Monthly Archives: October 2014

Postal Service Back After 20 Years

B1 – Intermediate
Somalia’s government has restarted its postal system after 20 years. Its return is just one example of Somalia getting back to normal after its long period of trouble.

Somalia postal service back after 20 years

Discuss:

1. How important do you think is the postal service to a country?
2. How long do you think it will take for Somalia to be as “forward” as other countries are right now?
3. Has your country ever experienced a devastation?
4. What are some of the factors to consider when a country is getting back on their feet after a tragedy?

 
 

Malala Yousafzai Wins Nobel Peace Prize

C1 – Advanced
The girls’ rights activist Malala Yousafzai has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014. She is known mainly for human rights advocacy for education and for women in her native province and has made her countrymen very proud.

Malala Yousafzai wins Nobel Peace Prize

Discuss:

1. Share your ideas about gender equality. Do you think women in your country are being treated fairly?
2. What are the other social issues in your country that you think should be addressed?

*article was published in October 2014

Lego Ends Ties with Shell

B2 – Upper intermediate
Lego had a partnership with Shell and made toys that had Shell logo on them. There were over a million people who emailed Lego asking it to end its deal with Shell that brought pressure to finally end its contract with the oil  company.

Greenpeace gets Lego to end ties with Shell

Discuss:

1. Give your opinion about Greenpeace’s move to pressure Lego from ending their contract with Shell.
2. Do you think that parents have a responsibility in choosing the right toys to educate their children about preserving the environment?
3. In your country are there specific projects to tackle environmental issues?
*as of September 2015 Shell has abandoned drilling operations in the Alaskan Arctic

 

India Removes 287 Laws

B2 – Upper intermediate
The Indian government decides to dismiss laws that date back to the 19th century, when India was under British rule. The law minister is doing a clean up of India’s legal system and described that some of the laws are bizarre and outdated

India to remove 287 ‘laughable’ laws

Discuss:

1. Give your opinion about India’s move in removing obsolete laws.
2. Are there laws in your country that you think are laughable or you find useless?
3. What are some of the current laws you have regarding Internet use, domestic violence and other social concerns?

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Norway’s 12-year-old Child Bride

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B2 – Upper intermediate

Thea, a young girl from Norway, started writing about details of her wedding preparations. One day, her mom told her that she has to get married to Geir, who is 37 years old.

The truth about Thea, Norway’s 12-year-old child bride

Discuss:

1. What was your reaction while reading the article?
2. What is your opinion on the idea of child bride?
3. Why do you think other countries allow child brides?
3. What is your opinion on arranged marriages?
4. What do you think is the ideal age to get married?

Unguarded Talk: Threat to Companies

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C1 – Advanced

While most big companies focus on possible ways their top secret information may be breached and how they could prevent it from happening, they are overlooking one threat to information security.

When loose lips sink companies

Discuss:

1. What are ways for companies to ensure information security?
2. Could you recall a related story about information breach?
3. If you were in the writer’s shoes, what would you do or think at that moment?

Bridging the Technology Gap

B1 – Intermediate

We are in the high technology age. Technical devices get upgraded almost every time.

However, did we consider those people still living in the past? If they have the same knowledge of technology as the people of this generation?

This article contains a video and an audio clip. Feel free to to watch and listen.

Teens Help Seniors Bridge Technology Gap

Discuss:

1. Should we consider this gap a social issue?
2. Is it easy to bridge this gap between your own grandparents or older parents?
3. In your household, is everyone very knowledgeable when it comes to tech gadgets and devices?
4. What domestic appliances do you have that are very modern?

 

Fear

B1 – Intermediate

Fear is an emotion observed by living things particularly among humans and animals. Fear may take place in response to a certain stimulus or that provokes response.

Find out what some people are afraid of:

Fear

Discuss:

1. What is your greatest fear?
2. How do you usually respond to fear? Can you think of good ways to handle fear?
3. Do you think psychiatric intervention is necessary to address issues concerning fear?
4. Share some of your scary experiences.

Retirement

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B1 – Intermediate

In most countries the official retirement age is 60. For footballers they retire much earlier than other athletes. For some people retirement is a financial decision but for others it may not be reason enough.

Retirement

Click on the title to listen to the report: Retirement: Audio

Click on the title for the text/transcript: Retirement: Text

Discuss:

1. Do you consider retirement as a financial decision?
2. What are the benefits that retirees in Spain get?
3. How would you spend your time as a retiree?