Computer conversation questions
Here are some interesting discussion questions about computers for ESL speaking classes. You can use either sheet individually or both at the same time as pair work.
The most challenging words on the first handout above are – make, model, pirated, hacker, opinion, privacy, accessories, and browser.
The first set of computer conversation questions are –
Do you own a computer? What make and model is it?
Would you like to buy a new computer? How much would a new one cost?
How have computers changed over the last 10 years?
When was the first time you ever used a computer? How old were you?
What software have you learned to use? What do you use it for?
Have you ever had a virus on your computer? What did you do to fix it?
What do you mostly use computers for? Could you live without a computer?
Which company makes the best computers? Why are they better than others?
Do you use any pirated software? Where did you get it from?
What is your opinion of hackers? Which countries have a lot of hackers?
Do you ever play games on computers? What is your favourite computer game?
Do you worry about your privacy when you use computers? Why or why not?
How many computer parts and accessories can you name in 30 seconds?
What kinds of computer accessories do you own?
Are you able to fix a computer when it has problems or do you need help?
Has a computer ever made you feel angry? What happened?
Do you prefer to use a laptop or a desktop computer? Why?
Do your parents and grandparents use computers? What do they use them for?
How many computers have you owned in your lifetime?
What are your 5 favourite pieces of software? What do you use them for?
How do you think computers will change in the future?
How many different passwords do you have? How do you remember them?
What browser do you use when you search the internet?
What important things would you lose if your computer suddenly died?
If you are looking for some more related resources, check out the technology vocabulary worksheets. They make for a good cooler or warmer before or after the discussion. There are also the video games conversation questions and video games vocabulary pages.
Computer conversation questions 2
Sheet 2 has some computer objects to name at the top of the page. They are – a screen, processor, hard drive, keyboard, mouse, RAM sticks, router, headset, video card, and a tablet. Once students have named the objects they are to say what each is used for. For example – “A keyboard is used to type on,”, or “A hard drive is used to store information.”
The most difficult terms on sheet 2 include – upgrade, malware, email service, accessory, security, involve, and communicate.
The second set of computer conversation questions are –
How often do you need to upgrade your computer?
What kinds of anti-virus and malware protection do you use?
How many hours a day do you spend on a computer? What do you do on it?
When was the last time you bought something for a computer? What was it?
What email service do you use? What is your email address?
Do/Did you have any computer classes in school? What did you learn?
Do you think the world be better or worse if there were no computers? Why?
What computer accessory would you like to buy next? How much does it cost?
Do you think you need to spend more or less time on a computer?
Can you touch type? How fast can you type on a keyboard?
Do you have a blog or a website? Would you like to create one? What about?
What things do you dislike most about computers?
Have you ever used a tablet? What do you think about them?
Do you ever buy things on your computer? Does security worry you?
What is a computer program that you like to be good at? Why?
What do you think of virtual reality? Have you tried it before?
How are computers for work and computers for gaming different to each other?
Do you have Windows on your computer? What do you think of Windows?
Do you have the internet at your home? How fast is it?
Would you like to have a job that involves computers? Which job would you like?
What computer software have you bought? Why did you buy it?
Do you save things online or do you prefer to save to a hard disk?
What software do you use to communicate with other people?
How many different email accounts do you have? What do you use them for?