Exploring Astrology

astrology conversation questions
Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on January 4, 2023 and last updated on May 21, 2023

Discussing the topic of astrology can be a valuable topic for advanced level English learners for several reasons. Firstly, it offers a diverse range of vocabulary related to celestial bodies, zodiac signs and astrological phenomena. This vocabulary enriches their lexicon and enhances their language fluency.

Additionally, astrology sparks engaging conversations about personality traits, compatibility, and life events, encouraging learners to express their opinions, justify their beliefs, and present arguments. Overall, astrology is an intriguing and multifaceted topic that can stimulate advanced English learners’ linguistic growth and communication abilities.

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 is Astrology?

Astrology is an ancient belief system that connects the positions and movements of celestial bodies with human affairs and personality traits. It posits that the arrangement of planets and stars at the time of an individual’s birth can influence their character, behaviour and destiny.

Astrology encompasses twelve zodiac signs, each associated with specific personality traits and characteristics. It also utilises birth charts, which map the positions of celestial bodies at the moment of birth, to provide insights into an individual’s life path, relationships, and potential challenges. While astrology is not scientifically proven, it continues to fascinate and influence many cultures worldwide, serving as a tool for self-reflection and guidance.

Useful Vocabulary

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

  • astrological (adjective)
  • personality (noun)
  • believe in (phrasal verb)
  • practice (noun)
  • predict (verb)
  • reflect (verb)
  • spirituality (noun)
  • scientific (adjective)

Conversation Questions

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  • Do you believe in astrology? Why or why not?
  • What is your star sign? Do you think it accurately reflects your personality?
  • Have you ever had your astrological chart read? What was the experience like?
  • How do you think astrology has changed over time?
  • Do you think astrology can be used to predict the future? Why or why not?
  • How do you think astrology is similar or different to other belief systems, such as religion or spirituality?
  • Have you ever used astrology to help make a decision?
  • Do you think astrology is more popular in some cultures or countries than others? Why do you think that is?
  • How do you think technology has affected the practice of astrology?
  • Do you think astrology is more of a science or a form of art? Why?
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.