ESL conversation questions to get the discussion flowing

ESL Conversation QuestionsAre you finding these ESL conversation questions useful? Our book 50 Conversation Classes features 50 themed sets of conversation cards. Each set is accompanied by a sheet of vocabulary, grammar and idiom activities to help prepare the ground. Keep it in your bag and you’ll always have a backup plan.

discussion questionsAlso available:

  •  the Kindle edition containing all the 500 ESL conversation questions featured in the print version of the book
  • a web and Android app – featuring randomised conversation starters from fifty categories

A great way to get the students talking is to put them in small groups with a pile of these printable conversation questions on the table. Use them as warm up questions at the start of a class or as a fluency activity after presenting and practising some target language. Students take it in turns to turn over a card and read out the discussion question. When they have exhausted the topic, the next student turns over a card and so on. At the end of this exercise, you can ask students what they have learnt about each other and run through any interesting grammar and vocabulary points that you overheard during the activity.

Printable ESL conversation questions

grammar conversation cards
 themed conversation cards


17 Replies to “ESL conversation questions to get the discussion flowing”

      • I bought the 50 conversation classes book.
        Does it come as a series?
        I mean, as a multi leveled set?
        Id love if this book had a 5 level series. My students love the structure and idioms.
        So simple but so effective.

        • Hi John, thanks for the very nice comment. I’ve certainly considered expanding the range of the book, I’m still thinking about how best to go about it (please feel free to send your suggestions)

  1. I also have found these lessons very useful teaching in China. If you brought out another 50 topics I’d probably buy that too. How about a series based on business English?

  2. Your website is so useful, just what I was looking for. Thanks.

    There is another kind of conversation card called, “Conversation Art Cards.” They can be printed from the website for free or you can order a set of 25 cards.

    Find them at: and click on “Conversation Art Cards.”

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