Star Wars

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Type: Reading
Originally published on March 14, 2023 and last updated on May 16, 2023

Using Star Wars as a conversation practice topic offers a range of opportunities for English learners to practice their listening and speaking skills in a fun and engaging way. The conversation questions focus on specific aspects of the movie, so it is important that your students at least have a basic understanding of the movie.

The topic often provides a common ground for discussion, as it has a wide and diverse fan base from around the world. By engaging in conversations through reading comprehension ESL students can also learn new vocabulary, practice grammar structures, improve pronunciation and enhance their comprehension skills. Additionally, discussing characters, themes and plotlines from the film can stimulate critical thinking and creativity.

Ask your students to read the following text, or listen as you read it to them. When finished check their understanding by asking the questions directly below the text before moving on to discuss the conversation questions.

An Overview of Star Wars

The Star Wars universe is a science-fiction epic that tells the story of an intergalactic battle between the forces of good and evil. The saga takes place in a distant galaxy and spans generations, beginning with the rise of the Jedi Knights and their battle against the Sith, a group of dark side users seeking to conquer the galaxy.

The story follows the journey of various characters, including powerful Jedi Knights, cunning smugglers, and heroic rebels, as they navigate the complexities of the galaxy and fight to protect what they hold dear. Central to the story is the concept of the Force, a mystical energy that can be used for both good and evil.

The events of the Star Wars story are set in motion when the Jedi Knights, led by the wise and powerful Jedi Master Yoda, discover a young boy named Anakin Skywalker who is unusually strong with the Force. They take him under their wing and train him in the ways of the Force, hoping to mold him into a powerful Jedi Knight.

As Anakin grows older, he becomes increasingly conflicted and torn between his loyalty to the Jedi and his desire for power and control. He eventually succumbs to the dark side of the Force, becoming the fearsome Sith Lord Darth Vader and leading the evil Empire in its quest to conquer the galaxy.

Meanwhile, a band of rebels forms to fight against the Empire and protect the galaxy from its tyranny. Among them are a group of skilled pilots, smugglers, and warriors who band together to launch daring missions against the Empire and help the galaxy find hope in the face of darkness.

Throughout the Star Wars saga, the battle between good and evil rages on, with the fate of the galaxy hanging in the balance. The story explores themes of redemption, sacrifice, and the power of hope, making it a timeless tale that continues to captivate audiences around the world.

Conversation Questions

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  • Which Star Wars movie is your favourite and why?
  • Who is your favourite Star Wars character and why?
  • What do you think makes Star Wars such a popular franchise?
  • What are some of the themes explored in Star Wars?
  • Have you ever seen a Star Wars movie in a cinema? What was your experience like?
  • Have you read any Star Wars books or comics?
  • If you could be any Star Wars character for a day, who would you choose and why?
  • Which Star Wars trilogy was your favourite?
  • What lessons can we learn from Star Wars that apply to our real lives?
  • Do you think the Force is inherently good or bad, or can it be used for both?
  • Would you say the Star Wars franchise is overrated or underrated?
  • Which side of the Force would you choose, the light or the dark, and why?
  • Do you think Star Wars is more popular with me or women? Why do you think that is?
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.