who’s your favourite actor(ess)?Why?
  5. Who’s your favourite character(s)? Why? Who played it(them)?
  6. What’s your attitude to TV series? Do you watch any? Why? Why not?
  7. What’s your attitude to old movies as to compare to modern ones?

Theatre

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you more often go to the theatre or to the cinema?
  2. Is theatre an eternal art that will exist for good or will it disappear soon?
  3. What play did you see last time when you were in the theatre? Did you like it? What was it about?
  4. What performances do you prefer - comedies, dramas, musicals, ballet, opera or something else?
  5. Do you have favorite actors or actresses? Who are they?

Books

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you read for pleasure, for getting some information for your work, for your self-education or something else?
  2. Do you prefer paper-based, electronic or Audi books?
  3. Are books written by contemporary writers worth reading? Or maybe we should read only books by distinguished writers?
  4. Which genre in literature do you prefer - fiction, science fiction, novels, detective stories, historical novels?
  5. Do you have a favorite book? Why do you like it?

Movies and Theater

Questions for discussion:

~ What kind of movies do you like? Why?

~ What is your attitude to the theater? Why?

~ Do you have your own criteria of a good film or a performance? Give an example, please

~ What is your opinion about difference between the movie and the theater?

~ What a film or a performance can you recommend? Explain why. Give an example.

~ What is your attitude to the job of an actor?

~ Do you like watching a film or a performance? ? Explain why. Give an example.

~ Can you imagine your life without movie and the theater? Explain why.

Vacation

Questions for discussion:

~Is a vacation necessary thing for you or you're able to work for several years without intermission?

~Do you typically plan your vacation or think where to go just before the holiday?

~When you choose where to go, how do you typically define a place for vacation? (By travel company, by Internet, on advice of your friends/colleagues/relatives, smth. else)

~When do you prefer to take vacation? Why?

~For what period do you get your vacation? (For a month once a year, for two weeks twice a year, smth else)

Memoirs of Summer

Questions for discussion:

~Why many people to feel sad about summer in September especially?

~Have you any bright impressions from summer?

~Would you like to live in the country for all summer?

~Do you wait for the next summer-season?

Leisure Time

Rules:
The players are divided into two groups and sit opposite each other at the table.
One group asks the questions, the second answers them. A player of the first group chooses only one question from the

list and consistently discusses it for 3-5 minutes with each player of the second group.
At the end of the first hour players from the first group summarize the answers in 3-5 minutes speeches.
After a break the groups are swapped.

Questions for discussion:

What do you usually do in your free time?

Leisure

Questions for discussion:

~ What is your work & life balance? Do you have enough free time, time for rest?

~ How do you perceive free time: as an opportunity for rest & relaxation or the time for developing yourself, making something important?

~ Do you have hobbies?

~ Do you plan time for rest, miscellaneous interests?

~ What do you usually do at weekends? Are your weekend activities differ from season?

~ How do you spend your vacation? What places have you visited and intend to visit? What activities have you tried or intend to try?

Film, film, film...

Questions for discussion:

~ What is a movie for you? (art; amusement and entertainment; industry of show-business; anything else)

~ What statement is closer to you: cinema is a survival of the past / cinema will live forever?

~ Do you think that a successful premiere is possible without advertising?

~ If you had a chance to play part in the film, whom would you want to play?

~ If you had a chance to write a scenario, what it would be about?

~ What is the last film that has impressed you?

Visitation and Reception

Questions for discussion:

~ Do you like to go and see your friends and relatives at their places or you consider this method of communication to be a little bit old-fashioned?

~How often do you invite people to your place? Do you specially prepare for this?

~ If you go and see your people, do you bring any presents with you? What they are?

~ What is the difference between the communication at someone`s place and the communication at any other place?

My leisure time

Questions for discussion:

~ How often do you have spare time?

~ How do you usually spend it?

~ Do you sometimes go to the countryside?

~ What do you like more: to spend your spare time alone or with someone else?

Shopping

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you love to shop or do you do it only out of necessity?
  2. Do you always go to the store when you know what to buy or you sometimes go just to give a look in? Do you make a ‘shopping list’ before going to the store?
  3. Does advertising provide useful information for you? Have you ever bought something you don’t need just because of advertising?
  4. Do you search for the best prices or do you just walk into a store and buy what you like?

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