ESL Intermediate Level - 83 Conversation Cards and Speaking Prompts

Use this set of INTERMEDIATE ESL conversation starters and speaking prompt cards to get even your most timid students talking to each other in English. These 83 question cards are terrific for discussion and journal writing prompts and they span 13 different themes:

➤ languages
➤ work
➤ animals
➤ health
➤ your region
➤ transport
➤ books
➤ what would you prefer…
➤ travels
➤ household chores
➤ food
➤ shopping
➤ sports

This no prep activity is perfect for small groups or centers. Use these cards as a review and vocabulary builder with ESL students at the lower intermediate to mid-intermediate level. An easy to project PDF in color with only one card per page is included in case you want to work on the questions as a class without printing and cutting out the cards.


83 question cards (color and black and white versions as you see in the thumbnails)
Ways to use these cards
Easy to project PDF file (one card per page)

There are many ways you can use this set of 83 speaking cards:

➤ Print, laminate, cut out, punch holes and attach on a ring for small groups to ask and answer questions.

➤ Use as a warm-up speaking activity or ice breaker with a conversation partner. As students enter the classroom have them choose 2-3 cards from a box.

➤ Students who finish their work earlier than others can choose a few of the cards and write out their answers including reasons for their preferences.

➤ Use as exit tickets. Give each student a card before the end of class and as they walk out of the room they tell the teacher their answer.

➤ Stations: Put students into groups and divide the cards amongst them. Have groups rotate to a new station as they finish the cards.

➤ Scoot: Put one card on each desk in the classroom. Give each student a response sheet and set a timer to give them just enough time to answer the question. When the timer rings students move on to the next desk and the next question.

➤ Use the cards with board games. Students must answer a question in order to move.

➤ Use the cards as a getting to know you activity or ice breaker at the beginning of the year or at a club event.

➤ Great resource for tutoring sessions.

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Created: Sep 5, 2017

Updated: Mar 10, 2019

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