ISE 2 – Conversation Task Practise

  1. What are the main environmental problems in your town? And in your country? How could these problems be tackled?
  2. Are you very concerned about the environment? Who should be the most concerned? Who is most affected by environmental issues?
  3. Are there litter laws where you live? If so, what is the penalty for littering?
  4. Do you think cars should be banned from city centers?
  5. What are some things that your community is doing to help the environment?
  6. What are some things which you recycle?
  7. What are some types of pollution? What are some ways that you can reduce pollution in this country?
  8. Who do you think is more responsible for pollution, individual people or the government? Explain.
  9. Are companies more or less environmentally responsible now than they were in the past? Why do you think that is?
  10. What are some ways energy is wasted?
  11. What should we do to increase the awareness about environmental pollution?
  12. What are five ways that every person can help the environment, starting now?
  13. Why don’t people do more to help the environment? Why don’t politicians do more to help the environment?
  14. Does the environment belong principally to the human race?
  15. Do you have any ideas on how to minimize the use of plastic bags and Styrofoam boxes?
  16. What environmental problems have you heard about in the news recently?
  17. Which is more important, increasing people’s standard of living, or protecting the environment?
  18. Do you usually drink bottled water? Why or Why not?
  19. Do you think recycling is an important community service?
  20. Do you think overpopulation is an important environmental issue? Why or why not?
  21. Are there people in your country who make their living from picking-up other people’s garbage?
  22. Does your country have a smoking ban law in place?
  23. What do you think about fines or jail time for people who use too many resources? Would this increase environmental awareness and responsibility?
  24. Would you ever donate some money (or have you ever donated) to an environmental action group? Why/not?
  25. Why don’t people do more to help the environment? Why don’t politicians do more to help the environment?
  1. What comes to mind when you hear the term ‘standard of living’?
  2. What’s your standard of living like?
  3. Has your standard of living gone up or down over the years?
  4. What is the standard of living like in your country compared to its neighbours?
  5. Do you think standard of living is more important than quality of life?
  6. Bhutan measures Gross Domestic Happiness, pretty much all other countries measure standard of living. Which is best?
  7. What do we measure to find the standard of living?
  8. Would you include issues like the climate and crime in measuring the standard of living?
  9. What do you think your standard of living will be like when you retire?
  10. Do you think the standard of living is a cultural or economic measurement?
  11. How do countries increase the standard of living for citizens?
  12. Is it possible for all countries to enjoy the same standard of living?
  13. Why don’t countries copy the economic policies of the countries with the highest standard of living?
  14. Would you like to move to the country with the highest standard of living?
  15. Is the standard of living related to the cost of living?
  16. Do you think your town has a high standard of living?
  17. Is the standard of living or the standard of loving most important?
  18. What part does the Internet play in the standard of living?
  19. Could you cope with the standard of living in the developing world?
  20. An Indian spiritual leader said: “It is not the standard of living that is important, but the manner of living.” Do you agree?
  1. Describe the first job you had for money.
  2. In your opinion, which jobs are most prestigious? Why?
  3. What three things are most important for you in a job? Why?
  4. Do you know of any couples who have met at work? Is it a good idea?
  5. What’s your ideal job? Why?
  6. Would you like a job that involved a lot of travel?
  7. Why or why not? Have you ever known anyone with one of these jobs?
  8. Do you think office romances can be successful? Why or
  9. Is it typical for men and women to have the same jobs?
  10. Who in your family or among yyour friends has the most interesting job? What about the most boring?
  11. Imagine you had to leave school with your qualifications. What job would you apply for? Why?
  12. Imagine you are at the interview for that job. What skills or qualities would you tell your employer about?
  13. When you were a child, what did you want to be?
  14. What is your dream job?
  15. How long should women get for maternity leave?
  16. Do you think human beings need to work to be happy?
  17. Do you think 40 hours a week is too much work?
  18. What do you see yourself doing in your retirement?
  19. What would make you quit your job?
  20. How do you balance work and your personal life?
  21. Do women often face discrimination in the workplace in your country?
  22. What is the worst job in the world?
  23. Is it true that ‘no job is perfect’?
  24. How would you prepare for a job interview?
  25. What are some inappropriate questions to ask in job interviews?
  26. Other than increasing salaries, what can employers do to make their workers happy?
  27. How is the economic recession affecting the possibilities to get a job nowadays?
  28. Should interviewers be prohibited from asking about age, marital status, residency, etc?
  29. If you had your own company, what type of policies, dress code, workspace, etc would you have?
  30. How can a person make a good first impression in a job interview?

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