If you’re struggling to energize your classroom with discussion and debate, these free-talking topics have been tested to keep them engaged.
Print them off. Cut them up. Put it in a hat. Select a topic at random and let your students talk in pairs or as a classroom.
Depending on the class, the free talking topics worksheet can keep things fresh. And this is fantastic filler for the end of a lesson or even start one.
Free Talking Topics Worksheet
• High schools (Do you have school uniforms? Do students drive to school in high school? Can students drink water in class?)
• Work ethic (How long are typical work hours? Do students work after graduating?)
• School clubs (What unique school clubs are there? Which club are you in? Why did you choose that club?)
• Food and health (What is a typical meal? How healthy is it? Are gyms becoming more popular?)
• Work dinner parties (Do wives and husbands attend work parties?)
• Jobs (What jobs exist? Is it easy to get a job after graduation? Is it easy to find a job now?)
• Pop culture (Who are pop culture icons in your home country?)
• Video games (Do you play video games? What types of video games are popular?)
• Parenting and punishment (What kind of punishment have you received at school or home? Do you believe in physical punishment?)
• Restaurant tips (Are tips at restaurants common? How much is a reasonable tip?)
• Holidays (What is your favorite holiday? What type of food do you eat on specific holidays?)
• Gestures (What are some unique gestures (thumbs up, middle finger, etc) in your country?
• Gift exchange (When you travel, is it common to exchange gifts? How about Christmas or any other holidays?)
• Living with parents (How old do kids live with their parents?)
• Greetings (How do you greet in your country? Do you bow or do handshakes?)
• Safety and crime (Do you think your neighborhood is safe? What kind of crimes happen in your area?)
• Punctuality (How often are friends late? How about buses and trains? Is it rude to be late?)
• Sports (How do sports players show respect after a game? Are there any unique sports in your country?)
• Multiculturalism (Is your country multicultural? Is multiculturalism a good thing?)
• Gender discrimination (Do women and men make the same amount of money for doing the same job? Is there much gender discrimination in your home country?)
Related Free Talking Worksheets
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