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ESL Conversation Topic – Random Questions

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Sometimes I just don’t have the energy to lead a ESL topic discussion so I will resort to using a series of random questions which can be discussed amongst my students. After all, the purpose of an ESL conversation class is to get your students talking.

Warmup: Divide students into groups of two and hand out a copy of the following questions to each group. Tell them they will have 20 minutes to discuss the questions amongst themselves. After the discussion, you will reconvene the class to discuss the answers.

1. Talk about three problems that you have right now that you can’t solve. How can you solve them?

2. What are three resolutions that you would like to make? Do you think it is possible to follow through with these resolutions?

3. Why do you think bad things happen to good people?

4. If you need advice, do you go to your mother or father? Why?

5. Is it OK to live with your boyfriend or girlfriend before you get married?

6. Many people have cars in China today. Some of them simply use their cars to drive 2-3 minutes to work. Do you think all of the cars in China are necessary? Why or why not?

7. Who is the most famous person in the history of China?

8. Look at the sentence “Madam, I’m Adam” and the word “Racecar.” What does this sentence and word have in common?

9. What is one country in the world you would never visit even if someone paid you a thousand dollars? Why?

10. If you and your wife (or husband) were having a baby would you want to know the sex of the baby? Why or why not?

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