English conversation: The subjects


I have a full A-Z list below of all the subjects, but for those students who only want to discuss particular areas, I have broken the topics down into these sections. Those subjects in red are either new topics that have been added in 2022, or topics that have had new texts written to keep the subject up-to-date:

Activities: being boring, conversation, driving, exciting stuff, good cook bad cook, fitness, laziness, music, pets, Poland, procrastination, Polish TV, public holidays, reading, shopping, sport, summer/annual holidays, United Kingdom, weekends 

Attitudes and Perceptions: apathy, being boring, conspiracy theories, cynicism, dares, dilemmas, ecomentalism, exciting stuff, good or evil, grumpiness, happiness, humour, laziness, motivation, nimbyism, public relations, procrastination, snobbery, spontaneity, town mouse or country mouse, vanity, wimpy kid, young at heart

Business/Work: breaking the rules, competitiveness, control freak, customer service, dilemmas, email, English language, ethics at work, give us a job, good boss, good job bad job, human resources, man or a mouse, meetings, motivation, negotiations, numbers, quality, public relations, presentations, procrastination, public holidays, risk, self-esteem, speaking, stress at work, success or failure, team player, thick skin, typical errors in English, typical errors in English 2, workaholism

Difficult topics (subjects that are not usually discussed, may have an emotional impact, or other areas which might come with a warning): are you financially savvy, are you getting old, bad language, death, fear and terror, good or evil, health and illness, hypochondria, man or a mouse, money, pets, politics, religion, romance, stress at work, thick skin, vanity, wimpy kid, workaholism, young at heart

Education: a, an & the, bad language, conversation, English language, geography, intonation, numbers, phrasal verbs, Poland, presentations, present perfect tenses, reading, social media, speaking, typical errors in English, typical errors in English 2, United Kingdom

Finance and competition: Are you financially savvy, competitiveness, money, negotiations, nimbyism, numbers, quality, shopping

Health: anger, being boring, control freak, fitness, health, health and illness, hypochondria, procrastination, retirement, self-esteem, stress, stress at work, thick skin, workaholism

Leisure: Christmas, conversation, driving, English language, exciting stuff, fitness, good cook bad cook, laziness, living abroad, music, pets, Poland, reading, shopping, sport, summer/annual holidays, town mouse or country mouse, United Kingdom, weekends

Psychological: are you a good friend, anger, are you getting old, arrogance, breaking the rules, conspiracy theories, control freak, death, fear and terror, good or evil, happiness, humour, hypochondria, introvert or extrovert, man or a mouse, motivation, nimbyism, optimism or pessimism, procrastination, retirement, risk, self-esteem, spontaneity, stress, stress at work, success or failure, temper temper, thick skin, vanity, weekends, workaholism, would I lie to you?

Stereotypes: American, British, French, German, Polish, living abroad

Technology: driving, mobile phones, Polish TV, presentations, social media, technophile or technophobe, the internet


You will notice that some topics appear in more than one section, but often the subjects covered will mean there is some degree of overlap.

All these subjects that include a piece of text to read that is connected to the topic, along with a vocabulary list (that usually - but not always! - have no more than thirty words or phrases) for further practice. These are usually prepared as handouts. Those subjects in red are either new topics that have been added in 2022, or topics that have had new texts written to keep the subject up-to-date. Afterwards, there is usually a fun quiz in the form of a PowerPoint presentation and sharing screen.

A, an & the

American Stereotypes



Are you a good friend 

Are you financially Savvy

Are you getting old


Bad laguage

Being Boring

Breaking the Rules

British Stereotypes



Conspiracy theories

Control Freak


Customer Service








English language

Ethics at Work

Exciting Stuff

Fear and Terror


French Stereotypes


German Stereotypes

Give Us a Job

Good boss

Good Cook Bad Cook

Good job bad job

Good or evil




Health and illness

Human Resources





Introvert or Extrovert


Living Abroad

Man or a Mouse


Mobile phones







Optimism or pessimism


Phrasal verbs


Polish Stereotypes

Polish TV



Present perfect tenses


Public Holidays

Public relations










Social Media





Stress at work

Success or failure

Summer (or annual) holidays

Team Player

Technophile or technophobe

Temper temper

Thick Skin

Town Mouse/Country Mouse

Typical Errors in English

Typical Errors in English 2

United Kingdom



Wimpy Kid


Would I lie to you?

Young at Heart

More subjects will be added to this list over the next few months. And years, probably. My original aim was to have a total of 100 subjects, and this has been completed six months ahead of schedule! So now I've taken that pressure off myself, new topics will be added occasionally, and in the process, one or two topics may be retired.

I also have a series of 'random' topics which used to be in the form of PowerPoint presentations, but have now been replaced by something more random; shuffling cards. These are also ideal for students from pre-intermediate levels and also for older primary school children onwards. I have three sets of cards, labelled 'questions' 'yes no why' and 'choices'.

A nice little subject called Four weeks on a desert island is almost always the first topic I do with a new student, as they discuss what things they would take to the island for four weeks, whilst allowing me to get to know them a little more. The taboo topics are those subjects which, as a general rule, teachers should avoid completely when taking classes. My questions do not go into personal detail, but should a student choose this topic, they are reminded of the fact that the very subject makes it controversial and that they are free to change the subject.

To give you an idea of the kind of conversations I have, I'm going to give you one of the subjects listed above. There will be ten questions, followed by some additional comments by myself as to how the lesson was conducted at that particular point.

You will need a pencil and paper to record your answers!

If you're ready...

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