Print Discuss is made to supply a useful resource – ESL conversation questions. Depending on their working situation, instructors often find themselves with limited time to prepare for discussion classes. I hope they can visit this site and get something useful for a class that requires minimal preparation time.
The discussion questions found here are especially suitable for students from intermediate to advanced levels. Low-intermediate students may struggle to answer some of the questions. Moreover, some of the topics may not succeed, depending on the cultural context. Instructors should have a sense of what their students can talk about and direct students to answer those questions.
Each set of questions should provide more than enough material for an hour-long class, especially if the instructor encourages the students to see the questions as just the starting point of their conversations. One version of an ideal discussion class would include a short warm-up task, the pre-teaching of key vocabulary, student discussion in small groups or pairs with periodic monitoring by the instructor, and finally, some kind of corrections, clarifications, or specific praise at the end.