Monthly Archives: August 2015

Turkey Allows Schools to Teach Kurdish

B2 – Upper intermediate

Minority groups all over the world are given their rights and privileges. But how far is a government willing to go to make them feel part of the society?

Read the article below and be ready to express your thoughts by answering the discussion questions.

Turkey allows schools to teach Kurdish

Discuss:

1. What is the importance of allowing Kurdish to be taught in schools in Turkey? How significant is it?
2. What are the different minority groups in your country?
3. Is your country fair in giving rights to citizens belonging to minority groups?

Disability: Get rid of your Frustration

B2 – Upper intermediate

Disability can be devastating to one’s physical and emotional health. Disabled people find it difficult to do even the simplest task. It can also affect the family.

Watch the video below then express your thoughts about the topic.

Discuss:

1. What problems do people with disabilities face in your country?
2. What do you think of the Paralympic Games?
3. What kinds of discrimination do people with disabilities face?
4. What message do you think disabled people would like to tell those without a disability?

Should India’s Jains Be Given the Choice to Die?

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C1 – Advanced

Jainism is an ancient religion which still exists and practised by a large number of people in India. Jains have a controversial practice in which they stop eating and drinking with the intention of preparing for death.

Read the article below to see how the government of India is responding to Jainism’s method of moving on to the after life.

Should India’s Jains be given the choice to die?

Discuss:

1. What is your own perspective about this controversy?
2. When do you think it’s right for the state (government) to intervene against any religious practice?
3. In your country, what are the different religions or faiths that are practiced?

Sleeping in a Taxi

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B2 – Upper intermediate

If you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere.

The beauty of New York calls travelers from all over the world and one businessman has just made it possible for budget travelers to enjoy the allure of Manhattan without having to break the bank.

Read the article and watch the video to find out how.

Sleeping in a taxi

Discuss:

1. What can you say about Jonathan Powley’s idea for budget travelling? Would you try it?
2. What are some of the best accommodations you’ve experienced during your past travels? What about not-so-good experiences?
3. How would you travel if you were on a budget?

Eating Out in Old Dubai

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B2 – Upper intermediate

What makes a city more interesting is its diversity and the history behind it. Take a stroll in the streets of Dubai and discover the medley of cultures it has to offer.

Eating Out in Old Dubai

Discuss:

1. Describe the diversity of the city or town you live in.
2. If I were to visit your country or your city, where would you bring me? (Also talk about places that aren’t touristy.)
3. Describe some of the places that you have visited that are very rich in history and diversity.

The Sounds of Grammar

B1 – Intermediate

Listen to the audio clip to know more about contracted speech and why native English speakers talk fast.

Everyday Grammar: The Sounds of Grammar with Betty Azar

Discuss:

1. What did you learn from the article?
2. Do you have trouble understanding spoken English? What is the biggest challenge for you?
3. What do you think is the best way to catch grammar sound?

Never Give Up!

B2 – Upper intermediate

In this life, success and failure are normal. How we view them is another matter.
Let us watch an inspirational video about a young man and how he dealt with his failure.

Discuss:

1. In your own words, re-tell the story of the man featured in the video.
2. Have there been any failures that made your life better?
3. Is there a right time to give up and stop trying? Or should you never give up?
4. Talk about a time you failed at something you tried.

The Japanese Women who Married the Enemy

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C1 – Advanced

After WWII, Japan was devastated yet thousands of their women married American soldiers and moved to the US to have a new life.

Read the article and watch the videos to find out how the Japanese women survived the American lifestyle.

The Japanese women who married the enemy

Discuss:

1. What was your reaction after reading the text and watching the videos?
2. What were the challenges and how did the women in the story overcome them?
3. Would you marry someone who is considered an enemy by many?
4. What do you know about WWII and what damage did it bring to your country?

Money Makes You a Bad Person

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B1 – Intermediate

Is money really the root of all evil? Read the article to find out what professor Paul Piff says about being wealthy and being poor.

Feel free to also do the other activities below the article.

Money makes you a bad person

Discuss:

1. Explain what professor Piff said about wealthy and poor people.
2. Do you agree with the study of professor Piff?
3. What things will change for you if you become wealthy?

Smoky, Juicy Grilled Mussels and Clams

C1 – Advanced

This video is meant to practice your listening skills. Watch carefully and be ready to answer the comprehension questions afterwards.

Discuss:

1. Describe the process of how the shellfish were cooked.
2. Why did she put the clams first in the fire and the mussels later on?
3. According to Melissa, how do you clean clams?
4. How do you know if the shellfish are cooked?
5. Describe the toppings she placed on the shellfish once they were cooked.