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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on May 10, 2023 and last updated on May 13, 2023

Discussing success is great for English learners. It helps improve language skills, thinking abilities, and cultural understanding.

Talking about success allows learners to express their ideas, expand vocabulary, and think critically.

It also covers important topics like goals, motivation and overcoming challenges. Engaging in this type of conversation topic will not only empower learners to communicate better but may also help them gain insights about themselves and the world.

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 Success?

Success means different things to different people. For some, it’s having a lot of money or a fancy job. Others see it as having a loving family or good health. Success can also be about achieving personal goals, big or small. It’s about feeling happy and fulfilled in life.

Some might find success in helping others or making a positive impact on the world. It’s important to remember that success is subjective and unique to each person.

Useful Vocabulary

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

  • ambition (noun)
  • achieve (verb)
  • accomplishment (noun)
  • goal (noun)
  • successful (adjective)
  • succeed (verb)

Conversation Questions

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  • What does success mean to you personally?
  • Can success be measured solely by financial wealth?
  • How do you define success in your professional life?
  • Do you think it's necessary to sacrifice work-life balance for career success?
  • How important is failure in the path to success?
  • Who would you consider to be successful?
  • Is success a result of individual effort or external factors?
  • Can success be achieved without hard work and dedication?
  • How has your definition of success evolved over time?
  • Do you think success is more dependent on luck or effort?
  • Does a person's upbringing and background play a significant role in their chances of success?
  • Is success more about achieving personal goals or making a positive impact on others?
  • What are some common misconceptions about success?
  • What is the best way handle setbacks and failures on the path to success?
  • Can success be contagious, inspiring others to strive for their goals?
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.