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Conversation Topics for ESL Students

Updated on January 7, 2014

Speaking English

These speaking activities are suitable for intermediate and advanced levels.

Time - 30 minutes

You could print out this ESL conversation topic's sheet, put the students into pairs and have them ask each other questions. Alternatively, you could do it as a whole class activity.

ESL Conversation Topics

  • Have you ever been in a fight? What happened?
  • Are you afraid of anything? What?
  • Name one thing you could not live without and explain why?
  • Do you think beggars have genuine problems or are they just lazy?
  • Have you ever got a fine from the police?
  • If you found €50 on the ground, what would you do?
  • If you could be more beautiful, more intelligent, funnier or more musical, what would you choose? Why?
  • Do you think some dolls or clowns are creepy looking?
  • Can you cook? What can you cook?
  • What calms you down when you are feeling anxious?
  • Do you trust politicians?
  • If your country was invaded tomorrow, would you join the army to protect it?
  • What housework do you hate doing the most? Why?
  • Do you think that robots could one day start thinking for themselves?
  • Do you believe in aliens? Why / why not?
  • Do you have a good/bad memory?

  • What do you think is the most exciting job in the world?
  • What do you think is the worst job in the world?
  • What is your earliest memory?
  • Do you have any regrets?
  • Have you ever borrowed money or something from a friend and not returned it?
  • What do you hate doing? Why?
  • What’s your favourite way to relax?
  • What are your worst characteristics?
  • What are your best characteristics?
  • If you didn’t like something about your body and money wasn’t an issue, would you get surgery done?
  • What would be the worst sense to lose – sight, speech or hearing?
  • Have you ever cried during a movie? What movie was it?
  • Where would you like to go for your next holiday? Why?
  • Are you an introvert or an extrovert at a party?
  • Do you like meeting new people?
  • Would you go on a blind date?
  • Have you ever been to hospital? What happened?
  • Which are better – dogs or cats?
  • What animal do you like the most/ the least?
  • If you were stuck on a deserted island with only animals or an island with only fruits/vegetables, which would you choose?
  • How well do you think you would survive living in the wild?

  • Do you think zoos are cruel?
  • What is your favourite T.V. show right now?
  • Have you ever lied to a close friend or family member?
  • Have you ever been jealous of somebody? Why?
  • What do you think about online dating?
  • Have you ever been scammed online?
  • If you went for a job interview you really wanted but your friend got it instead, how would you feel?
  • Where would you like to go this weekend?
  • What areas in your life would you like to improve?
  • Where were you when the Twin Towers came down?
  • If the world was going to end in 5 days time, what would you do?
  • Name a country you would not like to move to and explain why?
  • If you could ban something (customs, religious practices, laws, things...etc.) from your country what would it be?
  • What do you think is better - your parents choosing your future husband/wife or you choosing? Explain your choice.
  • If you could go out and buy anything you wanted tomorrow, what would it be?
  • Do you have children? Do you want children?
  • What is the perfect family size in your opinion?
  • What movie did you see recently that made a big impression on you? Explain why.
  • What kind of books do you like to read?
  • Which would you prefer – reading a book or watching a movie?
  • Do you think most people make judgements on appearance? Have you ever been judged wrongly by the way you look?

  • Do you like reality T.V. shows?
  • Do you think torture is justified in extreme situations?
  • Which do you prefer - the city or the countryside? Why?
  • Do you like your boss/teacher?
  • If you don’t agree with somebody, do you just ignore their opinion or do you say something?
  • Do you know any overbearing, pushy people? If so how do you react to them?
  • Are you bossy?
  • What is the best day of the week for you?
  • Are you a morning person or a night person?
  • Are you a tea person or a coffee person?
  • Do you think you are adventurous?
  • Would you try some extreme sports such as parachuting or bungee jumping?
  • Do you play computer games? If so, which ones?
  • Do you think children these days spend too much time playing computer games?
  • Are you worried about what your children get up to online?
  • How can the internet be improved?
  • Do you think your English classroom should focus more on technology?
  • Have you ever built something? What was it?
  • What is your greatest achievement?
  • What are you going to do after class?

ESL Speaking Activities

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