Monthly Archives: June 2015

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Generation Y – Their Attitudes Towards Work and Life

B2 – Upper intermediate

Members of Generation Y are born in a time of constant access to technology in their youth. Also called millennials, this generation has been, somewhat, criticized for how they view life.

Read the article below then express your thoughts about the topic.

Generation Y – Their Attitudes Towards Work and Life

Discuss:

1. What are the different characteristics of Generation Y?
2. What is your opinion of generation Y?
3. What do you think are some of the advantages or disadvantages of other generations?
4. Are people from the “older” generation always more wise and correct in their ways of thinking and choices? Why or why not?

Oil-eating Bacteria

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C1 – Advanced

An oil spill is a form of pollution. The term is usually applied to marine oil spills, where oil is released into the waters, but spills may also occur on land.

What does nature do about this? Let’s take a look at this article.

Microorganisms That Break Down Oil

 Discuss:

1. What happened in the Gulf of Mexico?
2. What can break down the carbon molecules present in oil?
3. Was there ever an oil spill recorded in Spain?

A Chinese Man’s Plea for Love

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C1 – Advanced

Does status play a role when two people are in love? In China, it does. And, most of the time, it’s not easy getting around it.

Read the article below to find out about Xiao Yang and how he dealt with his sensitive situation.

 

 

‘I am a painter’: A Chinese man’s plea for love

Discuss:

1. What do you think of Xiao Yang’s letter?
2. Do you think the mother was right to have misconceptions?
3. China has a very interesting history when it comes to status symbols. Is it the same in your country? Discuss some of the traditions you have in your country when it comes to marriage and the role of men and women in society.

Jurassic World Breaks Box Office Record

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B2 – Upper intermediate

A success of a film is measured by the number of people willing to go to a movie theatre for it. Following its release in June of 2015, hundreds and thousands of movie-goers flocked to the cinema to watch the film Jurassic World.

After reading the article, talk about the the movies that you think are good. You may also answer some of the activities included in the article.

Jurassic World breaks box office record

Discuss:

1. Out of curiosity, do you believe in dinosaurs?
2. Have you watched all three films of Jurassic Park?
3. What are some of the films that you found to be really good?

EU Enlargement – What Comes Next?

B2 – Upper intermediate

The European Union is a politico-economic union of 28 member states that are located primarily in Europe. It has grown from the six founding states to the current 28. Joining the European community has become a primary goal for most European politicians.

Read the article below and express your thoughts about EU enlargement.

EU Enlargement – What Comes Next?

Discuss:

1. As a citizen of the EU, what is your opinion of further expanding the union or adding more countries?
2. Do you remember the time when your country joined the EU? Do you think it was a good idea for your country to join the EU?
3. How do you think Europe would be if there was no EU?

Doctor Brings Healing to Patients in Their Homes

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B2 – Upper intermediate

Gone are the days when doctors would actually visit the sick and heal them from the comfort of their homes. But what one doctor is bringing that back.

For this article, explain what Ernest Brown does and why he is considered unique.

Doctor Brings Healing to Patients in Their Homes

Discuss:

1. Explain Dr. Brown’s background and how he was led to making house calls. What is “concierge services.”?
2. Are house doctors a popular idea in your city or region?
3. What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of doctors making house calls?
4. Talk about the last time you were sick and had to see a doctor.

What your Name says about You

C1 – Advanced

We all need to be identified. From the time of birth and even before conception, most parents have already thought of names for their children.  The origin of our names can be from names of the seasons, famous people, from baby books or simply from our parents’ imagination.

Is choosing a good name necessary?

WHAT YOUR NAME SAYS ABOUT YOU

Discuss:

1. Are you happy with your name? How did your parents choose your name?
2. What are some of the most common names for boys and girls in your country?
3. Do you know the meaning of your name? If yes, what does it mean?
4. Do you believe some names or words have magical qualities?
5. Is the trend of naming children changing in your country?

The Nightmare Retirement Scenario

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C2 – Proficient

Have you ever thought of your retirement? We all age and would need to leave our jobs to enjoy our savings and life after years of work, but have we really given it a thought?

Let’s check a scenario and possible ways on how we can keep our retirement on track.

The nightmare retirement scenario

Discuss:

1. What is the age for mandatory retirement in your country?
2. Where would you like to spend your retirement years? Why?
3. In your culture, do the children have to support their parents financially after they retire?
4. What are the three (3) things you would like to accomplish/have before and after you retire?

Alcoholism on the Rise in Italy

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B2 – Upper intermediate

As in other cultures, wine is part of the Italian culture. Italians take wine pretty seriously. They relax and enjoy a glass paired with their delectable dishes.

However, for the young, the story isn’t quite the same. Read the article below about young Italians and their drinking habits.

Alcoholism on the Rise in Italy

Discuss:

1. What do you think is a healthy dose of alcohol?
2. How much beer, wine or vodka can you drink daily without any damage to your health?
3. Italian youths are becoming reckless drinkers. Do you see this happening in your country?