Adelaide Walk & Talk Meetups


The Walk&Talk meetups are a sub-set of meetups by Adelaide English as a Second Language Group ( Walk&Talk meetups will be scheduled irregularly when requested. The discussion questions below have been created by Thor May to encourage English speaking practice. The question-core approach for speaking appears to work well. The process of creating questions is itself one of the most empowering skills that anyone can practice in any language.


Thor May contact:



1. All meetup discussion questions from Adelaide English as a Second Language Group: Adelaide ESL Meetup.htm


2. English as a Second Language Meetup site:


3. An index of general discussion topics from earlier meetups run by Thor is online at


4. Articles on many topics by Thor May at :


Note: the Topic__X* items have been discussed at Walk-and-Talk meetups, 1pm-2:30pm on Saturday afternoons. These meetups are different from the usual Friday evening classroom meetups in Adelaide Box Factory.

Directions for Walk-and-Talk meetups: (These are different to the normal classroom meetups at the Adelaide Box Factory)

When? : Saturday 16 December 2017 [1st Walk-and-talk], 1pm - 2:30pm Riverside walk if the weather is fine

What happens? : Walk in 2 or 3s to talk in English about a topic (provided) or talk about whatever you like. Swap partners from time to time.

What to bring: Bring a sun hat and sunburn skin protection if it is sunny. Maybe bring some water too. After we return we might have a snack in some cafe.

Meet where?: Behind the Intercontinental Hotel facing the river and next to Adeliade Convention Centre

Legal note: Any meetup is at your own risk. For example, if you have an accident, the meetup organizer is not responsible. Stay safe!

a) go to the left hand side of Adelaide railway station
b) turn right beside the station and follow the path to the steps leading down to the river.
c) Walk past the Casino entrance on your right. The Intercontinental Hotel is on your left.
d) Walk between the two buildings and around to the back of the Intercontinental Hotel.
e) Turn left and walk a few metres to a small area with seats. We will wait there until everybody arrives.
d) After everyone has assembled we will walk down the steps to the river, turn right and follow the cycle path next to the river for about half an hour before turning back.

Topic 37x*: 9 December 2017: Out and About

1. Sydney is usually called an outdoor & beach city because of the nice weather and great beaches. Melbourne is usually called an indoor & cafe city because of the crazy weather and 'European' architecture. How should we describe Adelaide?

2. What is your favourite outdoor activity? Why? How often do you do this?

3. Where have you been in South Australia outside of Adelaide city centre? Where do you plan to go?

4. To reach most interesting outdoor places in Australia, you really need a car. Do you expect to drive in Australia, or are you already driving? What is the main problem with cars for you? [note: Old cars can be quite cheap, if you know what you are buying. However, repair costs are very high and good mechanics can be hard to find].

5. In your home country, were you an outdoor person or an indoor person? Why?

6. Do you prefer the mountains or the seaside or just picnicking by a river? Why?

7. Australia has more birds than almost any other country. How many bird species do your recogize? What is the bird life like in your home country?

8. The Australian bush is usually safe, if you have water and are not lost. What are some possible dangers in the bush?

9. For many people in Adelaide, mass spectator sport, especially football, is almost like a religion. Even the public transport is free when big matches are on. Do you find this strange, or is it similar where you come from? Would you feel comfortable going to football matches etc?

10. Learning & study is actually more efficient when you are standing rather than sitting. How successful do you think a "walk and talk school for learning languages" might be?



Professional bio: Thor May has a core professional interest in cognitive linguistics, at which he has rarely succeeded in making a living. He has also, perhaps fatally in a career sense, cultivated an interest in how things work – people, brains, systems, countries, machines, whatever… In the world of daily employment he has mostly taught English as a foreign language, a stimulating activity though rarely regarded as a profession by the world at large. His PhD dissertation, Language Tangle, dealt with language teaching productivity. Thor has been teaching English to non-native speakers, training teachers and lecturing linguistics, since 1976. This work has taken him to seven countries in Oceania and East Asia, mostly with tertiary students, but with a couple of detours to teach secondary students and young children. He has trained teachers in Australia, Fiji and South Korea. In an earlier life, prior to becoming a teacher, he had a decade of finding his way out of working class origins, through unskilled jobs in Australia, New Zealand and finally England (after backpacking across Asia to England in 1972).


Adelaide ESL Meetup -  Walk&Talk Questions ŠThor May 2018

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