25 Artificial Intelligence ESL Questions: Conversation & Discussion Starters

Struggling to find good ESL questions to prepare a class about artificial intelligence?

Now no longer! We’ve compiled a list of questions for you and your students to practice speaking, writing and exchanging ideas — no matter what age or level they are!

With artificial intelligence spreading to more and more parts of our lives, it is getting increasingly important to prepare your students to get used to the topic.

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Artificial intelligence: ESL questions, conversation starters

General Artificial Intelligence Questions

This set of questions will help your students to get a brief overview over the topic “AI”.

  • What is the first aspect that comes to your mind when you hear the word artificial intelligence?
  • How would you explain the term AI?
  • What do you know about artificial intelligence?
  • What scenarios of AI do you know?
  • What do you like about AI?
  • What are the disadvantages of artificial intelligence?

Opinion and Discussion AI Questions

Your students can exchange opinions and ideas using these questions.

  • What are the risks of artificial intelligence?
  • Do you think artificial intelligence can be more intelligent than human beings?
  • What do you like about AI?
  • Do you think robots can replace humans?
  • Would you like robots doing the work of humans? Why? Why not?
  • What do you think about self-driving vehicles? Do you trust them?
  • Do you think more companies should make use of AI?

Personal Artificial Intelligence Questions

These questions will give students the possibility to talk or write about their personal background of using AI.

  • How is AI helping you in every days’ life?
  • How would you like artificial intelligence to help you in the future?
  • Which scenarios of AI use in economy do you know?
  • Would you like a robot to do a service for you? Or do you prefer human beings? What if robots did it to a cheaper price?
  • Which movie about AI do you like? Why?
  • Which AI use-case fascinates you the most?
  • Do you use voice assistants like Siri or Alexa? 
  • Are you afraid of the future of AI?
  • Have you ever used a chatbot on a website? Did you like it? Why? Why not?
  • Is your job safe from robots?
  • What AI apps do you have on your phone.

Tips on Using AI Questions in the Classroom

You can put students into pairs or small teams, or discuss the questions in class. Another option is to ask your students individually to write down some phrases. Later they can present their results in class.

By using these questions, your students will learn new vocabulary in the context of artificial intelligence. They will learn how to discuss about technical topics, which helps them in daily life and especially in business. 

These questions can be perfectly combined with these ESL Technology Questions. Another great option to start conversations are “Would You Rather” Questions or these fun speaking activities.

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