Food for Thought Questions, Part#3

These questions can be used as part of partner or group discussion activities in ESL classes or ‘get acquainted’ questions for any class. These questions can also be used for solo recordings as speaking practice or midterm/final assessment (see below).

Food For Thought Questions

  1. Are you more similar to your mother or father? In what way?
  2. Which social situations cause you the most stress?
  3. Do you want to have children? Why or Why not?
  4. What is your favorite thing about your own culture? What is something you find frustrating about it?
  5. Do you believe that people are fundamentally good or bad?
  6. Which subject were you best at when you were younger?
  7. Who inspires you?
  8. What do you like most about your bedroom?  What would you lIke to change?
  9. What is your favorite number? Why?
  10. What’s the most valuable life lesson you’ve learned since starting university?
  11. Who was your first crush? Tell us about that person. 
  12. When was the last time you apologized for something? What about?
  13. What can you do today that you were not capable of a year ago?
  14. What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken? How did it work out?
  15. What’s something you think your parents don’t understand about you?
  16. What is your favorite song lyric? Why?
  17. If you could hug one person, who would you like to hug?
  18. What is your least favorite chore or household task?
  19. What would your vision of heaven be like?
  20. Would you rather live in a world with no conflict or a world with no boredom?

Balance Game Questions (Which would you prefer…?)

  1. Your parents read your entire text history or your parents read every one of your internet searches
  2. One best friend or multiple best friends
  3. Travel 100 years in the past or 100 years in the future
  4. Live under the sea or live on a space station
  5. Never eat chocolate again or never eat kimchi again
  6. Find meaningful work or become rich
  7. Become an Avenger or go to Hogwarts

Solo Recordings

Useful for skills training and/or assessment.

Students will be asked to record two solo videos. Each video should be 1-3 minutes. Recording can be done in in Zoom in their own solo breakout rooms or face-to-face with their phones.

1) Prepared Question: You can choose any food for thought question above  You will be given 10 minutes to record a selfie video. You can prepare your answer and even look at notes, but the goal is to sound as prepared, natural, and engaging as possible.
2) Impromptu Question: After recording your prepared video, you will be given another ‘Food for Thought’ type of question that is NOT
on the list. You will have another 10 minutes to record a selfie video.

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