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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
- What is your favorite animal?
- Do you prefer dogs or cats?
- What animal do you think is the most beautiful?
- What is the ugliest animal you can think of?
- What is your favorite animal cartoon character?
- What type of pet would you like to have?
- Do you enjoy fishing?
- What animal are you most afraid of?
Intermediate Animal Questions
- Do you think it's a good idea to keep birds in cages?
- Why do some people choose to be vegetarians?
- Do you think zoos are good places for animals?
- Describe any pets you have.
- Have you ever met an animal you didn't like?
- Have you ever been to a farm? If so, describe your experience.
- Why do people spend so much money on their pets?
- Can you think of any companies that are named after animals?
- Could you ever become a veterinarian?
- If you had the power to change into any animal, which animal would you choose?
- Who is your favorite fictional animal?
- Have you ever been hurt or attacked by an animal?
- If you could ask a dog any question and get an answer, what question would you ask?
- Would you go swimming with sharks if you knew for sure they wouldn't bite you?
- Could you ever be a zookeeper?
- If an animal attacked a human, is it okay to kill that animal?
- If you could create an entirely new animal, what would you create and what would you name it?
Advanced Animal Questions
- Do you think animals experience emotions in the same way as humans?
- Are there any sacred or special animals in your culture?
- Do you think there are too many laws protecting animals?
- Why do some animals go extinct?
- Should animals have the same rights as humans?
- What is your opinion of pet stores?
- Do you think animals should be forced to perform for humans at places like SeaWorld?
- Why do some people like to hunt animals for sport?
- Should animals be used for scientific research?
- How does pollution affect animals?
- If animals could talk, what do you think they would say about the way they are treated by humans?
- Would you ever go on an African safari?
- Can you name any companies that use animals for their logos?
- Are there any superstitious about animals in your culture?
- If all the animals on Earth suddenly disappeared, what would happen to humans and the environment?
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