Monthly Archives: May 2015

China Blocks YouTube

B1 – Intermediate

These days, it is easy to get and share information from different parts of the world. The Internet made this possible. However, in China, the Internet is highly controlled by the government.

Read the article below and be ready to express your thoughts about China and how they control the Internet.

China Blocks YouTube

Discuss:

1. Do you think what China is doing is a good idea?
2. What do you think will happen if Spain decides to control the Internet?
3. How often do you use the Internet?
4. What social media sites do you like to visit?

How Misbehaving Made One Man a Multimillionaire

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C1 – Advanced

Jack Cator was your normal teenage school boy; defying and challenging the rules. But what he got out of that persistent attitude was quite extraordinary.

Read the article below to know more about Jack and his business and its humble begginings.

How misbehaving at school made one man a multimillionaire

Discuss:

1. In your own words, explain how Jack was able to come up with his business.
2. What do you know about VPNs? Is this something you use?
3. Have you experienced doing business remotely with people you’ve never met before? Describe that experience.

 

Nepal Earthquakes 2015

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C1 – Advanced

On April 25, 2015, Nepal was hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that cost thousands of lives and left so many injured.

Below is an article to look back on the devastation that hit a country and affected so many. Take a look at the before-and-after photos included in the article.

Nepal earthquakes: Devastation in maps and images

Discuss:

1. What do you know of the earthquake that hit Nepal in 2015?
2. Have you experienced a natural disaster?
3. What are some of the catastrophes you’ve witnessed?
4. Is your country prepared in case a natural disaster hits?

 

Grammar: Double Negatives

B1 – Intermediate

Double negatives in a sentence or clause are often confusing, that is why teachers tell students to avoid using them. They are also considered a taboo in English grammar.

Watch the video then read the article below to know more about the origin of double negatives and how it can be used properly.

Everyday Grammar: The Story of the Double Negative

Discuss:

1. Explain the two kinds of double negatives.
2. Which double negative should be avoided when taking exams or when applying for school or a job?
3. Give your own examples of double negatives.

Top Cities to Visit

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B1 – Intermediate

Here’s an article you can use if you’re planning your next out-of-the-country trip. View some of the cities that most people would like to visit. Perhaps you’ve been to one of them.

The Top 25 Cities to Visit in the World

Discuss:

1. Which of the cities in the article have you been to?
2. What city is the easiest for you to visit? The hardest?
3. Which one would you make your goal to visit?

 

Video: Trafficked to Prostitution

C1 – Advanced

Human trafficking, by definition, is the trade of humans, mostly for the purpose of sexual slavery, forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others. Millions of people are being trafficked at any given time.  Prostitution is akin to trafficking and is a social problem difficult to abolish.

Watch the video to know about Ope’s story then read the article for extra information.

‘I was trafficked into UK prostitution’

Discuss:

1. It is said that “Prostitution is the world’s oldest profession.” Would you agree or disagree?
2. What’s your attitude towards human trafficking? Prostitution?
3. What is the status of prostitution in your country?
4. Should Prostitution be legalized?

Treadmills Linked with Fatalities

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B2 – Upper intermediate

Dave Goldberg was a very successful entrepreneur who died of a severe head trauma after falling off a treadmill. The cause of the fall isn’t clear yet.

Some people would call Goldberg’s death a freak accident. Read the article below to have more information on how dangerous some exercise equipment can be.

Dave Goldberg Death: Treadmills Linked with 3 Fatalities Yearly

Discuss:

1. After reading the article, do you think using a treadmill is that dangerous?
2. What other considerations do we need to take before we use any exercise machine?
3. Do you know of any other gym-related accidents?

Vocabulary: Phrasal Verbs with COME

B2 – Upper intermediate

Read the list of phrasal verbs with the word “come” and be ready to discuss them with your teacher. You’ll be using them in sentences as well.

Vocabulary: phrasal verbs with “come”

Discuss:

1. What are some of the interesting things (facts, food or culture) that you’ve come across with?
2. When was the last time you came down with something? How serious was it? What do you do stay healthy?
3. Have you ever cancelled an event or a meeting because something came up?
4. Who comes up with vacation ideas in your family?

Vocabulary: Phrasal Verbs with PUT

B2 – Upper intermediate

Read the list of phrasal verbs with the word “put” and be ready to discuss them with your teacher. You’ll be using them in sentences as well.

Vocabulary: phrasal verbs with “put”

Discuss:

1. Have you ever put something off because of an emergency?
2. What are some of the reason you’d be put off by something like a film or a topic?
3. What commodity prices have been put up recently?
4. Have you ever put someone up during their vacation? Has anyone done the same for you?
5. What are some of the things that you can put up with and some things that you can’t?