Speaking Cue Cards

Latest Cue Cards Jan – April 2018

1. Describe about some story which you like a lot or someone told you about.

  • Who told you this story?
  • When did you hear it?
  • What was the story about?
  • Why you liked this story? .

 

Follow Ups

  1. Has storytelling changed over a period of time?
  2. Which way is better, traditional storytelling or the use of technology in storytelling?
  3. Do you think that generally most of the people are good at storytelling?
  4. What makes storytelling effective?
  5. Is it important to tell stories?
  6. Is reading books beneficial or watching documentaries better?

 

2. Describe a situation where you helped an old person

  • When you helped?
  • Where did you help?
  • How you helped?
  • How you felt about it?

 

Follow Ups

  1. How can the older generation be helped?
  2. What are the benefits of helping older people?
  3. What is the current situation of families? Do they help each other?
  4. Is childcare important? Who does it?
  5. How do parents manage work life balance and raise children?

 

3. What would be your perfect holiday or vacation look like?

  • Where would you like to go?
  • Who would you like to go with?
  • How would you like to spend it?

 

Follow Ups

  1. Do people in your country like to spend holidays abroad or at home?
  2. What are the benefits of spending the holiday abroad and in own country? Which one
  3. What do we have to arrange before going to holiday?

4.             Talk about a thing you just bought and you are happy about

  • Explain why you bought it
  • Why you selected this product
  • From where you purchased it
  • And explain why are you so happy about it

 

Follow Ups

  1. Did you tell anyone after buying it?
  2. What are your thoughts about the trend that people buy new things instead of repairing the old ones?
  3. What is the product, which is consumed most in your country? Why?
  4. Is increasing consumerism a good trend?

 

  1. Describe the time when someone took a good photograph of

  • When was the photo taken
  • Where was the photo taken
  • Who took the Photograph
  • How you felt about it

 

Follow ups:

  1. Do you like to get your photographs clicked?
  2. Is it good to take a lot of photographs?
  3. There are a lot of additions made to photographs these What attitude of people does this show?
  4. Is this going to affect the photographers and their working style?
  5. Do people like digital photographs or printed photographs?
  6. How will this change in the future
  7. Will photographs replace paintings in the future?

 

6. Describe something you did to help others / Occasion on which you have helped someone

  • Where did you help/ what was the situation
  • When
  • How you helped
  • What was their reaction after your help

 

Follow Ups

  1. Do you like helping others?
  2. Should parents teach helping others to their children? .
  3. Do you think nowadays people do more good work as compared to the past?
  4. Will you help others in the future?
  5. How do you encourage children to help others?
  6. How do world social organizations such as Red Cross collect their funds worldwide?
  7. Do small non-government organizations always need big organizations’ help or can they collect funds themselves? .
  8. Do you think people in India should help foreigners who are visiting India and who need help? (Why? / Why not?) .
  9. What is the most important way for a country to help foreigners who are visiting the country?
  10. Many people only look out for themselves and never think about helping What do you think of this attitude?
  11. Do Indian people help others who need help, such as people in extreme poverty? (How?)

 

7.      Describe a period in history which has always interested you

  • When did it happen
  • What happened
  • Why are you interested in it
  • Who told you first about it? .

 

Follow Ups

  1. Do you think nowadays children are learning too much about history?
  2. Many children tend to get bored with history because of all these dates, time and names
  3. Some people tend to go against the idea of learning from past experiences, what about you?

 

8.      Describe a sportsperson that you admire

  • Who is the person
  • What is his/her achievement
  • Why do you admire him? .

 

9.      Describe a development in your country like shopping centre, park etcetera

  • What is the development
  • When you heard about it
  • How did it influence you .

 

 

10.  Talk about the most interesting subject that you learnt in school

  • What was the subject
  • How long did you study it?
  • Why you think it was interesting
  • How did the teacher make it interesting? .

 

  1. Describe a technology you use often (other than computer) .

    • What is it
    • When you use it
    • What do you use it for
    • Explain why you like to use it

 

  1. A public place you visited .

  • What is it
  • When you visited
  • What you liked and disliked about it

 

13.  A place you want to visit with your friends

  • What is the place
  • When you want to go
  • With whom you want to go? .
  • Why you want to go with your friends

 

 

14.  Talk about a toy you liked in your childhood

  • What was the toy
  • Who gave it to you? .
  • How often did you play with it

 

Follow ups

  1. What is the difference between girls’ and boys’ toys?
  2. Do you think toys really help in children’s development?
  3. Does modern technology have an influence on children’s toys?
  4. Have we lost our hand skills such as sewing?
  5. What toys are popular with kids in India today?
  6. In general, do children today have many toys?
  7. Do you think playing with electronic toys has a good influence on kids?
  8. Do you think there are some toys that are only suitable for girls and some that are only suitable for boys?
  9. Which do you think is better, for children to play with toy alone or with other kids?
  10. Do you think parents should encourage their children to share their toys with other kids?

 

15.   Talk about an unusual meal

  • When did you eat it
  • Where did you eat it? .
  • With whom you had the meal? .

 

 

16.   Talk about a special day which was not that expensive or on which you didn’t have to spend a lot of money

  • What was the occasion
  • Where you went? .
  • Who did you celebrate with

 

17.   Talk about an important river or lake in your country or hometown

  • Which water body is that
  • How do you know about it? .
  • Why does it impress you so much

 

 

18.  Describe a popular  person

  • Who is he
  • How do you know him? .
  • Why is he popular

 

19.  Talk about an important event that you like to celebrate

  • what is the event
  • whom do you celebrate it with
  • why do you like to celebrate it

 

  1. Talk about your favourite movie

    • what is the name of this movie
    • when did you watch it and
    • why is it your favourite movie

21.   An activity that you found boring

  • When was it? Where was it? and
  • Why did you find it boring?

 

22.   Describe a piece of furniture in your home that you often use

  • What it is
  • Where it is
  • What it looks like (or, what it is made of)
  • And explain how or why you use .

 

23.  What is your idea of a perfect home? (Dream Home)

  • Where would it be
  • How it would loo
  • When do you think you would have such a home

 

Follow ups

  1. Do most Indian people live in an apartment or house?
  2. Do young people in your country like to live with their parents or by themselves?
  3. Do Indian people like to rent a place to live?
  4. Would you live in a foreign country in the future?

 

  1. How is modern home design in your country different to that of the past?
  2. In your country what type of home do most people live in?
  3. Do people prefer to live in Modern Homes or the older style homes (for example from 50 years ago)
  4. How are modern homes different to older homes?
  5. What do you imagine people’s houses to be like in the future?
  6. Why do people sometimes move to live in a different home?
  7. Do you think moving  to  a  new  home  can  ever  create  or  cause  problems  for       

                      people?

  1. What are the differences between living in a city and living in a village or town (in the countryside)
  2. Do people in your country prefer to live in cities or in rural environments?
  3. What are the differences between living in the countryside compared to living in the city?

 

24. Describe an occasion when visitors came to your home

  • Who the visitors were
  • What the occasion was
  • What you did for the occasion and the visitor Explain how you felt about it

 

 

Follow Up questions

 

  1. Do you often invite friends to visit your home?
  2. Do you like visitors coming to your home?
  3. Do people often visit you at your home?
  4. How often do visitors come to your home?
  5. When do visitors come to your home?
  6. Do you prefer to have friends visit you, or relatives?
  7. What do you usually do together with your visitors?
  8. When someone visits you, how do you usually show hospitality (or, entertain them)?

 

25.     Talk about a traditional object of your country or Talk about a traditional   product of your country that you bought

  • What is it
  • How is it made
  • When did you try it for the first time
  • Why do you like it

 

Follow Ups

 

  • Describe another traditional product from your country (apart from what you spoke about)
  • What are the benefits of traditional products to locals?
  • Do you think the government should help in the promotion of traditional products?
  • Do you think because of globalization countries are adopting each other
  • Why people buy traditional products because of their traditional value or because of they are

 

26.  Describe a good decision someone made or (it could be a good decision someone made recently)

  • Who made the decision
  • What was the decision
  • When was it made
  • How it affected you
  • Why was it a good decision / Are you happy with the decision

 

Follow ups

  1. Should children make decisions on their own?
  2. How should parents help their children make decisions?
  3. Do parnts in your country take decisions for their children?
  4. Do you think it is advisable listening to others advice when making decisions?

 

27.  Describe an occasion when you received a good/best service from a restaurant or a shop

  • What the service was
  • When and where you received the service
  • Whom were you with
  • And explain why you think it was a good service

 

Follow ups

 

  1. What jobs require staff to get in touch with many people?
  2. What qualities does the staff need? Why?
  3. What’s the difference between services in big shops and small shops?
  4. What should people do when they get bad service?
  5. Why do some people not know what service is good?

 

28.  Describe  an  interesting  place  that  few  people  know  or  Describe  a  place  in  your town which is not so famous for tourists

 

  • where it is
  • When you go there
  • What you can do there
  • Why few people know about it/ why few people go there

 

Follow ups

  1. What kinds of tourist sites are popular in your country?
  2. What can governments do to prevent pollution in tourist sites?
  3. What are the advantages of visiting less known places?
  4. What are the disadvantages when there are too many tourists in one site?

 

29.Describe an interesting person from another country or A famous international person you know/met

  • Who this person is
  • What this person does
  • Why this person is interesting
  • How you think of this person

 

Follow ups

  1. Do you think communicating with foreigners is a good way to learn about foreign culture?.
  2. What are the disadvantages of working for an international company?
  3. What kinds of problems do people face when they travel or live in a foreign country?
  4. Do you like to make friends with people from other countries?
  • Do you have any international
  • How do the cultural differences hinder the growth of an organization/company
  • How do sports help to break the barriers of the cultural

 

30.Talk about an achievement you are proud of

  • What you did
  • When did you do it
  • Why did that achievement make you proud .

 

Follow ups .

  1. How to measure a person’s success?
  2. Do you think the way people gain success has changed?
  3. How do you define success?
  4. How to reward successful people? .
  5. What qualities does a person need to have, to be successful?
  6. Do you feel terrible when you fail to do something?
  7. Is failure a necessary thing in people’s life? .
  8. Is it important for young people to have some achievement?
  9. If someone failed Should he try for the next time?
  10. Is it good to set goals in life?
  11. How can an employer motivate his employees?

 

31.Describe an important letter that you received.

  • When did you receive
  • Whom was it from
  • What was the content of the letter
  • How did you feel about it

 

Follow ups

 

  1. Do you think handwriting is still important?
  2. Do you think handwriting will die in the future?
  3. Do you write letters?
  4. Do you think children should be taught to write like in the old days?
  5. Compare the way you learnt to write and the children today learn to write?
  6. Do you like reading magazines or newspapers?
  7. What kind of articles do you read?
  8. Have you ever read a foreign newspaper?
  9. Do you think it is good to read newspapers to learn a new language?
  10. What are the advantages and disadvantages of emails and letters?
  11. Will letters be replaced by emails?
  12. Do old people prefer letters or emails?
  13. Is it still useful for companies to communicate with letters?
  14. Do people in your country write letters?
  15. What skills does letter writing require?

 

32.Describe an activity you do to keep fit / way to stay healthy

  • What the activity is
  • When and where you usually do it
  • How you do it
  • Explain why  it  can  keep  your  fit

Follow ups

  1. What do old people in your country do to keep fit?
  2. What kinds of sports are popular in India?
  3. Do you think young people should play dangerous sports?
  4. What else people can do to keep fit besides sports?
  5. What can parents do to make their children like sports?

 

33.   A place people  go to listen music

  • Where it is
  • What kind of music is performed there
  • What type of people go there
  • Why people go there
  • Explain your impressions of this place

 

Follow ups

  1. Should children  learn  to  play  musical  instrument?
  2. Should parents force them to listen music?
  3. Is music education important in your country?
  4. Some people say music is like Do you agree?
  5. What effects does technology have on music?
  6. What are the advantages of learning music?

 

34.  Describe an interesting conversation with someone you didn’t know or a foreigner

  • When this happened
  • Who you were talking to
  • What you talked about
  • Why did you find this conversation interesting

 

Follow Up Questions

  1. How do friends communicate with each other?
  2. What’s the difference between having a conversation with a man and having a conversation with a woman?
  3. Do you think women like to chat more than men?
  4. When men chat with other men do they usually talk about the same things that women do when they chat with other women?
  5. What is the difference between chatting and gossiping?
  6. Who do you prefer chatting with – your parents or your friends?
  7. Do most people have just a small number of friends, or many friends?
  8. How do most people make new friends in your country?
  9. Do you think people’s abilities or intelligence is a factor when people become friends?
  10. What qualities do you think a good friend should have?
  11. Do you think it’s possible to determine how sincere a person is the first time you meet him?
  12. Do you think it is important to share your problems with others?

 

35.   A successful businessman

  • Who is he
  • How do you know him
  • Why do you admire him

 

36.  Talk about a company around your city which employs a lot of people

  • Where is the company
  • What does it do
  • How do you know about it

 

  1. Is it easy to find a job in India?
  2. What should the government do if there is unemployment?
  3. Is high salary important?
  4. Is it ok to do a job you like with a low salary?
  5. Are there many big companies in your country?
  6. How can a small company grow big?
  7. Should big companies donate more to charities?
  8. Should big companies be punished more seriously if they break the law?

 

37.  Talk about a wish that you couldn’t accomplish for a long time

  • What was the wish
  • When you wanted to achieve
  • Why you couldn’t achieve

 

Another version

 

Talk about something you have wanted to do for a long time but haven’t done yet

  • What is it
  • Where do you want to do it How difficult it is
  • Why you want to do it

Follow Up Questions

  1. Do you think Goals play an important role in a life?
  2. Too much ambitiousness leads to disaster what you think about that?
  3. Do you  think  that  today’s  generation  can  run  without  setting  their  
  4. What should be good measures to encourage young generation to follow and set their goals?
  5. Which skills are helpful to pursue our goals?

 

38.  Describe a time/situation when you saw lots of people smiling

  • When did you see them
  • Where did you see them
  • Who you were with
  • Why people were smiling

 

Follow Up Questions

 

  1. Why do people smile?
  2. When do people smile?
  3. What’s the difference between a fake smile and a true smile?
  4. Why do people smile when they take photos?
  5. Who smiles more, men or women?
  6. Do you think people should control their moods?

 

39.  Describe a situation when someone gave positive comments about the work you did for them

  • What did you do
  • When did you do
  • What comments did they give

 

Follow-ups .

  1. Do you like helping others?
  2. In your view should children be taught to help others?
  3. How can we encourage children to help others?
  4. Do you think people are less willing to help others these days compared to the past?
  5. Do people trust others as much as they used to in the past?
  6. How do people in your community help one another?
  7. How do students such as high school students help each other?
  8. How can charitable organizations help people?
  9. What are some examples of such organizations in your country?
  10. What do you think are the benefits of having unpaid volunteer workers?
  11. How do you think the volunteers themselves benefit?
  12. Should professionals be hired rather than using volunteer workers?
  13. Do you  think  international  aid, for  example  from  my  national  government  to another is important?
  14. Can you give examples of international aid?

 

40.  Describe something you bought according to an advertisement you saw

  • What it was
  • Where you saw or heard about it
  • What it was about
  • Why you wanted to buy it

 

Follow ups

  1. How do businesses promote their products?
  2. Can you compare different kinds of advertising methods?
  3. What kinds of advertisements are there in your country?
  4. How did the advertising industry develop in your country?
  5. Do you trust advertisements?

 

41.  Talk about someone whom you think is the best parent.

  • Name and where he/she resides
  • What has he/she done
  • How you were impressed by him/her

 

 

Follow ups

  • If you were a parent and busy in your work, would you take care of your children or hire a babysitter?
  • Do you think it is fair to let mothers take care of the children all the time?
  • Some teenagers don’t like to be controlled by their What do you think?

Parenting is a very daunting task.

  • What are the drawbacks, if children are looked after by their grandparents?
  • In your country who takes care of children?
  • Do you think you will be a good parent?

 

42.   An  exciting  book  you  read

Describe  an  exciting book  you  have  read

  • When you read it
  • What type of book is it
  • What is it about
  • Why did you find it exciting

 

Follow Ups

 

  • Do people in your country like to read books?
  • What kinds of books are most popular in your country?
  • Do you think reading is important?
  • Do you think electronic books will eventually replace paper books?
  • Some people like to collect Why do you think they do this?

They do so because they love books. They treat books as collectibles, and are proud of their collection.

  • Is compulsory reading (in school) is a good idea?
  • What books do children read and what do adults read?
  • Why men and women prefer different books?
  • Why some books become internationally popular?
  • What type of books children read nowadays? What type of books did children like
  • Do you think children have lost their interest in stories?
  • Can storybooks be an ideal gift for children?
  • What can be done to encourage the habit of reading among children?
  • How does reading help a child?
  • What sort of books can be suggested to children to read?
  • How much should a child read every day?
  • What is the difference between the books sold in the past and the books sold nowadays?

43.  Describe a long car journey you went on

  • Where you went
  • What you did at this place
  • Who you went there with
  • Explain why you went on that journey by car

 

Follow ups

  • Why do people like to have private cars?
  • What are the differences between bicycles and private cars?
  • Is it a good thing that everyone has his/her own cars?
  • How to buy private cars in India?
  • What’s the difference between men’s and women’s preference on cars?
  • What will cars be like in the future?
  • Do many families own private cars in India?

 

44.   Describe a leisure facility (cinema, theatre, sports centre) you would like to have in your hometown

  • What is it
  • Where is it
  • When you go there
  • And how you feel about it

 

Follow ups

 

  1. Do people change the way of entertainment as they grow older?
  2. What do young people do for fun?
  3. Do you think entertainment methods will be home based in the future?

 

 

45.      Rule in school

  • What is the rule
  • Do you agree with that
  • What would happen if students break the rule

 

46.      Describe a country in which you would like to work for a short time

  • Where you would like to work
  • What kind of job would it be
  • When would you like to go
  • Why you want to work there

 

Follow Up Questions

  1. What kinds of jobs are easy to get in a foreign country?
  2. Should young adults work abroad?
  3. If they don’t work abroad, would it be helpful for them to travel in a foreign country?
  4. Do Indian parents encourage their children to work abroad?
  5. If you had an opportunity to live abroad, which country would you like to settle down in?

 

47.      A  time  when  you  teamed  up  with  old  person  to  teach  something  to  a friend /relative

  • What did you teach
  • How did you teach
  • Did friend/relative understand what you teach
  • How well they know about what you taught

Follow ups

  1. What should older people learn from younger people?
  2. What attitudes and behaviour should older people learn from younger people?

 

48.      Describe a garden you visited regularly during your young age

  • Where it was located
  • How did it looks like
  • What kind of visitors came there .

 

Follow ups

  1. Do you visit this garden now?
  2. What sorts of natural sites like mountain and lakes are there in your country?. .
  3. Do people prefer more these places now than in the past?

 

49.     Talk about a TV series you remember

  • What series is it
  • Who are the characters
  • What do you like/dislike about it

 

50.     Describe a time when you felt happy that you used your cellphone

  • When it happened
  • Where it happened
  • Who were you with
  • Why you felt happy by using your cellphone

 

Follow ups

  1. Do most people have mobile phones in your country?

parts  of  India

  1. Does the use of cellphones cause any problems to others?
  2. What do people use cellphones for?
  3. What are  the  advantages  of  having  a  mobile  phone?
  4. Are children  allowed  to  use  mobile  phones  in  your  country?
  5. What are  the  effects  when  someone  is  making  a  lot  of  noise  by  using  a  cell phone  in  a  public  place?

Follow ups

  1. What kind of TV programs are most popular in India?
  2. Why do people all around the world watch soap operas?
  3. What is the difference in the programmes, which young people like to watch and the elderly like to watch?
  4. Why don’t young people don’t like educational shows?

 

51.     Talk about your Favourite weather/season

 

Describe your favourite weather.

  • What kind of weather it is
  • When this weather usually occurs
  • What you usually do during this weather
  • Explain how this weather affects you
  • And explain why you like this type of

Follow Ups

 

  1. Do you often pay attention to the weather forecast? (Why?/Why not?)
  2. How does the weather (or, the weather forecast) affect what activities people do?
  3. (Similar to above) How does the weather affect people’s daily lives?
  4. Why do some people dislike some kinds of weather?
  5. Do people wear different clothes in different types of weather (or, different seasons)? ( Same as 2)
  6. Does the weather have an effect on the economy?
  7. (Similar but different) (In your country), are there any differences in economic activity in the different seasons?
  8. Are there any festivals in your country that are related to a season (or, related to the change of the seasons)?

 

  1. A website  which  helped  you  to  do  something  /  website  you  visit  often

  • Which site is it
  • How did you know about it
  • How it helped

 

Follow ups

 

  1. Who in your family use the site?
  2. Can internet help children in their study?
  3. Will the internet replace the teacher?
  4. Will downloading music or movies for free cause a problem?

 

SPEAKING  PART  1 INTRO QUESTIONS

 

1. First set of questions, asked to almost all students

  1. May I know your full name?
  2. How may I address you?
  3. May I see your ID?
  4. Where do you come from?

 

 

Work  or  Studies

 

  1. WORK

 

  1. What work do you do?
  2. Why did you choose to do that type of work (or that job)?
  3. Do you like your job?
  4. Is it very interesting?
  5. Do you miss being a student?

 

  1. STUDIES

 

  1. What subject(s) are you studying?
  2. Why did you choose to study that subject/those subjects?
  3. Do you like your subject? Why/Why not?
  4. Is it very interesting?
  5. Are you looking forward to working?
  6. Do you prefer to study in the mornings or afternoons?

 

3.     Animals

  1. Do you like animals?
  2. What’s your favourite animal? (Why?)
  3. What’s your favourite wild animal? (Why?)
  4. Are people in your country fond of animals?
  5. Do many people in your country keep animals at home (or, keep a pet)? OR Do people in your
  6. What kinds of animals do people in in your county (or, hometown) keep? OR What kinds
  7. Compared with the past, have there been any changes concerning pets in your country/hometown?
  8. Do you think pets are important?
  9. Do you think cities are suitable places for keeping a pet?

 

Children and Animals (or, Pets)

  1. Do children like animals? What animals do children like?

 

  1. Yes, I visited a zoo when I was a I went a few times with my parents and our school also organized trips to zoos.

Do you think it’s important for children to visit a zoo?

  1. What was your favourite animal when you were a child?
  2. Do a have a pet? (OR Have you ever had a pet?)
  3. Did you have any pets when you were a child?
  4. What do you think are the benefits of a child having a pet? OR What benefits did you get from having a pet?
  5. If you have children in the future, will you allow them to raise a pet? OR If you had children now, would you let your children raise a pet?
  6. Why do (you think) some people have a pet?

 

Farm Animals

  1. What farm animals do you have in your country?
  2. Do you think farm animals are important?
  3. How are these animals used? OR In what ways are animals used in agriculture in your country?
  4. Do you think raising farm animals is important?

 

Wild Animals

  1. What’s the most famous wild animal from your country?
  2. What’s your favourite wild animal (from your country)?

 

4.     Dictionary

 

  1. Do you often use a dictionary?If yes, how often and what for? If no, why not? If not very often, say how often and why not very often?
  2. Do you prefer to use an electronic dictionary or a dictionary made of paper?
  3. If someone gave you a dictionary as a gift, how would you feel?
  4. Do you think it would be interesting to write a dictionary? OR Do you think it would be interesting
  5. What kind of person do you think writes a dictionary?

 

 

 

 

5.     Mobile Apps

 

  1. Which mobile apps do you use?
  2. Which ones do you want to use?
  3. Which ones are popular in your country?
  4. Do you want to make an app?

 

6.     Jewellery

  1. Have you ever purchased jewellery for someone?
  2. What kind of jewellery do you like?
  3. Why do so many people like to buy expensive jewelry to invest?
  4. How often do you wear jewelry?

 

7.     Fruit

What is your favourite fruit?

Why do you like it?

8.     Sunshine

 

  1. Do you like sunny days?
  2. Do you like going (or, being) outside on sunny days?
  3. What do you like to do on sunny days (or, when you go outside)?
  4. What benefits can (or do) people get from sunshine? OR What benefits can (or do) we get from the sun?
  5. Do you think there are any downsides (or dangers) from sunshine?
  6. What do you do (when you are outside) and the sun is too strong?
  7. If you wanted to go to a place that has lots of sunshine, where would you go?
  8. Would you like to go, as a tourist, to a place that has little sunshine? OR Would you ever go, as a

 

9.             Weekends

  1. How do you usually spend your weekends? What do you usually do on weekends?
  2. In your country, do men and women usually do the same kind of things on weekends (or in their free time)?
  3. When do you spend time with your family?
  4. What did you do last weekend?
  5. What do other people in your hometown (or in your country) usually do on weekends?
  6. What are you going to do next weekend?

I have not yet made any plan for the next weekend, but maybe I go out with my family for a movie.

  1. Is there anything new that you would like to do on weekends?
  2. Do you like working on weekends?
  3. Do you think employees should have to work on weekends?
  4. Do you think that weekends now are more important to you, than when you were a child?

 

10.                Activity near water

  1. What activities would you do if you were spending some leisure time at the beach near the ocean?
  2. Why do some people like water sports?
  3. Do you think the government should spend money in developing facilities for water sports?
  4. Do you think that human activities are posing a threat to the oceans of the world?

. Excessive fishing is also leading to many fish species being on the verge of becoming extinct.

  1. What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of traveling on the ocean?
  2. Do you think it’s important for children to learn how to swim?
  3. Do you think it is best for a child to be taught to swim by a parent or by someone else?
  4. Do you think that it is important to learn about the oceans and why?
  5. Do you think the oceans should be protected by international agreement?
  6. Do you think the environmental problems can affect the oceans?

 

11.          Transportation

 

  1. What’s the most popular means of transportation in your hometown?
  2. How often do you take buses?
  3. Can you compare the advantages of planes and trains?
  4. Is driving to work popular in your country?
  5. Do you think people will drive more in the future?
  6. Would you ride bikes to work in the future?
  7. What will become the most popular means of transportation in India?
  8. Do you prefer public transportation or private transportation?
  9. How did you come here(get here) today?
  10. Why did you choose that form of transport?
  11. What form of transport do you usually use?
  12. Is it convenient to take a bus/taxi in your city?

 

12.          Music

  1. Do you often (like to) listen to music?
  2. When do you listen to music?
  3. How much time do you spend listening to music every day?
  4. What kinds of music do you like to listen to?
  5. What’s your favorite kind of music?
  6. Have you ever been to a concert?
  7. Do you like to listen to live music?
  8. When did you start listening to this type of music?

 

  1. Where do you listen to it?
  2. How do you feel when you listen to this music?
  3. Have you ever learned to play a musical instrument?
  4. Is music an important subject at school in India?
  5. Did you often listen to music when you were a child? (If yes, give )
  6. What kinds of music are (most) popular in India?

 

13.   Home/Accommodation

  1. Do you live in a house or flat? Or What kind of housing/accommodation  do  you  live in?
  2. Please describe it a
  3. What’s your favorite room in your home?
  4. What have you done to your room to make it look nice?
  5. Who do you live with?
  6. Which room does your family spend most of the time in?
  7. How long have you lived there?
  8. Do you plan to live there a long time?
  9. (If you answer you haven’t lived there long) What’s the difference between where you are living now and where you have lived in the past?
  10. What do you usually do in your house/flat/room?
  11. Are the transport facilities to your home very good?
  12. Do you plan to move?
  13. Would you like to move to another place to live? (Why/why not?)
  14. Are you prepared to mov

 

Hometown

  1. What’s (the name of) your hometown?
  2. Is it a big city or a small place?
  3. Please describe your hometown a
  4. How long  have  you  been  living  there?
  5. Do you like your hometown?
  6. Do you  like  living  there?
  7. Would you say it’s an interesting place?
  8. What do you like (most) about your hometown?
  9. What’s your favorite part of your hometown?
  10. Is there anything you dislike about it?
  11. Do you think you will continue living there for long time?
  12. Are there any tourist attractions in your hometown?

 

  1. Did your friends also grow up in the same place as you?
  2. Would you like to live there in the future?

 

15.                             Watch

 

  1. How often do you wear a watch?
  2. What was your first watch like?
  3. What kinds of watches do you like to wear?
  4. Do people still wear watches in your country?

 

16.      Visitors

 

  1. Do you often invite friends to visit your home?
  2. Do you like visitors coming to your home?
  3. Do people often visit you at your home?
  4. How often do visitors come to your home?
  5. When do visitors come to your home?
  6. Do you prefer to have friends visit you, or relatives?
  7. What do you usually do together with your visitors?
  8. When someone visits you, how do you usually show hospitality (or, entertain them)?

 

17.                             Dream

 

  1. Do you often have dreams at night?
  2. Have you had a bad dream before?

What was the strangest dream you have had?

  1. What do you usually dream about?

18.            Colours

  • What colours do you like?
  • What is the most popular colour in India?

 

  • Do you like to wear dark or bright colours?

 

  • Did color matter to you when you were a child?
  • Does color matter when you buy things?

 

  • Which color you don’t like to have in your home?

 

  • What is the difference between men’s and women’s preference on colours?
  • Have you ever seen a rainbow?

 

19.            Family

 

  1. How often do you meet with your family?
  2. How do you spend the time with your family?
  3. Do you want to live with your family in the future?
  4. Are you close to all of your family members?
  5. How has your family influenced you?

 

20.            Friends

 

  1. Do you have many friends?
  2. How often do you talk to your friends?
  3. How do you communicate with your friends?
  4. What do you think makes people have a long friendship?
  5. Does it make things easier in a friendship if you have similar interests?
  6. How do people make friends now?
  7. Do you think we meet new people differently now than in the past?
  8. Is friendship (= are friends) important to you? (Why?/Why not?)
  9. Do you prefer to spend time with friends or spend time alone? (Why?)
  10. Do you like to spend time with friends? (Why?)
  11. What do you and your friends do together?
  12. What do your friends think of you? (Do your friends think that you are a good friend? Why?)
  13. Are friends more important than family? (Why?)
  14. How do Indian people make friends? (= where, in what situations, g. at school & at work.)
  15. Do adults and children make friends in the same way?

 

21.      Advertisement

 

  1. Are there many advertisements in your country
  2. Why do you think there are so many advertisements now?
  3. What are the various places where we see advertisements?
  4. How do you feel about advertisements?
  5. Do you like advertisements?
  6. What kind of advertisement do you like the most?

 

 

 

 

22. Art

 

  1. Do you like art?
  2. Do you think art classes are necessary? {Why?)
  3. How do you think art classes affect children’s development?
  4. What kind of paintings do Indian people like?
  5. What can you learn from western paintings?
  6. What benefits can you get from painting as a hobby?

 

23. Bags

  1. Do you like bags?
  2. What types of bags do you like?
  3. Do you usually carry a bag (when you go out)?
  4. What types of bags do you use (in your everyday life)?
  5. (Similar to above) Do you have different bags for different occasions (or, different purposes)?
  6. What do you put in these bags?
  7. What sorts of bags do women like to buy?

 

24.      Books

 

  1. How often do you read?
  2. Do you have many books at home?
  3. Do Indian people do enough reading?
  4. Do Indian people like to read? (similar to above)
  5. What kind of people like reading and what kind of people don’t like reading very much?
  6. at type of books children read nowadays?
  7. Do you think children have lost their interest in stories?
  8. Can story books be an ideal gift for children?
  9. What can be done to encourage the habit of reading among children?
  10. How does reading help a child?
  11. What sort of books can be suggested to children to read?
  12. How much should a child read every day?
  13. What is the difference between the books sold in the past and the books sold nowadays?

 

25.   Celebrity

 

  1. Who is your favorite celebrity in India?
  2. Do you like any foreign celebrities?
  3. Would you want to be a celebrity in the future?
  4. Do you think we should respect famous people’s privacy?
  5. How do celebrities influence their fans in India‘?

 

26.   Chocolate

 

  1. How often do you eat chocolate?
  2. What’s your favorite flavor?
  3. ls chocolate expensive in India?
  4. When was the first time you ate chocolate?
  5. ls chocolate popular in India?

 

27.      Outdoor activities

 

  1. What do you do in your spare time?
  2. Do you like outdoor activities?
  3. What outdoor activities do you (most) like to do?
  4. How often do you do that?
  5. What outdoor sports do you like? (Why?)
  6. How much time do you spend outdoors every  week?
  7. How often do you do outdoor activities?
  8. What (types of) outdoor activities are popular in your country?

 

28.   Photography

  1. Do you like to take photographs? (Why?)
  2. Do you prefer to take photos yourself or to have other people take photos? (Why?)
  3. How long have you liked taking photographs?
  4. How (why) did you become interested in photography?
  5. How often do you take photographs?
  6. In what situations do you take photographs?
  7. What kind of photos do you like to take? (Why?)
  8. Do you prefer to take pictures of people or of scenery?
  9. Who do you take photos of?
  10. How do you keep your photos?
  11. Do you keep your photographs on your computer?
  12. Are there any photos on the walls of your home?
  13. Do you frame (or have you framed) any of your photos? (If yes, which? & why?)
  14. Do you prefer to send postcards to people or to send photos that you took yourself? (Why?)

 

29. Television and Radio

  1. What kind of entertainment do you prefer, TV or radio? (Why?)
  2. How are radio programs and television programs different?
  3. What programs do you like to watch/listen to?
  4. When do you watch TV/listen to the radio?
  5. In India, has television/radio changed much in recent years?
  6. How do you think TV/radio broadcasts in India could be improved?
  7. Do you prefer TV news or news on the radio? (Why?)

 

30. Teacher (More questions with sample answers in the end)

 

  1. What kind of teachers do you like best?
  2. Who was your favorite teacher when you were young?
  3. Would you want to be a teacher in the future?
  4. Have you ever had bad teachers before?

 

31.   Newspapers

  1. Do you often read newspapers?
  2. Which do you prefer reading, magazines or newspapers?
  3. What kinds of (types of) newspapers (or magazines) do you usually read?
  4. How old were you when you first started to read newspapers?
  5. Do you think it’s important to read newspapers? (Why?/Why not?)
  6. Why do (you think) people read newspapers?
  7. What different types of newspaper are there in India?
  8. Do you care about the news?
  9. Is the news important (to you)?
  10. What kinds of news do Indian people read in newspapers?
  11. Do you prefer to read about domestic (or local) news or international news? (Why?) I like
  12. What are some methods that newspapers use to attract readers?
  13. What influence do you think newspapers have on society?
  14. Do you think the Internet is a good way to get news?

 

32.       Mirrors

  1. How often do you look at yourself in the mirror everyday
  2. Have you ever bought mirrors?
  3. Would you use Mirrors to decorate rooms?
  4. Do you check yourself when you decide to buy a mirror?

 

  1. Robots

 

  1. Do you like robots?
  2. What kind of robot would you like to have
  3. Will robots change society significantly?

 

34.            Gifts (also refer to follow ups of cue card on gifts)

 

  1. What is the importance of gifts?
  2. Is there any pressure on us to buy presents?
  3. How often do you buy others gifts?
  4. Do you like to send expensive gifts?
  5. What kinds of gifts are popular in your country?
  6. Why do people send gifts?

35.            Shoes

  1. How often do you buy shoes?
  2. Have you ever bought shoes online?
  3. Do you know anyone who likes to buy a lot of shoes?
  4. What’s your favourite type of shoes?

 

36.            Forget things

 

  1. What kinds of things do you have to bring when you go out?
  2. Did you ever forget to bring something?
  3. How do you remind yourself?
  4. carry different things in the morning and in the evening?

 

37.      Indoor games

 

  1. Do you play any indoor games?
  2. Do you prefer to play indoor games or outdoor games?
  3. What indoor games did you play when you were a child?
  4. Is there any particular indoor game that you liked (when you were a child)?
  5. What sorts of indoor games do children play now?
  6. Do you play video games?
  7. What kinds of video games do you like to play?
  8. Is it good for young people to play video games?

 

38.            City Life

1.Do you live in the city or the countryside? (countryside = village)

2.Is it good for young people to grow up in the city?

3.Is your city/village a good place for young people to grow up?

 

4.Have you ever been to the seaside?

 

5.Do you often eat out (go to restaurants)?

 

39.            Collecting

 

1.Do you collect anything?

2.Why do you collect ….(that/those things)?

3.Is collecting a popular pastime in India?

4.What items are considered collectibles in your country?

5.Does anyone in your home collect anything?

 

6.Do a lot of people in India collect things and what do they collect?

7.What are the benefits of collecting? (= Why do people like collecting?)

 

40.            Foreign language

  1. Why do you think it is important to learn a foreign language?
  2. How is it helpful to you to speak a foreign language?
  3. What is the most difficult part of learning a foreign language for you?
  4. What is the best way to memorize new words?
  5. Is it better to learn a new word from translation or by definition?
  6. Why don’t some people know the language of the society they live in?
  7. What do you think of children learning a foreign language?
  8. Why are some language classes boring?
  9. Some students hate to learn foreign languages, what can teachers do to develop their interest?
  10. Some people travel for learning a foreign language, what do you think?
  11. What’s the best way to learn a foreign language?
  12. Why can some people learn languages fast white others learn slowly?
  13. Does one’s age affect their language learning?

 

41. Birds

  1. How do you feel about birds? (Why do you feel that way?)
  2. How do Indian people feel about birds?
  3. Are there many birds near your home?
  4. Have you seen many different kinds of birds? (near your home)
  5. Do any birds have any particular significance in India? For example, does India have a national bird?
  6. Do you think birds should be protected? (Why? / Why not? How can they be protected?)
  7. Do Indian people like raising (keeping) pet birds?
  8. Have you ever raised (kept) a pet bird?

 

 

 

 

 

42.        Boats

 

  1. Do you often travel by boat?
  2. Have you ever been on a boat while you were on holidays (on vacation)?
  3. (Similar to above) Have you ever been on a boat tour while you were on holidays? (Same question as
  4. Would you like to go on a boat tour? (Why?/Why not?)
  5. (Similar to above) Would you like to have a holiday on a boat?
  6. Where in your country do people most often use boats? (or, travel by boat)
  7. Do many people in your country own their own boat?
  8. Would you like to buy a boat?
  9. If you had your own boat, what would you do with it?

 

43.                          Relatives

  • Do you often visit your relatives?
  • What do you do when visit them?
  • Do you prefer to spend time with your relatives, or your friends?
  • (Possibly the question above is this) Do you prefer visiting your relatives, or your friends?
  • (Similar to above) Who is the more important to you, your relatives / your family, or your friends?

 

44.  Shopping

 

  • Do you like (going) shopping? (Why?/Why not?)
  • What do you think is the most difficult (or, unpleasant) part about shopping?
  • Is there anything you don’t like (or, dislike) about shopping?
  • What don’t you like about shopping?
  • Do you prefer shopping alone or with others?
  • Who do you (usually) go shopping with?
  • Do you prefer to go shopping with family members or with friends?
  • What do you usually buy when you go shopping?

 

45.                          Sports

  • Are you interested in sport?
  • (Similar to above) Do you like sport?
  • What sports do you like? (Why?)
  • Do most people in your country like sport?
  • (Similar to above) What sports do people in your country like to play?
  • What benefits do you think sport can bring us?

 

46.                          Daily routine

  • Do you like to plan what you will do each day? (Why?/Why not?)
  • Please describe your typical daily
  • What’s your favourite time of the day? (Why? What do you do at that time?)
  • What do you usually do at this time of day? ( same as above)
  • Do you usually do the same things at the same time each day?
  • How do you plan (organize) your study time?
  • Do you ever (or, do you often) change these plans?

 

47.                          People’s ages

  1. What do you think is the most important age in a person’s life? (Why?)
  2. Are birthdays important in Indian culture?
  3. What birthday is most important in Indian culture? *
  4. What age in life is the most difficult? (Why?)

 

48.      Punctuality

1    Do you wear a watch?

  • In your country is it important to be on time (= be punctual)? (e.g., for meetings, work, classes)
  • Do you like to be on time?
  • How do you feel when others are late?
  • How do you remind yourself to be on time?
  • Why are some people always late?
  • Do you think it’s important to be punctual?
  • What will you do if you are waiting for someone?
  • Do you think people these days are as punctual as they were in the past?

 

 

49.            Names

 

  • Does your name have any special meaning?
  • Is your surname very common in India?
  • Do you like your name?
  • Would you like to change your name?
  • Do people in India ever change their names?
  • What name do people at home (your family members) call you? Birthdays
  1. How do children celebrate birthdays in your country?
  2. How did you celebrate your last birthday?
  3. What kinds of birthday gifts do you like to receive?
  4. Is there a difference between the way you celebrated your birthday in the past and the present?

 

50.       Computer

  1. Do you use computer very much?
  2. When do you use a computer?
  3. What do you use computer for?
  4. What was your impression when you used a computer the first time?
  5. How did you learn to use a computer?
  6. Have computers changed your life in anyway (if yes, How?)?
  7. Are computers used much in your country?
  8. Do you think computer are useful in everyday life (how)?
  9. Computers are now used a lot in What do you think of this?
  10. Do you play computer games?
  11. Do you think computers are perfect now or do they still need to be improved?

 

51.      Being in a hurry

  1. When was the last time you did something in a hurry?
  2. Do you like to finish things quickly?
  3. What kind of things you would never do in a hurry?

 

52.      Museums

  1. Are there many (or any) museums in your hometown?
  2. Do you think museums are useful for visitors to your hometown/country?
  3. Do you often visit a museum?
  4. Did you go to any museums when you were a child?
  5. When was the last time you visited a museum?
  6. Do you think museums are important?
  7. Do you think it’s suitable for museums to sell things to visitors?

 

53.Dance

  1. When was the last time you went to a place where people go to dance in your country?
  2. When was the last occasion when you danced a lot?
  3. Do you like dancing?
  4. Have you ever learnt dancing? Why? / Why not?
  5. Did you learn to dance? Why? / Why not?
  6. Why do you think people love to dance?
  7. Dance is a good way to relieve tensions and worries. It also keeps the body fit.
  8. Do you think children love to dance?
  9. Do you see dance on TV?

 

54.  Hats

  1. Do you like to wear hats?
  2. What kinds of hats do you have?
  3. Where do you like to buy hats?
  4. Is wearing hats popular in your country?

 

55.Singing

  1. Do you often (like to) sing?
  2. When do you like to sing?
  3. How much time do you spend in singing every day?
  4. What kinds of music do you like to sing?
  5. Is it difficult to sing well?
  6. Do you want to be a singer?

 

56.      Noise

  1. How is the noise level in your city?
  2. Where does noise in urban areas come from?
  3. Do you think it is important to be alone sometimes?
  4. What is the importance of belonging to a certain group?
  5. What are problem you could have if you go out together in big group?

 

57.      Bus or Taxi

  1. How often do you take the bus?
  2. When was the first time you took a taxi?
  3. What are the advantages of taking a taxi compared with
  4. Is it convenient to take the bus/taxi in your city?

 

58.      Mobile phones

  1. How often do you use your mobile phone?
  2. Can you describe your mobile phone?
  3. Would you buy a new one in the future?
  4. How has your mobile phone changed your life?

 

  1. HISTORY
  2. Do you like (to learn about) history?
  3. What historical event do you find most interesting?
  4. Do you think history is important?
  5. Do you like to watch programmes on TV about history?
  6. Do you think you can really learn history from films and TV programmes?
  7. Do you think the Internet is a good place to learn about history?
  8. Can you name a person from history whom you would like to learn more about?
  9. Why would you like to learn more about him/her?

60.            Magazine

 

  1. Do you read magazines?
  2. Who prefers to read magazines – younger or older people?
  3. Have you ever read online magazines?
  4. Did you read magazines when you were young?
  5. What kind of magazines are popular in your country?

 

61.            Internet

  1. Do you use internet (very much)?
  2. When was the first time you used the internet?
  3. Is the internet very important (or useful) to you?
  4. Do you think you can (or could) live without the internet?

 

 

62.       Neighbor

 

  1. Do you know your neighbors?
  2. Do you like your neighbors?
  3. Why are neighbors important?
  4. When do you meet your neighbors?
  5. How often do you meet your neighbors?

 

63.   Pop star

  1. Who’s your favorite pop star?
  2. Do you want to be a pop star?
  3. Do you like to go to concerts?
  4. Do you prefer live music or recorded music?

 

 

 

64.       Teenagers

  1. Do you like to spend time with teenagers?
  2. Do you know anything about the kind of fashion that teenagers like?
  3. What are the best things of being a teenager?
  4. How do teenagers entertain themselves?

 

65.       Mathematics

  1. When did you start learning math?
  2. Do you like math?
  3. Who taught you math?
  4. Who’s your favorite teacher so far?
  5. Is math difficult for you to learn?
  6. Do you like to use a calculator?

 

66.          Films

  1. Do you like to watch films?
  2. Do you prefer foreign films or Indian films?
  3. How often do you go to cinema to watch a movie?
  4. Do Indian people like to go to cinema to watch a film?
  5. What kinds of movies do you like the best?
  6. What was the first film you watched?

 

  1. Social  Network

 

  1. What kind of social networking websites do you like to use?
  2. Are you a social person?
  3. What kindsof people do you like to be friends with on those websites?
  4. Is it easy to find real friends on a social networking website?
  5. What kind of chatting app or software do Indian people like to use?

 

68.               POLITENESS

 

  1. Who teaches you to be polite?
  2. How do Indian people show politeness?
  3. Has the way people show politeness changed in India?
  4. Are you angry with people who are late?
  5. Do you think that people have less free time today than in the past? Why?
  6. Do you think that the quality of living is increasing? How?
  7. Today people use machinery to automate everything, is it good or bad?
  8. How does modern technology help to save time?
  9. Do you agree that people should let machinery do everything?

 

69.                              TIME MANAGEMENT

  1. Are you ever late for anything?
  2. What excuses do you use when you are late?
  3. What excuses do people have when they are late?
  4. Are you good at organizing time?
  5. How do you usually organize time?
  6. Do you think planning is important for time management?
  7. Why do you think some people pay to learn time management?
  8. Do you think children should learn to manage time?
  9. How would you teach your children time management?
  10. Do old people and young people manage time in a similar way?

 

 

70.                          FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

 

  1. Do you like fruits and vegetables? OR Do you like to eat fruit(s) and vegetables?
  2. How often do you eat fruits and vegetables? OR Do you often eat fruit(s) and vegetables?
  3. Why do you think fruits and vegetables are important for us?
  4. What kind of fruit do you prefer?
  5. What fruit(s) (and /or vegetables) do you especially like to eat?
  6. Do you like the same fruits and vegetables today as you did when you were a child?
  7. What fruit and vegetables did you like to eat when you were a child?
  8. Is it easy (or, convenient) to buy fruit and vegetables where you live?
  9. Do you think people should eat more fruits and vegetables?
  10. Do you think it’s (really) necessary to eat fruits and vegetables? OR How important is it to eat fruit and vegetables? OR What are the benefits of eating fresh fruit (or, fresh fruits and vegetables)?
  11. How much fruit and vegetables do you think a person needs to stay healthy?
  12. Generally speaking, do children like to eat fruits and vegetables?
  13. What are the benefits for children from eating fruits and vegetables?
  14. (In India,) is there much difference between the fruits and vegetables that people eat today and what they used to eat in the past?
  15. Would you ever grow your own vegetables?
  16. What’s the difference between growing your own vegetables and growing vegetables on a large
  17. What factors affect the growing of fruits and vegetables on a farm?

 

71.                High school

  1. Are you still in contact with your friends from high school?
  2. What is your high school like?

 

Give a brief description of your school – describe building(s), garden, playground and other facilities)

  1. What happened on the first day of high school?

 

  1. Did your parents choose your secondary school (= high school) for you?

 

  1. What subjects did you study in secondary school (= high school)?
  2. What was your favourite subject ( = class) in secondary school? (= high school)
  3. And which class (= subject) did you like the least? (Why?)
  4. Which secondary school subject do you think is most useful for people in adult life?
  5. What part of your secondary school education did you enjoy most? OR Did (do) you like your secondary school life?
  6. How do you feel about your high school (secondary school)?
  7. Why did you choose to attend (= to go to) that particular school?
  8. Which class did (do) you enjoy the most? (Why?)

72.            Emails

  1. Do you often write (or, send) emails?
  2. What do you write about?
  3. Do you think emails are useful?
  4. What kinds of emails do you send and receive?
  5. Do you think it is a good thing that some companies send out letters/spam emails for the purpose of advertising?
  6. How often do you write letters?

What do you write about?

  1. On what occasions do you write letters?
  2. Do you like writing letters to your relatives and friends? (why/why not?)
  3. Do you and your friend keep in touch by (handwritten) letter?
  4. How do you keep in touch with your friends and relatives (by email, letter, by phone or by any other way)?

 

73.            RAINY DAYS

 

  1. Does it rain much in India? (Where? When?)
  2. Does it rain much in your hometown? (Include how often)
  3. In what season does it rain the most? OR When (in what month/season) does it rain most in your hometown?
  4. What about the other parts of India? OR In which season does it rain most in other parts of India?
  5. Would you prefer to have, more rain or less rain (in your hometown)?
  6. Do you like rainy days? OR How do you feel on rainy days? ORDo you feel sad on rainy days?
  7. How does rain affect different people’s moods? OR How does rain affect people’s lives?
  8. Do you prefer rainy days or sunny days?
  9. What do you do on rainy days (or, on a rainy day)?
  10. What do you usually do when it rains (or, when it starts to rain) and you are outside?
  11. Do you think rain is good? (Why?)
  12. How does rain affect (life in) your country?
  13. Is there any part of India where it doesn’t rain much? (Where?) OR Is there an even distribution of rain throughout India?
  14. What effects can a shortage of rain (a drought) have on people’s lives?
  15. Can you remember any time when it rained particularly heavily in your hometown? (When?)
  16. Does rain ever affect transportation in your hometown? (How?)
  17. Do you think the seasons have changed in recent years, compared to the past? (Why? How?)

 

 Last Sep – Dec 2017 Cue Cards

  1. Describe a piece of furniture in your home that you often use

    • What it is

    • Where it is

    • What it looks like (or, what it is made of)

    • And explain how or why you use it.

  1. What is your idea of a perfect home? (Dream Home)

    • Where would it be

    • How it would look

    • When do you think you would have such a home

Follow ups

  1. Do most Indian people live in an apartment or house?

  2. Do young people in your country like to live with their parents or by themselves?

  3. Do Indian people like to rent a place to live?

  4. Would you live in a foreign country in the future?

  5. How is modern home design in your country different to that of the past?

  6. In your country what type of home do most people live in?

  7. Do people prefer to live in Modern Homes or the older style homes (for example from 50 years ago)

  8. How are modern homes different to older homes?

  9. What do you imagine people’s houses to be like in the future?

  10. Why do people sometimes move to live in a different home?

  11. Do you think moving to a new home can ever create or cause problems for people?

  12. What are the differences between living in a city and living in a village or town (in the countryside) Order Books at

  13. Do people in your country prefer to live in cities or in rural environments?

  14. What are the differences between living in the countryside compared to living in the city?

  1. Talk about an achievement you are proud of

    • What you did

    • When did you do it

    • Why did that achievement make you proud

Follow ups

  1. How to measure a person’s success?

  2. Do you think the way people gain success has changed?

  3. How do you define success?

  4. How to reward successful people?

  5. What’s the most difficult thing you have ever done?

  6. What qualities does a person need to have, to be successful?

  7. Do you feel terrible when you fail to do something?

  8. Is failure a necessary thing in people’s life? .

  1. Describe a long car journey you went on

    • Where you went

    • What you did at this place

    • Who you went there with

    • Explain why you went on that journey by car

Follow ups

  1. Why do people like to have private cars?

  2. What are the differences between bicycles and private cars?

  3. Is it a good thing that everyone has his/her own cars?

  4. How to buy private cars in India?

  5. What’s the difference between men’s and women’s preference on cars?

  6. What will cars be like in the future?

  7. Do many families own private cars in India?

  1. Talk about some local food, which is common in your country

    • What is it

    • How often do you have it

Follow ups

  1. Does local food draw lots of tourists to the country?

  2. Do local people value traditions in food?

  1. Talk about an English lesson you enjoyed

    • Who gave the lecture

    • When did you attend

    • Where did you attend

    • What did the teacher do

    • Why do you think it was enjoyable .

Follow ups

  1. Do you think grammar is important in language study?

  2. Why people learn a foreign language?  .

  3. Why can some people learn languages fast white others learn slowly?

  4. Does one’s age affect their language learning?  .

  5. What is the difference in people who know two languages and those who know three languages

  6. What makes a good foreign language teacher?

  1. Describe a piece of art or painting that you saw

    • What is it

    • Where is it

    • Did you like it

    • What did you feel when you saw it.

Follow ups

  1. Do you like art?

  2. Do you think art classes are necessary? {Why?)

  3. How do you think art classes affect children’s development?

  4. What kind of paintings do Indian people like?

  5. What can you learn from western paintings?

  6. What benefits can you get from painting as a hobby?

  7. What kinds off traditional handicrafts are there in your country?

  8. Should children learn more about art?

  9. Why do some people think it is difficult to understand art?

  10. What can we do to make young people pay more attention to traditional art?

  11. Do you think it’s important to cultivate an appreciation of art in children?

  12. Do you think I should be included in school curriculums? Why?

  13. How do you imagine that art will be taught in the future?

  14. Have you attended any lessons about art?

  15. What have you learned from these lessons?

 

  1. Describe a product you got for free

    • What was the product

    • Who gave it to you?

    • When did you get it

    • What did you feel on getting it

Follow ups

  1. Do people always feel pleased when receiving free gifts?

  2. What do private companies usually donate?

  3. Why do companies want to give free gifts to people?

 

  1. Describe a couple who you think have a happy

    • Who they are

    • How long they have been married

    • How they live their lives

    • And explain why you think they are happily married. .

Follow ups

  1. How do you think celebrations in the past and at present are different?

  2. Are people celebrating in the same ways?

  3. Why it is important to spend a lot on birthdays and weddings

  4. Why it is considered waste of money .

    10. Describe a garden you visited regularly during your young age

    • Where it was located

    • How did it looks like

    • What kind of visitors came there .

Follow ups

  1. Do you visit this garden now?

  2. What sorts of natural sites like mountain and lakes are there in your country?

  3. Do people prefer more these places now than in the past?

 

  1. Talk about a clever decision made by someone to solve a problem

    • Who took the decision

    • What was the problem

    • What he or she did

    • Why was it a clever decision

Follow-ups

  1. How to become a smart person?

  2. What can schools do for students’ intellectual development?

  3. What suggestions will you give schools to develop their potential?

  4. What do you think is more important – Nature or Nurture?

  5. Do you think smart students are happy?

  6. Why do you think some people are really good at something?

 

  1. Recently bought gift for someone which made you happy

    • What did you buy

    • Whom did you buy it for

    • Where did you buy it from

    • How did you feel after buying it .

Follow ups

  1. Do you think shopping is an important part of life?

  2. Do men and women have the same attitudes towards shopping?

  3. Why do you think some people are “crazy about” shopping?

  4. Why do you think online shopping has become so popular?

  5. Do you think credit cards are a good thing?

    13. Describe an important invention, which has changed our life

    • What is it

    • What it does

    • Why it is popular in all ages

    • How people feel about it .

Follow ups

  1. What do you think is the most important equipment in schools?

  1. Which invention do you think is the most useful at home?

  2. Do you think there will be no teachers to teach students in the future?

  3. Do you think these inventions make people lazy?

  4. What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of these inventions at home?

  1. Describe a time when you had to move for work or study

    • When was it

    • Where did you move

    • Why did you move

    • How you felt after moving

Follow ups

  1. Is it good to live in the same house all life?

  2. What are the difficulties people face when they move to a new house?

  3. Is it easy to change jobs? .

  4. What difficulties people face when they change jobs?

  5. Is it difficult for adults or children to adapt to new environment?

  6. Does changing jobs have influence on parent children relationship?

  1. Describe a piece of clothing that was given by someone (Favourite piece of clothing)

    • When you received the clothes

    • What was the piece of clothes like

    • Who gave it to you

    • Explain how you feel about it .

Follow ups

  1. What kinds of clothes do people wear after work?

  2. What kind of clothes should people wear at work?

  3. Do you think students need to wear school uniforms?

  4. Where do Indian people buy clothes?

  1. Rule in school

    • What is the rule

    • Do you agree with that

    • What would happen if students break the rule

  1. A successful businessman

    • Who is he

    • How do you know him

    • Why do you admire him?

  2. Describe a situation when someone gave positive comments about the work you did for them

    • What did you do

    • When did you do

    • What comments did they give

Follow-ups

  1. Do you like helping others?

  2. In your view should children be taught to help others?

  3. How can we encourage children to help others?

  4. Do you think people are less willing to help others these days compared to the past?

  5. Do people trust others as much as they used to in the past?

  6. How do people in your community help one another?

  7. How do students such as high school students help each other?

  8. How can charitable organizations help people?

  9. What are some examples of such organizations in your country?

  10. What do you think are the benefits of having unpaid volunteer workers?

  11. How do you think the volunteers themselves benefit?

  12. Should professionals be hired rather than using volunteer workers?

  13. Do you think international aid, for example from my national government to another is important?

  14. Can you give examples of international aid?

  1. Describe a plant/flower in your country

    • Where is it grown

    • Why is it important

    • What do you like/dislike about it

Follow-ups

  1. What kinds of vegetables are common in the kitchen gardens of your country?

  2. Do people like to plant vegetables in your country?

  3. How do people feel when they eat the vegetables grown on their own?

  4. Will people grow more or less vegetables in the future?

  5. Compared to working in the office, farm work is tiring. What do you think? Do people enjoy doing farm work? .

  1. Describe a kind of foreign food you have had

You should say:

  • When you had it

  • Where you ate it

  • What it was

  • And how you felt about it

Follow Up Questions

  1. Do you like to try new food?

  2. What kinds of foreign foods are popular in your country?

  3. Do you like to cook at home? .

  4. Is it expensive to eat out in your country?

  5. What’s the difference between Indian food and western food?

  1. A book you would like to read again

    • Describe a book you recently read that you would like to read again

    • What book it was

    • What the book was about

    • Why you read it

    • What you learned from this book

    • And explain why you would like to read it again

Follow Ups

  1. Do people in your country like to read books?

  2. What kinds of books are most popular in your country?

  3. Do you think reading is important?

  4. Do you think electronic books will eventually replace paper books?

  5. Some people like to collect books. Why do you think they do this?

  6. Is compulsory reading (in school) is a good idea?

  7. What books do children read and what do adults read?

  8. Why men and women prefer different books?

  9. Why some books become internationally popular?

  10. What type of books children read nowadays? What type of books did children

  11. Do you think children have lost their interest in stories?

  12. Can storybooks be an ideal gift for children?

  13. What can be done to encourage the habit of reading among children?

  14. How does reading help a child?

  15. What sort of books can be suggested to children to read?

  16. How much should a child read every day?

  17. What is the difference between the books sold in the past and the books sold nowadays?

  1. Describe a time you went to a crowded place

    • When you went there

    • Where this place was

    • What you did there

    • How you felt about the crowded place

Follow ups

  1. Do you like large places?

  2. What event will attract many people in India?

  3. What places will attract many people in India?

  4. What do you think is the most important thing of an event?

  5. What problem is better to be solved by group work?

  6. Do people like crowded places in India?

  1. Describe a city or town you visited that you liked

    • Where is the city

    • When you visited

    • Why you liked it

Follow ups

  1. Why do you think people prefer to live in cities nowadays?

  2. How does the geography of a place affect the way cities are built?

  3. What influence does it bring if a city becomes famous?

  4. What is the difference between living in the city and living in the countryside?

    24. Describe a popular place where people like to go

    • You should say:

    • Where is it

    • What it is like

    • Who likes to go there

    • Why it is a popular place for swimming

Follow ups

  1. Is it important to swim?

  2. Should children learn how to swim?

  3. Who can teach swimming well? . Swimming can be taught by swimming

  4. Why can swimming help people become healthier?

  5. Should a city have a lot of sports facilities?

  1. Describe an interesting house or apartment you visited

    • You should say:

    • Where this place is

    • What it is like

    • When you want to live in there

    • and explain why you want to live in such a place

Follow Up Questions

  1. How is modern home design (both inside and outside appearance) in your country different to that of the past?

  2. In your country, what type of home do most people live in?

  3. Do people prefer to live in modern homes or the older-style homes (e.g., from 50 years ago)?

  4. How are modern homes different to older homes?

  5. What do you imagine people’s houses will be like in the future?

  1. Describe a shop that has opened in your

    • What shop it is

    • What it sells (or, what you usually buy there)

    • when you first started going to this shop (or, how you came to know about this shop)

    • and explain why you like (to go to) this

Follow ups

Shopping in General

  1. Do you think shopping is an important part of life?

  2. Do men and women have the same attitudes towards shopping?

  3. Why do you think some people are “crazy about” shopping?

  4. Why do you think online shopping has become so popular?

  5. Do you think credit cards are a good thing?

  1. A café you visited

    • Talk about the interiors of the café

    • When did you visit

    • With whom

    • What did you like and dislike about it

Follow Ups

Cafes and Restaurants

  1. What kinds of people choose to go to cafés?

  2. What is the difference between cafe and restaurant?

  3. Which do you think is more suitable for a family gathering?

  4. Why do some people like to invite others at their home, while some take them out? .

  5. Apart from eating meals, what are the other things people do together at home?

  6. Do you think it’s suitable to talk in a café?

  7. What are some of the disadvantages of going to cafes?

  8. What do people do in a café?

  9. Do you often go to a café?

  10. Did you ever go to cafe when you were a child?

  11. Why do some young people prefer to go to a café instead of going to a restaurant?

  12. Do young people prefer to go to cafés or fast food restaurants such as KFC and MacDonalds? (Why?)

  13. What types of people choose to go to a restaurant instead of a cafe? OR Which place do you think would be more suitable for a business discussion, a café or a restaurant?

  14. What do you think of the decor (the inside appearance & furnishings) of most cafés?

  15. Do you often invite friends to visit your home?

  16. Do people in your country feel that they don’t really know someone until they have eaten together? (Why?)

  17. Why do you think eating is such an important part of socializing?

  18. Where do people generally arrange to meet new friends, at home or in a restaurant or some other eating-place?

  19. When people are entertaining visitors or friends etc. in your country, do they usually prefer to go out to eat in a restaurant or to eat at home?

  20. In what circumstances do you think it is more suitable to entertain guests at home? OR When do people in your country usually choose to entertain guests at home?

  21. When people have family gatherings in your country, do they usually go to a restaurant or eat at home?

  22. Why do some people prefer not to entertain guests at home?

  23. In your country, how is the restaurant bill usually paid, when a group of people eat in a restaurant?

    28. Describe a country in which you would like to work for a short time

    • Where you would like to work

    • What kind of job would it be

    • When would you like to go

    • Why you want to work there

Follow Up Questions

  1. What kinds of jobs are easy to get in a foreign country?

  2. Should young adults work abroad?

  3. If they don’t work abroad, would it be helpful for them to travel in a foreign country? Order Books at .

  4. Do Indian parents encourage their children to work abroad?

  5. If you had an opportunity to live abroad, which country would you like to settle down in?

  1. Describe a quiet place

    • Where it is

    • When you like to go there

    • What you do there

    • Why you like to visit there

Follow Up Questions

  1. Why do some people not like quiet places?

  2. Do you know other quiet places?

  3. Do you need a quiet place when you are working?

  4. Why do people like to spend time in quiet places?

  5. Do you know anyone who likes noise?

  1. Talk about a wish that you couldn’t accomplish for a long time

    • What was the wish

    • When you wanted to achieve

    • Why you couldn’t achieve

Follow Up Questions

  1. Do you think Goals play an important role in a life?

  2. Too much ambitiousness leads to disaster what you think about that?

  3. Do you think that today’s generation can run without setting their goals.

  4. What should be good measures to encourage young generation to follow and set their goals?

  5. Which skills are helpful to pursue our goals?

  1. Describe an occasion when you needed to arrive early

    • When and where it was

    • Why you needed to arrive early

    • What did you do after your arrival

    • How did you feel after arriving early

Follow ups

  1. Have there been any other occasions when you have to arrive early?

  2. When do you think people should arrive on time?

  3. Why do people need to be on time?

  4. In India, being late seems to be a privilege for girls. Why do you think it is so?

  5. Do you think technology is a reason that makes us late?

  6. Do you think doing nothing is a waste of time?

  1. Describe an activity you would like to do in your leisure time near the sea

    • What is the activity

    • What requirements will you need

    • Why would you like to do that

Follow ups

  1. What activities would you do if you were spending some leisure time at the beach near the ocean?

  2. Why do some people like water sports?

  3. Do you think the government should spend money in developing facilities for water sports?

  4. Do you think that human activities are posing a threat to the oceans of the world?

  5. What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of traveling on the ocean?

  6. Do you think it’s important for children to learn how to swim?

  7. Do you think it is best for a child to be taught to swim by a parent or by someone else?

  8. Do you think that it is important to learn about the oceans and why?

  9. Do you think the oceans should be protected by international agreement?

  10. Do you think the environmental problems can affect the oceans?

  1. Talk about a pet you, or someone you know once had

    • What kind of animal it was

    • What kind of care it needed

    • What you liked/ disliked about it

  1. Describe a teacher who has greatly influenced in your academic life

    • Who is the teacher

    • What subject he/she taught

    • How she/he taught

  1. Describe a building/structure with architectural

    • What is it

    • What is the historical significance of it

    • Why should we preserve it

    • and describe the building/structure in details

  1. Talk about an occasion you had a cake that was special

    • What kind of cake it was

    • Why did you have it

    • With whom did you have it

Follow Up Questions:

  1. Have you ever made cake yourself?

  2. Do people have to pay a lot for food for a special occasion?

  3. What kind of special food do Indian people like to eat in special festivals // special occasions//public holidays?

  4. What is the difference in the foods northerners like to eat and southerners like to eat?

  1. Talk about a sport in your country you like watching

    • What sport is it?

    • Is it well developed in your country?

    • What is the most popular sport there? Why?

Follow ups

  1. Are you interested in sport? OR Do you like sport?

  2. What sports do you like? (Why?)

  3. Do most people in your country like sport?

  4. (Similar to above) What sports do people in your country like to play?

  5. What benefits do you think sport can bring us?

  6. What benefits are there for children (and/or young people) in playing sport?

  7. What sports do you think are most suitable for children?

  8. Do Indian people like to play indoor sports or outdoor sports?

  1. Describe a time when you moved to a new school or home

( You may get ideas from the two cue cards below) A time when you moved into a new house

Follow ups

  1. Do people like to live in big or small houses?

  2. Where do old people like to live, in the city or the countryside?

  3. Do you like to move house frequently?

  4. Is it easy to move house in India?

  1. Describe a time/situation when you saw lots of people smiling

    • When did you see them

    • Where did you see them

    • Who you were with

    • Why people were smiling

Follow Up Questions

  1. Why do people smile?

  2. When do people smile?

  3. What’s the difference between a fake smile and a true smile?

  4. Why do people smile when they take photos?

  5. Who smiles more, men or women?

  6. Do you think people should control their moods?

  1. Describe an interesting conversation with someone you didn’t know

    • When this happened

    • Who you were talking to

    • What you talked about

    • Why did you find this conversation interesting

Follow Up Questions

  1. How do friends communicate with each other?

  2. What’s the difference between having a conversation with a man and having a conversation with a woman?

  3. Do you think women like to chat more than men?

  4. When men chat with other men do they usually talk about the same things that women do when they chat with other women?

  5. What is the difference between chatting and gossiping?

  6. Do most people have just a small number of friends, or many friends?

  7. How do most people make new friends in your country?

  8. Do you think people’s abilities or intelligence is a factor when people become friends?

  9. What qualities do you think a good friend should have?

  10. Do you think it’s possible to determine how sincere a person is the first time you meet him?

  11. Do you think it is important to share your problems with others?

  1. Describe an event/happy experience from your childhood that you remember. Please say

    • What was the event?

    • How old were you then?

    • Why do you still remember it?

Follow ups

  1. What should adults remember?

  2. How can we improve our memories?

  3. What can help us to remember our childhood memories?

  4. Why do you think some people can remember things easily?

  5. What should you remember to bring when you go out?

  1. Talk about a company around your city which employs a lot of people

    • Where is the company

    • What does it do

    • How do you know about it

Follow ups

  1. Is it easy to find a job in India?

  2. What should the government do if there is unemployment?

  3. Is high salary important?

  4. Is it ok to do a job you like with a low salary?

  5. Are there many big companies in your country?

  6. How can a small company grow big?

  7. Should big companies donate more to charities?

  8. Should big companies be punished more seriously if they break the law?

  1. Describe a group activity you successfully took part in (for example, at school, university or work).

    • What the activity was

    • Who was with you

    • How easy or difficult it was

    • And explain how you felt about being part of this

  1. Describe an occasion when you received a good service from a restaurant or a shop

    • What the service was

    • When and where you received the service

    • Whom were you with

    • And explain why you think it was a good service

Follow ups

  1. What jobs require staff to get in touch with many people?

  2. What qualities does the staff need? Why?

  3. What’s the difference between services in big shops and small shops?

  4. What should people do when they get bad service?

  5. Why do some people not know what service is good?

  1. A website which helped you to do something

  • Which site is it

  • How did you know about it

  • How it helped

Follow ups

  1. Who in your family use the site?

  2. Can internet help children in their study?

  3. Will the internet replace the teacher?

  4. Will downloading music or movies for free cause a problem?

  1. Talk about a traditional object of your country

    • What is it

    • How is it made

    • When did you try it for the first time

    • Why do you like it

  1. A time when you teamed up with old person to teach something to a friend /relative

    • What did you teach

    • How did you teach

    • Did friend/relative understand what you teach

    • How well they know about what you taught

Follow ups

  1. What should older people learn from younger people?

  2. What attitudes and behaviour should older people learn from younger people?

    48. Describe an activity you do to keep fit

    • What the activity is

    • When and where you usually do it

    • How you do it

    • Explain why it can keep your

 Follow ups

  1. What do old people in your country do to keep fit?

  2. What kinds of sports are popular in India?

  3. Do you think young people should play dangerous sports?

  4. What else people can do to keep fit besides sports?

  5. What can parents do to make their children like sports?

  1. A change in your life

    1. What was it

    2. When did it happen

    3. Are you happy with the change

Follow Up Questions

  1. Is your country changing rapidly?

  2. What can smart phones do these days?

  3. Since most people do work on their computers, why do they still need to go to the office?

  4. Do you think people’s work in the future will be heavily affected by technology?

  5. Compare the pace of technological progress in the past and in the present?

  

SPEAKING PART 1 INTRO QUESTIONS

Set 1 – First set of questions, asked to almost all    students

 

  1. May I know your full name?

  2. How may I address you?

  3. May I see your ID?

  4. Where do you come from?

Set 2 – Work or  Studies

WORK

  1. What work do you do? (personal answer)

  2. Why did you choose to do that type of work (or that job)?

  3. Do you like your job?

  4. Is it very interesting?

  5. Do you miss being a student?

STUDIES

  1. What subject(s) are you studying?

  2. Why did you choose to study that subject/those subjects?

  3. Do you like your subject? Why/Why not?

  4. Is it very interesting?

  5. Are you looking forward to working?

  6. Do you prefer to study in the mornings or afternoons?

Set 3 – Jewellery

  1. Have you ever purchased jewellery for someone?

  2. What kind of jewellery do you like?

Set 4 – Fruit

  1. What is your favourite fruit?

  2. Why do you like it?

Set 5 – Sunshine

 

  1. Do you like sunny days?

  2. Do you like going (or, being) outside on sunny days?

  3. What do you like to do on sunny days (or, when you go outside)?

  4. What benefits can (or do) people get from sunshine? OR What benefits can (or do) we get from the sun?

  5. Do you think there are any downsides (or dangers) from sunshine?

  6. What do you do (when you are outside) and the sun is too strong?

  7. If you wanted to go to a place that has lots of sunshine, where would you go?

  8. Would you like to go, as a tourist, to a place that has little sunshine? OR Would you ever go, as a tourist, to a place that has little sunshine?

Set 6 – Weekends

 

  1. How do you usually spend your weekends? What do you usually do on weekends?

  2. In your country, do men and women usually do the same kind of things on weekends (or in their free time)?

  3. When do you spend time with your family?

  4. What did you do last weekend?

  5. What do other people in your hometown (or in your country) usually do on weekends?

  6. What are you going to do next weekend?

  7. Is there anything new that you would like to do on weekends?

  8. Do you like working on weekends?

  9. Do you think employees should have to work on weekends?

  10. Do you think that weekends now are more important to you, than when you were a child?

Set 7 – Activity near  water

  1. What activities would you do if you were spending some leisure time at the beach near the ocean?

  2. Why do some people like water sports?

  3. Do you think the government should spend money in developing facilities for water sports?

  4. Do you think that human activities are posing a threat to the oceans of the world?

  5. What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of traveling on the ocean?

  6. Do you think it’s important for children to learn how to swim?

  7. Do you think it is best for a child to be taught to swim by a parent or by someone else?

  8. Do you think that it is important to learn about the oceans and why?

  9. Do you think the oceans should be protected by international agreement?

  10. Do you think the environmental problems can affect the oceans?

Set 8 –  Transportation

 

  1. What’s the most popular means of transportation in your hometown?

  2. How often do you take buses?

  3. Can you compare the advantages of planes and trains?

  4. Is driving to work popular in your country?

  5. Do you think people will drive more in the future?

  6. Would you ride bikes to work in the future?

  7. What will become the most popular means of transportation in India?

  8. Do you prefer public transportation or private transportation?

Set 9 – Music

 

  1. Do you often (like to) listen to music?

  2. When do you listen to music?

  3. How much time do you spend listening to music every day?

  4. What kinds of music do you like to listen to?

  5. What’s your favorite kind of music?

  6. Have you ever been to a concert?

  7. Do you like to listen to live music?

  8. When did you start listening to this type of music?

  9. Where do you listen to it?

  10. How do you feel when you listen to this music?

  11. Have you ever learned to play a musical instrument?

  12. Is music an important subject at school in India?

  13. Did you often listen to music when you were a child? (If yes, give )

  14. What kinds of music are (most) popular in India?

Set  10  – Home/Accommodation

 

  1. Do you live in a house or flat? Or What kind of housing/accommodation do you live in?

  2. Please describe it a

  3. What’s your favorite room in your home?

  4. What have you done to your room to make it look nice?

  5. Who do you live with?

  6. Which room does your family spend most of the time in?

  7. How long have you lived there?

  8. Do you plan to live there a long time?

  9. (If you answer you haven’t lived there long) What’s the difference between where you are living now and where you have lived in the past?

  10. What do you usually do in your house/flat/room?

  11. Are the transport facilities to your home very good?

  12. Do you plan to move?

  13. Would you like to move to another place to live? (Why/why not?)

  14. Are you prepared to move?

Set 11 –  Hometown

 

  1. What’s (the name of) your hometown?

  2. Is it a big city or a small place?

  3. Please describe your hometown a

  4. How long have you been living there?

  5. Do you like your hometown?

  6. Do you like living there?

  7. Would you say it’s an interesting place?

  8. What do you like (most) about your hometown?

  9. What’s your favorite part of your hometown?

  10. Is there anything you dislike about it?

  11. Do you think you will continue living there for long time?

  12. Are there any tourist attractions in your hometown?

  13. Did your friends also grow up in the same place as you?

  14. Would you like to live there in the future?

Set 12 – Watch

 

  1. How often do you wear a watch?

  2. What was your first watch like?

  3. What kinds of watches do you like to wear?

  4. Do people still wear watches in your country?

Set 13 – Visitors

 

  1. Do you often invite friends to visit your home?

  2. Do you like visitors coming to your home?

  3. Do people often visit you at your home?

  4. How often do visitors come to your home?

  5. When do visitors come to your home?

  6. Do you prefer to have friends visit you, or relatives?

  7. What do you usually do together with your visitors?

  8. When someone visits you, how do you usually show hospitality (or, entertain them)?

Set 14 – Dream

 

  1. Do you often have dreams at night?

  2. Have you had a bad dream before?

  3. What was the strangest dream you have had?

  4. What do you usually dream about?

Set 15 – Colours

 

  • What colours do you like?

  • What is the most popular colour in India?

  • Do you like to wear dark or bright colours?

  • Do colours affect your mood?

  • Did color matter to you when you were a child?

  • Does color matter when you buy things?

  • Which color you don’t like to have in your home?

  • What is the difference between men’s and women’s preference on colours?

  • Have you ever seen a rainbow?

Set 16 – Family

 

  1. How often do you meet with your family?

  2. How do you spend the time with your family?

  3. Do you want to live with your family in the future?

  4. Are you close to all of your family members?

  5. How has your family influenced you?

Set 17 – Friends

  1. Do you have many friends?

  2. How often do you talk to your friends?

  3. How do you communicate with your friends?

  4. What do you think makes people have a long friendship?

  5. Does it make things easier in a friendship if you have similar interests?

  6. How do people make friends now?

  7. Do you think we meet new people differently now than in the past?

  8. Is friendship (= are friends) important to you? (Why?/Why not?)

  9. Do you prefer to spend time with friends or spend time alone? (Why?)

  10. What kind of people do you like to have as friends?

  11. Do you like to spend time with friends? (Why?)

  12. What do you and your friends do together?

  13. What do your friends think of you? (Do your friends think that you are a good friend? Why?)

  14. Are friends more important than family? (Why?)

  15. How do Indian people make friends? (= where, in what situations, g. at school & at work.)

  16. Do adults and children make friends in the same way?

Set 18 –  Advertisement

 

( also refer to the follow ups of the cue card on advertisement)

  1. Are there many advertisements in your country

  2. Why do you think there are so many advertisements now?

  3. What are the various places where we see advertisements?

  4. How do you feel about advertisements?

Set 19 – Art

 

  1. Do you like art?

  2. Do you think art classes are necessary? {Why?)

  3. How do you think art classes affect children’s development?

  4. What kind of paintings do Indian people like?

  5. What can you learn from western paintings?

  6. What benefits can you get from painting as a hobby?

Set 20 – Bags

 

  1. Do you like bags?

  2. What types of bags do you like?

  3. Do you usually carry a bag (when you go out)?

  4. What types of bags do you use (in your everyday life)?

  5. (Similar to above) Do you have different bags for different occasions (or, different purposes)?

  6. What do you put in these bags?

  7. What sorts of bags do women like to buy?

Set 21 – Books

 

  1. How often do you read?

  2. Do you have many books at home?

  3. Do Indian people do enough reading?

  4. Do Indian people like to read?

  5. What kind of people like reading and what kind of people don’t like reading very much?

  6. What type of books children read nowadays?

  7. Do you think children have lost their interest in stories?

  8. Can story books be an ideal gift for children?

  9. What can be done to encourage the habit of reading among children?

  10. How does reading help a child?

  11. What sort of books can be suggested to children to read?

  12. How much should a child read every day?

  13. What is the difference between the books sold in the past and the books sold nowadays?

Set 22 – Celebrity

 

  1. Who is your favorite celebrity in India?

  2. Do you like any foreign celebrities?

  3. Would you want to be a celebrity in the future?

  4. Do you think we should respect famous people’s privacy?

  5. How do celebrities influence their fans in India‘?

Set 23 – Chocolate

 

  1. How often do you eat chocolate?

  2. What’s your favorite flavor?

  3. ls chocolate expensive in India?

  4. When was the first time you ate chocolate?

  5. ls chocolate popular in India?

Set 24 – Outdoor  activities

 

  1. What do you do in your spare time?

  2. Do you like outdoor activities?

  3. What outdoor activities do you (most) like to do?

  4. How often do you do that?

  5. What outdoor sports do you like? (Why?)

  6. How much time do you spend outdoors every week?

  7. How often do you do outdoor activities?

  8. What (types of) outdoor activities are popular in your country?

Set 25 –  Photography

 

  1. Do you like to take photographs? (Why?)

  2. Do you prefer to take photos yourself or to have other people take photos? (Why?)

  3. How long have you liked taking photographs?

  4. How (why) did you become interested in photography?

  5. How often do you take photographs?

  6. In what situations do you take photographs?

  7. What kind of photos do you like to take? (Why?)

  8. Do you prefer to take pictures of people or of scenery?

  9. Who do you take photos of?

  10. How do you keep your photos?

  11. Do you keep your photographs on your computer?

  12. Are there any photos on the walls of your home?

  13. Do you frame (or have you framed) any of your photos? (If yes, which? & why?)

  14. Do you prefer to send postcards to people or to send photos that you took yourself? (Why?)

Set 26 – Television and  Radio

 

  1. What kind of entertainment do you prefer, TV or radio? (Why?)

  2. How are radio programs and television programs different?

  3. What programs do you like to watch/listen to?

  4. When do you watch TV/listen to the radio?

  5. In India, has television/radio changed much in recent years?

  6. How do you think TV/radio broadcasts in India could be improved?

  7. Do you prefer TV news or news on the radio? (Why?)

Set 27 – Teacher (More questions with sample answers in the end)

 

  1. What kind of teachers do you like best?

  2. Who was your favorite teacher when you were young?

  3. Would you want to be a teacher in the future?

  4. Have you ever had bad teachers before?

Set 28 –  Newspapers

 

  1. Do you often read newspapers?

  2. Which do you prefer reading, magazines or newspapers?

  3. What kinds of (types of) newspapers (or magazines) do you usually read?

  4. How old were you when you first started to read newspapers?

  1. Do you think it’s important to read newspapers? (Why?/Why not?)

  2. Why do (you think) people read newspapers?

  3. What different types of newspaper are there in India?

  4. Do you care about the news?

  5. Is the news important (to you)?

  6. What kinds of news do Indian people read in newspapers?

  7. Do you prefer to read about domestic (or local) news or international news? (Why?)

  8. What are some methods that newspapers use to attract readers?

  9. What influence do you think newspapers have on society?

  10. Do you think the Internet is a good way to get news?

Set 29 – Mirrors

 

  1. How often do you look at yourself in the mirror everyday

  2. Have you ever bought mirrors?

  3. Would you use Mirrors to decorate rooms?

Set 30 – Robots

  1. Do you like robots?

  2. What kind of robot would you like to have

  3. Will robots change society significantly?

Set 31 – Gifts (also refer to follow ups of cue card on    gifts)

 

  1. What is the importance of gifts?

  2. Is there any pressure on us to buy presents?

  3. How often do you buy others gifts?

  4. Do you like to send expensive gifts?

  5. What kinds of gifts are popular in your country?

  6. Why do people send gifts?

Set 32 – Shoes

 

  1. How often do you buy shoes?

  2. Have you ever bought shoes online?

  3. Do you know anyone who likes to buy a lot of shoes?

  4. What’s your favourite type of shoes?

Set 33 – Forget  things

 

  1. What kinds of things do you have to bring when you go out?

  2. When you go out you should have your purse with some money, an ID card and your cell phone.

  3. Did you ever forget to bring something?

  4. How do you remind yourself?

  5. Do you carry different things in the morning and in the evening?

Set 34 – Indoor  games

 

  1. Do you play any indoor games?

  2. Do you prefer to play indoor games or outdoor games?

  3. What indoor games did you play when you were a child?

  4. Is there any particular indoor game that you liked (when you were a child)?

  5. What sorts of indoor games do children play now?

  6. Do you play video games?

  7. What kinds of video games do you like to play?

  8. Is it good for young people to play video games?

Set 35 – City Life

 

  1. Do you live in the city or the countryside? (countryside = village)

  2. Is it good for young people to grow up in the city?

  3. Is your city/village a good place for young people to grow up?

  4. Have you ever been to the seaside?

  5. Do you often eat out (go to restaurants)?

  6. What food do you like?

Set 36 – Collecting

 

  1. Do you collect anything?

  2. Why do you collect ….(that/those things)?

  3. Is collecting a popular pastime in India?

  4. What items are considered collectibles in your country?

  5. Does anyone in your home collect anything?

  6. Do a lot of people in India collect things and what do they collect?

  7. What are the benefits of collecting? (= Why do people like collecting?)

Set 37 – Foreign  language

 

  1. Why do you think it is important to learn a foreign language?

  2. How is it helpful to you to speak a foreign language?

  3. What is the most difficult part of learning a foreign language for you?

  4. What is the best way to memorize new words?

  5. Is it better to learn a new word from translation or by definition?

  6. Why don’t some people know the language of the society they live in?

  7. What do you think of children learning a foreign language?

  8. Why are some language classes boring?

  9. Some students hate to learn foreign languages, what can teachers do to develop their interest? Some

  10. Some people travel for learning a foreign language, what do you think?

  11. What’s the best way to learn a foreign language?

  12. Why can some people learn languages fast white others learn slowly?

  13. Does one’s age affect their language learning?

Set 37 – Birds

 

  1. How do you feel about birds? (Why do you feel that way?)

  2. How do Indian people feel about birds?

  3. Are there many birds near your home?

  4. Have you seen many different kinds of birds? (near your home)

  5. Do any birds have any particular significance in India? For example, does India have a national bird?

  6. Do you think birds should be protected? (Why? / Why not? How can they be protected?)

  7. Do Indian people like raising (keeping) pet birds?

  8. Have you ever raised (kept) a pet bird?

Set 38 – Boats

  1. Do you often travel by boat?

  2. Have you ever been on a boat while you were on holidays (on vacation)?

  3. (Similar to above) Have you ever been on a boat tour while you were on holidays?

  4. Would you like to go on a boat tour? (Why?/Why not?)

  5. Would you like to have a holiday on a boat?

  6. Where in your country do people most often use boats? (or, travel by boat)

  7. Do many people in your country own their own boat?

  8. Would you like to buy a boat?

  9. If you had your own boat, what would you do with it?

Set 39 – Relatives

 

  • Do you often visit your relatives?

  • What do you do when visit them?

  • Do you prefer to spend time with your relatives, or your friends?

  • (Possibly the question above is this) Do you prefer visiting your relatives, or your friends?

  • (Similar to above) Who is the more important to you, your relatives / your family, or your friends?

Set 40 – Shopping

 

  • Do you like (going) shopping? (Why?/Why not?)

  • What do you think is the most difficult (or, unpleasant) part about shopping?

  • Is there anything you don’t like (or, dislike) about shopping?

  • What don’t you like about shopping?

  • Do you prefer shopping alone or with others?

  • Who do you (usually) go shopping with?

  • Do you prefer to go shopping with family members or with friends?

  • What do you usually buy when you go shopping?

Set 41 – Sports

 

  • Are you interested in sport?

  • (Similar to above) Do you like sport?

  • What sports do you like? (Why?)

  • Do most people in your country like sport?

  • (Similar to above) What sports do people in your country like to play?

  • What benefits do you think sport can bring us?

Set 42 – Daily  routine

 

  • Do you like to plan what you will do each day? (Why?/Why not?)

  • Please describe your typical daily

  • What’s your favourite time of the day? (Why? What do you do at that time?)

  • What do you usually do at this time of day?

  • Do you usually do the same things at the same time each day?

  • How do you plan (organize) your study time?

  • Do you ever (or, do you often) change these plans?

Set 43 – People’s  ages

 

  1. What do you think is the most important age in a person’s life? (Why?)

  2. Are birthdays important in Indian culture?

  3. What birthday is most important in Indian culture? *

  4. What age in life is the most difficult? (Why?)

Set 44 –  Punctuality

 

  1. Do you wear a watch?

  2. In your country is it important to be on time (= be punctual)? (e.g., for meetings, work, classes)

  3. Do you like to be on time?

  4. How do you feel when others are late?

Set 45 – Names

  • Does your name have any special meaning?

  • Is your surname very common in India?

  • Do you like your name?

  • Would you like to change your name?

  • Do people in India ever change their names?

  • What name do people at home (your family members) call you?

Set 46 – Birthdays

 

  1. How do children celebrate birthdays in your country?

  2. How did you celebrate your last birthday?

  3. Is there a difference between the way you celebrated your birthday in the past and the present?

  4. When I was younger, my mother used to make snacks at home and bake a cake. I used to invite my friends, but now I prefer to take them out for lunch or dinner.

  5. What kinds of birthday gifts do you like to receive?

  6. I like to receive clothes, books, flowers as gifts. I take gifts as gestures of love. So I happily accept anything that anybody brings for me.

Set 47 – Computer

 

  1. Do you use computer very much?

  2. When do you use a computer?

  3. What do you use computer for?

  4. What was your impression when you used a computer the first time?

  5. How did you learn to use a computer?

  6. Have computers changed your life in anyway (if yes, How?)?

  7. Are computers used much in your country?

  8. Do you think computer are useful in everyday life (how)?

  9. Computers are now used a lot in What do you think of this?

  • Do you play computer games?

  • Do you think computers are perfect now or do they still need to be improved?

Set 48 – Being in a  hurry

 

  1. When was the last time you did something in a hurry?

  2. Do you like to finish things quickly?

  3. What kind of things you would never do in a hurry?

  4. Why do people make mistakes more easily when they are in a hurry?

Set 49 – Museums

 

  1. Are there many (or any) museums in your hometown?

  1. Do you think museums are useful for visitors to your hometown/country?

  2. Do you often visit a museum?

  3. Did you go to any museums when you were a child?

  4. When was the last time you visited a museum?

  5. Do you think museums are important?

  6. Do you think it’s suitable for museums to sell things to visitors?

Set 50 – Dance

 

  1. When was the last time you went to a place where people go to dance in your country?

  2. When was the last occasion when you danced a lot?

  3. Do you like dancing?

  4. Have you ever learnt dancing? Why? / Why not?

  5. Did you learn to dance? Why? / Why not?

  6. Why do you think people love to dance?

  7. Do you think children love to dance?

  8. Do you see dance on TV?

Set 51 – Hats

 

  1. Do you like to wear hats?

  2. What kinds of hats do you have?

  3. Where do you like to buy hats?

  4. Is wearing hats popular in your country?

Set 52 – Singing

 

  1. Do you often (like to) sing?

  2. When do you like to sing?

  3. How much time do you spend in singing every day?

  4. What kinds of music do you like to sing?

  5. Is it difficult to sing well?

  6. Do you want to be a singer?

Set 53 – Noise

 

  1. How is the noise level in your city?

  2. Where does noise in urban areas come from?

  3. Do you think it is important to be alone sometimes?

  4. What is the importance of belonging to a certain group?

  5. What are problem you could have if you go out together in big group?

Set 54 – Bus or  Taxi

 

  1. How often do you take the bus?

  2. When was the first time you took a taxi?

  3. What are the advantages of taking a taxi compared with

  4. Is it convenient to take the bus/taxi in your city?

Set 55 – Mobile  phones

 

  1. How often do you use your mobile phone?

  2. Can you describe your mobile phone?

  3. What was your first mobile phone?

  4. Would you buy a new one in the future?

  5. How has your mobile phone changed your life?

SET 56 HISTORY

 

  1. Do you like (to learn about) history?

  2. What historical event do you find most interesting?

  3. Do you think history is important?

  4. Do you like to watch programmes on TV about history?

  5. Do you think you can really learn history from films and TV programmes?

  6. Do you think the Internet is a good place to learn about history?

  7. Can you name a person from history whom you would like to learn more about?

  8. Why would you like to learn more about him/her?