Advanced English Topics for Discussion

In this lesson, we’ll be looking at 5 advanced English topics with 10 questions each to discuss with advanced English learners.

These questions are really helpful if you want your students to talk freely and think in a logical way.

I am happy to share the topics/questions I have been using to get people talking, build fluency and make connections.

Travel experiences and favorite destinations:

What’s the most memorable trip you’ve ever taken, and why?

If you could teleport to any place in the world right now, where would you go and why?

What’s your favorite travel destination and what makes it special to you?

Can you share a funny or unexpected experience you’ve had while traveling?

What’s the most breathtaking natural scenery you’ve encountered during your travels?

Have you ever been surprised by the hospitality or kindness of strangers while traveling?

Do you prefer to plan every detail of your trips or do you enjoy spontaneous adventures?

What’s a destination that exceeded your expectations, and why?

Have you ever experienced culture shock while traveling? How did you adapt?

If you could live in any city or country besides your own, where would it be and why?

Books or articles:

What’s the most captivating book you’ve read recently, and what drew you to it?

Can you share a thought-provoking idea or concept you encountered in your recent reading?

Have you discovered any new authors or genres that you’ve become passionate about?

What’s one book that significantly influenced your perspective on life or a particular topic?

How do you choose your next book to read? Recommendations, bestseller lists, or something else?

Have you ever disagreed with the message or themes of a book you’ve read? What sparked the disagreement?

Do you prefer physical books, e-books, or audiobooks, and why?

What’s a book you’ve recently read that you would recommend to others, and why?

Have you ever had a book change your opinion or worldview on a particular subject?

Can you share a memorable quote or passage from a recent book that resonated with you?

Hobbies and interests:

What’s a hobby or interest you’re currently passionate about, and how did you get started?

Have you ever tried a hobby that surprised you by how much you enjoyed it? What was it?

Can you share a memorable experience or achievement related to one of your hobbies?

How do you make time for your hobbies amidst your busy schedule?

Have you ever turned a hobby into a side hustle or business opportunity?

Do you prefer solitary hobbies or ones that involve social interaction? Why?

What’s a hobby you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t had the chance to yet?

Have you ever participated in any hobby-related events or competitions? How was the experience?

How do your hobbies contribute to your overall well-being and happiness?

Can you recommend a beginner-friendly hobby to someone looking to explore new interests?

Favorite Movies or TV Shows:

What’s your all-time favorite movie or TV show, and why does it hold a special place for you?

Can you recommend a lesser-known movie or TV show that you think more people should watch?

Have you ever binge-watched a TV series? Which one, and what kept you hooked?

Is there a movie or TV show that you’ve watched multiple times and still enjoy just as much?

Have you ever been disappointed by the adaptation of a book or comic into a movie or TV show? Which one?

Do you prefer watching movies at the cinema or streaming them at home? Why?

What genre of movies or TV shows do you tend to gravitate towards the most?

Have you ever attended a film festival or a TV show premiere? How was the experience?

Can you share a movie or TV show that you’re eagerly anticipating the release of?

Are there any classic movies or TV shows that you think everyone should watch at least once in their lifetime?

Future Goals and Aspirations:

What are some of your short-term goals that you’re currently working towards?

Can you share a dream or aspiration that you’ve had since childhood?

How do you stay motivated and focused on achieving your long-term goals?

Have you ever had to adjust your goals or aspirations due to unforeseen circumstances? How did you adapt?

What’s one goal that you’ve achieved in the past that you’re particularly proud of?

Do you believe in setting specific, measurable goals, or do you prefer to go with the flow?

Are there any role models or mentors who have influenced your goals and aspirations?

How do you prioritize your goals when faced with competing interests or obligations?

Can you share a goal or aspiration that you’re currently brainstorming or planning for?

What advice would you give to someone who’s struggling to define or pursue their goals and aspirations?

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