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50 Olympics conversation questions for the ESL classroom

Prepare for the 2024 Olympic Games with these ESL discussion questions!

Practice your English speaking skills with these Olympics conversation questions and get ready for the Paris Summer Olympics in 2024. Almost everyone has an opinion on sports. Use these discussion questions to fill your classroom with engaging discourse, whether your students love or loathe the global sporting event that is the Olympic Games.

List of Olympics conversation questions

  1. What is your favorite Olympic sport?
  2. What is your least favorite Olympic sport?
  3. If you could remove one sport from the Olympics, which one would it be?
  4. If you could add a new official sport to the Olympics, which sport would you add?
  5. How do you feel about the recent inclusion of modern sports in the Olympic Games, like skateboarding or surfing?
  6. What are your favorite Olympic sports to watch on TV?
  7. Who are your favorite Olympians?
  8. If you had to compete in any Olympic sport, which one would you choose?
  9. Why are Olympic athletes mostly young in age?
  10. What steps must an athlete take to become an Olympian?
  11. What physical attributes does an athlete need to become an Olympian?
  12. What mental attributes does an athlete need to become an Olympian?
  13. How many olympic sports can you name in English?
  14. Has your country ever hosted an Olympic games? If so, when and where did it take place?
  15. Why do some countries do better at certain sports than others?
  16. Why do some countries tend to win more medals than others?
  17. Do you prefer the Winter or Summer Olympics? Why?
  18. Does your country usually do better at the Winter Olympics or the Summer Olympics?
  19. Can you name any Olympic athletes from your country? What sports did they excel in?
  20. What has been your favorite Olympic games to date?
  21. Would you like to attend an Olympic Games in person one day?
  22. If you could watch any Olympic sporting event in person, which event or sport would you choose and why?
  23. Do you think that your hometown or country would be a good host for the next Olympic games? Why or why not?
  24. Which Olympic sports does your country usually excel in?
  25. Which Olympic sports is your country bad at?
  26. If you could represent your country in any Olympic sport, which one would you choose and why?
  27. Do you think you have what it takes to compete in the Olympics?
  28. How many colors are there on the Olympic flag?
  29. Do you think the Olympic Games bring the world closer together?
  30. Do you think that Olympic athletes are generally good sports?
  31. Does technology play a role in the Olympics these days? If so, how?
  32. Where are the next Olympic games being held?
  33. How is each host country chosen to host the Olympic Games?
  34. What’s the easiest Olympic sport, in your opinion?
  35. What is the most difficult Olympic sport, in your opinion?
  36. Is it a waste of money for a country to host the Olympics?
  37. What are the advantages of hosting the Olympic Games?
  38. What are the disadvantages of hosting the Olympics?
  39. If humanity connected with life on other planets, do you think we would host the Olympics and compete against alien life forms? 
  40. Why do you think the world continues to watch and support the Olympics?
  41. Do you think it would be easy or stressful to train for the Olympics?
  42. What are some of the advantages of being an Olympic athlete?
  43. What are some of the disadvantages of being an Olympic athlete?
  44. Should athletes be allowed to keep competing if they test positive for performance-enhancing drugs?
  45. Why do you think that humans get emotional watching Olympians compete?
  46. Do you think the Paralympic Games receive the same amount of attention and recognition as the Olympic Games? Why or why not?
  47. How many Paralympic sports can you list in English?
  48. Do you prefer the opening ceremony or the closing ceremony of the Olympic games?
  49. If you could invite any Olympic athlete over for dinner, who would it be and why?
  50. What do you think life is like for an Olympic athlete once they stop competing?

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