ESL water conversation questions

28 water conversation questions

Water conversation questions

Water is essential to life, we all need it and use it every day. Get your students speaking and use these water questions in your discussion classes.

You may need to go over some of the difficult vocabulary before starting the discussion. Challenging words and phrases on this free worksheet include – tap, spend (time), water restrictions, cut off, face (a problem), salinity, conserve, fountain, and hydropower.

The water conversation questions are –


1 – What things do you associate with the word water?

2 – When was the last time that you bought water? How much water did you buy?

3 – Is water pollution a problem near your home?

4 – Have you ever been to a water park?

5 – How many liters of water do you drink each day?

6 – Where does your hometown or city get its water from?

7 – What is the largest river in your country? Is it clean?

8 – Can you drink water from the tap where you live?

9 – How long do you spend in the shower? Do you prefer baths or showers?

10 – Has your country ever had water restrictions?

11- How much does a small bottle of water cost in your country?

12 – Do you collect rainwater at your home?

13 – How long do you think a person can live without drinking any water?

14 – How many water sports do you know of? Which have you tried?

15 – Have you ever had your water supply cut off? What did you do?

16 – How much do you pay for water each month?

17 – What are the biggest problems the world’s oceans are facing?

18 – Are there water salinity problems in your country? Why is salinity a problem?

19 – What is the biggest waterfall you have ever been to?

20 – What kind of water transport have you used? Where did you go?

21 – How far can you swim? Do you prefer to swim in lakes, rivers, or the sea?

22 – What things do you use water for?

23 – How far is the nearest body of water from your home?

24 – Do you try to conserve water and use as little as possible?

25 – In what ways can water be dangerous?

27 – Are there public drinking fountains where you live? Are there taps in parks?

28 – What do you think of hydropower? Are there power plants in your country?

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Extra water vocabulary

Here are some common water idioms you may want to introduce after the discussion.

A drop in the ocean – A very small amount or much less than what is required. It’s usually used when talking about money.

Blood is thicker than water – This is used to say that family is more important than friendship.

To be in hot water – this means you are in trouble with someone.

Water under the bridge – This means that something in the past is now forgotten and is no longer a problem. It is usually used in reference to a disagreement or dispute with another person.

Like a fish out of water – This is used to describe a person who is new to something and is awkward or uncomfortable. It can also be used to describe someone who is surrounded by people that are very different from themself.

To dip your toe in the water – This simply means to try something new carefully.

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