Conversation Questions to practice English

Conversation Questions: Films and Cinema

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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!
  1. What are three of your all-time favourite films? Who’s in them? What are they about? Why do you like them so much?
  2. Who are your top 3 actors or actresses?
  3. Who is your favourite director? What is so special about his/her films?
  4. 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?
  5. Which films are showing at the cinema right now? Are you keen to see any of them.?
  6. What kind of movies do you like? eg. romantic comedies, sci-fi, horror, thriller, animated etc.
  7. What was your favourite film as a child?
  8. What’s the scariest film you have ever seen?
  9. What’s one of the worst films you’ve seen?
  10. Which actor or actress is in your opinion overrated?
  11. Do you ever watch really old movies, perhaps ones from the 1940s?
  12. Do you have a favourite decade of movies?
  13. Have you ever left a cinema before a film ended because the film was so awful?
  14. Have you ever cried at a film?
  15. What’s your favourite movie soundtrack?
  16. Have you ever seen a film being made?
  17. Has a film been made near where you live?
  18. Tell me about two films from your country that you would love people to see.
  19. Tell me one of your favourite lines from a movie.
  20. Describe one of your favourite movie scenes.
  21. 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?

Conversation Questions to practice English, Speaking Skills

Conversation Questions: Football

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These 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.
  • Try to make your partner speak as much as possible. Remember to ask follow-up questions as this helps the conversation flow. What’s more, it’s important to react to their answers, to show interest, just as you would if you were engaging in a real conversation in your native language. For instance you can gently nod your head, or you can use expressions such as:

    Wow!

    Really?
    That’s amazing!
    Me too!
    I totally agree.
    You’re joking!

    It may feel a little unnatural at first, especially as you might feel you are ‘overreacting’ but keep practising and you will gradually improve. And next time you are around native speakers really pay attention to how they converse.

    Let’s Talk About Football*

    1. Can you explain the basic rules of football in English?
    2. Do you play football? What position do you play?
    3. Which football team do you support?
    4. Who’s your favourite player at the moment?
    5. Have you ever been to a first division football match? [if your partner says they’ve been to many, ask them to tell you about a particular match which stands out]
    6. Have you ever watched a football match with English commentary?
    7. Do you read the football pages in newspapers? Do you read football magazines?
    8. Have you been to an international football match, such as a Champions League or World Cup match?
    9. Why do you think people adore football so much?
    10. In your opinion who is the best footballer ever and why?
    11. Do you think professional footballers have a duty to set a good example to children?
    12. What would you say are some of the negative aspects of professional football?
    13. Do you think that it’s necessary to train from a very early age if you want to be a successful footballer?
    14. What changes would you like to see in how professional football matches are played?
    15. Women’s football is becoming more and more popular. What do you think has led to this increase in popularity?
    16. What do you think about the prices of football tickets and merchandise?

    *In the US they say ‘soccer’.

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