Conversation class - possible topics

Updated: Oct 13

I come across lots of articles, videos and podcasts that I think would be interesting topics for conversation class. Have a look at the list below and tell me if there is a topic that you want to talk about.

Here's the list of possible topics:

Let's start with a series of videos about linguistics available on YouTube by archaeology student, Simon Roper. This is the first one I came across but I'm sure you'll find lots of them interesting - particularly as he spends a lot of time explaining the northern accent (an accent you're all slightly familiar with 😉).

We've already discussed an article by Peter White and here's another one where he talks about a school day he'll never forget. I'm sure you'll enjoy reading (and discussing) it.

In a similar vein, this is a beautifully written tribute to a teacher who made a difference. It definitely brought a tear to my eye.

I loved the book 'One Day' by David Nicholls, I'm sure that you can remember the orange and white cover. In this article, the author explains the inspiration behind the story and reminds us that good ideas can take a long time to germinate.

Fame and addiction are the themes of this interview with former Wet Wet Wet singer, Marti Pellow.

If you are looking for ideas about which reality television programmes you should watch and like a bit of a love story then try this article from The Guardian about people who found love on dating shows.

Do you have too many kitchen gadgets? Which could you get rid of and which are essential? Do you agree with the analysis in this article and in the comments below?

From architecture you could head to the issue of housing. This article on gentrification will give you an insight into housing issues and potential solutions.

Perhaps you were in one of the classes where we discussed the re-introduction of red kites in England. It seems that the success of this scheme has not been without some downsides. Picnickers from some well-off areas in London are having their food stolen by the birds. This is a slightly tongue-in-cheek article worth a read.

There are always some interesting articles about television. Let me know if you want to know why Germans love crime series set in the South West of England or why Brexit might affect British TV shown in Europe.

Another article with a German theme. This time it's words and phrases associated with Angela Merkel's time as Chancellor. Not all the words and phrases you think are English are actually used in England!

Now that I'm in a band, I've really started to listen carefully to songs - picking out the keyboards or guitars rather than just noticing the singer. This obituary of Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts talks about his style of playing and about the well-loved person that he was. Make sure you watch the video included in the article so that you can learn all the lyrics of 'Get off my Cloud'.

More music-themed articles. How about reading about songwriter Diane Warren who has had a phenomenally successful career, penning songs for Celine Dion, Aerosmith, the Sugababes and more. Alternatively we could talk about making musicals into a film, think Grease, West Side Story or the more recent musical 'Everyone's Talking about Jamie' which is the topic of this article.

Finally, moving from music to family life, I enjoyed reading this article by Charlie Gilmour about being a father.

As you all know, I get a lot of my articles from The Guardian. The articles are available for free but you can take out a subscription if you want to support journalism.

Bonus points for anyone who finds an article or podcast to discuss in class!

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