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ESL Conversation Questions About Animals

Instructor: Matthew Hamel

Matt has degrees in Journalism and Business and has taught a variety of courses at high schools and universities around the world.

Talking about animals is a great way to engage ESL (English as a Second Language) learners of all ages and abilities. This lesson provides teachers with animal-related conversation questions for use in your classroom.

Talking About Animals

The seemingly endless diversity of animals makes them an ideal topic for ESL (English as a Second Language) students learning English. Feelings, attitudes, descriptions, and personal experiences with and about animals can all be discussed in a way that requires learners to use topic-specific vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation.

The following conversation questions can be a useful tool for students to practice speaking and listening to each other. It can also be used as a way to test how well your learners have absorbed the material you are teaching in class. Speaking ability doesn't improve unless students are given ample time to practice, so be sure to encourage your learners to speak as much as possible both inside and outside of the classroom. As students ask and answer these questions, they should look up unfamiliar vocabulary in a dictionary and keep a list of new words to study and review.

Easy Animal Questions

  1. What is your favorite animal?
  2. Do you prefer dogs or cats?
  3. What animal do you think is the most beautiful?
  4. What is the ugliest animal you can think of?
  5. What is your favorite animal cartoon character?
  6. What type of pet would you like to have?
  7. Do you enjoy fishing?
  8. What animal are you most afraid of?

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