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Warm-up Task:
In groups, compete to list as many animals as you can.

Vocabulary List

ESL Conversation Questions:

  1. What is your favorite animal and why?
  2. Do you have a pet? How important is your pet to you?
  3. Did you have pets as a child? What does having a pet teach children?
  4. Which animals make the best pets?
  5. Are people animals? What separates humans from animals?
  6. Do you wonder what animals are thinking? What thoughts do they have? Do you think we will be better able to communicate with animals in the future?
  7. Which animal is the most dangerous? What would you do if one approached you?
  8. Do you like dogs? Why do people call the dog, man’s best friend?
  9. Do you enjoy going to the zoo? Some people consider zoos cruel environments for animals. What do you think?
  10. Are you a vegetarian? What makes some people give up eating meat?
  11. Which animal is most helpful to humans?
  12. Which animal would you like to be?
  13. Who would win in a fight between a tiger and a lion?
  14. What do you think about hunting animals? Would you like to try it?
  15. How should a person be punished if they are cruel to an animal?
  16. Some animals are endangered due to illegal poaching. How do you feel about this issue?
  17. If we can bring an extinct animal from the past back with genetic engineering, should we do it? Which animals should we bring back?
  18. Have you heard of the law of the jungle? How do you feel about the idea that in nature, animals kill or be killed?
  19. What do you think about the idea of evolution? If animals are still evolving, what will they be like in the future?
  20. What do people mean when they say ‘a leopard doesn’t change its spots‘? Do you agree?

leopard photo

Photo by Tambako the Jaguar