What is a Random Topic Generator?
It’s difficult to explain exactly what a Random Topic Generator does without feeling like you’re repeating yourself…
A Random Topic Generator… randomly generates a topic.
It really is that simple.
With the click of a button a Random Topic Generator will provide you with a topic from within its own database. It might ask you about the weather in Turkey, your favourite flavour of milkshake, or your opinion on shiba inu crate training. It’s totally random. Or rather, as random as a user-collected database can be.
Are they easy to find?
They’re as easy to find as anything else on the internet. Put ‘Random Topic Generator’ into google and you’ll be spoiled for choice.
There are plenty of freely available tools, so you don’t have to worry about spending a penny.
The great news is that ‘randomness’ can be achieved by ANY generator. So you don’t have to worry about picking a ‘good one’.
Once I’ve found one, will it be simple to use?
Let’s use ConversationStarters.com as an example.
When you visit the website you will be prompted with a question.
Something like ‘what is your favourite smell?’
When you’re ready for another prompt, simply click ‘Generate Another Random Topic’ and it’ll do just that.
It’s really that simple.
That’s all well and good, but how exactly is this going to help ME in a TESL/TEFL/ESL context?
Well for a start, it takes some off the pressure off of you, the teacher.
You’ve got enough to worry about without having to think up some random questions.
I'm all about saving time for teachers. You’ve got more productive ways you can spend your time.
It also allows your student to practice the language in a more dynamic context.
Check out a paraphrasing tool below to save you even more time as a teacher:
Random Topic Generator for Speech
They probably already know how to order their favourite drink in a cafe or how to ask where the library is. But answering what their favourite smell is? That’s going to force them to think.
It will allow them to engage with the language in a way that they can’t with the typical ‘hello, how are you?’ ‘I am well, thank you. How are you?’
Conversations don’t follow a set series of rules, and the best way of emulating this is by throwing a bit of ‘random’ into the mix.