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Leisure

Movies

Questions for discussion:

  1. What genre of movies do you prefer? Why?
  2. What is your favorite movie? Explain?  
  3. Do you enjoy documentary films? Is there anything interesting that you have learned from them?  
  4. Do you watch old/black and white movies?

Hobbies & Interests

Questions for discussion:

  1. What are your hobbies or interests? Have they changed over the years?
  2. How did you discover your hobbies or interests?
  3. What kinds of interesting hobbies or interests do your friends and family have?
  4. How much time every week do you spend on your hobbies?
  5. What do you think are the benefits of doing something you enjoy every day?

New Year Season

Questions for discussion: 

  1. This is the season of gift giving. Do you have trouble picking out gifts for family members and friends? Do you prefer to buy gifts or do you give gifts that you've made yourself? Do you think consumerism has replaced the real spirit of the holidays? 
  2. Russia has among the longest federal holiday seasons. Do you think the holidays should be made shorter or stay the way they are? What are good and bad things about being on vacation for so long? Would you rather have federal holidays some other time of year? 

Movies

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The Arts

Author: Denis Dedov
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Holidays and Travel

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you like holidays?
  2. What holidays do you celebrate?
  3. What holidays do you really look forward to?
  4. Are there holidays in other countries or religions that you wish were also celebrated in your country?

Will Virtual Reality Remove The Need For Travel?

Reading: 

Would you ever take a virtual vacation?

VIRTUAL REALITY TECHNOLOGY is changing, and fast. Soon to hit the market, Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset which is worn like a pair of oversized goggles and, while still being refined, is already available to the public. Made to connect to computers and mobile devices, it gives users a 3D experience and allows them to feel like they’re walking around inside a virtual world.

Books

Questions for discussion:

  1. How important are books to you?
  2. What would life be like without books?
  3. What kinds of books do you like?
  4. Do you prefer paperbacks or hardbacks?
  5. If you wrote a book, what would you write about?

Hobbies (new)

1. What hobbies do you have?

2. Name three hobbies that you would have liked to try out and why?

3. Have your hobbies changed throughout the years? How have the changed and why do you think that is?

4. Are there any hobbies that you used to do but don’t do anymore, why do you think that is?

5. Why do you think different countries excel at one sport and not at another?

6. Why do you think people have different types of hobbies in different countries?

Internet

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is the internet?
  2. Can you remember the first time you used the internet?
  3. Could you live without the internet?
  4. How do you think the internet has changed the world?
  5. If you use the internet, what do you use it for?

Free time

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you have enough free time?
  2. Do you have free time on Sundays?
  3. Do you have much free time during the day?
  4. Do you have much free time in the evenings?
  5. Do you have much free time in the mornings?
  6. What did you do last summer vacation?
  7. What did you do last weekend?
  8. What do you do in your free time?
  9. What hobbies do you have?

Beach

Questions for discussion:

  1. What do people do at the beach? was the last time you went to the beach? Where did you go?
  2. Have you ever been night-swimming? Are there any problems with jellyfish, sharks or stonefish at your local beach?
  3. Have you ever played sports on the beach? Which sports have you played?
  4. Have you ever collected seashells? Can you describe a shell that you have collected?What did you do with the shells that you collected?
  5. Have you ever been fishing on the beach?

How much leisure is there in your life

Questions for discussion:

  1. How much leisure is there in your life? Is it enough? Would you like to have more/ less of it? Why?
  2. How do you spend your leisure time?
  3. Do people of different ages/ nationalities have different ideas of spending their leisure time? What are those?
  4. Would you like to have only leisure time and no work at all?
  5. Can work be leisure?
  6. Have you ever had a hobby? What was/is it? Why did you choose it?

Holidays

Bank holidays

  1. Do you like holidays? Do you do anything special on holidays?
  2. Do you prefer to stay at home during big holidays?
  3. What are your favourite holidays?
  4. Do you like the anticipation of your favourite holidays?
  5. Do you visit your friends’ and relatives’ places during holidays?
  6. Do you plan ahead for bank holidays?
  7. Have you ever worked on holidays? Do you prefer to rest or work during bank holidays?

What would your acting be like?

Questions for discussion:

  1. Who is your favorite actor?
  2. Who is your favorite actress?
  3. What do you think that both men and women are called actors nowadays?
  4. Would you like to be an actor?
  5. Do you think men or women are better at acting?
  6. Do you think today’s actors are better than those from 30, 40 or 50 years ago?
  7. Do you think it’s strange that most actors are beautiful or handsome?
  8. Do you think anyone can become an actor?
  9. Are there any actors you really don’t like?

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