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American Election Conversation Questions

Warm-up Question:
How many American presidents can you name? List as many as you can.

ESL Conversation Questions:

  1. Have you been following the American presidential election? What has happened lately?
  2. What do you know about the major party candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump?
  3. How much do you know about third-party candidates, such as Jill Stein and Gary Johnson?
  4. Where do you get your information about the American election from? What is your preferred news source? What do you like about it?
  5. How important is the American presidential election to other countries around the world? How can the American President affect other countries?
  6. What do you think about democracy? Is it a good system?
  7. Have you voted for a political leader or party? How important is voting to you?
  8. The American presidential election seems to take a long time. How long does it take to choose a leader in your country?
  9. Politicians in the USA have to raise a lot of money to run for office. Is this a problem?
  10. One of the big issues in the current American election is immigration. Why do people disagree about immigration policy?
  11. Another issue in the American election is trade. Many voters are against free trade agreements. What do you think about free trade agreements such as NAFTA or TPP?
  12. Hillary Clinton is the first female nominee of a major party for president. Why has there not been a female president in the United States before?
  13. Has your country had a female leader? Were they any different from a male leader? How?
  14. At times, the candidates’ personal lives have been talked about during this election. Does the public need to know about the candidates’ personal lives? Why or why not?
  15. During this election some candidates have insulted other candidates and have been accused of rudeness. Should politicians be polite?
  16. The American president is one of the few world leaders with the power to use nuclear weapons. What kind of person should be allowed that kind of power?


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Politics Conversation Questions

Warm-up Task:
How many world leaders can you name? With your group, list as many presidents, prime ministers, and other national leaders as you can.

ESL Conversation Questions:

  1. Do you follow politics? Why or why not?
  2. Is/was politics discussed in your family? Are you aware of your parents’ political beliefs?
  3. Have you voted before? If so, how did it feel? If not, are you planning on voting in the future? Why or why not?
  4. Have you participated in politics in any way? If not, would you consider getting involved with a political party or organization?
  5. In what ways do the politicians in your country do a good job? In what ways are they disappointing?
  6. Has your country ever had a female leader? Why do men dominate politics in most nations?
  7. What things do people usually say about politicians? Do you agree or disagree with those ideas?
  8. In many countries there are progressive and conservative political forces. Do people naturally divide between those who want change and those who reject it?
  9. What social issues divide people in your country?
  10. What economic issues divide people in your country?
  11. Is ethnicity or race a factor in the politics in your country? How so?
  12. Is environmentalism an important factor in politics in your country? Is there a political party that is focused on green issues?
  13. What role does religion play in the politics of your country?
  14. In your opinion, what is the most important issue facing your country?
  15. Do the politics of another country affect your life in any way?
  16. Carl von Clausewitz said, “War is the continuation of politics by other means.” Is war a form a politics? Or is politics a form of war?
  17. Can you be friends with someone if they have very different political views from you?
  18. Do you have a favorite political leader? What did they do?

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Addiction Conversation Questions

Warm-up Task:
Brainstorm a list of things that people get addicted to.

ESL Conversation Questions:

  1. Are you addicted to anything?
  2. What is the difference between a habit and an addiction?
  3. Do you have any harmless bad habits? Do they annoy other people?
  4. What are some good habits that you would like to have?
  5. Are you addicted to any television shows? How important is it that you watch each episode?
  6. How much or how often should a person drink to be considered an alcoholic?
  7. What is the most addictive substance in the world? What makes it addictive?
  8. Which addictions are safer than others? Is it okay to be addicted to something like coffee?
  9. Have you ever broken an addiction to something? How did you do it? How hard was it to give that thing up?
  10. Some people replace one addictive behavior with another. Can you think of an example?
  11. Is it true that giving up smoking means you will gain weight? How can this problem be solved?
  12. What is the difference between addictive behavior, like gambling, and consuming an addictive substance, like nicotine (from tobacco)?
  13. Are you a shopaholic? What part of shopping makes people want to shop often?
  14. What is the strangest addiction you have ever heard of?
  15. A few celebrities have admitted to suffering from sex addiction. What do you think about this?
  16. Is having an addiction embarrassing? If so, what is the most embarrassing addiction?
  17. Is there such a thing as an addictive personality? Do you know anyone with an addictive personality? Describe their behavior.
  18. Alcoholics Anonymous is a famous support group for people with drinking problems. What other forms of help can an addicted person get?
  19. Have you ever been to a casino? If so, did you win anything and how did it feel?
  20. Some people lose huge amounts of money gambling. Why can’t they quit playing?


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Environment Conversation Questions

Warm-up Task:
List as many types of pollution or environmental damage as you can.

ESL Conversation Questions:

  1. How is the environment around you? Is it clean?
  2. Describe the most natural environment for a human being. Is that how you live?
  3. What kind of pollution bothers you most on a day-to-day basis?
  4. What kind of pollution is worst for our health?
  5. What do you do with a piece of trash when there is no trash can near you?
  6. Should people who litter be fined? How much is an appropriate fine?
  7. Do you recycle? If so, what kinds of things do you recycle?
  8. What do you do to conserve energy?
  9. Do you try to buy environmentally friendly products? If so, please give some examples.
  10. How do you feel when you hear about global warming? Is there hope for the future?
  11. Do you believe human activities contribute to global warming? If so, what should we do about it? If not, what do you think causes global warming?
  12. Which type of energy is the most environmentally friendly? Do you use this type of energy? Why or why not?
  13. What is more important to you? Social issues or environmental problems?
  14. Have you ever donated your time or money to an environmental organization? Which organization did you help? What is their focus?
  15. How important is nature to you? Do you try to get close to nature?
  16. Where can a person go to breathe really fresh air?
  17. Which countries produce the most pollution?
  18. Which country has the most environmentally friendly reputation?


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University Conversation Questions

Warm-up Question:
List as many universities as you can, in your country and abroad.

ESL Conversation Questions:

  1. Why do people go to university?
  2. Is it necessary to do further education after high school these days? What other options are there, besides education?
  3. What kind of post-high school education have you done?
  4. What was your favorite subject at university? Why did you like it?
  5. How did you choose which classes to take at university?
  6. Did you have a favorite professor? What did you like about them?
  7. How is the relationship between students and professors different from that between students and teachers at high school?
  8. How is university life different from high school life?
  9. Did you belong to any clubs at university? What kind of activities did you do with other club members?
  10. How important is the social aspect of university?
  11. What do you think about university rankings? What do they mean?
  12. Which is the most prestigious university in the world? Why is it so respected?
  13. Did you study hard in high school to get into your preferred university? Explain some of your study habits.
  14. How did you pick your major? Were you focused on a future career? Or did you have other priorities?
  15. How much is your current life or job related to what you studied in university?
  16. How much does it cost to attend university in your country? Is it affordable?
  17. Have you done post-graduate study? If not, would you consider doing it?
  18. Would you like to be a university professor? What are the pros and cons of that career?
  19. Does being highly educated mean someone is a good person?
  20. Some people return to university after they retire. What would you choose to study in that situation?


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