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CONVERSATION TOPICS - Intermediate level

A list of conversation topics suitable for intermediate level learners of English.

  It's a good idea to pre-teach essential vocabulary before beginning a discussion.
  This will help students feel more comfortable and encourage them to participate.

CONVERSATION TOPICS - Intermediate level
  1. What would you like to learn?
    If you had a free day every week and could use your day to learn something new, what would it be and why?
    Give students a few ideas such as:
    - Cooking
    - Home repair/decoration
    - Languages
    - Sport
    - Music
    - Computer skills

  2. 100 days left
    You have ony 100 days left to live. How would you spend your time?
    Suggested themes:
    - Travel
    - Family
    - Community

  3. Your best decision
    What is the best decision you ever made?
    Why are you confident that you made the right choice?
    For example:
    - Studies
    - Family
    - Travel
    - Health
    - Place where you live

  4. You're the President
    If you became president of your country, what would be your top three priorities?
    Suggested areas:
    - Education
    - Medical care
    - Free food for the poor/ food vouchers, etc.
    - Higher minimum wage
    - Equal salaries for men and women
    - Environment/climate change

  5. How to Spend $1000 Frivolously
    Supposing you received $1000 that you must spend frivolously. How would you use the money?
    (The money can’t be used for investing, paying bills, etc. – nothing “serious”).
    Some ideas:
    - Go on a trip
    - Go on a shopping spree: clothes/shoes etc.
    - Invite your wife/husband to an expensive restaurant
    - A treat for the family
    - A gift for yourself that you’ve always wanted

  6. Coronavirus
    - What do you know about the coronavirus?
    - How can we stop the virus spreading?
    (wearing masks, washing hands, tests, vaccines …)
    - Do you think everyone should be vaccinated against the virus?
    - Are rich countries better protected than poorer countries?
    - Do you think our lives will be different in the future as a result of the virus?

  7. Electric cars
    - Have you ever used an electric car?
    - What are the advantages?
    - Are electric cars expensive? Why?
    - Where can you charge an electric car?
    - Can electric cars travel as far as petrol or hybrid cars?
    - Are electric cars better for the environment?
    - Do you think there will be more electric cars in the future?

  8. What is for you the most enjoyable type of holiday?
    (camping, hotel, club, rented accommodation, touring, sports activities, etc.)
    List 5 things not to forget when you go on holiday.

  9. Describe your favourite pastime/hobby.
    - Why is it so enjoyable?
    - When did you take it up?
    - How often do you do it? etc...

  10. Annoying habits
    - Can you think of some things that annoy you?
    - What annoys you on public transport?
    - Do some drivers have annoying habits?
    - Does snoring annoy you?
    - Do children or young people do things that annoy adults?

  11. What are the 5 most important decisions in a person's life?
    After making suggestions, the group decides on the order of importance.

  12. Who is the greatest? (Ask students to add to the list.)
    - Who is/was the greatest leader in the world?
    - Who is/was the greatest athlete of all time?
    - What is/was the greatest movie you ever saw?
    - Who is/was the greatest inventor of all time?

  13. Your experiences in life
    - What is the best idea you hav ever had?
    - What is your biggest stroke of luck?
    - What if the best / the worst piece of advice you ever received?
    - What achievement are you most proud of?
    - What initiative would you never take again?
  14. Environment
    - What are some of the most serious environmental problems?
    - What are the causes of pollution?
    - What are the causes of climate change?
    - Suggest ten things people can do to help the environment.
    - Suggest five things governments could do to help the environment.

  15. Natural disasters
    - What is a natural disaster? (fires, flooding, earthquakes ...)
    - Can you give an example of a natural disaster?
    - Have you ever been in a fire?
    - If you had to leave your home quickly, what would you take with you?
    - What would you do if you lost everything?

  16. Television
    - How often do you watch television?
    - What do you think of the quality of television programmes today?
    - What television programs are popular in your country?
    - Is watching television good for children? Why? Why not?
    - What would be your ideal TV show?

  17. Fake news
    - Have you ever heard of fake news (fabricated news)?
    - Where do we most often find fake news?
    (newspapers, social media, show business ...)
    - What examples of fake news can you think of?

  18. Are people becoming telephone addicts?
    - Could you live without a telephone?
    - What would happen if our telephones no longer worked?

  19. Why are social networks so popular nowadays?
    - What are the positive/negative effects?
    - Are social networks sometimes used for bad purposes?
    - What bad purposes can you think of? (harassment, fake news ...)
    - What advice would you give to people about social networks?

  20. Do you think actors, singers, sportsmen, etc. earn too much money?
    - Why/why not?

  21. Manners and politeness
    - What do you think are some good/bad manners?
    - Can good manners in one country be bad manners in another country?
    - What are some good manners for using a mobile/cell phone?
    - Why are manners important?
    - Do people have better manners now than before?

  22. Under what circumstances would you :
    - walk out of a restaurant?
    - refuse a taxi?
    - call the manager of a hotel?
    - sleep in a train/bus station?
    - wear casual clothes to work?

  23. If you won a lot of money, what would you do?
    Would you :
    - keep it a secret?
    - stop working?
    - go shopping?
    - buy a new house?
    - travel around the world?
    - give money to your family/friends?
    - give money to charity?

  24. What is a good job? (Ask students to add to the list.)
    - an interesting job?
    - a well-paid job?
    - a secure job?
    - good working conditions?

  25. If you had to move to another country because of your job (or your partner's job),
    - what country would you prefer if you had a choice?
    - what would you miss most?
    - what would be the most important for you?

  26. What have been the most important new stories in the last year?
    - Are certain events given too much/too little coverage?
    - Do you trust everything you read, hear or see on the news?

  27. Travel
    - What country would you most like to visit?
    - Is there a place you would never visit again?
    - If you were only allowed to take five things to an unknown destination, what would you take?

  28. Food
    - What country has the best cuisine?
    - What is your favourite food?
    - What is the worst thing you’ve ever tasted?
    - Do you worry about the safety of the food you eat?
    - Do you buy organic food?

  29. Equality men/women
    - Are men and women always treated equally?
    - Is it the same in all countries?
    - Do women often face discrimination at work?

  30. If .......... , what would you do?
    - If your house caught fire, what three things would you save before running outside?
    - If you could be another person for one day, who would you choose to be?
    - If you could be invisible for one day, what would like to do?
    - If you could live without sleeping, how would you spend your nights?
    - If you could change ONE thing in the world, what would it be?

see also:
Unfinished sentences - intermediate

Conversation Topics - Advanced

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