Facing Challenges in Life

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on September 18, 2020 and last updated on July 11, 2023

The topic of facing challenges in life serves as a compelling conversation topic for English learners, as it provides a platform for practicing language skills while exploring universal human experiences. Engaging in discussions about this topic allows learners to express their thoughts, share personal stories and discuss strategies for overcoming difficulties. It enhances vocabulary related to resilience, problem-solving and personal growth.

Moreover, conversations on facing challenges foster critical thinking, empathy and cultural understanding, enabling English learners to improve their language proficiency and gain valuable insights into navigating life’s obstacles.

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 Facing Challenges in Life

Facing challenges in life is an inevitable and integral part of the human experience. These hurdles come in various forms, such as personal, professional or emotional obstacles. They test our resilience, problem-solving skills and character, shaping us into stronger individuals. Whether it’s overcoming adversity, managing setback or taking risks, navigating life’s challenges equips us with valuable life lessons and personal growth. It teaches us the importance of perseverance, adaptability and self-belief. Embracing challenges as opportunities for growth enables us to thrive, discover our inner strength and ultimately lead a more fulfilling and successful life.

Useful Vocabulary

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

  • challenging (adjective)
  • obstacle (noun)
  • face (verb)
  • effect (noun)
  • overcome (verb)
  • coping mechanism (phrase)
  • encouragement (noun)
  • proactive (adjective)

Conversation Questions

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  • How important is it to face challenges in life?
  • Have you faced any major challenges in your life?
  • What has been the biggest challenge you have faced in your life so far?
  • Do you think that it is important for people to actively seek challenges if they don’t have any in their life at the moment?
  • What kind of challenges would you like to set for yourself in the next 10 years?
  • How do you usually cope with challenges and difficulties in life?
  • In your opinion, what are the benefits of facing challenges?
  • What role do you think challenges play in personal growth and development?
  • How do cultural differences affect the way people approach challenges?
  • Can you think of any examples of historical figures or celebrities who overcame significant challenges in their lives?
  • What are some common mistakes people make when facing challenges, and how can they avoid them?
  • Do you think technology and social media have made it easier or more difficult to deal with challenges?
  • What advice would you give to someone who is facing a significant challenge in their life?
  • Have you ever witnessed someone else facing a significant challenge? If so, how did you support them?
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.