ESL Conversation Questions About Sleep

Instructor: Sarah Mills

Sarah is an educational freelance writer and has taught English and ESL in grades k-12 and college. She has a master's degree in both Literacy and TESOL.

In this lesson, teachers will explore conversation questions about sleep and dreams to ask English as a second language students. It includes a list of sample discussion questions about students' background knowledge, sleeping habits and experiences with dreaming.

Learning About Sleep

Countries worldwide approach the subject of sleep in different ways. In Spain, for example, rest is considered to be so essential to a person's well-being that businesses and shops close down each afternoon for a siesta, or afternoon rest. In many Native American cultures, hanging a handmade dreamcatcher above your bed will welcome good dreams. In some East Asian countries, dreams can predict the birth of a child.

English as a second language (ESL) students can benefit from discussions about sleep and dreams because these topics are so universal. Students can learn from one another about the various ways that different cultures approach these subjects.

Now, let's explore some sample questions that ESL students can use in your classroom to discuss the subject of sleep.

Questions About Sleep

  • How important is sleep in your native culture?
  • Are dreams significant in your native culture?
  • What is a dream?
  • What is a daydream?
  • How many hours of sleep per night is recommended for infants? For small children? For adolescents? For adults? For the elderly?
  • What are some of the health effects of poor sleep?
  • What is insomnia?
  • What causes insomnia?
  • What happens when a person sleepwalks?
  • What is a recurring dream?
  • Do animals dream?

Questions About Sleeping Habits

  • How many hours of sleep do you get each night?
  • Do you feel that you get enough sleep?
  • Do you feel well-rested when you wake up?
  • Do you use an alarm clock to wake you up? If so, do you ever use the snooze button?
  • Do you drink coffee in the morning to help you wake up?
  • Have you ever overslept for something important? If so, what happened?
  • Do you like to take naps during the day?
  • Can you fall asleep anywhere?
  • Can you fall asleep with the TV on?
  • Do you like to sleep in total darkness or with a night light?
  • Would you rather be a little warm or a little cold when sleeping?
  • Do you snore?
  • Have you ever sleepwalked?
  • Do you talk in your sleep?
  • Do you ever have trouble falling asleep? If so, what methods do you use to help you sleep?
  • What time do you usually go to bed?
  • What time do you usually wake up?
  • Do you ever daydream? What about?

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