Conversation Questions
Poverty, Food Programs, Welfare, Homeless

A Part of Conversation Questions for the ESL Classroom.

Related: Social Problems, Homeless


Food Programs

  • Have you ever donated to the food bank?
  • Have you ever thought about going to the food bank?
  • Do you know anyone who has gone to church for food?
  • What programs does your city have for feeding the needy?
  • What food programs does your country have?
  • Have you ever used a food program after a natural disaster?


  • What do you think about people receiving welfare?
  • Should the government fund the welfare system?
  • What do you think of countries that do not have a welfare system?
  • What do you think about people who work for cash and receive welfare as well?
  • Should governments invest money in space missions or welfare?
  • Would you eliminate the welfare system?
  • Do you think it's okay for the government to keep decreasing the welfare amount?
  • How long should someone receive welfare? Forever?
  • What is a good reason for someone to receive welfare?
  • What punishment would you give someone who is on welfare illegally, but has lots of money?
  • Would you report welfare fraud to the police, even if it were a close friend?
  • Should welfare recipients receive free housing?


  • Have you ever talked to a homeless person?
  • Are there homeless people in your country?
  • Have you ever helped a homeless person? How?
  • How does the government in your country support the homeless?
  • What do you think of governments who put the homeless in jails or even torture or kill them?
  • Do you think the government should create jobs for the homeless, instead of just giving them money?
  • Why do people end up being homeless?
  • Have you ever visited a homeless shelter?

    If you can think of another good question for this list, please add it.
    Thanks to Homan Hemmat-Hamrah who suggested this topic and contributed the first 17 questions in February 2002.
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