Speaking Skills

Conversation Questions: MUSIC


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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.


    LET’S TALK ABOUT MUSIC!

How often do you listen to music?

How do you normally listen to music? Do you listen to the radio? Do you use an app?

What kinds of music do you like?

What music are you not a fan of?

Who are your favourite singers and bands?

Do you ever study English songs to learn vocabulary? If so, whose songs are good for learning English?

Do you listen to music while you are working or studying?

Do you listen to music while exercising?

What’s your favourite musical?

What’s your favourite movie soundtrack?

What’s your favourite theme tune from a TV show?

Do you have a favourite song in English?

What’s one of your favourite songs in your language? Who’s it by?

What’s one of your favourite albums?

Do you like singing?

Do you normally sing around the house?

Do you like dancing?

Have you ever been to a ballet?

Have you ever been to an opera?

Have you ever been to a concert?

If you could see absolutely anyone in concert and have a front row ticket, who would it be?

Can you play a musical instrument?

Do you like classical music? If so, who is your favourite composer?

What kinds of music are popular in your country?

Do you ever listen to music from other parts of the world, in other languages?

Have you ever sung at a karaoke bar?

Have you ever hired a DJ or a band for a special occasion?


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Speaking Skills

Conversation Questions: Conditionals (Second)


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SPEAKING PRACTICE

Answer these hypothetical questions AND give reasons for your answers.

The more effort you make the stronger your English skills will be.

If you could sing a duet with anyone in the world, who would you choose?

If you had your own restaurant, what would you call it, what kind of food would you serve and what location would you choose?

If someone gave you a hundred dollars right now, how would you spend it?

If you could have the best seats at any sporting event, which event would you choose?

If someone gave you a magic pill and told you that by taking it you would become instantly fluent in a language, which language would you choose?

If you could see any animal in the wild, which animal would you choose?

If you could travel back in time which period of history would you like to visit?

If you could go and live in any country for a year, which country would you choose?

If you could have dinner with three famous people from the present or the past, who would you choose and what would you ask them?

If you could be president of your country, what three changes would you make?

If you were stranded on a deserted island for a month, who would you like to be with you?

If you had one day to show me your town or city, which places would we visit and where would we go for lunch?

If you could turn back time, which occasion in your past would you relive?

If you could design and build your dream house or apartment, what would it look like and where would you build it?

If it were possible and your safety were guaranteed, which trip would you make – a day in space, a day in Antartica or a day deep-sea diving in a submarine?


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Practising Grammar Through Conversation, Speaking Skills

Conversation Practice: Past Simple and Present Perfect

 

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Student A

Below you have a set of questions to ask Student B, and Student B has a set of questions too. Take it in turns to ask each other these questions and try to ask follow-up questions to the answers the other student gives.

Here’s an example:

Student A: What’s the best film you’ve seen so far this year?
Student B:  “Palm Springs”
Student A:  “Who’s in it?”   (….What’s it about? Where did you see it? Did you see it in English? etc)

Student A’s questions

  • So far this year what’s the most interesting book you’ve read?
  • Who was the last person you rang or texted on your phone?
  • What’s the best new song you’ve listened to recently?
  • When did you last go to a picnic or a barbecue with friends?
  • What was the most useful course you took last year? (eg. computing, languages, driving, etc)
  • What’s the most exciting city you’ve ever visited?
  • When did you last use the Internet to practise your English?
  • What was the last thing you complained about?

Student B

Below you have a set of questions to ask Student A, and Student A has a set of questions too. Take it in turns to ask each other these questions and try to ask follow-up questions to the answers the other student gives.

Here’s an example: 

Student A: What’s the best film you’ve seen so far this year?
Student B:  “Palm Springs”
Student A:  “Who’s in it?”   (….What’s it about? Where did you see it? Did you see it in English? etc)

Student B’s questions

  • What’s the best TV programme or series you’ve watched so far this year?
  • When did you last go out with friends? 
  • What’s one of the worst films you’ve ever seen?
  • Who was the last person who sent you an email?
  • What was the best thing you did last year?
  • (If it’s after 4pm ask:) Have you had a productive day today?
  • (If it’s before 4pm ask:) Did you have a productive day yesterday?
  • What’s the most useful English word or phrase you’ve learnt lately?
  • What’s the best thing you’ve done this month?

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EXERCISES ON IDIOMS

Learn and review idioms with these exercises:

Parts of the Body Exercise 1

Animals  Exercise 1

Idioms with ‘Give’  Exercise 1

Idioms with ‘Make’  Exercise 1  Exercise 2

Idioms with ‘Take’  Exercise 1

Idioms with ‘Keep’  Exercise 1

Idioms with ‘Think’  Exercise 1