Discussion Questions: When was the First Time…?

Embarking on an enriching language learning experience, our ESL classroom becomes a vibrant space for exploration and conversation.

In this post, you will find great questions about the intriguing theme of “First Times.”

The question we pose today is simple yet profound: When was the First Time…?

This conversation promises not only language development but also a cultural exchange of unique narratives



First Timer Questions

Student A’s Questions (Do not show these to Student B & C.)

  1. When was the first time you traveled to a different country?
  2. When was the first time you attended a live concert?
  3. When was the first time you participated in a sports event or competition?
  4. When was the first time you felt truly inspired by a book or movie?
  5. When was the first time you volunteered for a cause or charity?
  6. When was the first time you participated in a school play or performance?
  7. When was the first time you went camping, and what was your favorite part?
  8. When was the first time you attended a professional sporting event?
  9. When was the first time you moved to a new city or town?

Student B’s Questions (Do not show these to Student A & C.)

  1. When was the first time you learned to cook a meal on your own?
  2. When was the first time you experienced a natural disaster or extreme weather event?
  3. When was the first time you received recognition or an award for your achievements?
  4. When was the first time you participated in a protest or social justice event?
  5. When was the first time you adopted a pet, and how did it change your life?
  6. When was the first time you traveled solo?
  7. When was the first time you met a celebrity or someone you admired?
  8. When was the first time you learned to play a musical instrument?
  9. When was the first time you visited a museum?

Student C’s Questions (Do not show these to Student A & B.)

  1. When was the first time you fell in love with someone or something?
  2. When was the first time you studied English?
  3. When was the first time you bought something expensive?
  4. When was the first time you met your best friend?
  5. When was the first time you earned some money? Was it worth it?
  6. When was the first time you went to the cinema?
  7. When was the first time you smoked / drank?
  8. When was the first time you bought someone a present?

How to Respond to First Time Questions

These question usually require that you know how to make sentences about the past.

Let’s answer one of the question from the sets

When was the first time you went to the cinema?

  • The first time I went to the cinema when I was 12. I went to the movies with my family. I think we watched Toy Story.
  • The first time I went to the cinema when I was 12. I went to the movies with my family. I am not sure but I think we watched Toy Story.
  • The first time I went to the cinema when I was 12. I went to the movies with my family. I am not 100% sure but I think we watched Toy Story.

Manuel Campos, English Professor

Manuel Campos

I am Jose Manuel, English professor and creator of EnglishPost.org, a blog whose mission is to share lessons for those who want to learn and improve their English