Do you always lock your house? What about your car?
How have science and technology changed what crimes are committed? How about the way we solve them?
Do you think that men and women are punished the same for the same crimes? Why or why not? How should it be?
Should users of illegal drugs be put in jail? Why or why not? What about the people who sell them?
Do you think it's possible to prevent certain kinds of crimes? If so, which ones and how?
Why do you think that there have been so many school shootings at high schools in the United States?
What do you think are reasonable penalties for people who commit environmental crimes*?
*environmental crimes--for example, killing an endangered animal, being responsible for a major industrial accident like Chernobyl or Bhopal, polluting a river, etc.
How much does the media cover crime in your country? Do you think that they should spend less time or more time on it?
Have you (or anyone you know) been the victim of a crime? What happened?
What do you think of the death penalty?
Conversation Question Ideas - Small Groups
Time: 45-60 minutes
Directions: This is a no-brainer. Copy the cards on to cardstock (if available) or paper. Cut them up. Divide the class into small groups. Give a complete set of...
Lessons: The Expert Game - This in-class activity is near foolproof. The activity rests on the idea that students have a lot to say when they're talking about something they're interested in and passionate about. It works best...
Lesson: Find Out If - This lesson is based on the idea that we all have exciting stories to tell. Although it's similar to the traditional "Find Someone Who," the focus here is not to write down a name and "win" the game....
Lessons: I've Never - Level: Intermediate-advanced
Grammar: Present perfect and simple past
Directions: First, do a model round. Instead of using alcohol, I've heard you can use pennies or nickels to make this one...
Lessons: Class Discussion - Time: 90 Minutes
Materials: One copy of the Classroom Handout for every two students.
Preparation: 5 minutes (Print, read, copy, teach)
Directions: Explain to...
Conversation Questions: Politics & Government - Press Control + P to print these out.
How are government officials chosen in your country? Do you think this method is fair?
In your opinion, how much should governments contribute to...
Conversation Questions: Animals & Pets - Press Control + P to print these out.
Are cats better pets than dogs or are dogs better pets than cats? Why?
If you could be any animal in the world, what would you be and why?
Conversation Questions: Entertainment - Press Control + P to print these out.
What do you usually do on the weekends? What did you do last weekend? Do you have plans for this weekend?
What kind of music do you like? Is there...
Conversation Questions: The Media - Press Control + P to print these out.
How often do you read the paper or watch the news on TV? How importantis it for you to keep up with current events?
In your opinion, what has been...
Conversation Questions: Movies - Press Control + P to print these out.
Who is your favorite actor? Who is your favorite actress? Do you ever wish that they were together in real life?
Describe the best movie set you...
Conversation Questions: Music - Press Control + P to print these out.
How popular is live music in your country? When was the last time you went to a concert or live show?
What kind of music do you like? Is there any...
Conversation Questions: Sleep and Dreams - Press Control + P to print these out.
Do you usually remember your dreams? Tell about a recent dream you remember.
What do you know about dream interpretation? What might the following...
Conversation Questions: Work - Press Control + P to print these out.
What's your ideal job? Why?
How has technology changed business? Do you think it's created more work or less?
Is it typical for men and...
Conversation Questions: Art - Press Control + P to print these out.
Have you ever seen an opera? Have you ever been to the symphony? If so, tell about it.
Tell about the last time you visited a museum. What did...
Conversation Questions: Adventure - Press Control + P to print these out.
If you could go back to another time and place, what time and place would you choose and why?
Do you have any tatoos? If so, tell about how you got...
Conversation Questions: Science and Medicine - Press Control + P to print these out.
Who is the most famous scientist from your country? What did he/she do?
In what ways has science most advanced society?
In what ways has...
Conversation Questions: The Paranormal - Press Control + P to print these out.
Have you ever been to see a fortune teller or psychic? If so, do you think it was worth the money?
Do you believe in ghosts? What are they? Have you...
Conversation Questions: Shopping - Press Control + P to print these out.
What was the last thing you bought for yourself? Where did you buy it? Why did you buy it?
Do you enjoy shopping? How often do you go shopping? How...
Conversation Questions: Travel - Press Control + P to print these out.
How many countries have you been to?
Describe the best trip you ever took. Where did you go? Who did you travel with? What did you do?
Conversation Questions: Technology - Press Control + P to print these out.
Would you consider dating someone you had met over the Internet? Why or why not?
What invention do you think has had the greatest impact on society?...
Conversation Questions: Learning Languages - Press Control + P to print these out.
What languages have you studied? How well can you read, write and speak each of them?
Have you ever had a friendship with someone who spoke a...
Conversation Questions: Drugs and Medicine - Press Control + P to print these out.
Do most people in your country prefer traditional medicine, modern medicine, or a combination of the two?
Do you think there are any legal drugs that...
Conversation Questions: Food - Press Control + P to print these out.
What's your favorite dessert? How often do you eat it?
Do you think you have a generally healthy diet? What have you eaten so far today?