ESL discussion questions about the universe

A2 Level (Elementary)

  1. What is the universe?
  2. Can you name any planets?
  3. Do you know what a galaxy is?
  4. Have you ever seen a shooting star?
  5. What is the sun?
  6. Do you like to watch the stars at night?
  7. What do you think an astronaut does?
  8. Have you ever visited a planetarium?
  9. What is your favorite planet? Why?
  10. Can you name any constellations?
  11. Do you think aliens exist?
  12. What colors are stars?
  13. Would you like to travel to space?
  14. What do you think space feels like?
  15. Can you draw the solar system?
  16. What is a comet?
  17. Do you know any space movies?
  18. What is gravity?
  19. How do you think the universe was created?
  20. What would you take with you to space?

B1 Level (Intermediate)

  1. Discuss the difference between a star and a planet.
  2. How do scientists study the universe?
  3. What is a black hole?
  4. How important is the sun for life on Earth?
  5. Can you explain what the Milky Way is?
  6. Discuss the idea of living on another planet.
  7. What are the challenges of space travel?
  8. How do constellations get their names?
  9. What is the Big Bang Theory?
  10. Discuss the possibility of extraterrestrial life.
  11. How does the moon affect the Earth?
  12. What is a nebula?
  13. Why do we have leap years?
  14. Discuss the importance of space exploration.
  15. What is the role of a telescope?
  16. How do astronauts live in space?
  17. What is the significance of discovering water on Mars?
  18. How do you think the universe will end?
  19. Discuss the concept of time in space.
  20. What advancements do you hope for in space exploration?

B2 Level (Upper-Intermediate)

  1. Analyze the implications of finding life on other planets.
  2. Discuss the significance of the James Webb Space Telescope.
  3. How does the theory of relativity affect our understanding of the universe?
  4. Evaluate the potential for colonizing Mars.
  5. Discuss the impact of space debris on Earth’s orbit.
  6. Analyze the concept of a multiverse.
  7. How do black holes affect their surroundings?
  8. Discuss the ethical considerations of terraforming planets.
  9. Evaluate the role of private companies in space exploration.
  10. How do cultural perspectives on the universe differ?
  11. Discuss the importance of the Hubble Space Telescope’s discoveries.
  12. Analyze the challenges of interstellar travel.
  13. How do scientists detect exoplanets?
  14. Discuss the philosophical implications of the universe’s infinite nature.
  15. Evaluate the potential of harnessing space resources.
  16. How does space exploration contribute to technological advancements?
  17. Discuss the concept of dark matter and dark energy.
  18. How has our understanding of the universe changed over time?
  19. Analyze the significance of the cosmic microwave background radiation.
  20. Discuss the future of human habitation in space.

C1 Level (Advanced)

  1. Critique the anthropocentric view of the universe.
  2. Discuss the implications of quantum mechanics for understanding the universe.
  3. Evaluate the potential of artificial intelligence in space exploration.
  4. Analyze the philosophical questions raised by the possibility of parallel universes.
  5. Discuss the impact of cosmic events on Earth’s history.
  6. Evaluate the significance of the Voyager missions’ Golden Records.
  7. Analyze the role of dark energy in the expanding universe.
  8. Discuss the potential for life in extreme environments in space.
  9. Evaluate the challenges of maintaining mental health in long-duration space missions.
  10. Discuss the role of international cooperation in space exploration.

C2 Level (Proficiency)

  1. Discuss the implications of the Fermi paradox on the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.
  2. Analyze the concept of space-time and its implications for the universe.
  3. Critique the current theories on the origin of the universe.
  4. Discuss the philosophical implications of human existence in an expansive universe.
  5. Evaluate the ethical considerations of space colonization.
  6. Analyze the potential impact of discovering extraterrestrial civilizations.
  7. Discuss the limitations of human perception in understanding the universe.
  8. Critique the sustainability of current space exploration practices.
  9. Analyze the role of science fiction in shaping public perceptions of the universe.
  10. Discuss the future of theoretical physics in unraveling the mysteries of the cosmos.