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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on August 11, 2023

The topic of UFOs is an engaging and fruitful discussion point for English learners. Delving into UFO sightings and beliefs, learners can enhance their language skills in various ways. They’ll practice descriptive language by detailing UFO encounters, improve vocabulary through terms like “extraterrestrial” and “unidentified”, and develop conversational proficiency while exchanging opinions on the existence of intelligent life beyond Earth.

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 Are UFOs?

Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) are mysterious aerial phenomena that defy easy explanation. These objects are spotted in the sky, often by individuals or even military personnel, and their nature remains unknown.

UFO sightings have occurred worldwide for decades, triggering speculation about their origins. Many theories exist, ranging from potential alien spacecraft to secret military experiments. Despite numerous reports, conclusive evidence supporting any theory remains elusive. UFO enthusiasts and scientists continue to investigate these occurrences, aiming to shed light on their true nature. Until then, UFOs remain a subject of fascination and curiosity, sparking debates and capturing imaginations around the world.

UFO-related Vocabulary

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

  • phenomena (noun)
  • explanation (noun)
  • spacecraft (noun)
  • look into (phrasal verb)
  • evidence (noun)
  • possibly (adverb)

Conversation Questions About UFOs

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  • Have you ever seen a UFO?
  • Do you believe that UFOs could be evidence of extraterrestrial life?
  • Do you know anyone who has claimed to see a UFO?
  • What do you think is the most logical explanation of UFOs?
  • What would you do if you saw a UFO?
  • How do you think the media and movies have influenced people's beliefs and perceptions about UFOs?
  • Do you think people who claim to have been abducted by aliens are telling the truth or imagining things?
  • If UFOs were proven to be alien spacecraft, how do you think it would change our understanding of the universe and our place in it?
  • Are there any famous UFO incidents from history that you find particularly intriguing?
  • Are there any areas on Earth that are known for having a higher number of UFO sightings? Why do you think that might be?
  • Should governments publicly disclose all information related to UFO sightings and encounters?
  • Should scientific funding be allocated for serious research into the UFO phenomenon?
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.