Childhood

  • What is something you loved learning as a child?
  • What is one of your favourite childhood memories?
  • What used to be your biggest dream when you were young?
  • When you were a child, did you have a favourite movie or TV show? Which ones?
  • When you were young, what job did you want to have when you grew up?
  • When you were young, who used to be your idol or hero?
  • When you were a child, what did you love doing? What did you hate doing?
  • What was your first date? How did it go?
  • Were you naughty as a child? What was the naughtiest thing you did?
  • What things used to make you scared?
  • What do you remember about your first day at school?
  • What teacher from school do you remember most clearly?
  • Who was your first love?
  • Did you used to have a family pet? What kind? If not, did you want one?
  • What is your earliest memory. How old were you at the time?
  • Do you have any unhappy memories from when you were a child? What happened?
  • Did you ever hurt or injure yourself when you were a child? What happened?
  • What was your favourite food as a child? And what foods did you hate? Has this changed?
  • Who was your best friend when you were a child? What do you remember about him or her?
  • Did you play any games when you were a child? Which was your favourite?
  • Did you have any favourite toys when you were a child?
  • Did you go on family holidays as a child? Where did you go?
  • Did you have a favourite book as a child? Which one?
  • What complaints did your mother used to have about you?
  • When you were young, were your parent strict? Were there certain things you forbidden to do?
  • Describe your happiest memories of childhood.
  • What hobbies did you have when you were younger?
  • What songs do you remember from your childhood?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of being an only child?
  • Do you think childhood is shorter these days? Do children grow up too fast these days? What are the advantages and disadvantages of this?
  • Write a list of words you associate with childhood. E.g. parents, toys, school. Compare your words with your partner.
  • Who used to be your favourite relative? Why?
  • What do you remember about the house you lived in when you were a child?
  • Do you remember any parties or family celebrations from when you were young?
  • When you were young, did your parents use to make you help around the house? What did you have to do?
  • What did you used to do during your school holidays?

School

  • Did you like school? Why (not)?
  • Did you have a favourite teacher at school? Why were they your favourite?
  • What was your favourite subject at school? Why?
  • What was your worst subject at school? Why?
  • Did you have a teacher at school who you didn't like or were scared of? Why?
  • Did you have a school dance? Who did you take? What do you remember?
  • Did anything funny or embarrassing happen to you at school?
  • What do you remember about your first day at school?
  • Did you ever get into trouble at school? What happened?
  • Did you date anyone at school? Or have a "crush" on someone? Tell us about it.
  • Did you work hard or were you lazy at school?
  • Are you still friends with any of your school friends?
  • Who was your best friend at school?
  • Which sports did you enjoy most?
  • What did you used to do during the school holidays?
  • Did you go to boarding school? Would you ever send your child to boarding school? Why (not)?
  • Did you ever take part in school plays or musicals? If yes, what roles did you play?
  • Were you popular at school with many friends? Or did you just have a few friends?
  • Did you ever get into fights at school? Were you ever bullied by bigger children?
  • Would you prefer to send your child to a mixed (boys and girls) or single sex school (just boys or girls)? Why?
  • What was your favourite book when you were in school? What was it about?
  • Did you ever go on any school trips? Where did you go?
  • What was the food like at school? Was it nice or horrible?
  • What were some of the rules you had to follow at school? Did you ever break them?
  • Did you have to wear a school uniform to school? What did it look like?

Opinions - School Education

  • What do you think are the qualities of a good teacher?
  • How well do you think schools prepare young people for working life?
  • Do you think schools should teach subjects like art, music and dancing?
  • Do you think school children should have to wear uniforms?
  • "You start learning as soon as you leave school." Do you agree or disagree with this statement. Why?
  • Do you think learning at university is very different from school? In what way?
  • "The aim of education is to prepare you for work." Agree or disagree?
  • "Some subjects like religion and physical education should not be compulsory." Agree or Disagree?
  • Do you prefer a system where children are put in fast and slow streams or is it better to create mixed ability classes?
  • "It is better to evaluate students on coursework and participation in class than make them do exams." Agree or disagree?
  • "It's a good idea to take a year off to travel after graduating from university and before looking for a job." Agree or disagree?
  • "Your schooldays are the best days of your life." Agree or disagree?