Advanced English Topics for Speaking

In this lesson, we’ll be looking at 9 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 Bucket Lists and Dream Destinations:

What’s one destination at the top of your travel bucket list, and why does it appeal to you?

Can you share a memorable experience from a destination you’ve already crossed off your travel bucket list?

How do you prioritize which destinations to visit when planning your travels?

Have you ever traveled to a destination that exceeded your expectations? What made it special?

Can you recommend a hidden gem or off-the-beaten-path destination that you think more people should add to their bucket lists?

What’s one adventure or activity you’re excited to experience in a dream destination?

How do you balance between visiting popular tourist destinations and exploring lesser-known locales?

Have you ever traveled solo to a destination on your bucket list? What was the experience like?

What’s one destination you’ve visited that you would love to return to someday?

Can you share a travel memory or moment that solidified your desire to explore more destinations?

The Role of Humor in Everyday Life:

How does humor enhance your everyday experiences and interactions with others?

Can you share a funny anecdote or joke that never fails to make you laugh?

How do you use humor to cope with stressful situations or challenges?

Have you ever been in a situation where humor helped diffuse tension or resolve conflicts?

Can you recommend a comedy movie or TV show that always puts you in a good mood?

What’s one quality you admire in people who have a great sense of humor?

How do you balance between using humor to lighten the mood and being sensitive to others’ feelings?

Have you ever attended a live comedy show or improv performance? What was the experience like?

What’s one memorable instance where you found yourself laughing uncontrollably?

Can you share a funny family tradition or inside joke that brings your loved ones closer together?

Innovations in Science and Technology:

What recent technological innovation do you find most fascinating or promising, and why?

Can you share a real-world application of science or technology that has directly impacted your life?

How do you think advancements in artificial intelligence will shape the future of society and work?

Have you ever been surprised by a scientific discovery or breakthrough? What was it?

Can you recommend a science or tech podcast that explores cutting-edge innovations effectively?

What ethical considerations do you think are important to address in the development of new technologies?

How do you stay informed about the latest developments and trends in science and technology?

Have you ever participated in a hackathon or tech event? What did you learn from the experience?

What role do you think government policies should play in regulating emerging technologies?

Can you share a future technology or innovation that you’re excited about?

Pet Ownership and Memorable Pet Stories:

What motivated you to become a pet owner, and how has it enriched your life?

Can you share a memorable or funny story about a pet you’ve owned or encountered?

How do you think pet ownership influences mental health and well-being?

Have you ever experienced a deep emotional bond with a pet? What made it special?

Can you recommend a pet-related activity or hobby that strengthens the bond between owners and pets?

What responsibilities do you think come with being a pet owner, and how do you fulfill them?

How do you cope with the loss of a beloved pet? Do you have any rituals or practices to honor their memory?

Have you ever adopted a pet from a shelter or rescue organization? What was the experience like?

What’s one lesson you’ve learned from your experiences as a pet owner?

Can you share a heartwarming story of how a pet has positively impacted someone’s life?

Entrepreneurship and Startup Culture:

What inspired you to pursue entrepreneurship, and what challenges have you faced along the way?

Can you share a success story of a startup that you admire, and what lessons can be learned from their journey?

How do you think entrepreneurship contributes to innovation and economic growth?

Have you ever started your own business or considered becoming an entrepreneur? What held you back or motivated you to take the leap?

Can you recommend a book or resource on entrepreneurship that has influenced your approach to business?

What role do you think mentorship plays in the success of entrepreneurs and startups?

How do you navigate the ups and downs of the startup journey and maintain resilience in the face of setbacks?

Have you ever participated in a startup accelerator or incubator program? What did you gain from the experience?

What advice would you give to aspiring entrepreneurs who are just starting out?

Can you share a lesson you’ve learned from a failure or mistake in your entrepreneurial journey?

Fashion Trends and Personal Style:

What influences your personal style and fashion choices?

Can you share a favorite fashion trend that you’ve embraced, and how does it reflect your personality?

How do you think fashion trends impact culture and societal norms?

Have you ever experimented with a style or trend that was outside of your comfort zone? What was the result?

Can you recommend a fashion blog or social media account that inspires your style choices?

What role do you think sustainability plays in the fashion industry, and how do you incorporate it into your wardrobe?

How do you express your individuality through your fashion choices?

Have you ever had a fashion faux pas moment? How did you handle it?

What’s one piece of clothing or accessory that holds sentimental value for you?

Can you share a fashion trend from the past that you wish would make a comeback?

The Influence of Pop Culture on Society:

How do you define pop culture, and what aspects of it do you find most influential?

Can you share a recent example of how pop culture has shaped public discourse or social movements?

How does pop culture reflect and influence societal values and attitudes?

Have you ever been inspired to take action or make a change based on something you saw in pop culture? What was it?

Can you recommend a TV show, movie, or song that you think has had a significant impact on popular culture?

What role do celebrities and influencers play in shaping pop culture trends and preferences?

How do you think technology and social media have influenced the spread and consumption of pop culture?

Have you ever participated in a fan community or fan convention related to a specific aspect of pop culture? What was the experience like?

What’s one aspect of pop culture that you think is often misunderstood or underestimated?

Can you share a memorable moment when pop culture brought people together in a positive way?

Historical Events and Their Relevance Today:

What historical event do you find particularly fascinating or relevant to contemporary issues?

Can you share a lesson or insight from history that you think is important for society to remember?

How do you think understanding historical events can inform our decisions and actions today?

Have you ever visited a historical site or museum that left a lasting impression on you? What did you learn?

Can you recommend a book or documentary that provides a fresh perspective on a well-known historical event?

What role do you think storytelling plays in preserving and passing down historical knowledge?

How do you approach conversations about controversial or sensitive historical topics with others?

Have you ever participated in a reenactment or living history event? What did you take away from the experience?

What’s one historical figure or event that you think deserves more recognition or study?

Can you share a current event or issue that has historical roots and implications for the future?

Challenges and Triumphs in Overcoming Adversity:

Can you share a personal challenge you’ve faced and how you overcame it?

What role do you think resilience plays in overcoming adversity?

How do you support others who are facing difficult times or challenges?

Can you share a triumph you’ve experienced after overcoming adversity, and what it taught you?

How do you maintain a positive mindset when facing adversity?

Can you recommend a book or movie that tells a powerful story of triumph over adversity?

What lessons have you learned from overcoming challenges that you apply to your life today?

How do you help others recognize and tap into their own inner strength during tough times?

Can you share a time when failure or adversity led to unexpected growth or opportunity?

What advice would you give to someone currently facing adversity?

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