Learning

  • Have you studied anything else since leaving school? If so, what?
  • Do you have any special methods (techniques) you use to help you learn something? Share them.
  • Do you think that making mistakes is an important part of learning? Why? Why not? Give an example of a time you learned / didn't learn from your mistakes.
  • Do you usually study for tests and exams the night before or start a long time before?
  • Have you ever researched a topic or subject in detail? If so, what?
  • What is something you loved learning as a child?
  • Tell us about a time you learned a new skill. Maybe a sport or hobby or at work? How did you learn it? Was it a good or bad experience? Why?
  • Have you ever learned to play a musical instrument? If so which one? Do you still play?
  • What is something you would love to learn in the future?
  • What do you think are the qualities of a good teacher?
  • Talk about something you tried to learn to do but weren't able to do.

Learning English

  • Do you enjoy learning English? What do you like most about it? And least?
  • Do you have any favourite web sites that help you study English?
  • How do you make progress in English outside the classroom?
  • When you study, do you normally study alone or with friends? Which is better? Why?
  • What tips can you share about learning / studying English? (See Map: Ranking)
  • What do you find most difficult to learn in English?
  • Why are you studying English? What are your goals?
  • In what major ways is English grammar different from the grammar of your native language?
  • Do you think you learn more English inside or outside the classroom?
  • What do you on your own to improve your English?
  • What do you think is the best way to learn new vocabulary? Tell your partner about it.
  • Do you make a lot of mistakes when you speak English? Are there any mistakes you make often? Tell your partner about it.

Languages

  • What languages have you studied? How well can you read, write and speak each of them?
  • Have you ever had a friendship with someone who spoke a different language? What language(s) did you use to communicate? How did it affect your relationship?
  • Which language do you think is the most difficult to learn? Why?
  • How do people who come from different regions of your country speak differently?
  • Do you think it's ever possible to speak a language like a native? Explain your reasons.
  • What kinds of judgements do you make about people based on their accent or dialect? What does accent or dialect tell you about someone's education, background, or income?
  • Are some languages more beautiful to listen to than others? If so which? Are there any languages that you really don't like the sound of? Why?
  • How is your personality different when you speak another language? For example, are you more or less outgoing?
  • At what age did you begin studying a second language?
  • Do think age affects a person's ability to learn a new language?
  • What's the best way to learn a language?
  • Do you like to listen to music in other languages? Do you make an effort to understand the words?
  • How often to you read in another language? What kinds of things do you read? Why?
  • How many languages can you speak and how well can you speak them?
  • Are you satisfied with the way languages are taught in your country?
  • Fluency in a language is more important than accuracy". Do you agree?
  • "Every child should learn to speak a second language." Do you agree?