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Hello I'm a 24 year old (male) english conversation teacher from Indonesia. I mostly teach children & teenagers but now I'm tasked to teach a woman in her mid forties. I really need help on ideas for discussion topics / issues that she would enjoy...
That depends on her personal interests I'm afraid. Why don't you ask her? Stop thinking of her as someone from another planet () - I know she is a woman and older than you but you can't stereoptype her any more than I would a man in his 20s. Perhaps she loves cooking. Perhaps she never cooks. Perhaps she is interested in politics and current affairs. Perhaps she isn't. Perhaps she loves animals and the natural world. Perhaps she doesn't. Perhaps religion is important to her. Perhaps not. Perhaps she is interested in the arts and literature. Perhaps she isn't. Perhaps she goes sailing every weekend and would like to work on her conversation regarding that. Perhaps she doesn't.
She might appreciate expanding her vocabulary and conversation practise related to her employment? Other than that you'll have to find out what interests her as an individual.
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If she loves shopping try using shopping as your foundation.Cut out paper ads on special offers etc, something that will interest her.
Hi Nona the Brit,
What kind of topics would you bring up with a man in his twenties if you were to give him conversation classes?
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AnonymousHello I'm a 24 year old (male) english conversation teacher from Indonesia. I mostly teach children & teenagers but now I'm tasked to teach a woman in her mid forties. I really need help on ideas for discussion topics / issues that she would enjoy...Her children?
Nona is right. You do need to ask her what she would be interested in. My mom used to conduct conversational English classes and had women from all age groups and varied backgrounds. Some were housewives, some students, some were teenagers who were less privileged and could not afford education. She would pick common yet useful topics like "Going to the market". This topic would include teaching names of vegetables, fruits, pulses, legumes, condiments, spices etc. How to converse with a shopkeeper while buying them and how to bargain too. The money transaction part would also be included. Describing a grocery shop, teaching new words like shelves, stock, stack, weights, measures etc. Recreate a scene from a marketplace / grocery store. Maybe you could enact the scene and let her be the buyer.
Another interesting topic to enact and learn from is "A visit to a restaurant". A lot about food, etiquette, dining can be taught here. I found this fun while learning French. We enacted the scene and pretended to receive the wrong dish at our table. Our teacher was in splits hearing us speak to the waiter (also another student) in our 'tourist French'
I totally agree with Nona - find out about her interests. Having said that, you could also try this conversation starter:
"'Life begins at 40', as the saying goes. What do you think?"
If she's typical of many 40+ year-old women, she's going to love to talk about this. (Speaking as a member of this group myself...)