These ESL conversation questions are a resource for both teachers and students. They can be used in class, or with a study buddy, or with somebody you do a language exchange with.
Tips for learners
- In those in-between times when you can’t find somebody to practise with I recommending trying to write down your answers, or even talking out loud to yourself!
- Ensure you make notes of useful words and phrases that you either couldn’t remember or didn’t know when you were trying to explain something. This will really help you to move forward with your English.
- I also highly recommend going through the questions a second or third time at a later date with somebody else, as a way of revision, and you are sure to notice that you are able to explain things faster and more effectively.
- Where possible, expand on your answers, give more details.
- If you’re asking the questions, remember to use follow-up questions too. If the conversation goes off on a tangent that’s totally fine – as long as you’re practising, you’re learning!
- What are three of your all-time favourite films? Who’s in them? What are they about? Why do you like them so much?
- Who are your top 3 actors or actresses?
- Who is your favourite director? What is so special about his/her films?
- How often do you go to the cinema? And how often do you watch films at home? Where do you prefer to see films and why?
- Which films are showing at the cinema right now? Are you keen to see any of them.?
- What kind of movies do you like? eg. romantic comedies, sci-fi, horror, thriller, animated etc.
- What was your favourite film as a child?
- What’s the scariest film you have ever seen?
- What’s one of the worst films you’ve seen?
- Which actor or actress is in your opinion overrated?
- Do you ever watch really old movies, perhaps ones from the 1940s?
- Do you have a favourite decade of movies?
- Have you ever left a cinema before a film ended because the film was so awful?
- Have you ever cried at a film?
- What’s your favourite movie soundtrack?
- Have you ever seen a film being made?
- Has a film been made near where you live?
- Tell me about two films from your country that you would love people to see.
- Tell me one of your favourite lines from a movie.
- Describe one of your favourite movie scenes.
- The number of cinema-goers has dropped dramatically over the past couple of decades – what would you do to entice people back to movie theaters?
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