There are not enough conversation questions in the resource universe to satisfy the needs of an average EFL/ESL teacher. We need more, more! Especially, when you teach one-on-one, the search for good questions can be excruciating.
I put together 28 questions which can help the conversation to get going. Some of them are closed questions, they can be answered by yes or no, but it should be made clear before you start the activity that the students are not allowed to do that.
I suggest that they talk about each question for about 2 minutes, and only after that time the teacher can ask follow-up questions.
Some of the questions can be viewed as a bit controversial, so I recommend you use them with adults or older students.
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