vehicle being fixed inside factory using robot machines
Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on September 22, 2022 and last updated on May 22, 2023

Exploring topics related to robots in ESL conversations offers valuable benefits for language learners. By delving into the world of robotics, students are exposed to a captivating and relevant subject matter. This engagement stimulates their interest and motivates active participation.

Discussing robots allows students to practice various language skills, including expressing opinions, describing functionalities and speculating about future advancements. Ultimately, such conversations expand vocabulary, enhance fluency, and improve overall language proficiency in an interactive and enjoyable way.

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 Robots

Robots are machines that can be programmed to perform tasks independently or with minimal human involvement. Technology has greatly advanced in recent years, allowing robots to become more sophisticated. They can now perform complex movements, solve problems and interact with their surroundings.

In the future, we can expect robots to play a bigger role in industries like healthcare, manufacturing and transportation. They might even resemble humans and work alongside us. As technology continues to develop, robots may become more interconnected with virtual reality leading to exciting changes in our daily lives.

Useful Vocabulary Related to Robots

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

  • take over (phrasal verb)
  • beneficial (adjective)
  • progress (noun)
  • advanced (adjective)
  • disaster (noun)
  • From my point of view (phrase)
  • Personally (adverb)

Conversation Questions About Robots

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  • Do you think the increase in robots in different industries is a good thing?
  • Are you worried about robots taking over your job in the future?
  • What jobs have already been replaced with robots?
  • What jobs do you think robots will replace in the future?
  • What jobs do you think will never be replaced by robots?
  • Do you think robots have the potential to take over the entire world?
  • What are some of the benefits of using robots for businesses?
  • Do you know anyone who has lost their job to a robot?
  • Do you think robots in the home will be more common in the future?
  • What tasks would you like a robot to do in your home?
  • What are some of the dangers of the increased amount of robots in society?
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.