Brainstorm a list of different religions and the names that are given to the followers of those religions. For example, Buddhism and Buddhist.
ESL Conversation Questions
- Do you have a religion? What is it? How long have you been a member of that religion?
- Have you been to a religious service? What happened at that service? Describe the events you remember.
- What is the most common religion in your country? Is it dominant or are there several popular religions?
- Do you go to religious services regularly? Where and when do you go? What do you do there?
- Do you have friends or family that are members of a different religion or not religious? Are your religious differences ever a problem for your relationships?
- Do you believe in God? Do you think of God as a being, like a man or a woman? Explain your concept of God.
- Atheism and agnosticism are increasingly popular. Why is this?
- Are science and religion enemies? How do people reconcile evidence-based knowledge and faith?
- Miracles are acts that cannot be explained by nature or science. Do you believe miracles happen? Can you give an example?
- Have you studied religions besides your own? What is interesting about other religions?
- Have you ever been to a religious service for a religion other than your own? How was it? Were you comfortable?
- Is religion a source of conflict and war? Or is it a force for peace?
- Explain how, if at all, religion plays a role in the government or politics of your country.
- Religions often prescribe rules for human behavior. Which rules are hardest to follow?
- What famous religious buildings do you know? Have you visited any world-famous religious sites?
- Some people dedicate their lives to religion. What makes them so committed?
- Do you admire any religious figures? Who do you admire most? What are they known for?