Situations for speaking activities

  1. Fast food is generally considered unhealthy, but many people still eat it.
  • Why do you think restaurants like McDonald’s are so popular?
  • How would you make McDonald’s better?
  • If you could add one thing to the menu, what would you add?
  1. Many children grow up listening to or watching fairytales that contain moral lessons. What was your favourite childhood book or story?
  • What was the moral of the story, and is it still relevant today?
  • Why do you think stories are a good way to teach morals?
  • If you could write a new fairytale, what moral value would you want your readers to take away from it?
  1. Some people believe that living a healthy lifestyle is the key to one’s happiness.
  • What is your idea of a healthy lifestyle?
  • How has the definition of health changed over time, and from culture to culture?
  • Can a person who is not healthy still be happy?
  1. «By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail» is a popular saying. Describe a time when you spent a lot of time preparing for a project, job,  or performance.
  • How did you prepare?
  • Were you successful because of your preparation?
  • Can people be successful without being prepared?
  1. Many different languages are used around the world, even within a single country.
  • What other languages would you want to learn to speak and why?
  • How can language help connect people from different parts of the world?
  • How would the world be different if only one language was spoken throughout the world?
  1. Scientist Charles Babbage proposed the idea of the computer in the 19th century, but no one imagined how much the device would change our lives.
  • How do you think technology will change in the next 100 years?
  • What technologies would you like to see that do not yet exist?
  • What are some ways technology can negatively impact our lives?
  1. In your opinion, what are the three most important qualities a great teacher should have?
  • Tell about a time when you were in a challenging class and you witnessed a teacher demonstrate these qualities.
  • How do these qualities help students learn?
  • Would you rather have a teacher with high expectations who teaches interesting, difficult classes, or a teacher whose classes are easy and boring?
  1. Imagine that you are a newspaper reporter. You have the opportunity to interview any living person in the world.
  • Who would you choose to interview and why?
  • How has this person influenced the lives of others?
  • How has this person influenced your life?
  1. Everyone likes to relax in different ways. Some people even have a special place that only they know about.
  • What special place do you like to go to for relaxation?
  • What does it look like?
  • What do you do there?
  1. Imagine that you are given the opportunity to turn back time.
  • What time in your life would you want to re-experience?
  • Is there anything you would change in your past?
  • How do you think your present life would be affected by your journey to the past?
  1. You want to cook your favourite dish tonight for dinner.
  • What is your favorite dish and what ingredients are found in your dish?
  • What equipment and utensils will you need to cook your dish?
  • What steps will you have to take to make the dish?
  1. Describe the house of your dreams.
  • What does your house look like?
  • What is your favourite room and what is in it?
  • Where in the world would your house be located?
  1. One complaint many students have is that they don’t have enough control over their own education.
  • If you could teach a new class not normally taught in schools, what would it be?
  • What would this class teach and how would the students be graded?
  • How would you convince the teachers and director that students need this class?
  1. A person you know is planning to visit your town or city
  • During what season would you recommend him or her to visit and why?
  • What do you think this person would like and dislike about spending time in your town or city? Why?
  • What areas of interest would you show her or him first?
  1. Imagine you get to move into your own apartment tomorrow.
  • What five things would you put in your apartment first?
  • Do you think you would keep your apartment clean or messy? Why?
  • Would you invite anyone to live with you or would you stay there alone? Why?
  1. Imagine that you are given enough money to start life there alone? Why?
  • What type of business would you choose to open and what would you call it?
  • What would you need to open your own business in terms of space, employees, and supplies?
  • How would you advertise your new business?
  1. Some people live for music and some people do not seem to care.
  • What is your attitude towards music?
  • What role does music play in your life and in your culture?
  • Why are some people moved by music and others not?
  1. Social network sites (like Facebook) are becoming more and more popular.
  • Do you see social networking as a positive or negative thing? Why?
  • If all social networking sites were shut down forever, how would your life be affected?

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