Comedian Jerry Seinfeld once famously said: “What is a date, really, but a job interview that lasts all night? The only difference is there aren’t many job interviews where you’ll wind up naked.”
While we strongly recommend that your students stay fully clothed in class, having them share their thoughts and experiences on dating and relationships is a great way to help them practice their conversation skills.
Ask your students to team up in groups or pairs and have them work their way through these ESL conversation questions about dating, relationships, and marriage.
22 ESL conversation questions about dating, relationships, and marriage
- How do young people usually meet in your country?
- Where do people in your country typically go for a first date?
- Have you ever tried online dating? How did it go?
- Are most of your friends single or in relationships?
- What is the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for someone?
- What is the most romantic thing someone has ever done for you?
- Do you enjoy dating? Why or why not?
- What are some “red flags” that people should watch out for on a first date?
- Have you ever been on a date that went wrong? What happened?
- What was the best date you’ve ever been on? Why was it so special?
- Do you have a partner? If so, how did you meet them?
- Do you want to get married (if you’re not already)?
- At what age do people usually get married in your home country?
- Is marriage important in your culture?
- What do you think about arranged marriages?
- Is it okay to get divorced in your culture?
- Is the divorce rate high or low in your home country?
- Do you prefer large weddings or small weddings?
- Should two people stay together for their kids and not get divorced, even if they are unhappy? Why or why not?
- Do you think it’s a good idea to spend a lot of money on a wedding?
- What do you think about same-sex marriage?
- What are your thoughts about gay marriage?