United States

  1. A current trend in American education is to help students become active learners in classrooms. Based on what you know, compare and contrast American education with your country’s education?
  2. Do you know that Canada, the United States, and Mexico have a free trade agreement? Do you think this is largely positive or negative for these countries?
  3. Do you like Hollywood movies? What have you learned about the U.S. by watching Hollywood movies? Do you think it’s important for people in the world to see movies that come from other places as well? Why?
  4. Do you think the USA will change in a more positive direction in the future? Why or why not?
  5. Do you think the world has anything to learn from the United States?
  6. Do you think there is too much poverty in America? If so, why does it exist? Compare it to your country?
  7. Have you ever met people from the U.S.? What did you think about them?
  8. Have you ever visited the United States? If not, would you like to visit this country?
  9. How can better relationships be created between countries in the world?
  10. How can people in the world build better relationships among themselves?
  11. How does your home city and your current American city compare in regard to diversity?
  12. How much of America have you seen?
  13. If you could change anything about the U.S., what would you like to change?
  14. Is America a melting pot or a salad bowl?
  15. Over 1% of Americans are incarcerated (in jail). Why do you think there are so many Americans in jail?
  16. Some researchers have pointed out that diversity in neighborhoods sometimes causes anxiety or distrust. Do you favor diversity or homogeneity?
  17. What are three good things about America?
  18. What are three not so good things?
  19. What are three things you admire about the USA. Why do you admire these things?
  20. What are three things you dislike about the USA? Why don’t you like these things?
  21. What do you know about New York City? Washington, D.C.? Los Angeles? Other cities?
  22. What do you know about Oregon? California? Florida? Texas? Other states?
  23. What do you think of American visa and immigration policies?
  24. What do you think of the illegal immigration situation in America?
  25. What have your general impressions of America been?
  26. What is your country’s relationship with the United States these days?
  27. When did Europeans first come to the Americas? Who lived there before the Europeans came? What has happened to the native people in the Americas?
  28. Where do most Asians live in Canada? In the United States?
  29. Where do most people from your country live in the United States? In Canada? In Europe?
  30. Where have you been in the United States? Where would you like to go in the USA and what would you like to see? Why?
  31. Which is your favorite region? City? Town? State? Park?
  32. Who do you think was the best president in U.S. history? Why?
  33. Who do you think was the worst president in American history? Why?

Moving to the United States

  1. Apart from family and friends, what would you most miss from your country?
  2. Are you concerned that you might be discriminated against?
  3. Can you a state on the Gulf of Mexico?
  4. Can you name states on the Pacific Coast?
  5. Can you name states that on the Atlantic Coast?
  6. Can you name that has the Cascade Mountains?
  7. Can you name the mountain range in California?
  8. Can you name three states that touch Canada?
  9. Can you name three states that touch Mexico?
  10. Can you name three states where it snows?
  11. Can you name two states that have the Appalachian Mountains?
  12. Can you name two states that have the Rocky Mountains?
  13. Can you nameone state that has hurricanes?
  14. Can you states that touch the Great Lakes?
  15. Do you think it would be easier if you were moving there permanently?
  16. Have you ever experienced discrimination on a personal level?
  17. Is there a possibility for you to marry an American?
  18. Was it hard to leave you homeland?
  19. What are some expectations you have about living in the US?
  20. What are some expectations you have for your children moving to the US?
  21. What are some things you can do to make your move easier?
  22. What do you think is the most serious problem for you in your move to the US?
  23. What is the capital of the United States?
  24. What is the coldest state?
  25. What is the highest mountain range in the United States?
  26. What is the reason you moved out of your country to move here?
  27. What is the warmest state?
  28. What is your worst fear about moving to the US.
  29. What states have you visited?
  30. What traditional thing or object would you take from your country or city?
  31. What would be your family’s reaction to this? Would they support your decision?
  32. Where in the United States would you like to live? Why?
  33. Which state did you like the best? Why?
  34. Which state do you want to visit next? Why?
  35. Why are you considering to live in the United States?
  36. Why do you think discrimination exists?
  37. Will you ever consider moving to the US if your future husband lives there? Why? Why not?

United States Geography

  1. Can you a state on the Gulf of Mexico?
  2. Can you name states on the Pacific Coast?
  3. Can you name states that on the Atlantic Coast?
  4. Can you name that has the Cascade Mountains?
  5. Can you name the mountain range in California?
  6. Can you name three states that touch Canada?
  7. Can you name three states that touch Mexico?
  8. Can you name three states where it snows?
  9. Can you name two states that have the Appalachian Mountains?
  10. Can you name two states that have the Rocky Mountains?
  11. Can you name one state that has hurricanes?
  12. Can you name states that touch the Great Lakes?
  13. What are two states that touch the Great Lakes?
  14. What is the capital of the United States?
  15. What is the coldest state?
  16. What is the highest mountain range in the United States?
  17. What is the name of the mountain range in California?
  18. What is the warmest state?
  19. What states have you visited?
  20. Which one did you like the best and why?
  21. Which one do you want to visit next and why?

United States Leadership

  1. Can you name the two major political parties in the United States?
  2. Did people in your country hope that Obama would be elected president? Why or why not?
  3. Did you think that Americans were ready to elect an African American as president?
  4. Do you know why John McCain was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam?
  5. Do you think countries can truly work together to solve the world’s problems?
  6. Do you think that 72 years old was too old to be president?
  7. Do you think that countries will solve the world’s problems together?
  8. Do you think that President Obama will be able to create a better relationship between your country and the United States?
  9. Do you think that President Obama will be able to help solve some of these problems?
  10. Does the President of the United States play an important role in the world today? Why or why not?
  11. How do you think the relationship between your country and the United States will develop in the future?
  12. In your opinion, who was the best leader of the United States of America? Who was the worst?
  13. Some people think that Mr. Obama could be a very good or even a great president. Do you agree or disagree?
  14. What are Mr. Obama’s strong points and weak points?
  15. What are some of the major problems that President Obama faces?
  16. What are some solutions to some of the major problems that the world faces?
  17. What are your hopes for the relationship between your country and the United States?
  18. What did people in your country think about President Bush?
  19. What did people in your country think about President Clinton?
  20. What do you know about Barack Obama?
  21. What do you know about Donald Trump?
  22. What do you know about John McCain?
  23. What do you know about President Bill Clinton?
  24. What do you know about President George W. Bush?
  25. What do you know about President Jimmy Carter? President George Herbert Walker Bush (George W. Bush’s father)? President Ronald Reagan?
  26. What do you think Donald Trump’s strong points are? What are his weak points?
  27. What is your opinion on Donald Trump as a president?
  28. What kinds of Americans supported Mr. Obama?
  29. Who is Sarah Palin? Do you know what state she is from?
  30. Who was Abraham Lincoln? Please say what you know about him.
  31. Who was Dr. Martin Luther King? Please say what you know about him.
  32. Who was George Washington? Please say what you know about him.
  33. Who was John F. Kennedy? Please say what you know about him.
  34. Who were the candidates for president of the United States in 2008?

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