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Conversation Questions

Your Education

  • Are you allowed to eat in the classrooms?
  • Are you allowed to smoke in the classrooms?
  • Did you belong to any clubs in high school?
  • Did you go to a public high school or a private one?
    • What are the advantages of each type of school?
    • Which type of school did you want to go to?
  • Did you have to wear a uniform in high school? How about elementary school?
  • Did you study art in high school?
  • Did your high school have a band?
    • If so, did you play in it?
    • What instrument would you like to play in a high school band? Why?
  • Do most of your teachers take attendance?
  • Do some of your teachers let class out early?
    • What do you think when the teacher lets the class out early?
  • Do you carry a dictionary to your English classes?
    • How about your other classes?
    • Do you have an electronic ditionary?
    • Can you and do you access your cellphone dictionary to find the meaning of a word?
  • Do you enjoy studying English?
    • Math?
    • Science?
    • Art?
    • Biology?
    • Chemistry?
  • Do you ever skip class?
  • Do you have any evening classes?
  • Do you play on any of the school’s sports teams?
  • Do you still keep in touch with your best friend in elementary school?
  • Have you ever been absent?
  • Have you ever been late for class?
    • If so, why?
    • When was the last time?
    • Did the teacher get angry?
  • Have you ever failed a class? (Maybe this is not polite to ask.)
  • Have you ever slept in class?
  • How do you usually come here?
  • How do you get to school?
  • How long does it take you to get to school?
  • How many times have you been absent from school this year?
  • How much homework do you do every day?
  • Was your high school strict?
  • Were you on any sports teams in high school?
  • What classes do you not like? Why don’t you like them?
  • What did you like best about high school?
  • What do you like best about your school?
  • What do you like the least about your school?
  • What do you think about your English class? Your gym class?
  • What do you think of our cafeteria?
  • What do you think of this campus?
  • What do you want to do after you graduate?
  • What is your best memory from junior high school?
    • How about high school?
    • What’s your worst memory?
  • What school did you graduate from? What high school? What junior high school?
  • What time does your first class begin on Tuesday?
  • What was the name of your junior high school?
  • What were some of the rules you had to follow at your high school?
    • Which rules did you think were unfair?
    • Did you ever get caught breaking any school rules?
    • Were you allowed to smoke on campus?
    • Were you allowed to eat food in the classroom?
  • What’s your favorite subject?
    • Why do you like it?
    • Who is the teacher?
    • How many times a week does the class meet?
  • Which subjects are you good at? (What are your strong subjects?)
  • Which subjects are you poor at? (Which subjects are difficult for you?)
  • Who is your favorite teacher?
    • What course does he or she teach?
    • Why do you like him or her?
  • What did you find the most surprising thing about the school system in the United States?
  • What are the major characteristics you think a teacher should have?
  • Do you have to wear a uniform to your school? (Did you have to…)Do you like wearing a uniform?
  • Do you think school uniform is a good idea? Why/Why not?
  • Are the clothes you wear to school important?
  • Do you feel pressure to wear expensive, designer clothes to school?
  • How are the customs in the classrooms in the US different from the customs that you have experienced in other places?
  • Who do you like to sit with in your classroom?
  • Do you like to be taught by a male or female teacher?
  • Do you like to be taught by a female or male teacher?
  • Which subjects do you think are not useful or needed anymore?
  • What does the term coeducational mean?Did you go to coeducational schools?
  • Are boys and girls treated differently by teachers in coeducational schools that you have attended? If so, how?
  • Do you think girls work together much better if there are no boys around? Agree or disagree?
  • Do you feel pressure to wear expensive, designer clothes to school?
  • Do you think fashion is important at school?
  • Is fashion also a kind of uniform?
  • What did your school uniform look like in junior high school?