Discussion Topics Adult Students Really Enjoy

 Time

As people get older, their perceived value of time increases, so it’s a practical topic that everyone has something to say about. You could ask questions like:

  • How much free time do you usually have?
  • How important is time to you?
  • If you had more free time, what would you do?
  • “Time is money.” Do you agree or disagree? Why?
  • How do you feel about time that is wasted?

3. Sleep

As people get older, they start to appreciate a good night’s sleep more and more. This topic is often a favorite for all. Some example questions are:

  • How much sleep do you usually get?
  • Why do some people sleep well while other people do not sleep well?
  • What do you do when you have trouble sleeping?
  • What time do you usually go to sleep? What time do you usually get up?
  • Have you ever slept in a strange place that was not a bed?

4. Music

Everybody loves music and most people feel very strong emotions towards it—especially when it comes to the music that they love (or hate) most. Some simple questions to ask could be:

  • What types of music do you like/dislike?
  • How do certain kinds of music make you feel?
  • What types of music come from your country?
  • What’s your favorite song/album/artist?
  • What music is popular in your country right now?

5.  Money

If there is a topic that everyone loves deep down, it has to be money. People love talking about money. Well, may not if they’re broke—but even if they are, it’s a good, relatable topic that gets conversations going. Great questions include:

  • How well do you manage your money?
  • Why do some people have money problems?
  • What are some good ways to make money?
  • What would you do if I gave you $20/$2,000/$2,000,000?
  • How often do you save money? Why?

18. Shopping

This one is a personal favorite for many. Shopping is becoming more and more prevalent and brings out some zest in some people. They just love shopping! Others feel strongly the other way—very few people are completely neutral on this topic. A few good questions are:

  • Do you enjoy shopping? Why/why not?
  • What is your favorite shop? Why?
  • In your city, where is a good place to go shopping?
  • How do you feel about online shopping?
  • How do you think shopping will be like in the future?

6. Work

Lots of people work and have lots to say about it. I mean, if you’re spending about a third of your waking hours at work, you may have lots to say. Some good questions are:

  • What work do/did you do?
  • How do/did you like the work?
  • What is your dream job?
  • What work is common in your city/area/country?
  • What is your general view about work? Why?

7. Risk

Everyone feels a certain way about risk. Some are risk-oriented, others are risk-averse. Talking about risks seems to generate some good conversation. You could ask questions like:

  • What is your definition of risk?
  • Are you a risk taker? Why/why not?
  • What are the advantages/disadvantages of taking risks?
  • What risks do you come across in your work/life?
  • What risks have you taken in your life?

8. Food

Food is possibly the most universal topic of them all and everyone loves to discuss what they eat. This is also an ideal topic for beginners because the vocabulary is usually pretty simple. You could use questions like:

  • What is your favorite food? Why?
  • What food comes from your country?
  • How do you feel when you eat food?
  • What foods do you dislike? Why?
  • Where do you usually get food from?

9. Motivation

Whether or not the students are a motivated bunch, motivation is a good topic to discuss in order to inspire your students. Some example questions are:

  • How motivated are you in general?
  • What motivates you to do things?
  • What is the best motivator to succeed?
  • What do you do when you feel demotivated?
  • What is a good way to motivate others?

10. Beauty

Beauty is one of those topics that’s conventionally more geared toward women than it is to men. However, anyone can appreciate beauty in all its forms, and anyone can recognize the importance of the concept of beauty in our cultures, societies and behaviors. Plus, men might surprise you by caring to chime in on beauty, looks and grooming.

This makes it a good topic to discuss to get some opinions and various views within a group of students. You could ask questions like:

  • What is “beauty”?
  • What/who do you consider beautiful?
  • What does “inner beauty” mean to you?
  • Do you consider artificial beauty (cosmetic surgery) to still be beauty? Why/why not?
  • How do you feel about the emphasis that people put on beauty these days?
  • What would you tell your children about beauty?

11. Crime

Crime may not be on the top of people’s lists of favorite topics but it’s something that’s talked about. Depending on your adult students’ life experiences, it may be something that has affected their lives. Learning to discuss it could help your students out in the long run. Good discussion questions are:

  • Is crime a big problem in your city/country?
  • Have you ever been a victim of crime?
  • What crime is common in your city/country?
  • What would you do if you noticed a crime being committed?
  • How is the law enforcement in your city/country?

12. Love

Everybody loves love and most people have had some firsthand experience they’d like to talk about. It’s another one of those universal topics that gets the conversation going. Even if it’s not about romantic love and heartbreak, students can talk about familial love with their parents and children, as well as love between friends. Questions like these are good:

  • What is love?
  • Who/what do you love?
  • What good/bad experiences have you had with love?
  • Can you be too young to be in love? Why/why not?
  • How do you feel about love?

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