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Fun questions – getting students to talk

Activity type: : this activity involves students asking each other personal questions in order to develop fluency.

Level: Intermediate students and above

Teacher's notes:

  1. There are a variety of ways that you can get the students to ask the questions which are listed below.

    1. You can dictate the questions i.e. read out some of the questions and get the students to write them down. Once you have done this, ask the students to read the questions out to you. Check that they have written the questions down correctly.

    2. You can stick the questions around the classroom. Tell the students to mingle around the room. When they get to a question, they should stop and ask the nearest student to them the question.

    3. If you want to add novelty value, play music. When you stop the music ask the students to find the question nearest to them on the wall and to discuss it.

    4. Alternatively you can hand out one question per student and ask them to mingle and ask as many people they can in class the question. At the end of the mingle activity, tell the whole class to give feedback on the questions that they asked.

      NOTE: all of the above ideas are useful for students who feel inhibited when speaking. When mingling, they do not feel so much on the spot and are more likely to speak.

  2. Once the students have mingled, do necessary error corrections. For homework, you can ask the students to write their own answers to the questions that they would like to write about. This will further practice the language that they have used.


  1. What was the happiest event in your life?

  2. What three things could you not live with out?

  3. Who is your best friend?
    How long have you been friends for?

  4. What would you say was the happiest time in your life?

  5. What achievement are you most proud of?

  6. What is your favorite time of day?

  7. What’s your favorite type of weather?

  8. What is your favorite word and why?

  9. What is your favorite sound and why?

  10. Who do you most respect?

  11. Who would you like to change lives with for a day, if you could?

  12. Who do you think you take after in your family?

  13. What is your favorite place and why?

  14. What do you want to achieve in the next 5 years?

  15. What do you like about yourself?

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