English Discussion Topics for Adults
English discussion is a key component of an ESL speaking or conversation class. However, it can be a bit boring to rehash the same topics found in the ESL Textbooks over, and over again. You know the ones: the Hobby Unit, sports, movies, family, etc. The students get bored talking about the same thing again and again and teacher do too!
Mix things up in your ESL speaking classes by introducing some fresh, new English discussion topics for adults. Your students will be happy to talk about something else, and it’ll keep things interesting for you too. Check out my favourite English discussion topics for adults sources below.
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My own recommendations based on some homework that my Korean university students did where they had to make a video about what would make their country better. Almost without fail, the videos mentioned one of these four topics. These discussion topics are pretty universal, so don’t worry if you teach somewhere other than Korea!
Combine one of these topics with something like the ESL Speaking Lesson Plan Template and you’ll have an excellent class.
If you’re looking to discuss current events in your ESL speaking or conversation class, this is the site for you. I love how you can find current events in graded English. These lessons can be used by just about any level besides total beginners.
I particularly like their 2-page mini lessons. I find their full lesson plans kind of overwhelming and by the end, it’s like beating a dead horse! But, 2 pages are perfect for a lesson of about an hour.
If you’re looking for some thought-provoking videos and ESL speaking lesson plans to generate some ideas for your own classes, check out either of these sites. I love how not only is there a video, but you can also find a ready-made lesson built around it. Lesson planning made easy? Love it! I’m sure you will too.
This site is pretty old-school, but if you’re looking for straight up discussion questions for your EFL students, minus all the fluff on just about any topic, this is the place. Check it out now.
Need more Ideas for the ESL Classroom?
Did you find these English discussion topics for adults useful?
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