This week's talking point is outstanding people. Before getting together with the members of your conversation group, go over the questions below so that ideas come to mind more easily the day you get together with your friends and you can work out vocabulary problems beforehand.
On what occasions do you normally take photos?
When was the last time you took a selfie?
If you could take a selfie with a famous person, who would you choose and why?
What role do you think celebrities and famous people play in modern society?
How important is it that they should
- be good role models?
- behave responsibly?
- inspire other people?
Maybe you are a parent. Which famous person would you want to inspire your child?
Do you think that it is good to be famous? What are the pros and cons of such a life?
What do you think the expression ‘life in a goldfish bowl’ means?
Are there any famous people who are famous but are untalented? Why are they famous?
Have you ever met anybody famous? Who? When? What did you say?
Think of an inspiring person who has influenced you in some way. It can be someone you know or it can be someone famous. Make notes about the person. Use the questions to help you:
What is this person's background?
What important things has this person done in their life?
Why are they inspiring?
How have they changed or influenced you?
Tell other students about this person.
To illustrate the topic you can watch this Time video clip on Ben Rattray, the founder of Change.org, and Oscar-winning film-maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.