Hobbies Questions for ESL Students

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.

Hobbies are one of the first topics ESL (English as a Second Language) students learn. Because of this, it's important to provide them with ample time to practice discussing hobby-related topics. This lesson provides teachers with hobby-related questions for use in an ESL classroom.

Hobby Talk

Hobbies, in addition to hometown and family, are one of the most common topics ESL (English as a Second Language) learners spend time practicing. In additional to knowledge of the topic-specific vocabulary, students must also be able to use standard grammar and pronunciation. The best way to combine all of these elements is through guided discussion practice.

Chances are your students will not understand all of the terminology in these questions, so be sure to remind them to write down and look up new words. Also, speed is not important! Give students ample time to ask and answer the questions. The interviewer should pay close attention to how the interviewee responds and can even jot down notes to discuss at a later time. You can put students into pairs or small groups, or allow students to read the questions and formulate answers on their own. These questions are also a great way to assess how well your students have retained the material you have taught in class.

Easy Hobby Questions

  1. What hobbies do you have?
  2. Is reading a hobby?
  3. Has a hobby ever scared you?
  4. What hobbies are popular among students your age?
  5. Do you wish you had more time for your hobbies?
  6. Has a hobby ever bored you?
  7. Is watching TV really a hobby?
  8. What hobbies are more popular with boys?
  9. What hobbies are more popular with girls?
  10. What hobbies can you do with other people?
  11. What supplies are commonly needed for your hobbies?

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