Warm-up Question:
Are you learning anything these days? If not, is there something you are interested in learning about?

ESL Conversation Questions:

  1. How important is education? Why?
  2. Does your country have a good education system? What are its strengths and weaknesses?
  3. Which countries are thought to have good education systems? Why are they considered good?
  4. Is education only for the young? What things should people learn as they get older?
  5. Henry Ford said, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” Do you agree? Why?
  6. Do you enjoy learning new things? Give an example if you can.
  7. Does learning make you tired? Is it hard work?
  8. Have you ever considered becoming a teacher? Why are you or aren’t you suited for that job?
  9. What characteristics should a good teacher have?
  10. Who has taught you a lot in your life?
  11. Some people learn on their own. What things, if any, have you learned without teachers or formal education?
  12. Some people feel education damages originality and creativity. What do you think?
  13. How do you feel about tests and examinations? Are they necessary?
  14. What’s your learning style? Do you learn best by listening, reading, interaction, doing things, or by some other method?
  15. Do you prefer to spend time with people of a similar level of education to yourself? Why or why not?
  16. John Dewey said, “education is not a preparation for life, but is life itself”. What do you think he meant?