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Item

Topic

Questions

A

A ssignments

 

A ctivities

Which do you like? Which are impossible, disliked? 

How do you go about doing your class assignments?

What A ctivities do you enjoy?

B

Background

 

Baseball

What is your background (home country, family, academic experience, work experience, special skills

Do you like baseball?  Do you follow any baseball teams?

C

Career

Creativity

What career are you working towards?

What is creativity?  A re you creative in a particular area (music, art, writing....)

D

Dreams

 

Daydreams

Do you believe dreams reveal something about you?

What are your dreams for the future?

What are daydreams?  What do you daydream about?

E

Energy

 

Environment

What do you think about the energy crisis?  What options are there?  Which is best?

How can we protect our environment?

F

Favorite

Fashion

Father

What is your favorite (food, movie, activity, color .....)?  Why?

What is in fashion/ out of fashion?  A re fashions worthwhile?

How would you describe your father?  What makes a good father? 

G

Grammar

 

Games

What grammar problems do you think you have?  What have you done to improve your English grammar

What games did you play as a child?  What games do you find fun now?

H

Holidays

Happiness

What is your favorite holiday?  What holidays are special to your home country?

What does it take to make you happy?  Do you think money is a major factor in being happy?

I

Imagination

 

Image

Do you have a good imagination?  Do you think imagination is important?

 

Has image become too important in politics?  What do you think contributes to a good image?

J

Jokes

 

Jack-of-all-trades

Do you like jokes?  Do you think a sense of humor is important?  Why?

 

A re you (or do you know) a jack-of-all-trades ( A person who can do many different kinds of work)?  What are you especially skilled at?

K

Karate

 

Karma

Do you know karate?  What are the advantages/disadvantages of learning karate?

Do you believe in a personal karma (used informally to mean fate or destiny)? If so, what do you think is your karma?

 

L

Life

Love

 

What is your greatest ambition in life?  What is needed for a happy life?

What is love?  Who/what do you love?  Why?

M

Mother

Music

How would you describe your mother?  What makes a good mother?

What is your favorite music?  What music do you find unbearable?

N

Nostalgia

 

Neighbors

A re you nostalgic (long for things, persons, or situations of the past)?  Why? For what?

Do you know your neighbors?  If so, how would you describe them?  A re you a good neighbor?  Why?

O

Optimism

Opinion

A re you optimistic?  If so, how did you become an optimist?  If not, why not?

Whose opinion do you value most?  Why?

P

Pessimism

Peace

A re you pessimistic?  If so, how did you become pessimistic?  If not, why not?

Do you think world peace is possible?  What can we do

Q

Questions

 

Quirk

What is the biggest question you have about your future?  What are you doing to answer the question?

Do you (or does someone you know) have a quirk (peculiarity of behavior or idiosyncrasy)?  If so, what? How do you deal with it?

 

R

Recreation

Reason

What is your favorite form of recreation?  What benefits do you derive from it?

Do you base your actions on reason, on emotion or on both reason and emotion?  Why?

S

Seasons

Solitude

What is your favorite season (summer, winter, spring, fall/ rainy, dry)?  Why?

Do you prefer solitude to being in company?  If so, why?  If not, why not?

T

Travel

 

Truth

Do you like to travel?  What was your favorite place to visit?  What was your least favorite?

Is it always better to tell the truth or is it sometimes best to lie? 

U

UFO

 

Unforgettable...

Do you think UFO’s from other worlds exist?  What would you do if you saw a UFO?

What is you most unforgettable moment?  Why?

V

Vacation

Victory

What was your favorite vacation?  What do you think is the perfect vacation?

What is your greatest victory?  Explain

W

Writing

Wisdom

What do you like to write about?  What kind of writing do you prefer to read?

What wisdom have you discovered?  Explain

X

Xenophobia

 

Xerox Copy

Do you know anyone who is xenophobic (exceedingly fearful of strangers)?  Why do you think a person would become a xenophobe?

What is the best (worst) thing about Xerox copy machines?  Why do you think there is a need for 24-hour a day Xerox copy places?  Explain.

Y

Youth

Yesterday

What is the best thing about youth?  What is the worst thing?

If you had one yesterday to live again, which day would that be?  Why?

Z

Zen

 

Zombie

What are some of the major tenets of Zen Buddhism?  What do you think of them?

What do you think about the zombie theme in literature?  Explain.