Monthly Archives: January 2015

Can Global Warming End our Civilization?

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B2 – Upper intermediate

Many scientists believe that runaway global warming could occur much more quickly than expected. This article contains recent information about the rising temperature of our planet.

The climate is ruined. So can civilization even survive?

Discuss:

1. In your country, do you feel the worsening condition of global warming?
2. What is your local community doing to minimize or prevent global warming?
3. Do you think there is still hope when it comes to “repairing” the environment?

 

Victims of Cosmetic Surgery

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C1 – Advanced

Being beautiful gives you a lot of advantages. It boosts confidence and people seem to trust you more. In some job applications, they prefer to hire people who are more good looking. But how far you will go to be beautiful?

Read the article below and be prepared to express your thoughts.

Victims of a craze for cosmetic surgery

Discuss:

1. What is your personal definition of beauty?
2. How important is beauty to you?
3. What do you do in order to be beautiful or presentable?
4. How far are you willing to go to be beautiful or to change your physical appearance?
5. Is plastic surgery the norm in your country?

Are We Less Smarter Now?

C1 – Advanced

A research suggests that humans have become less smarter since the Victorian Era. In  this article, it explains how and why human intelligence has declined over the past years.

Read the article below and watch the two videos included in the article.

People Getting Dumber? Human Intelligence Has Declined Since Victorian Era, Research Suggests

Discuss:

1. Do you agree that people have already reached their intellectual peak? Why or why not?
2. Aside from those stated in the article, what other factors do you think cause or can cause the decline of intelligence?
3. Do you agree that people today are becoming less intelligent? Why or why not?
4. What do you think can be done to improve intelligence today?

Bullying Or Normal Competition?

B2 – Upper intermediate

Bullying has become a universal issue, whether in school or at work. Is it really bullying or just a normal competition among peers?

Let’s find out more about it through the audio conversation below. Be prepared to discuss the different vocabulary words used in the conversation.

Bullying or normal competition?

Discuss:

1. How would you, personally, define bullying?
2. Why do you think this is becoming more rampant?
3. Are you aware of campaigns in your country or city to stop bullying in school or among young children?
4. What’s the best way to diminish bullying?

 

Teen Health: Getting Enough Sleep

B2 – Upper intermediate

If you have teenagers at home, then you’re probably familiar with the problem of them not waking up on time for school.

Read the article below to discover the importance of getting enough sleep for teenagers.

Teen sleep: Why is your teen so tired?

Discuss:

1. Do you agree with the key points mentioned in the article?
2. How were you as a teen?
3. As an adult do you still have diffculties getting enough sleep?
4. What are some of the health issues that you are facing now?

Leisure Time for A Healthier You

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B2 – Upper intermediate

Life can be very difficult if you don’t know how to relax. Having time for leisure is important for us to stay healthy. There are various activities we can do to give ourselves enjoyment and take our minds away from work even just for a short time.

Read the article below to know more about the relationship between leisure time and mental health.

Leisure time physical activity linked to lower depression risk

 Discuss:

1. What activities do you do when you’re not working? How often do you do them?
2. How do you handle everyday stress?
3. What sport or physical activities are you engaged in?

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B2 – Upper intermediate

When you hear the word “gratitude,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? How is gratitude expressed in the following short film?

Discuss:

1. In your own words, re-tell the story.
2. What is meant by the expression “debt of gratitude”?
3. When did you owe somebody a debt of gratitude?
4. When did somebody owe you a debt of gratitude? Should a debt of gratitude be repaid? If yes, how?
5. What is meant by “pay it forward”? In the story, how did one character pay it forward?
6. How is giving the best communication?

Your Typing Style Can Reveal Your Emotions

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C1 – Advanced

A new computer program can now recognize people’s emotions based on how they type. Read the article below to know more about a concept called “the singularity”.

 

Your Typing Style Can Reveal Your Emotions

 Discuss:

1. Would you want to use this program for yourself? Why or why not?
2. Other than as a teaching tool, how else can this program be useful?
3. In your opinion, can computers completely measure human emotions accurately?
4. Why do you think people would want to create technology that can read human emotions?