Monthly Archives: September 2014

Top Five Personality Traits Employers Hire Most

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C2 – Proficient – Job Interview

Apart from having a great resume and more than enough knowledge and experience for the dream job, personality is certainly very important to secure that position that you have been vying for. So, what are the kinds of personality traits that employers are seeking?

Top Five Personality Traits Employers Hire Most

Discuss:

1. How can you show professionalism during the interview?
2. Why is having high energy important for employers?
3. How can you exhibit that you are intellectually curious?

Making Better Decisions

C1 – Advanced

We make decisions every day. Each of us react differently to different situations and knowing ourselves more enables us to make decisions that are best for us and those around us.

Three Keys to (Much) Better Decisions

Discuss:

1. Do you agree with the article?
2. How do you make decisions?
3. What was the most difficult decision that you’ve had to make?

Unfit Soldiers

B2 – Upper intermediate

According to a report released by a group called “Mission: Readiness”, more and more members of the U.S military are becoming overweight and unfit. Discover some reasons that are causing this problem and find out the risks that are associated with the result of this report.

Poor Fitness in Military Poses Peril, Report Says

Discuss:

1. What is your general opinion of the article?
2. What do you think are the risks of having unhealthy service men? What are ways to help combat this problem?
3. Are the men in service in your country very fit (police officers, soldiers, firefighters, EMT)?

Learning Languages Boosts our Brain

B2 – Upper intermediate

Do you worry about getting old? Our memory naturally deteriorates. There are different studies conducted by different organizations that show how languages shape the way we think.

Your Mind on Language: How Bilingualism Boosts Your Brain

Discuss:

1. Do you think learning another language would make your brain healthier?
2. How would you describe your experience in learning English?
3. What other languages can you speak? What else would you like to learn?
4. What other activities do you think are good for the brain?

Tacos with Insects

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B1 – Intermediate

A restaurant owner in Mexico is offering tacos topped with insects. He has wild items added to his menu such as scorpions and spiders too.

 Tacos with insects

Discuss:

1. What exotic kinds of food do you know or have tried?
2. Are there exotic foods in Spain?
3. For you, is it okay to use and put insects in our food? Why or why not?

Deleting memories

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B2 – Upper intermediate

Neurons work as transmitter of information in the brain but when the process is disturbed they lose the connection between brain cells and can cause memory loss. Scientists have successfully done a process called Electroconvulsive Therapy to delete specific memory.

Find out how this therapy works and how it helps people with post- traumatic stress disorder.

Deleting memories

Click on the title to listen to the report: Deleting Memories: Audio

Click on the title to read the text: Deleting Memories: Text

Discuss:

1. Do you have a memory that you would like to forget?
2. Is deleting a specific memory a helpful way treat depression?
3. How do you deal with traumatic memory and depression?

Vídeos en inglés para niños

Todos sabemos de la importancia de empezar el aprendizaje de idiomas lo más temprano posible, para conseguir un buen nivel en la edad adulta.

Las nuevas tecnologías, ponen a disposición de los padres herramientas para sumergir a los niños en la lengua inglesa. De esta forma, nuestros hijos se irán acostumbrando a escuchar el inglés, aprendiendo de forma divertida.

Los 5 mejores canales de Youtube para niños

Hoy hablaremos de YouTube. Este famoso portal, pone a nuestra disposición una increíble variedad de canales, con canciones y juegos que harán la delicia de los más pequeños de la casa.

videos para niños en inglés

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Moodiness and Women

B2 – Upper intermediate

Below is an interesting study about men and women and their mood swings.

Read the article and express your thoughts about it. Be prepared to share some of your experiences.

‘Sexist’ poll says women moody 10 days a year

Discuss:

1. Do you think that women are grumpier than men?
2. What puts you in a bad mood?
3. How do you deal with little, everyday stress in your life? How do you keep your cool?

People from a rainforest

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B1 – Intermediate

A footage shows native people emerge from the Amazon rain forest and make contact with the outside world. Brazilian experts said the indigenous people likely crossed the border from Peru facing pressure from illegal logging and drug trafficking at home.

People from a rainforest

Discuss:

1. Is drug trafficking happening in Spain? How about illegal logging?
2. Have you ever taken a trip to exotic places?
3. Are there still places in your country that are still “untouched” by civilization?

Stress Management

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B1 – Intermediate

Stress is a very common word for most people. It comes from different causes and everybody can have it. Everyone can experience stress and there are ways to be free from it.

Let’s learn how to manage stress properly.

Helpful tips on how to manage every day stress

Discuss:

1. Would you consider yourself stressed out?
2. What are the major causes of your stress?
3. What are the ways you do to deal with your stress?