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CONVERSATION TOPICS

  • Level: Intermediate/Advanced
  • Age: Above 12

 

We have compiled a list of conversation topics to make your students speak. They are presented in questions, just to motivate your students or to make them react. Be sure to use topics according to the age and knowledge of your students.

 

Topic: Famous people

  • Why is somebody famous?
  • What are the pros and cons of being a celebrity?
  • Have you ever seen a celebrity? Who? Where? When?
  • Are you a member of any fan club?
  • Who is your favourite star? Would you like to see him/her in person? What would you tell him/her?
  • What do you think of papparazzi?

 

Topic: Cars

  • Can you drive? How did you learn? When?
  • What are the pros and cons of having your own car?
  • Do you prefer to drive in the day or at night?
  • Have you ever had an accident with you car?
  • Have you ever been stopped by the police?
  • Are there many car accidents in your city?
  • What can be done to avoid car accidents?
  • Is jaywalking legal in your country?
  • What are the problems of drinking and driving?
  • You can obtain topic vocabulary here.

 

Topic: Airplanes

  • Have you ever been on an airplane? When? How old were you?
  • What airlines have you flown with?
  • Are you afraid of flying? Why?
  • What are you supposed to do before taking a plane?
  • What seat do you prefer: aisle, center or window?
  • Can you sleep on a plane?
  • Would you like to be flight attendant or pilot? Why?
  • Why are most pilots men?
  • Why are most flight attendants women?
  • Are planes safe?
  • You can obtain topic vocabulary here.

 

Topic: Accidents

  • What is the most dangerous thing in a house?
  • Are animals at home a danger?
  • What can be done to prevent kitchen/bathroom accidents?
  • What would you do if you fall down and your knee starts bleeding?

 

Topic: Clothes

  • Do you like buying new clothes? Where do you go?
  • What kind of clothes do you prefer?
  • What kind of clothes do you wear to play sports / to go out with friends / to go to school?
  • Do you wear a hat, a cap, sunglasses, jewelry? When?
  • Are clothes expensive in your city?
  • What is your favourite colour? Why?
  • Do you dress differently according to your mood?
  • Should men wear earrings?
  • Would you buy secondhand clothes? Why?
  • Are high-heels shoes good or bad for the health?
  • Is fashion important?
  • You can obtain topic vocabulary here.

 

Topic: Diets

  • Why should people start a diet?
  • Have you ever been on a diet? Why?
  • What food shouldn't you eat if you're on a diet?
  • What diet would you recommend for a friend / somebody aged 40/60/70?
  • How can you lose/gain weight?
  • Do you give much importance to what you eat?

 

Topic: Music

  • What kind of music do you like?
  • Do you have many CDs / MP3s? Which one is your favourite? How often do you listen to them?
  • Do you like classical music? Why?
  • Do you prefer to listen to the radio?
  • Can you dance? Where do you go? With whom? How often?
  • Who is your favourite band/singer?
  • Do you like musicals?
  • Have you ever been to a concert? Where? When?
  • What kind of music is popular in your country?
  • Do you think that MP3s are good or bad for the music industry? Should them be banned?
  • What was the last CD you bought? When?
  • Can music help to calm down a stressed person? How?
  • What do you think of karaoke?
  • Do you play any instrument?

 

Topic: Travel

  • Do you like travelling?
  • Why do people travel?
  • Where have you been? Have you ever been abroad?
  • What was your best trip?
  • Do you travel with your family, with friends or alone?
  • Do you prefer to travel by bus, plane, train or car?
  • Have you ever got lost? Why?
  • Do you like to go camping?
  • Where would you like to go next?
  • What do you do for the holidays?
  • Where did you go last year?
  • Do you prefer a budget hotel or a first-class hotel? Why?
  • Is travelling expensive in your country?
  • If you had $100,000 where would you go for your holidays?
  • You can obtain topic vocabulary here.

 

Topic: Jobs

  • Do you work? What do you do? Do you like it? Do you like your boss?
  • How many hours/days in a week do you work?
  • What is your ideal job?
  • What was your first job?
  • How much money should you be paid?
  • At what age people can retire?
  • Would you like to have a secretary? Why?
  • What does your father/mother do?
  • Would you work all day in an office? Why?
  • Would you like to be a doctor/nurse? Why?
  • What jobs are best paid in your country?
  • Is is easy to get a job in your country?
  • What's the most dangerous/fun/boring job?

 

Topic: Sports

  • What is your favourite sport? How often do you play? With whom? Where?
  • Do you prefer watching sports on TV?
  • Have you ever played golf / rugby / baseball?
  • What sport is popular in your country?
  • Are you interested in sports from other countries? Which ones?
  • Can you swim?
  • What is the most dangerous sport?
  • Do you go to a gym club? How often?
  • Would you like to learn a new sport? Which one?
  • What is your favourite team? Are you a real fan? Do you often go to the stadium?
  • Do you play sports at school?
  • Can women play boxing / soccer / football?

 

Topic: Television

  • What kind of TV shows you like/don't like?
  • How long do you spend watching TV? Do you think it's too much?
  • When do you watch TV?
  • Is TV educational or not?
  • If you were the station manager, what show would you add/remove?
  • Do you like/watch commercials?
  • Do you use the remote too much?
  • Do you think that TV makes people lazy?
  • Do you like reality shows? Why?
  • Can you learn something watching TV?

 

Topic: Cinema

  • What is your favourite movie/actor/actress?
  • What kind of movies do you prefer?
  • What was the last movie you saw? With whom? When? Where?
  • Do you prefer to watch movies at home or at the cinema? Why?
  • Do you often rent movies?
  • Would you like to be in a movie? Why?
  • Do you like romantic movies? Why?
  • Do you prefer action or comedy movies?
  • Do you read the subtitles?
  • Is it expensive to go to the cinema?

 

Topic: Marriage

  • Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend? How long have you been together? How did you meet?
  • Would you get married? Why?
  • Is it good to live together for a time before getting married? Why?
  • Have you ever had a blind date?
  • Do you believe in love at first sight?
  • Is it better to be single or married?
  • What do people do in a marriage ceremony?
  • Would you like to have a marriage party? Who would you invite?
  • Where would you go for your honeymoon?
  • What makes a happy marriage?
  • Would you marry someone from another city/country? Why?

 

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