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English Conversation – Religion

Friday, November 18, 2011 @ 01:11 PM
posted by Jo


This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about Religion.  Watch a video about religion in schools; learn some English idioms, which use religious terminology; and discover the most common conversation questions that people ask each other about this interesting and important subject.

Video about religion

  • What’s your opinion about public schools in American being banned from celebrating one religion over another?
  • Do you think it is good that children are exposed equally to many different religions?

Idioms about religion

  • Come hell or high water – someone says this when they will do something no matter what happens.
  • Cross to bear – if someone has a cross to bear, they have a heavy burden of responsibility or a problem that they alone must cope with.
  • Devil’s advocate – if someone ‘plays the Devil’s advocate’ in an argument, they adopt a position they don’t believe in just for the sake of argument.
  • Heaven only knows – when the answer to a question is not or cannot be known
  • Hope in hell – if something hasn’t got a hope in hell, it stands no chance of succeeding.
  • Move heaven and earth – when someone is determined to achieve something no matter what obstacles they must overcome.

Conversation Questions

  • Is religion important in your country?
  • What is the main religion in your country?
  • Do you think religion helps people to live better lives?
  • Do you think most of the time people choose their own religion or do people’s parents choose it?
  • Do you think that religion in general has had a positive or negative effect on the world?
  • What do you think the world would be like without religion?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of religion?
  • With all the religions in the world, how do we know which one is the right one?
  • If religion is all about love and peace, why are many of the world’s conflicts and wars caused by religion?
  • How does religion give people hope?
  • Do you think there’ll ever be a single world religion?
  • How did religions start?
  • Do you think it is possible for someone to be religious without belonging to any official religion?
  • What can be done to prevent religious extremism?
  • Do you think that religious people are generally happier than non-religious people?
  • In what areas does religion have an impact in your country?
  • Can science and religion agree?
  • When can ‘freedom of religious expression’ become a problem?
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