Cats Vs Dogs

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on June 14, 2019 and last updated on May 13, 2023

People’s preferences between cats and dogs is an excellent choice for beginner English learners to discuss as it provides a fun and engaging platform to improve their language skills.

This topic allows learners to practice expressing their opinions, preferences and comparisons using basic vocabulary and sentence structures. By discussing the characteristics, behaviours, learners can expand their vocabulary and learn new descriptive words. Discussing this topic also encourages the use of adjectives, adverbs and comparative forms, enhancing learners’ understanding of grammar concepts.

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.

Cats or Dogs?

Some people like cats because they are independent and easy to take care of. Cats can be happy living in small places and don’t need a lot of attention. Others prefer dogs because they are friendly and loyal. Dogs like to play and be active, making them good companions for outdoor activities.

It depends on a person’s lifestyle and what they want in a pet. Some people like the calmness of cats, while others enjoy the energy and love that dogs bring. It’s all about personal preference and what fits best with each person’s life.

Useful Vocabulary

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

  • pet (noun)
  • own (verb)
  • look after (phrasal verb)
  • dislike (verb)
  • companion (noun)
  • depend on (phrasal verb)

Conversation Questions

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  • What do you like about cats?
  • What do you like about dogs?
  • What do you dislike about cats?
  • What do you dislike about dogs?
  • Have you ever had a cat or a dog as a pet?
  • Are cats easier to take care of than dogs?
  • Do cats or dogs give better emotional support?
  • If you lived in a small home, would you choose a cat or a dog?
  • Are cats or dogs better to have for families with young kids?
  • Are cats or dogs better at protecting homes from intruders?
  • If you traveled a lot, which pet would be easier to take care of, a cat or a dog?
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.