Woman Suffering From Her Allergy
Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on May 22, 2023

ESL conversation questions related to allergies provide an excellent discussion topic for ESL learners for several reasons. Firstly, it addresses a common health issue that affects people worldwide, making it relevant and relatable. Secondly, discussing allergies allows learners to expand their vocabulary by learning medical terms, symptoms and treatment options.

Additionally, it encourages learners to express personal experiences, opinions and concerns, improving their communication skills and confidence in English. Overall, allergy-related discussions enhance language proficiency while fostering knowledge about health.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

What Are Allergies?

Allergies are a common problem when our bodies react strongly to certain things like pollen, dust mites, pets or certain foods. They can cause sneezing, itching, rashes or breathing difficulties. To treat allergies, people try to avoid things that make them react. They can also take medicine like antihistamines or nasal sprays to reduce symptoms.

Allergies can affect our lives, but with the right management and help from doctors, we can feel better and live more comfortably.

Key Vocabulary Related to Allergies

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • Put up with (phrasal verb)
  • Treat (verb)
  • Allergic (adjective)
  • Reaction (noun)
  • Avoid (verb)
  • Medication (noun)

Conversation Questions About Allergies

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  • Do you have any allergies?
  • Do you know anyone with allergies?
  • What are some common allergens that people should be aware of?
  • Have you ever witnessed someone having a severe allergic reaction?
  • Do you think allergies have become more prevalent in recent years? If so, why do you think that is?
  • Do you think natural remedies can help with allergies?
  • Should schools have stricter policies regarding allergens to protect students with severe allergies?
  • Is it reasonable for individuals with severe allergies to expect others to accommodate their needs in public spaces?
  • Do you think allergies are primarily a result of genetics or environmental factors?
  • Should governments invest more in allergy research and treatment options?
  • Do you think allergy testing should be a routine part of healthcare check-ups?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.