Conversation classes are one of the best ways to elevate your speaking skills to the next level. Whilst learning English you might find that you do better at reading and writing than speaking; if this is the case, conversation classes are a great way to get your speaking skills up to the same standard. These type of classes will help you to perfect your accent, improve your confidence and enrich your vocabulary.

 

Sometimes you might be asked to come up with some ideas for topics to discuss with a partner, or you may be assigned subjects to talk about with the class. There are many different things that you can talk about in conversation classes that are not only interesting, but can be beneficial to your day-to-day life when making conversation in English. When you’re practicing your English conversation, it’s important to ask questions that can lead to real discussions, rather than just ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers. Here are some suggestions of interesting topics and questions that you might want to talk about during your conversation practice.

 

Opinions

 

Remember that when asking each other’s opinion you should respect the views of the other person even if you don’t agree.

 

  1. What is your opinion on the tabloids and the effect they have on society?

  2. What is your opinion on plastic surgery?

  3. What is your opinion on animal testing?

  4. What is your opinion on the idea that marriage is an outdated institution?

  5. What is your opinion on whether or not prisoners should be allowed to vote?

 

Instructions

 

Practicing giving instructions to another person is an effective way to improve your English skills and perhaps learn something new in the process.

 

  1. What’s the best thing to do in the event of an earthquake?

  2. Can you give me directions from where you live to the nearest supermarket?

  3. Can you tell me how to order something online?

  4. How do you make the perfect cup of tea?

  5. Can you tell me how you change a lightbulb?

 

Describing

 

Being able to describe a situation or person can open up lots of options to use interesting vocabulary.

 

  1. Describe the first house you lived in.

  2. Describe a holiday you went on recently.

  3. Describe an interesting neighbour you’ve had.

  4. Describe the first pet you owned.

  5. Describe a memorable event you attended recently.

 

Narrating

 

Narrating back a recent event allows you to speak extensively about something that has happened to you, allowing you to practice using lots of different words and sentences.

 

  1. Tell me about the last movie you saw.

  2. Tell me about one of your earliest childhood memories.

  3. Tell me about a meal you cooked recently.

  4. Tell me about something good that happened to you recently.

  5. Tell me about your favourite TV show.

 

These different prompts are a good way to get yourself talking about new and interesting topics. It’s important to be able to talk about a wide variety of things, especially if you’re preparing for an IELTs or TOEFL test. If you are interested in attending a conversation class, TLG offers a Speaking Skills elective that can help you improve your English speaking.