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Top 10 Conversation Starters for Adults

If you’re looking for a quick ESL warm-up or perhaps a more in-depth discussion, check out these 10 conversation starters for adults—perfect for your ESL speaking classes. They are appropriate for students in almost any country.

If you want to start your ESL class off in style, with the students talking, sharing ideas and having fun, then you’ll need to consider using these Top 10 Conversation Starters for Adults. Have fun!

#1: If I won the lottery

Have students describe what they would do or what they would buy if they won the lotto. I usually specify an amount of $1,000,000. This is enough that you can do almost anything you want, but it’s not too unreasonable-it forces students to prioritize.

#2: Bucket List

Students need to think of five things they want to do before they die. You can give some examples to get them started, but most people are pretty familiar with this concept.

#3: Guilty Pleasures

Explain to the students what a guilty pleasure is–they likely won’t know the term in English. Then, it’s time for confession!

#4: Things You’ve Learned Lately

Have students think of two or three things that they couldn’t do as a child but can do now. Emphasize that it’s related to a skill of some kind or you’ll just get answers like drinking or smoking.

#4: Last Purchase

Have students talk about the last thing they bought that was more than $100.

#5: You’re the President

Your students can talk about what their top three priorities would be if they were the president of their country.

#6: Favorite Things

Students submit questions with the starter, “What is your favorite _____.” Collect the papers, choose the best three and then students must answer them. Or, you can hand out a couple of papers to each small group and they can discuss different things.

#7: Horoscopes

Find some daily or monthly horoscopes online. Students read their description and see if they match. It’s quite fun because horoscopes are so open to various interpretations.

#8: People in Your Life

Who are the three people that you spend the most time with these days? What qualities do you appreciate about each person?

#9: The Best Decision

Students think of a difficult decision they made but which they’re confident that they made the right choice.

#10: Dream Vacation

If students had $10, 000 (or the equivalent in your local currency), where would they go?

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