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Conversation Questions for the ESL Classroom (Pets)

Here are some questions you can ask your students about pets:

  • Do you have a pet?
  • How old is it?
  • Where did you get it from?
  • Who takes care of it?
  • What does it look like (color, breed, etc.)?
  • What do you feed it?
  • Do you play with it?
  • What is it’s name? How did you choose this name?
  • Does it know any tricks or understand any words?
  • If you don’t have a pet, why not?
  • Would you ever consider getting a pet?
  • Did you grow up with pets in your home?
  • What are the pros and cons of keeping a pet?
  • What is the best pet to own?
  • What are some animals that live in your country?
  • Are there animal rights groups where you live?
  • Are you afraid of snakes? What is the biggest snake you have seen? Are there any poisonous snakes in your country?
  • Are you frightened of spiders? What do you do if you see one?
  • Can you name some endangered species?
  • Have you ever ridden a horse?
  • Are there birds or squirrels in your neighborhood?
  • Do you know someone who owns an unusual pet?
  • Do you think it is acceptable to test cosmetics on animals?
  • How do you feel about the use of animals for medical research?
  • Do you think it is okay to eat meat? Do you know any vegetarians?
  • Is there any kind of meat you would not eat?
  • What kind of meats have you eaten?
  • Have you ever been to a zoo?
  • Are there laws about hunting in your country?
  • What do you think of hunting? Would you eat an animal that you killed yourself?
  • Do you think it’s okay to free animals that have been in captivity all their lives? Why or why not?
  • Do you think people should buy and wear fur coats?
  • Do you think that animals dream?
  • Have you ever been bitten by a dog? Have you been stung by a bee?
  • Have you ever been to a farm? What animals did you see there?
  • Have you ever been to a horse race?
  • Have you ever eaten rabbit meat? Have you eaten octopus?
  • Have you ever seen a dog that helps people, such as one to assist a blind person or a policeman?
  • If so, what did you notice about the dog?
  • How do you think that dog was trained?
  • What animals do you think are cute?
  • What animals do you think are ugly?
  • What can children learn by having a pet?
  • What is the largest animal you have ever seen?
  • Why do some people not like pets?
  • What can people learn from animals?
  • Does feeding an animal bring you happiness?
  • If you saw a stranger drowning, and you also saw your pet drowning, and you could only save one, who would you save? What would most people choose?
  • Can people be too attached to their pets?
  • Do you think animals have souls?

More Questions

  • Do you think it is right to keep wild animals in captivity all there life
  • Is it morally right to spend a lot of money on pets, rather than helping people in need?
  • Why are pets, not people used for medical research?
  • What is your favorite animal?
  • Have you ever had a pet?
  • What kind of pet would you like to have in the future?
  • Have you ever been to the zoo? What animals did you see there?
  • Have you ever been on a farm? What animals did you see there?
  • Do you ever bird watch?
  • Do you think people should wear fur coats?
  • Should animals be kept in a zoo?
  • Do you know any endangered species?
  • Do you consider yourself an animal lover?
  • Do bats help people?
  • What animal is liked to be petted?
  • Do you think the most important thing by which psychopaths can be recognized is their attitude toward animals? Explain why.
  • Do you think it is a good pattern in general to judge people by their attitude toward animals? Explain why.
  • What kind of animals do humans ride?
  • Are you afraid of snakes?
  • Are you frightened of spiders?
  • Are your pet(s) healthy?
  • Can you ride a horse?
  • Do you ever go bird watching?
  • Do you ever talk to your pet? If so, what do you say?
  • Do you have a cat?
  • Do you have a dog? If so, what’s your dog’s name?
  • Do you have any pets?
    • If not, would you like to have a pet?
    • Have you ever had a pet?
  • Do you know anyone who has a horse?
  • Do you know anyone who keeps their dog in their house?
  • Do you love your pet?
  • Do you prefer dogs or cats?
  • Do you talk to your pet sometimes?
  • Do you think it is acceptable to test cosmetics on animals?
    • How do you feel about the use of animals for medical research?
  • Do you think it is okay to eat meat?
    • Is there any kind of meat you would not eat?
  • Do you think it is right to keep wild animals in a zoo?
  • Do you think that animals dream?
  • Do your pets have special behavior problems?
    • How do you deal with those problems?
  • Have you ever been bitten by a dog?
  • Have you ever been bitten by a snake?
  • Have you ever been to a farm?
  • Have you ever been to a zoo? What animals did you see there?
  • Have you ever eaten rabbit meat?
  • Have you ever gambled on a horse race?
  • Have you ever given your pet a bath?
  • Have you ever had a pet? / Have you ever had any pets?
  • Have you ever ridden a horse? How about a camel?
  • Have you ever seen a bullfight?
  • Have you ever seen a dog race?
  • Have you ever seen a dog that helps people, such as one to help a blind person?
    • If so, what did you notice about the dog?
    • How do you think that dog was trained?
    • Have you ever seen a “therapy dog?”
  • How long do you think a dog can live without food?
  • How many birds do you know that can’t fly?
  • How many legs does a spider have? How about a squid?
  • How many national animal preserves do you have in your country?
    • Are there any animal preserves around here?
  • How many pets have you had?
  • How many pets have you raised and what are they?
  • How many zoos have you been to?
  • How much does it cost to keep your pet?
  • If you could be an animal, what would you (choose to) be? Why?
  • If you don’t keep pets, please explain why?
  • Is is right to keep animals in a zoo?
  • Is it harmful for a dog to travel in cabin on a airline under the seat where your carry-on bags go?
  • Pets are considered to be a burden to most of the city dwellers. To what extent do you agree?
  • Some people think that people shouldn’t wear animal furs. Do you agree? Why or why not?
  • Think of some people you know. Which animals do they resemble?
  • What animal do you think is the funniest?
  • What animal do you think is the strangest-looking?
  • What animal do you think makes the best pet? Why?
  • What animal would you like to be? (Which animal…?)
  • What animals are symbols of your country?
  • What animals are you afraid of? (…scared of?)
  • What animals do you think are cute?
    • What animal do you think is the cutest?
  • What animals do you think are scary?
  • What animals do you think is the most dangerous?
  • What are some popular pets?
  • What are the most popular pets in your country?
  • What are the pros and cons of keeping a pet?
    • (Why are there so many people who are willing to sacrifice their time and money to raise a pet?)
  • What can children learn by having a pet?
      What are some things a child can learn by having a pet?
  • What do you think of animals being raised in captivity?
  • What is one of your favorite animals?
    • Why do you like it?
    • Do you have one for a pet?
  • What is the difference between a pet and a wild animal?
  • What is the most unusual pet you have ever seen?
  • What is your favorite animal?
    • Why is it your favorite animal?
    • Would you like keep it as your pet, why or why not?
  • What joy does your pet bring you?
    • Are you the one who takes care of it every day?
    • How do you take care of it? If you don’t take care of it, who does?
  • What kind of animal would you like to be?
  • Do bats make good pets?
  • What animals like to be petted?
  • What kind of dog do you have?
  • What kind of master would you like to have if you were a pet?
  • What particular animals have become famous in your country for some special skill or accomplishment?
  • What wild animals can you see around here?
  • When was the last time you went to a zoo?
  • Where is the nearest zoo to your house?
    • How often do you visit that zoo?
    • When was the last time you went there?
    • How much does it cost to get in?
  • Why do people have pets? / Why do people keep pets?
  • Would you recommend that others keep pets similar to yours?
  • Should we feed our pets unhealthy but tasty treats?
    • What’s more important, their health or their happiness?
  • In your opinion, why do some people like to have unusual pets?
  • Do you think dogs should be banned or muzzled?
  • Would you want to see aggressive dogs muzzled or banned?
  • In your country, what kind of dog laws are there? If dogs are man’s best friend, as the saying goes, is banning dogs a friendly act?
  • What is a safari?
    • Would you go on a safari?
  • Have you ever hurt an animal?
    • Was it intentional or unintentional?
  • Do you know of any websites for people that want to keep animals as pets?
    • How about websites for people who are against animal rights?
    • Do you think keeping an animal as a pet is a violation of that animal’s rights?
  • Do you know any animals that you think are being treated badly or unfairly?
    • If so, how do you think you can help?
  • What do you think would animals say about humans if they could make a documentary movie about humans?
  • What is a breed?
  • What breeds can you name?
  • What does AKC stand for?
  • What is a standard for a dog breed?
  • What is dog intelligence?
  • Which dog breed do you think is the most intelligent and which the dumbest?
  • What is the role of an Alpha dog in a pack?
  • Do you think it is a good pattern in general to judge people by their attitude toward animals? Explain why.
  • Do bats help people?

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