Are you a romantic person? ESL Conversation Questions: What is the meaning of Valentine’s Day in your country? What happens on this day? Is Valentine’s Day more for men or women? Explain your answer. Do you have any special plans for Valentine’s Day? What will you do? Which traditional gift would you rather receive: chocolates, flowers, or a card with a personal message? Is Valentine’s Day only about romantic love? Or is it a good occasion to celebrate friendship as well? Do you like romantic movies? What is your favorite romantic movie? Have you ever received a Valentine’s Day card or gift from a secret admirer? How did it make you feel? Is Valentine’s Day the most romantic day of the year? If not, what day is? What is the most romantic thing you have done for another person? Valentine’s Day is promoted by companies whose only interest is making money. Discuss whether you agree or disagree. Describe your perfect Valentine’s Day date. How should a single person spend Valentine’s Day? What do you suggest? Do you enjoy playing cupid? Do you try to introduce people in the hope they will make a love match? What color is love? Some restaurants charge higher prices on Valentine’s Day. Are you willing to pay more to dine out on this day? How do you deal with unwanted romantic attention? Is a romantic gesture more powerful on Valentine’s Day or on another day of the year?
Have you met anyone for the first time recently? How did you meet? Vocabulary List ESL Conversation Questions: How often do you meet new people? How do you usually meet them? When you meet someone for the first time, how do you feel? How long does it take you to feel comfortable with a new person? What is the first thing you usually do or say when you meet a person for the first time? Do you know any good questions? ice-breaker Which topics do you avoid when you talk with someone for the first time? Which topics are safe? What does ‘ first impressions matter‘, mean? Do you agree? Do you think you make a good first impression? Have you ever met a boyfriend or girlfriend’s parents? What kind of impression did you make? When you meet someone and hear their name, do you remember it easily? Do you have any tricks to remember names well? Have you ever introduced yourself to a stranger in public? Why? What did you say? Is it more comfortable for you to meet men or women? Why? Have you ever met somebody and immediately hit it off? What made you get along so quickly? Have you ever been to a party where people were ? How good are you at mingling ? circulating Do you remember faces? If you have met a person, do you easily recognize them later? If you are walking down a street and see someone you think you know, do you always stop and say hello? Why or why not? How do people meet people to date these days? Some couples have romantic or funny stories about how they first met. Have you heard any good ones you would like to share?
Which qualities are important in a good husband or wife? Choose three and explain why: kindness, honesty, loyalty, good looks, health, ambition, a sense of humor, romance, something else? Vocabulary List ESL Conversation Questions Do you know many happily married couples? How do they stay happy? How important is marriage in your culture? Can people easily choose not to marry? Where does social pressure to marry come from? At what age do people usually get married in your country? What do you think is a good age to marry? Is it a good idea to date a few different people before getting married? How important is it to gain experience? What’s the best way to find a potential wife or husband? Do you believe in ? Are you looking for soul mates the one? What are the pros and cons of international marriage? Would you marry someone from another country? Is it a good idea to live together before getting married? What are the downsides of doing so? Are weddings in your country fun events? What do people usually do at weddings? What kinds of wedding gifts do people give in your culture? How long should a couple know each other before getting married? How soon is too soon? How important is it to get along with your ? in-laws How common is divorce in your country? Are divorced people looked down upon? In many countries, the divorce rate has increased over the past few decades. Why do you think this is? Is it normal or healthy for married couples to argue? How much fighting is too much? How do you feel about ? Could you let your parents pick your partner? arranged marriages Same-sex marriage has become possible in some countries. How do you feel about this issue? There is an expression in English: “behind every great man, there’s a great woman”. What does this mean to you? Do you agree? Do you think husbands and wives have different responsibilities according to their gender? Give some examples if you think so. Do you know any ? If you are a man, would you like to be a househusband? househusbands
Warm-up Task:Introduce one member of your family. Talk about their character and appearance.
Vocabulary List ESL Conversation Questions: How big is your immediate family? Who are the members? Who are you closest to in your family? What kind of relationship do you have with that person? Is it like friendship? Which day of the year are you most likely to spend with your family? As a child, did you go on family trips? What do you remember about those vacations? Is there a in your family? What is different about them? black sheep Are you an only child ? How does growing up without brothers or sisters affect a person’s character? How well do you know your extended family? How many of them have you met? Have you ever been to a ? How was it? family reunion Who are you most proud of among your relatives? Who do you look up to? Do your parents expect a lot from you? What kinds of things do they want you to do? Would you prefer to have a big family with many children, a small family, or no kids at all? Why? What characteristics have you from your parents? Do you look like them? Do you behave like they do? inherited What is a ? Do you know anyone like this? mama’s boy Does your family have any ? Will you heirlooms anything that has been in the family a long time? inherit Would you consider adopting children? Why or why not? What happens to old people in your family? Do they live with younger family members or move to a retirement home? How would you prefer to spend your old age? If you are married, how well do you get along with your ? in-laws What do people mean when they say, “you can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family”? If you live far away from some members of your family, how do you keep in touch? How often do you communicate? Are you so close to any of your friends that you consider them like family?
Warm-up Task:Talk about one of your friends. Give as much detail as possible about appearance, personality, when you first met, and what kinds of things you do together.
ESL Conversation Questions: Are you a social person? How much time do you spend with people every week? Are you a good friend? Why or why not? Do you mind being alone sometimes? For example, would you go to a movie by yourself? Or do you always try to invite friends? What activities do you usually do when you meet friends? Which of your friends have you known the longest? When did you first meet and how close are you now? How do you prefer to keep in touch with friends? Do you call, chat online, exchange text messages, or write letters? Who is your closest friend? How open and honest are you with each other? What would you do if you had friends who didn’t like each other? Would you encourage them to get along, or just meet them separately? Have you ever met a person and become friends very quickly? What makes some people connect immediately? Do you have any friends from a different culture or country than you? Do your differences make it hard to be friends, or are people basically the same no matter where they come from? Do you have any pen pals? How did you first begin to communicate? Is it possible for men and women to be friends? Or do romantic feelings always get in the way? Do men or women make better friends? Does one gender have better friendships? Some married people say their husband or wife is also their best friend. What do you think about this? In some cultures, friendship networks are important for doing business and getting jobs. How about in your culture? Are you and your friends competitive with each other? In which areas do you compete? Is there a maximum number of friends one person can have? How many friends do you think you could have before it became too difficult to keep in touch with them or keep track of their lives? Have you ever helped a friend when they really needed help? What happened? Do you have any friends who are much older or younger than you? Is age important in a friendship?