Monthly Archives: February 2015

The Grave Danger of Bullying

C1 – Advanced

Some people feel good when they bully others. They think they can gain friends by doing it or that their images will be elevated without realizing the dangers bullying can cause.

Read the article and watch the video to have a wider insight about bullying.

‘It’s Bullying That Killed Me’: Dead Teen’s Mom Fights to Protect Law

Discuss:

1. Why do you think bullying has gotten worse over the years?
2. What would be the best punishment if someone committed it?
3. How can we eliminate bullying?

Video: School Kills Creativity

C1 – Advanced

Lets hear a public talk of Ken Robinson, a creative specialist, about the system of education.
According to him, the current school system worldwide kills creativity. As children, we are born as artists but due to the influence of school, we outgrow it.

Additionally, he said that school doesn’t nurture our dynamic and diverse brain.

Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

Click the title for the transcript: Ken Robinson Transcript

Discuss:

1. Do you think that schools do kill a child’s creativity?
2. If you agree, what changes do we need in the school system?
3. Did you enjoy your study when you were a student?

A Guide to Breakups

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C1 – Advanced

Almost all of us has experienced loss. Especially during the teenage years, when young men and women start crushing on someone and have their first take on a relationship.

Read the article below to know about Julia’s dating experience and her suggestion of ending affairs.

The Thoroughly Modern Guide to Breakups

Discuss:

1. What did you think of Julia’s heartbreaking story?
2. What can you say about her suggestions when it comes to ending a relationship?
3. Have you had any bad experiences when it comes to dating?

The Ant and the Grasshopper

A2 – Elementary

Read the story below to help practice your comprehension skills:

In a field one summer’s day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great effort an ear of corn he was taking to the nest.

“Why not come and chat with me,” said the Grasshopper, “instead of toiling and moiling away?” “I am helping to lay up food for the winter,” said the Ant, “and recommend you to do the same.” “Why bother about winter?” said the Grasshopper; “We have got plenty of food at present.”

But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil. When the winter came the Grasshopper found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing, every day, corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer.
Then the Grasshopper knew…

 

Discuss:

1. Who were the characters in the story?
2. What did the grasshopper suggest the ant to do one summer’s day?
3. Did the ant follow the grasshopper?
4. What did the ant do?
5. What moral lesson did you learn from the story?

 

Make a Good Impression at a Job Interview

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Job Interview – B2 – Upper intermediate

The way you act and behave during your first interview will be very important in getting your desired job.

Below are some helpful tips on how to bag a job and impress an interviewer.

13 Ways to Make a Good First Impression at Your Next Job Interview

Discuss:

1. Why is it important to have a firm handshake?
2. Describe an appropriate dress code.
3. Aside from the 13 suggestions, what else should we do when in a job interview?
4. Are there specific job practices or customs that you do in your country when having a job interview? (Having phone interviews first, not wearing specific colors to an interview, calling people by their first names, etc.)

Gender Discrimination in the Workplace

B2 – Upper intermediate

Gender discrimination remains a big issue for many women in the workplace.
What are the effects of this?

The Effects of Gender Discrimination in the Workplace

Discuss:

1. Why do you think gender discrimination exists?
2. Is discrimination something that you witness in your workplace?
3. Have you ever been discriminated against?
4. What about immigrants or minorities in the workplace? Do they also face some kind of discrimination in your country?

Word/s To Define:

Discrimination
Stereotype
Promotion

 

Female Leaders in the US

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B2 – Upper intermediate

A study done by Pew Research Center suggests that most Americans think that women are very much capable to take leadership positions too. However, females getting into top positions in business and politics is something that doesn’t occur so much yet.

Find out the reasons for this:

Why Do So Few US Women Hold Top Jobs?

Discuss:

1.Do you agree with the results of this study?
2. What do you think are the reasons for this slow ascend of women in the political and business world?
3. What are some ways to change this situation?
4. Have you ever worked with a female boss?

How Reading Can Change You

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C1 – Advanced

Reading has always been a part of people’s lives. You can learn a lot through reading. You read from the time you begin school until the time that you start working. It is one hobby that some people love and adore.

Read the article below to discover how what we read can mould our personalities.

How Reading Can Change You in a Major Way

Discuss:

1. Do you think reading is important?
2. How often do you read?
3. Do you like reading? What are your preferences in books?
4. What are some of the interesting books or stories you’ve read?

Workaholic Fathers ‘Symbolically Absent’

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C1 – Advanced

Recently, the leader of the Catholic Church spoke about fathers whose primary focus has been their work rather than their children.  He explained the important role fathers play in their children’s lives and why a patriarch’s being “symbolically absent” can be a problem not just for his family but society as well.

Read the article below and express your opinions regarding Pope Francis’ views.

Pope criticizes workaholic dads, says they’re ‘symbolically absent’

Discuss:

1. What are a father’s roles in a family?
2. What happens to children when their father is “symbolically absent”?
3. According to the article, some fathers used to practice authoritarianism. What does this mean?
5. Is an authoritarian father better than a father who’s always absent? Why or why not?