Spending Time Outside

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on May 19, 2020 and last updated on August 7, 2023

The topic of spending time outside serves as an excellent conversation topic for English learners, offering valuable opportunities to enhance language skills and cultural understanding. Engaging in discussions about outdoor activities, nature and the benefits of spending time outside allows learners to practice expressing opinions, describing experiences and using vocabulary related to the environment.

Additionally, exploring this topic encourages learners to reflect on their own outdoor experiences, develop a deeper appreciation for nature and learn about the diverse outdoor activities enjoyed in different cultures. Through discussing spending time outside, English learners can improve their communication skills while gaining insights into the importance of nature in our lives.

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 Spending Time Outside

The topic of spending time outside is a captivating and timely subject that encourages individuals to explore the benefits of nature and outdoor activities. In a world increasingly dominated by technology and indoor living, reconnecting with nature has become essential for our well-being.

Engaging in outdoor activities not only promotes physical fitness but also improves mental health, reduces stress and fosters a sense of connection with the natural world. Exploring the topic of spending time outside allows us to appreciate the wonders of nature and discover ways to incorporate outdoor experiences into our daily lives for a healthier and more balanced lifestyle.

Useful Vocabulary

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

  • society (noun)
  • spend (verb)
  • beneficial (adjective)
  • benefit (noun)
  • effect (noun)
  • health (noun)
  • healthy (adjective)

Conversation Questions

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  • How important is it to spend time outside?
  • How often do you spend time outside? What are the reasons for your frequency?
  • Why do you spend time outside?
  • Do you enjoy spending time outside?
  • What outdoor activities do you enjoy the most? Why?
  • Do you prefer solitary outdoor activities or group activities?
  • Do you prefer to be outside or inside?
  • What are the benefits of spending time outside?
  • What are the negative effects of spending too much time outside?
  • Do you think society, in general, should spend more time outside?
  • What are the benefits of spending time outside for children, young people and old people?
  • What are some challenges or barriers people might face in spending more time outside?
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.