ISE 2 – Conversation Questions

  • How could we reduce the use of plastic bags?
  • How wan we solve the environmental problems? Which advice would you give to someone who wants to help to reduce pollution?
  • What environmental problems have you heard about in the news recently?
  • What are the consequences of global warming.
  • What are the main causes of global warming?
  • Are people concerned about the environment in your city?
  • What are the advantages of nuclear energy? And the disadvantages?
  • What do you think about alternative or renewable energies?
  • Do you think overpopulation is an important environmental issue? Why or why not?
  • Are there people in your country who make their living from picking-up other people’s garbage?
  • Does your country have a smoking ban law in place?
  • What do you think about fines or jail time for people who use too many resources? Would this increase environmental awareness and responsibility?
  • Would you ever donate some money (or have you ever donated) to an environmental action group? Why/not?
  • Why don’t people do more to help the environment? Why don’t politicians do more to help the environment?
  • Which is more important, increasing people’s standard of living, or protecting the environment?
  • Do you usually drink bottled water? Why or Why not?
  • Do you think recycling is a good measure to stop the environmental problems?
  • If you were a billionaire, what would you do with all your money?
  • If you had been born in a rich area, how would your life have been different?
  • Is most crime caused by poor people, or is wealth not the issue?
  • What do you think are the main reasons for youth unemployment?
  • What should the government do about the problem of youth unemployment?
  • Have you ever done any volunteer work?
  • Think about when you were young, what did you use to do then that you miss now?
  • Do you think living standards are good where you live?
  • Which is the most important criterion to you to measure the living standard in a city.
  • Can you describe the living standard of your city? And your country?  
  • What’s your idea of the perfect job?
  • What job would you really hate to do?
  • Which is more important in a job, pay or conditions?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of a city-centre office job?
  • Think of some examples of alternative lifestyles and careers, e.g. working for yourself from home in the countryside as an artist. Make a list. Why do you think some people prefer alternative lifestyles?
  • What are some of the things that can go wrong and cause stress in your work life?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of working form home according to your opinion? (Pros: don’t have to commute to work, can be flexible to attend to family needs such as when someone is ill or children need picking up, flexibility to set own timetable of work, can save money on food. Cons: can feel isolated from colleagues, no one to help you with IT problems, distractions of the Internet, social networking sites, daytime TV).
  • Is it important that employees are both experienced and qualified?
  • What do you think is a good age to start your working life?
  • Do teenagers in your country usually have a part-time job?
  • What would be your dream job?
  • Who is the most important public figure in your country at the moment? Tell me about him/her.
  • Who are the most important public figures in the world of politics, religion, science, and technology?
  • Who are the most important public figures in the world of sport, cinema, music, television, literature, etc. in Spain? In the rest of the world? Which of these do you like or look up to most (admire)? How are they remembered?
  • What current public figure do you most admire? Why?
  • Who is the most famous public figure you know of? They can be dead or alive. What legacy have they left/will they leave?
  • Do reporters and photographers respect the private lives of famous people in your country? How much freedom should the press be allowed by law?
  • Are celebrities worth the money they are paid for?
  • Who are the most famous historical figures in your country? What did they do?
  • Would you want to be famous? What would you like to be known for? What are the advantages and disadvantages of being famous?
  • What sort of people appear on TV most often? What do you think about this?
  • Does media fairly represent how important people are?

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