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Supernatural

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you believe in life after death? Where do you think dead people go? Do you think heaven exist? Do you think hell exist?
  2. Do you believe in reincarnation? Have you ever felt that you knew someone the first time you met them? Have you ever visited a foreign country or city for the first time and found that you knew exactly where things were?
  3. Do you believe in astrology? What is your astrological sign?
  4. Do you believe in coincidences? Why or why not?
  5. Do you believe in UFOs and aliens?

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?

Risk

Questions for discussion:

  1. What images spring to mind when you hear the word ‘risk’?
  2. Do you take a lot of risks in life or are you risk averse?
  3. What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
  4. What risks are there in your normal daily life?
  5. What health risks do you worry about?
  6. What is something you would risk your life to get?
  7. What are the risks of using the Internet?
  8. What are the risks of not taking risks?
  9. Would you do a job that was full of risks?

Evolution

Questions for discussion:

  1. What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘evolution’?
  2. Many schools in the USA teach creationism – the idea that God put humans on Earth as we are today. What do you think of this? Do you believe the story of evolution as told in religious books?
  3. Why is Darwin’s Theory of Evolution discarded by so many religions?
  4. Do you think God created everything as it is outlined in the book of Genesis?
  5. How do you think the world got here?
  6. How do you think we got here?

Risk

Questions for discussion:

  1. What images spring to mind when you hear the word ‘risk’?
  2. Do you take a lot of risks in life or are you risk averse?
  3. What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
  4. What risks are there in your normal daily life?
  5. What health risks do you worry about?
  6. What is something you would risk your life to get?
  7. What are the risks of using the Internet?
  8. What are the risks of not taking risks?
  9. Would you do a job that was full of risks?

Exercise

Questions for discussion:

  1. What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘exercise’?
  2. Why is exercise so important?
  3. What kind of exercise do you think is best?
  4. Do you wish you could exercise more?
  5. Why do many people not exercise?
  6. Do you think it’s easy or difficult to find time to exercise during the day?
  7. Do you think people who exercise are happier than those who don’t?
  8. Do you think there should be a law that requires everyone to exercise?

Laughter

Questions for discussion:

  1. What definition would you give for laughter?
  2. Do you laugh a lot?
  3. How important is laughter?
  4. Is laughter infectious / catching?
  5. Do you often burst into laughter?
  6. When is laughter wrong or ill-advised?
  7. What do you think when you hear the sound of laughter?
  8. How does laughter happen?
  9. People can ‘roar’ or ‘howl’ with laughter, and ‘burst into’ or ‘break into’ laughter. What are the differences between these?

Jobs

Questions for discussion:

  1. What kind of jobs have you had (part-time and full-time)?
  2. Are there many good job vacancies for you in your country?
  3. What is your dream job?
  4. What jobs do you do at home?
  5. Are there jobs that are only for women or only for men?
  6. How many jobs do you think you’ll have in your life?
  7. Are there any jobs you would refuse to do, regardless of the pay?
  8. Is being a rock star or sports star a job?
  9. What do you think the job of being an English teacher is like?

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?

Hitchhiking

Questions for discussion:

  1. What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘hitchhiking’?
  2. Have you ever hitched a ride?
  3. Is hitchhiking common in your country?
  4. Have you ever picked up or would you ever pick up a hitchhiker?
  5. What country would you like to hitchhike across?
  6. What is the best way to get a ride?
  7. What safety precautions should you take when hitchhiking?
  8. How safe or dangerous is hitchhiking in your country?
  9. Do you think hitchhiking is a fun way to travel around?

Management

Questions for discussion:

  1. What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘management’?
  2. Would you like to work in management?
  3. What do you think of the management of this school?
  4. What kind of people do well working in management?
  5. What is brand management?
  6. What are the good and bad things about working in management?
  7. What are the differences between working in middle and top-level management?

Leadership

Questions for discussion:

  1. What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘leadership’?
  2. Do people automatically have leadership or must they learn it?
  3. Why is good leadership important?
  4. What do you think of the leadership of your country?
  5. What is the most important thing a leader must remember about leadership?
  6. Have you ever been in positions of leadership?
  7. What leadership quality do you most value/admire?
  8. Who in the world do you think possesses the greatest leadership skills?

Do we need problems?

Questions for discussion:

  1. Tell about any three problems of any kind you’ve ever had. How did you solve them?
  2. Is there any “best way” to solve a problem?
  3. Do unsolvable problems exist? Have you ever had one of the kind?
  4. Do you prefer to solve problems by yourself or to get help?
  5. What is the best way to get help with problem solving?
  6. Does one’s being an optimist or pessimist influence solving a problem?
  7. Do we need problems?

Pessimism and Optimism

An optimist thinks that this is the best possible world. A pessimist fears that this is true.

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is the difference between pessimists and optimists?
  2. Are you a pessimist or an optimist? Why?
  3. What do you typically do if things come tough? (shut down completely; turn to friends/family for support; remind yourself to focus on the good things in your life instead of the bad; try to look at it from different angles in order to come up with a solution; refuse to give up, no matter how tough things get)

Family

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is the role of family in modern society? Was it different before? How has it changed?
  2. How important is to have good relationships with your relatives?
  3. Do you think that every member of a family should have some particular duties?
  4. Who is the head in your family? Do you agree with the statement that husband is a head of a family or you are for the democracy inside of a family?
  5. What is the perfect number of children to have in a family?

Advice

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you like to give advice? Do you like when someone gives you advice?
  2. Do you think that you are good at giving advice? Is there any person whose advice you respect more than other's?
  3. Do you usually follow advice given to you fully or partially?
  4. Do you find that people who always give advice are annoying?
  5. There are many TV programs where smart people give their advice how to cope with different issues. Are you interested in those recommendations? Do you follow them?

Age: Youth & Old Age

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is best age to your opinion? Why?
  2. Why is there a noticeable difference between generations? What do they differ about?
  3. Should adults teach young people anything? If yes, what is it in particular?
  4. Do you feel respect to the older generations? If yes, then for what?
  5. If people are still able and want to work, should they retire anyway after they reach a certain age?
  6. Are you afraid of getting old? Have you ever thought what you would do when you became old?

Old memories

Questions for discussion:

  1. What was your earliest memory? Your first recollection? How old were you?
  2. Do you remember when you were happy, glad, sad or angry for the first time?
  3. Do you remember your first love? Did it work out or was it unrequited love?
  4. What do you remember about your childhood? Do you miss it? Would it be nice if people always remain children?
  5. What was the funniest story about your childhood?
  6. When you grew up, how fast was your personality changing?

Russia In The Modern World

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is the position of Russia in the modern world? What role does Russia play in world economy and policy?
  2. Do Russians like living in the Russian Federation more than in the Soviet Union?
  3. Are Russians happier about their lives now than they used to be?
  4. Are there many Russians living in the former republic of the Soviet Union? What is their position in the society in such countries as Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Ukraine?

Friends and Friendship

Questions for discussion:

  1. Is it easy for you to make friends?
  2. Do you have any particularly close friends?
  3. Do you stay in touch with all of the friends you’ve made?
  4. Which long-lost friend would you like to see again? Tell us your story.
  5. Is there a difference in friendship between your male friends and female friends?
  6. Do you ever worry about losing your friends?
  7. Are friends sometimes more important than family?
  8. Do you agree with the expression “a friend in need is a friend in deed”?

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?

Men and Women

Quotes for discussion:

  1. “They keep saying the right person will come along, I think mine got hit by a truck.”
  2. “Women have a wonderful instinct about things. They can discover everything except the obvious.” Oscar Wilde quotes (Irish Poet, Novelist, Dramatist and Critic, 1854-1900)
  3. "Women always worry about the things that men forget; men always worry about the things women remember."
  4. "A woman never forgets the men she could have had; a man, the women he couldn't."

Quotes

Do you agree with the ideas communicated in these quotations below?

  1. Only your real friends tell you when your face is dirty.
  2. Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.
  3. If you love somebody, set them free. If they return, they were always yours. If they don't, they never were.
  4. Sometimes you have to let go of the one you love to find out if there is really something there.

Adultery

Questions for discussion:

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