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Video Games Conversation Questions

Warm-up Task:
What popular and classic video games do you known? Make a list.

ESL Conversation Questions:

  1. Do you like video games? Why or why not?
  2. Do you play video games these days? How much time per week do you spend playing them?
  3. Some people say that video games are a waste of time. Do you agree or disagree?
  4. What was the first game you ever played? Where and when did you play it?
  5. What is your favorite all-time game? Why was it great?
  6. What type of games are good for playing alone? Which are good for playing with other people?
  7. How much money do you spend on video games? Is it more or less than you spend on other forms of entertainment?
  8. Games can be played on computers, phones, consoles and in arcades. On what kind of machine or device to you prefer to play a game?
  9. Have you ever played a video game in an arcade? Are arcades popular in your country?
  10. Do video games help develop skills? What mental or physical skills do they help players to develop?
  11. Children enjoy video games. How old should a child be before he or she is allowed to play video games?
  12. It seems that most video game players are male. Why do boys like video games more than girls do?
  13. Have you ever played a game that requires physical movement, like with the Nintendo Wii? What are the benefits of this kind of game?
  14. Virtual reality systems are gaining popularity these days. Are you excited about the potential of virtual reality? Or are you worried? Why?
  15. Some video games are very violent. Do you think they influence their players to be violent in real life? If so, what should we do about it?
  16. Some people get addicted to video games. Why can’t they stop playing?
  17. These days, some gamers make a living from playing video games. Do you think professional gamers are similar to the athletes in other sports? Why or why not?
  18. Is there an upcoming game you are looking forward to playing? What is it? What do you expect from it?

 

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Humor Conversation Questions

Warm-up Question:
What makes you laugh?

Vocabulary List

ESL Conversation Questions:

  1. Who is the funniest person you know? What makes them funny?
  2. Are you good at telling jokes? If not, why not?
  3. When you look for a boyfriend or girlfriend, are you attracted to men or women who can make you laugh?
  4. Are men funnier than women? Or vice versa?
  5. Do you laugh when other people suffer misfortune? Is it funny when someone falls over? When is it okay to laugh at another person, and when is it wrong?
  6. Laughter is the best medicine. What do you think about this idea?
  7. How do you feel about clowns? Scary or funny?
  8. Is stand-up comedy popular in your culture? Who is your favorite stand-up comedian?
  9. Is being funny a natural ability or can a person learn to be funny? How could a person become funnier?
  10. What is your favorite comedy movie? Can you recall a funny scene from the film?
  11. Who is the funniest actor or actress in the world? Would you see a movie just because that person is in it?
  12. Do you follow any comic strips or humorous comic books? Explain what they are about and why you like them.
  13. Do you enjoy dark humor? Why do you think people sometimes want to joke about topics like death?
  14. Do you do silly things to amuse your friends? Give an example.
  15. Have you played a practical joke on another person? What did you do to whom?
  16. Does parody have a place in your culture? Who or what is usually the target of parody?
  17. How do you feel about toilet humor? Are farts funny?
  18. How do you react if someone tells a bad joke? Do you laugh to be polite?

Music Conversation Questions

Warm-up Task:
Take turns naming a genre of music. List as many as you can.

Vocabulary List

ESL Conversation Questions:

  1. How often do you listen to music?
  2. What genres of music do you like? Which do you dislike?
  3. Can you play a musical instrument? Or did you play one as a child?
  4. Can you name a hit song from the past year? Do you like the song, or are you sick of hearing it?
  5. Who is your favorite musician, band or group? How important are they to you?
  6. Do you enjoy live music? Have you been to any concerts? Talk about the most memorable.
  7. Do you see buskers in your city? How do you feel about what street performers do?
  8. Can you sing well? How often do you sing?
  9. Does music have the power to change your mood? How does music affect you?
  10. Do you enjoy dancing? What kind of music is good to dance to?
  11. What kind of equipment do you use to listen to music? How much are you willing to spend on good sound quality?
  12. Is there a song that makes you emotional? Which song is it and why is it so powerful?
  13. Do you like karaoke? Do you have a song that you often sing? What is it?
  14. What movie has a very memorable soundtrack?
  15. Do you like to go to musicals? What is your favorite musical?
  16. If you could magically gain the ability to play any musical instrument well, which would you choose?
  17. What makes you like a song? The melody, the lyrics, or something else?
  18. What’s your favorite music video? Do videos help you enjoy the music more?
  19. What song best represents you, or your attitude to life?

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Sport Conversation Questions

Warm-up Tasks:
Compete in groups to list as many sports as you can on paper or on the whiteboard.

Vocabulary List

ESL Conversation Questions:

  1. Do you play any sports these days? If not, how do you get exercise?
  2. Which sports do you enjoy watching on TV? How much time do you spend watching them?
  3. Have you watched any sports live at the sports ground or stadium?  How was the experience? Was it better than watching on TV?
  4. Are there any sports you can’t stand to see on TV? What are they and why don’t you like them?
  5. Which is the most dangerous sport? What kind of injuries occur when people play it?
  6. Your country is best at which sports? Why is it strong at these?
  7. What sports did you play as a child? What was your proudest moment?
  8. Is sport an important part of education? What does it teach us?
  9. Who is your all-time favorite sportsperson?
  10. What do you think about crazy sports fans? Do you dress up to support your team?
  11. If the Olympics could only be one event, what should that event be?
  12. People compete in sport, games, the economy and many other areas of life. What is good and bad about competition?
  13. Is there too much money in sport? Are athletes paid too much or too little?
  14. Is motor-racing really a sport? How much recognition should we give to the engineers and designers versus the drivers?
  15. Some sports are often played alongside alcohol, like darts and pool. Do you consider the best players of these games to be athletes?
  16. Which is the sportiest country in the world?
  17. Athletes from which sports train the hardest?
  18. Some suggest that people who are good at sport, are not intelligent. What do you think about this stereotype?

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Movies Conversation Questions

Warm-up Questions:
What movies came out this year? What movies are out now? Which of them have you seen? How were they?

Vocabulary List

ESL Conversation Questions:

  1. What genres of movies do you like?
  2. What’s your favorite movie of all time? Why do you like it?
  3. What’s the worst movie you have ever seen?
  4. Is going to the movies too expensive? How much are you willing to pay to see a movie at the cinema? Will you pay more to see a film in 3D?
  5. Who is the most beautiful actress in the world? Who is the most handsome actor in the world?
  6. Talk about someone you think is a very talented actor or actress.
  7. Do you like animated movies? Or are they just for kids?
  8. Do you enjoy movies from your own country or other countries more? From which other countries?
  9. Do you try to watch films that win awards? Are awards good indicators of film quality?
  10. What do you like to eat or drink while watching a film?
  11. How long should a movie be? How long is too long?
  12. Are sequels ever as good as the original? Give examples of good sequels if you can.
  13. How do you choose which movie to watch? By the genre? Director? Main star?
  14. Does watching movies in English help you learn English? Would you recommend this method to language students?
  15. Can we learn about a culture from the movies that culture produces? What have you learned from foreign films?
  16. Do you mind reading subtitles when you watch a foreign language film, or would you prefer it is dubbed into your own language?
  17. Does violence in films and on television inspire violence in real life?
  18. Do you think age restrictions for films are effective?
  19. Are you looking forward to any upcoming movies? What film do you want to watch these days?

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