What was the last song you listened to? An app mysteriously appears on your phone that does something amazing. Where do you get your recommendations for what to do and where to stay when you travel? There's no wrong answer to this question, which makes it another winner. You find a remote that can rewind, fast forward, stop and start time. How about a piece of technology that has only made the world better? What was the last one you read? If you design your own playground, what kinds of things would you want to play on? What is the strangest app you have heard of or tried? What do you want to do when you retire? If you could master any instrument on earth, what would it be? Some students may also have children that enjoy sports! Books also empower and educate people, so your adult students may believe in the value of books. Do you believe that people deserve to be happy? Cooking Cooking is another topic that may allow for some good conversation.
Who is the last person that deeply disappointed you? What inanimate object do you wish you could eliminate from existence?. Our everyday routine in the city, takes heavy toll of our energies. How fast do you read? What is the funniest joke you know by heart? Make up a new sport. There are tons of ways to use these questions. Plans Everybody makes plans and discussing them could even influence the class to start making plans of their own! Which season are you most active in? You feel an slowly descending like a dark cloud, and you start to panic inside. Have you ever fantasized about changing your first name? You are making the mistake of not going deeper, and finding out how you or they operate as a person.
Are you useful in a crisis? Are you good at tongue twisters? Where is the most beautiful place you have been? When you woke up this morning what was the first thing that you thought about? What is the longest word you know how to spell? What is the fanciest restaurant you have eaten at? Where did you get it? What is your favorite movie soundtrack? Some are risk-oriented, others are risk-averse. Human Relationships Almost nothing is more fascinating to most people than talking about how people work. Breaking out discussion questions like the ones below, questions about everyday things, works well because these types of questions really get the brain thinking, relate directly to the students on a familiar level and can even incite some fascinating discussions between students, all while you sit back and listen! Ever fantasize about being in a rock band? What was the worst book you had to read for school? Do you have any pets? Learning to discuss it could help your students out in the long run. How often do you go to the library? Everybody eats, and most people enjoy talking about their personal taste in food. But in all seriousness, talking about games gets discussion more geared towards past tense, which gives the students a fond sense of nostalgia. Now, what would be the absolute worst brand name for one of those products? Do you secretly miss Polaroid cameras? This exercise is to push creative thinking and to inspire free speech and listening skills. Have you ever had a psychic reading? If someone gave you a blank piece of paper, what would you do with it? Sometimes the subjects that we feel strongly about fall on the lighter side of things.
If you could have a class pet, what would it be? Where would you like to die and how? Would you rather have a live-in massage therapist, or a live-in chef? What are some topics that you feel others would benefit from understanding and seeing both sides of? Who are the 3 greatest athletes of all time? How did you deal with it? If you could trade places with anyone for one day, who would it be? Do you think it would be fun to have a hippopotamus living in your house? Are you afraid of flying in airplanes? Everyone eats, making this an icebreaker that works anywhere, anytime. How long can you go without checking your emails or texts? What is something you are obsessed with? Do you think it would be fun to be famous? Or what books have you read multiple times? With older classes obviously we would use higher level English, But for my classes of 8 - 9 year old children this worked quickly. What would be your perfect weekend? How do you engage with panhandlers on the street? Where would you like to travel next? Travel Conversation Starters Have you traveled to any different countries? Is it better to live where there are four seasons or where one season takes up most of the year? What were you really into when you were a kid? How do you make friends? What could you wear on your head that would make people stop what they are doing and stare in awe and amazement? What do you think of online education? What was the best kiss of your entire life? On a romantic date some of these questions may be appropriate. This will make all inmates much happier and less destructive and angry. What was your proudest moment from the past twelve months? Some examples are: yoga, photography, working out, meditation, shopping, etc. How have your goals changed over your life? Who do you talk to the most on the phone? Who in your life brings you the most joy? Do you have the same first name as anyone else at your school? What are you starving for? What do you think of tour group packages? What is the strangest themed restaurant you have heard of? Do you prefer physical books or ebooks? What weird or useless talent do you have? If you could call up anyone in the world and have a one hour conversation, who would you call? Have you ever set two friends up on a date? There is a sudden pause in the conversation, and you know that you should say something now, but your brain seems to have stopped working.
What do you like to do in spring? We have some wonderful debate topics that will suit any of your debating needs right here. Remember, these questions are just the start. If your mind was an island, what would it look like? How would you feel if, for one day, you were the parent and your mom and dad were the kids? A brush with a famous person is always a thrill, making talking about it with a stranger a fun icebreaker. Which did you grow up with? What was your very first job? What are you bored of? What is the longest book you have read? How many apps do you have on your phone? Who is your favorite entertainer comedian, musician, actor, etc. Why do you think sports are common across almost all cultures present and past? Would I rather live in the Sahara or Antarctica? Talk about some of the interesting people you have met while traveling. What kinds of food do you usually eat on your favorite holiday? Hobbies are things people do without being paid to, just because they enjoy them.
If you had the opportunity to visit the moon for a day, would you? For some reason, people love talking about stories and the characters inside them they feel like they know. What is the most useful app on your phone? Would you like to write a book? Schools are All Boys, or All Girls schools for all grades up until College. Follow up by asking about the current weather conditions, and you have a conversation. Even at a corporate gathering, inquiring about someone's dream job is a fun way to get a conversation started. If someone spends the money and time to go see an artist live, it means they like them a lot. Questions to spark stories, draw out a few secrets, trigger a few belly laughs… and hopefully, help you to feel more deeply connected to the people you love.
Do you like classical music? In high school, individuals are at an age group where they are starting to grasp and understand the concepts of politics, society, and how the world works. What would you do if you accidentally dropped your ice cream cone on the ground? Yes, a classic one-liner, but this convo starter always gets a good answer. Are there any household chores you secretly enjoy? Would I rather lose both arms, both legs or one arm and one leg? We need to connect ourselves with wonders of nature. What are some goals you have failed to accomplish? What do you do with it? People love their pets, and inquiring about them encourages further conversation. Now, consider your audience as well. What foods do you absolutely hate? Whether at a corporate event or big party, there's no reason to hide in a corner.
Or you can ask would they? How much time do you spend on the internet? Are they very similar to each other, or opposites? Do you prefer to go off the beaten path when you travel? What restaurant do you eat at most? Movie Conversation Starters What was the last movie you watched? What are your goals for the next two years? Who did they live with? Seeing Both Sides An important thing to consider when you are going into a debate is the fact that the person on the other side of the table, or your audience, is going to have something to say against your position. If you had a personal mascot, what would your mascot be? What book has influenced you the most? What ridiculous and untrue, yet slightly plausible, theories can you come up with for the cause of common ailments like headaches or cavities? Do you prefer games with cards or dice? Do you have a morning ritual? Can you remember a time when you made someone smile? You cannot make pizza without the dough, right? What was the best part of your day, so far? Would you rather take a shower or a bath? Why did you choose it? Would you rather take a picture or be in the picture? Be careful with this one, although you will get some interesting responses. How do you feel if you accidentally leave your phone at home? What word or saying from the past do you think should come back? Another easygoing question for one-on-one conversation or for jumping into a group conversation. What is something that is popular now that annoys you? What is your favorite thing about yourself? What is the sexiest and least sexy name? Here's another fun question that gets people talking! Then describe each of them in 5 words. If an animal breaks the law they are put in jail as people would. What kind of cult would you like to start? If you could have tea with one fictional character, who would it be? Do you prefer traveling alone or with a group? Sharing goals is also a good thing to help get them done. How do you feel about putting pineapple on pizza? Do you text more or call more? You can tie it into a story they just said.
If your favorite toy could talk, what would it say? Book Conversation Starters What was the last book you read? What do you fear is hiding in the dark? What do you hope to achieve in your professional life? What do you usually do? What are some of the nicknames you have for customers or coworkers? If you had to get rid of a holiday, which would you get rid of? And it's a great question to use when you feel awkward joining a group that's already chatting. Is teaching a skill that can be taught? What do you value most: free time, recognition, or money? Why were they so good? What is the strangest dream you have ever had? Will technology save the human race or destroy it? If you could choose your own life obstacles, would you keep the ones you have? Do you prefer to watch movies in the theater or in the comfort of your own home? Vacationing and seeing tourist attractions where you live. If you read a lot of psychology books like I do, this is easy. If you were going to bury a time capsule, what would you put in it? A portal to another world opens in front of you. What is your favorite day of the week? If people break a law against an animal, they are put in jail. Have you ever stolen anything? If you two have visited the same country, you may be able to talk about those shared experiences for hours.