Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on June 29, 2019 and last updated on May 28, 2023

Talking about audiobooks provides English learners with a stimulating conversation topic that can significantly enhance their language skills. Discussing audiobooks allows learners to expand their vocabulary, improve listening comprehension, and practice pronunciation. It also offers an opportunity to explore different literary genres, discuss favourite books, and exchange recommendations.

Engaging in audiobook conversations promotes cultural understanding, critical thinking and a love for literature. Furthermore, it helps learners develop their language fluency by actively engaging in meaningful discussions about literature and storytelling.

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.

About Audiobooks

Audiobooks have been around for quite a few years and have slowly increased in popularity. They are a great option for people who have impaired vision or are in situations where reading a book is impossible.

Audiobooks are also popular with language learners as a way of practising their listening skills which are often not as advanced as their reading skills.

Useful Vocabulary

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

  • audiobook (noun)
  • listen (verb)
  • read (verb)
  • popular (adjective)
  • popularity (noun)
  • e-reader (noun)
  • difficulty (noun)
  • advantage (noun)
  • disadvantage (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of audio books?
  • Do you listen to audiobooks? If yes, which ones? If not, why not?
  • Do you think audiobooks are a good resource for language learners?
  • Do you prefer reading books or listening to audiobooks? Why?
  • Do you think audiobooks will increase in popularity in the future?
  • In what situations would it be easier to listen to an audiobook instead of reading a book?
  • In what situations would it be easier to read a book instead of listening to an audiobook?
  • How does the narration and voice acting in audiobooks impact your overall enjoyment and comprehension of the story?
  • Should audiobook narration be done by professional actors or the authors themselves?
  • Should audiobook narration be done by professional actors or the authors themselves?
  • Is listening to audiobooks considered a form of cheating when it comes to reading assignments or literary analysis?
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.