Accidents In The Home – Conversational Questions

Accidents In the Home

Here is a list of questions that can be used in your English lessons, regarding “Accidents In The Home”.  Obviously, this is not a complete list, but feel free to use it, add to it, or print it out and burn it (just not inside your home.)


  • What is the most dangerous thing in your home? 
  • How can your home be made less dangerous?
  • What is the most dangerous thing in your home for a child?
  • How can that thing be made less dangerous?
  • What is the most dangerous thing in your home for an elderly person?
  • How can it be made less dangerous?
  • What dangers can be found in the kitchen?
  • What are some things in the kitchen that can cause accidents?
  • Have you ever had an accident in the kitchen that resulted in an injury?
  • What can be done to prevent kitchen accidents?
  • What can a parent do to “childproof” a kitchen?
  • What can be done to make kitchens more safe for everyone?
  • What dangers can be found in bathrooms that can cause accidents?
  • What can be done to prevent accidents in the bathroom?
  • What can a parent do to “childproof” a bathroom?
  • What can be done to make bathrooms more safe for everyone?
  • What dangers can be found outside the home (in the yard or garden) that can cause accidents?
  • What can be done to prevent accidents in the yard or garden?
  • What can a parent do to “childproof” the yard or garden?
  • What can be done to make the yard or garden more safe for everyone?
  • What other dangers can be found in a home:  in bedrooms, laundry rooms, garages, and living areas?
  • What can be done throughout the house to prevent accidents?
  • What can a parent do to “childproof” the different rooms of the home?
  • What can be done to make homes more safe in general?
  • Where in your home do you have a first aid kit?
    • What do you have in it?
  • Where are these items found in a house; how can they be dangerous; to whom can they be dangerous, and what can someone do to lessen the dangers they present?
    • hot pots/pans
    • hot curling iron
    • knife
    • window
    • iron
    • medicines
    • gasoline
    • pool
    • insecticides
    • bleach
    • cleaners
    • natural gas
    • balcony
    • toilets
    • staircase
    • oven/stove
    • stool
    • ladder
    • yard tools
    • fireplace
    • bathtub
    • swing set/playground
    • sliding glass door
    • electronic equipment
    • cleaning supplies
    • loose carpet
    • slippery floor
    • glass table
    • table with sharp edges & corners
    • hairdryer
  • What do you need to do if…?
    • you cut your finger preparing food?
    • you fall down and can not move or get up?
    • your child drinks chemicals? (cleaners, bleach, etc.)
    • the toilet is overflowing?
    • there is a fire in the kitchen?
    • there is a fire anywhere in the home?
  • How do you call for police, paramedic, fire help?
  • What is the phone number for emergency help?

Informational Disclaimer

As stated above…

This is by no means a complete list…

The items on this list are a combination of ideas compiled from many sources, including my own personal experience and inspiration. These are basic questions that anyone with enough time and brainpower can think of.

Therefore, I do not claim ownership of these ideas, nor do I believe that anyone else can either. I merely took the time to compile, arrange, and present the information.

If this list looks similar to any others on the internet or in a text-book, it is because these are good ideas for a conversational class on this particular topic, and these questions can be found in numerous different places. The reason that they appear here is because I have compiled this list for my own personal use and have also made it available for anyone else who may find it useful in their studies or teaching practice.

Information used for educational purposes should be free for ALL, for the sake of education, and the overall advancement of Human-Kind. It is in this same light, that I invite anyone who wishes – to copy, cut, paste, and otherwise use this page for their own educational or instructional needs…

…There is nothing new under The Sun…

(None can claim ownership… All are rightful heirs to knowledge.)

Have An Excellent Day!


A Good Idea For Conversation Starters

Conversation Starters To Get Them All Talking

In my teaching career, I have not had a lot of experience teaching children.  It thought it would be great.  Mostly because I kind of still am one.Conversation - theTOEFLblog

I love kids, but I didn’t do too well as a teacher of them…  I’m better as the crazy “uncle” (meaning the good friend of their dad.)

However, while skimming through an article sent to me by BusyTeacher, I noticed this little gem below:

(Copied from the original article)

Strange Conversation Starters

This activity is more like a warm-up, but could be done extensively as well.  This activity can be frontal and cooperative too.

Prepare some strange conversation starters and give one to a student who should start a conversation with it…

The more surprising the starter is the better.  Here are some examples:

  • Excuse me, but what’s your car doing in my pool?
  • Congratulations! I heard you hit the lottery jackpot!
  • Wow! It’s your baby? She’s very cute.

via Monster University, The Curious Alien, And 3 Other Brilliant Communicative Activities Your Students Will Love.

(end of the copy)

It was the first example that got my attention, as I often try to convince my students that I’m actually a bit crazy (something that is not too difficult) – so I would probably add a number of others, more similar to that.  And, as I teach adults, maybe the “Baby” example isn’t the best, but I can see how it would get a great laugh from children.

 “Sharing Is Caring”

At least that’s how the old saying goes (probably not a good idea with head-lice.)  But I thought I would pass on this little nugget of helpful classroom “fun-making” to anyone else who might find the suggestion above useful.

As the author says, “it can be done extensively as well…”

…I guess that means, you can use your imagination and do whatever the heck you want with it (always a welcome idea in my mind.)

I’m not really sure what the author means by saying, that it can be “frontal”.  And when the author says that it can be “cooperative”, I’m guessing that means the other person in the conversation gets to speak too…

I don’t know, I imagine that those are bits of “Teacher Jargon” (something I tend to shy away from) but I really like the idea so I’m happy to “share the love” and I hope that you will do the same.

Have An Excellent Day!


Filler Activity – “Memory Dictation”

"Memory Dictation" - Filler Activity (theTEFLblog)

Memory Dictation

(Introduction & Review of Vocabulary, Listening, Memory, Spelling)

This activity can be used as a “Warm-Up” or a “Filler”.

The teacher explains to the students that he/she will be saying aloud, 10-12 words (the number is irrelevant) and that they must first just listen carefully. After all of the words have been spoken, the students must write down all of the words that they can remember.

These words can be taken from: previously learned material, upcoming material (as an introduction), or commonly mis-spelled or confused words (as entertainment).

As with any activity, the “rules” and scope of the exercise should be made to be appropriate for the teacher, students, and situation. But here a rough guideline that can be adhered to, in order to ensure that the activity runs smoothly.

  1. Students should listen first without writing anything
  2. Students remain quiet while listening and writing (no talking with each other, or asking questions either the teacher of each other)
  3. They should only need or be given a few minutes to write down the words (otherwise they will be prone to looking at each others’ papers
  4. The teacher then asks students to say the words that they remember and to spell them.
    • This step can be done in a number of ways:
      1. they can shout out what they remember
      2. they can be called on individually
      3. they can be asked to come up to board to write them down (if facilities make this possible)
  5. Some sort of reward system could be given (however this is a system that is sometimes contested with certain people, groups, schools, etc.

Other ways that this can be altered:

Any class-room activity can be altered in numerous different ways. For example:

  • The activity can be done in teams
  • The activity can act as the pre-cursor or sequel to a “scrambled” word exercise
  • These words can then be used to create sentences, stories, etc.

The possibilities are only as limited as the teacher and/or students make them.

If you have any suggestions you would like to share, I’m sure that they will be appreciated.

Have An Excellent Day!


Introductory Questions for a Conversational Class (1st Class)

Conversational Class – Introductory Lesson

Greetings Everyone!

This is a list of questions that I took from various sources on the internet (including many questions that I have added on my own.)  I developed this list back for an introductory, one-on-one conversational class – wherein had never previously met the student, did not have much information about the student and really had no idea what the student was hoping to get out of our sessions together.

This list is quite an extensive list and not all the questions were used during the 60 minute lesson.  But I wanted to make sure that I had more material necessary in case of awkward silences and lack of fluidity in the conversation.

  1. What is your name?
  2. Where are you from?
  3. Where were you born?
  4. What is your profession?
  5. How old are you?
  6. Do you live alone?
  7. Where do you live?
  8. How did you get to class?
  9. Are you married or single?
  10. Do you have any children?
  11. How many children do you have?
  12. Do you have any brothers or sisters?
  13. Are they older or younger than you?
  14. Do you have a large or small family?
  15. What is/was your father like?
  16. What is/was your mother like?
  17. Do you live in a house or apartment?
  18. Do you have any pets?
  19. how long have you been studying English?
  20. What other languages do you speak?
  21. Do you like to travel?
  22. Where have you previously travelled?
  23. Have you ever lived in another country?
  24. What do you like to do in your free-time?
  25. What are some activities that you are good at?
  26. Do yo like sports?
  27. What sports do you like?
  28. What was the last book that you read?
  29. What is your favorite book?
  30. Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction?
  31. What was the last movie or play that you saw?
  32. What is your favorite movie or play?
  33. What kinds of movies or plays do you like?
  34. Do you like music?
  35. What kind of music do you like?
  36. What is your favorite singer/band/album?
  37. Do you like to cook?
  38. What is your favorite food?
  39. What are your hobbies?
  40. Are you a religious or spiritual person?
  41. If yes, what is your religion?
  42. Are you a “people-person”?
  43. What bothers you about certain people?
  44. What do you look for in other people? (personal/professional)
  45. What do you think is important when relating to others? (friends/family/business)
  46. Have you ever met anyone famous?
  47. What was the best day of your life?
  48. What was the worst day of your life?
  49. Who was/is the most important person in your life?
  50. Who was/is the most influential person in your life?
  51. If you had one piece of advice for the world, what would it be?
  52. Do you have a personal motto that you live by?  What is it?

When using these questions (or an conversational questions) in a class, make sure to have your own copy of the questions with plenty of spaces on the page to take notes that could be used as reference for future lessons.  (This is especially helpful if you have many different students or if you do not yet have a perfect memory.)  It can also be helpful to provide the student with a copy of the questions so that he or she (or they) are able to question you as well.  A conversation is two-way communication, a “back-and-forth” so to speak.  Without this, it is just an interview.

It should be obviously that there are many other questions that could be added to this list, and some that may not be appropriate or applicable in certain situations.

I hope this list is helpful to you.  If you would like to use it in your teaching practice, by all means, do so…  (there’s really no way I can stop you anyway.)  So…  Feel free to copy these questions and use them for your own conversational class.  If you have any questions, comments or suggestions to add, you are invited to respectfully do so.  I look forward to hearing what you have to share.

Have An Excellent Day!