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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 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.

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

  3. 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?

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

  5. 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?

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

  8. 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?

  9. 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?

  10. 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?

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

  12. 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?

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

  14. 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?

  15. 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?

  16. 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?

  17. 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?

  18. 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?

  19. 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?

  20. 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?

  21. 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?

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

  23. 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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