Monthly Archives: May 2015

Video: Green Energy for Denmark

C1 – Advanced

When it comes to renewable energy, Denmark aims high. By 2020,  the country would like to get half of its energy from the wind. There are hopes that there will be environmental focus to inspire people to go green.

Watch the video below to know more about some of the efforts that Denmark is doing to be a greener country.

Green Energy for Denmark

Discuss:

1. According to the video, what are organizations doing to be environmentally conscious?
2. Do you think that your country is working on the same issue as well?
3. Is having a green house something that you’re interested in?

 

Speaking Activity: Asking A Favor

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B1 – Intermediate

A favor is something you do to help someone. When asking for a favor we usually ask people to help us and, most of the time, we ask politely making sure that it is not an inconvenience.

Click the title below to practice your speaking skills and learn the words we can use when asking for a favor. Be ready to discuss new phrases and to answer discussion questions.

Topic: Asking a favor

 

Are You a Shopaholic?

C1 – Advanced

Shopping is fun. For women, mostly, it is a time to bond with friends and family members. On the other hand, if you let your impulse get the best of you, your love for purchase can do you more harm than good.

Read the article below to know more about the facts of being a shopaholic.

Are You a Shopaholic?

Discuss: (from the article)

1. Based on the information in the article, would you consider yourself a shopaholic?
2. Do you know anyone who might be a shopaholic?
3. Do you agree that women and men suffer from the problem equally?
4. Do you agree that anxiety and low self-esteem cause compulsive buying? Why/not?
5. What solutions are there for people who are shopaholics? How can they be helped?

Venice – City of Canals

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B2 – Upper intermediate

Some say that Venice is the romance capital of the world.

Read the article below to know more about the city itself and the life and history of this tourist spot.

Venice – City of Canals

Discuss:

1. Describe some of the beautiful places that you’ve visited in the past.
2. Do you often travel? What do you like most about travelling?
3. Have you been to Venice? If you have, describe your trip. If you haven’t, is this city on your bucket list of places to visit?

All about Bananas

bananas

B1 – Intermediate

Here’s an article that’s all about bananas.  Read about the facts of this well-known fruit and how important it is in some regions or countries.

Bananas

Discuss:

1. What are some of the very common fruits that you have in your country?
2. Talk about some of the food products that your country exports.
3. What are some of your preferences when it comes to fruits and vegetables and how do you like to eat them?

More Rights for Women in Saudi Arabia

B1 – Intermediate

Each country has its own rules and customs. Some are liberating while others are dated. Read the article and discover how Saudi Arabia is changing some of their traditions.

More Rights for Women in Saudi Arabia

Discuss:

1. What are some of the rights that you enjoy as a woman in your country?
2. In your country, do you think that the government should pass more laws for women and children?
3. How are the women viewed in your society?

 

Tower of David

C1 – Advanced

Venezuela is famously known for its beautiful people. But, like any other country, Venezuela struggles with poverty and citywide housing shortage. The Tower of David is a glimpse of some issues that the country is facing.

Discuss:

1. Is poverty an issue in your country?
2. How is your government taking care of the housing needs of the citizens?
3. What do you think are some of the best ways to address poverty in the middle of an economic recession?

 

Chinese Kids Driving Supercars

B2 – Upper intermediate

In Southern California, a group of wealthy Chinese teenagers have a very interesting way of getting together. Watch this short video and express your thoughts about it.

Discuss:

1. What thoughts came in to your mind while watching the video?
2. In your country, how do the rich and famous “flaunt” their lifestyles?
3. If you were a wealthy person, how would you spend your money?

Italian City Bans Foreign Food

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B1 – Intermediate

In this age of globalization,  an Italian city is doing everything to keep their food tradition.

Some groups do not approve of this even if Italy’s Agriculture Minister supports the foreign food ban.

Italian City Bans Foreign Food

Discuss:

1. What do you think of not allowing foreign food in a city?
2. Are there many foreign restaurants in your city? Which one is your favourite?
3. How can cities and regions preserve their food traditions?

 

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in The Philippines

Chocolate Hills, Bohol - Philippines

B2 – Upper intermediate

So you’ve thought of visiting the Philippines. But where to start? This short list will give you an idea of some of the places you can visit.

Check out the photos below and prepare any questions you might have about a specific place.

10 Top Tourist Attractions in the Philippines

Discuss:

1. When you go on vacations, which places do you usually visit?
2. Which countries would you like to visit? Why?
3. What are some of the interesting places in your country?