Adelaide ESL Meetup -  All Discussion Questions

 

The discussion questions below have been created by Thor May to encourage English speaking practice in a bi-weekly meetup. 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: thormay@yahoo.com

 


Notes:

1. English as a Second Language Meetup site: https://www.meetup.com/ESL-English-practice-meet-up-group/

2. This group now also has a Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1678127882281980/?ref=bookmarks
3. An index of general (non ESL) discussion topics from earlier meetups run by Thor is online at http://thormay.net/unwiseideas/DiscussionTopics/DiscussionIndex.htm

[The general discussion topics are more complex than the ESL discussion topics on this ESL page (http://byeways.net/thormay2/esl-meetup-discussion-topics/ )]

4. Articles on many topics by Thor May at : https://independent.academia.edu/ThorMay

 


 

Topic 109  29 January 2021  What do you notice? What don't you care about?

 

Topic 108 11 January 2021  Are You "The Last of the Big Spenders?" 

 

Topic 107  11 December 2020  Memories of 2020, Hopes for 2021  

 

Topic 106  27 November 2020   Buyer and Seller

 

Topic 105  13 November 2020  The First Time I ... did that ...  

 

Topic 104   30 October 2020  What Drives You, Really?

 

Topic 103  16 October 2020   I’m Pretty Good at This, But Hopeless at That  

 

Topic 102  2 October 2020   Life Hacks (Short cuts for easier living)

 

Topic 101 18 September 2020  Being Yourself and Being Your Age  

 

Topic 100  4 September 2020  Language Learning 

 

Topic 99  21 August 2020  What Can Australia Do Better?  [Covid-19 suspension 7 August 2020]

 

Topic 98  24 July 2020   Possessions - Do you need them?

 

Topic 97 10 July 2020   Surprising Things Happen

 

Topic 96  25 June 2020 (Online)  Challenge - Give a 3 Minute Speech Online

 

Topic 95  11 June 2020 (ONLINE) Life in Adelaide - The Good and the Bad

 

Topic 94 28 May 2020  (ONLINE)   The Future of Travel

 

Topic 93  14 May 2020 (ONLINE)  Is it Safe? Who cares?

 

[Temporary Suspension of ESL Program because of the Covid-19 Virus]

 

Topic 92  6 March 2020 Teach Me How To  

 

Topic 91  21 February 2020  Value for Money  

 

Topic 90  7 February 2020  Doing Yourself a Favour

 

Topic 89  24 January 2020  Emergency! Catastrophe! What Next?

 

Topic 88  10 January 2020  The Places People Live

 

Topic 87  13 December 2019   Love, Hate, Tolerance and Prejudice (.. humour?)

 

Topic 86 [29 November 2019] Do You Really Believe That?

 

Topic 85  15 November 2019   Bits & Pieces of Language

 

Topic 84  1 November 2019   Hopeless Situations

 

Topic 83  18 October 2019   Time or Money?

 

Topic 82   4 October 2019   What is your cultural fit?

 

Topic 81 20 September 2019  Getting it done - Part 2: Groups big & small 

 

Topic 80 6 September 2019  Getting it done - Part 1: Just You

 

Topic 79   23 August 2019  Touch, Smell, Taste, Hear, See - Which is your favourite?

 

Topic 78 9 August 2019 Feelings, Emotions

 

Topic 77 26 July 2019 Motivation - What Drives You, Really?

 

Topic 76 12 July 2019    Kinds of Work and Where you can do them

 

Topic 75 28 June 2019  Habits - Good and Bad

Topic 74  12 June 2019  Different Kinds of People (practice giving opinions)

 

Topic 73 17 May 2019  Opportunity Knocks

 

Topic 72 17 May 2019  Stupidity is really interesting

 

Topic 71 3 May 2019  You Are A Tour Guide

 

Topic 70 19 April 2019 The Good & The Bad


Topic 69: 5 April 2019 Getting Bigger, Getting Smaller, Coming Closer, Going Further


Topic 68 22 March 2019 Explain Your Answer to Logical Questions
 

Topic 67 8 March 2019 Now You are an Interviewer!

 

Topic 66  22 February 2019   How Do You Learn - Videos, Books, Doing or Just Talking?

Topic 65 8 February 2019 Keeping Fit - Is It Worth the Trouble?

Topic 64 25 January 2019 Something Won, Something Lost
 

Topic 63  11 January 2019 Plans for the year and more

Topic 62  14 December 2018    Holidays
 

Topic 61  30 November 2018  Cars and Getting to Work
 

Topic 60  16 November 2018 Animals and Plants


Topic 59  2 November 2018   Fix It !
 

Topic 58  19 October 2018  What are you afraid of?

Topic 57  5 October 2018  Small Pleasures and Rewards

 

Topic 56  21 September 2018 How Expensive is Australia, Really?

Topic 55  7 September 2018  What can you safely talk about with strangers?

 

Topic 54  24 August 2018  What Do These Aphorisms Mean? Do You Agree With Them? Think of a Reply.

 

Topic 53 10 August 2018 The Hardest Things to Do

  

Topic 52 27 July 2018 Are you lazy?


Topic 51 13 July 2018 How well should you speak English?

 

Topic 50 29 June 2018   People I like, and the others ...

 

Topic 49 15 June 2018  What makes you laugh and cry?
 

Topic 48 1 June 2018  Spare Time - Do You Have Any?

 

Topic 47 18 May 2018  I don't understand this place!

 

Topic 46 4 May 2018   Why do people stop learning (.. Do they?) 

Topic 45 20 April 2018   Tourism

 

Topic 44 6 April 2018   Seasons

 

Topic 43 23 March 2018 Help me to buy a house and furnish it

 

Topic 42 9 March 2018 What I've always wanted to do

 

Topic 41 23 February  2018 Interviews - for jobs and other things

 

Topic 40, 9 February 2018  Sell it to me ! English for persuading people

Topic 39 25 January 2018 What do you notice?


 

Topic 38, 12 January 2018 What will you eat, what do you refuse?

 

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

 

Topic 36: 9 December 2017: Love them or hate them? - Gadgets, Cars, Machines, Toys ..


Topic 35: 24 November 2017: Having fun - what does fun mean for you?

 

Topic 34: 10 November 2017: Getting from here to there

 

Topic 33: 27 October 2017: How Has Your Life Changed?

 

Topic 32: 13 October 2017: Appearances - What can you tell about a person just by looking at them?

 

Topic 31: September 29 2017: Shops and Shopping

Topic 30: September 15 2017: Friends, Acquaintances, Colleagues

Topic 29: September 1 2017: A New Country - Internal & External Migration

 

Topic 28: August 18 2017 Good and Bad Manners - When is it rude to be rude?

 

Topic 27: August 4 2017: The Art of Conversation

 

Topic 26: 21 July 2017: Opinions - giving opinions, keeping quiet, disagreeing, agreeing to differ ..

 

Topic 25: July 7 2017: Work you can get, and work you want

 

Topic 24: 23 June 2017 - Pretend to be someone else -  "The most Interesting and Puzzling Questions for a Chameleon"

Topic 23: 9 June 2017 - Surviving the Human Jungle – liars, cheats, thieves, animals in the forest 

 

Topic 22.  26 May 2017 :  Money !!

 

Topic 21.  12 May 2017 :  Do you really believe that !?   

Topic 20.  28 April 2017 :  Travelling (2)

 

Topic 19.  31 March 2017 : Making Questions About a Topic   

 

Topic 18.   17 March 2017 :  Playing “Devil’s Advocate” 

 

Topic 17.   3 March 2017 : Teach me something!

 

Topic  16.    17 February 2017 :  How does your thinking change with time and experience?

 

Topic  15.  27 January 2017 :  The Meaning of Travel  (1)      

 

Topic  14.  13 January 2017 :  Plans for the New Year 

 

Topic 13.   16 December 2016 :  Diet, exercise, having a long and happy life

 

Topic  12.   2 December 2016 :  The Environment

 

Topic  11.  18 November 2016 :  Why do I think like this?

 

Topic  10.  18 November 2016 :  A Day in Your Life  – compare countries

 

Topic  9.  21 October 2016 :  Crime and Punishment  – compare countries

 

Topic 8.  7 October 2016 :  Work Culture

 

Topic 7.  23 September 2016 : Food! Tell us exactly how to prepare your favourite dinner

 

Topic 6.  9 September 2016 :  Practice comparing things

 

Topic 5.  26 August 2016 :  Task: Demonstrate how to do something

 

Topic 4.  19 August 2016 :  INVESTIGATION! How to ask questions

 

Topic 3.   1 August 2016 :  Talk About An Interest You Have

 

Topic  2.   18 July 2016 : English for Persuasion

 

Topic 1.    4 July 2016 : Disagreeing in English

 


 

Convention centre inquiry (27 September 2017)

 

 

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).

 


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