Monthly Archives: September 2014

Boot Camps for Internet Addicts

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B1 – Intermediate

Internet addiction is one very common problem among teenagers these days. In China, one way to combat this addiction is to take children to a boot camp.

Can ‘Boot Camp’ Cure Internet Addiction?

Discuss:

1. How many hours do you usually spend surfing the Internet?
2. At work, are you highly dependent on the Internet?
3. Would you consider Internet addiction as a disease?
4. What are the ways you can prevent Internet addiction?

Thousands Wake Up During Surgery

B1 – Intermediate

A report in England states that thousands of patients a year wake up during an
operation. One doctor said it happens one in every 19,000 operations. They are now trying to find areas that could be improved during an operation to prevent this from happening.

Thousands wake up during surgery 

Discuss:

1. Do you think the case of waking up during a surgery is considered carelessness on the doctor’s side?
2. Do you know someone who experienced the same incident?
3. Have you undergone a surgery in the past?
4. Would you say that doctors in your country have very high standards?

 

 

Hunger in America

B2 – Upper intermediate

One in seven American families suffer from food insecurity. Inflation is low but the population’s ability to get healthy food is decreasing. Eating unhealthy food can cause illness such us diabetes and hypertension and food insecurity can lead people to committing crimes such us robbery and stealing.

Hunger Threatens One in Seven Americans

Discuss:

1. What do you think people can do to address this issue in their own little ways?
2. Can you think of alternative ways to get healthy food in cheaper cost?
3. Has your country experienced such difficulty? Do you see this happening in the future?
4. How secure are the citizens of your country when it comes to their employment?

How to Survive the Heat

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B1 – Intermediate

There are common health problems which are caused by high temperatures that, in the worst scenario, can lead to death.

Read the article to know more about the dangers of heat and how to be protected from it.

How to Survive the Heat

Discuss:

1. Do you love soaking yourself in the summer sun? Are you aware of its danger?
2. Have you experienced health related issues due to high temperature?
3. What activities do you enjoy doing during the summer?
4. How do you keep cool when the weather gets too hot?

 

Ozone layer ‘recovering’

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B1 – Intermediate

According to a panel of scientists, the ozone layer is starting to repair itself. It’s a good thing that the use of aerosol cans were banned during the 1980s.

Ozone layer ‘recovering’

Click on the title to listen to the report: Ozone Layer: Audio

Click on the title for vocabulary words: Ozone Layer: Words

Discuss:

1. Share your ideas of how you can contribute in protecting the environment.
2. Have you ever done volunteer work to help save the environment?
3. Do you reduce, reuse and recycle?

Happiness

C2 – Proficient

Happiness- the quality or state of being happy. We each have our own definition of happiness depending on situations we are in.

Read the article below and know more about the pursuit of happiness.

Make your happy hour right now

Discuss:

1. What makes you happy?
2. What are the components of happiness?
3. Will you consider happiness as a luxury item?

How to Detect Lies

B2 – Upper intermediate

Lies are part of human nature. Cliché, but true. It can be inevitable in some instances especially when you have personal reasons. How would you detect if someone is lying to you? Watch this interesting video.

Click on CC on the video to watch the clip with subtitles.

Discuss:

1. How about you? How can you tell when your colleagues or friends are being dishonest to you?
2. Were there times when you told a lie to impress someone? Or maybe lied to avoid hurting someone’s feelings?
3. Share some of your funny experiences about lying.

Gender Stereotyping

B2 – Upper intermediate

People usually have preconceived ideas of men’s or women’s characteristics, traits, habits or roles in general.  Have you ever wondered what causes gender stereotypes and how it all started? Watch this video to see our history.

Discuss:

1. Can you name a few stereotypes of men and women?
2. Have you been a victim of a stereotype?
3. Do you witness gender discrimination in your workplace?

Indra K. Nooyi Can’t Have It All

C2 – Proficient 

Read and watch the interview of Indra K. Nooyi and know more about her work ethics and what it is to be a CEO of a multinational company.

Make a list of vocabulary words and expressions.

Why PepsiCo CEO Indra K. Nooyi Can’t Have It All

Discuss:

1. How would you react to your mother if you were Indra?
2. Do you agree that women can’t have it all?
3. What are our thoughts when it comes to the food trends in our present generation?
4. How would you describe your eating and cooking habits?