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Venezuela Seizes Toys for its Children

B1 – Intermediate

The government of Venezuela has decided to confiscate some toys from a distributor to give them to children for free or at discounted prices in time for Christmas. Do you think the government has the right to do this? Read the article and let’s discuss.

Venezuela seizes 4 million toys for its children

 Discuss:

1. What is your general opinion of the article?
2. How important are toys to children?
3. What are some of the toys that you enjoyed during your childhood?
4. What can you say about the toys of children today?
5. Is the government right to take the toys for the children?

India to be a Cashless Society

B2 – Upper intermediate

“A cashless economy is secure.” This is according to India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Below is an interesting article on how India is working on becoming  a cashless country. Read the article then answer some discussion questions.

India to be a cashless society, says Prime Minister

Discuss:

1. What do you think about a cashless society?
2. What are the pros and cons of cash?
3. Is having a cashless society an assurance that one country’s economy will be stable?
4. What are the effects of the digital world in your society?

Spanish taxman investigates Ronaldo revelations

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B2 – Upper intermediate
Spanish football star, Cristiano Ronaldo is in hot water after several European newspapers alleged that he had 150 million euros stashed in tax havens. This was after a German weekly, Der Speigel leaked some documents to the public.

Read the article below then answer some discussion questions.

Spanish taxman investigates Ronaldo revelations

Discuss:

1. What do you think of the news article?
2. What is your opinion of tax havens?
3. What are some reasons people will hide their money in tax havens?
4. Is this an emerging problem in your country?

Low Social Status Bad for Health

B1 – Intermediate

Social status is defined as “the position or rank of a person or group, within the society.” Is a person’s social status really important? How relevant is it to you? Read the article below then be ready to answer the discussion questions.

Low social status bad for health

Discuss:

1. Why is social status important?
2. Do cars and other things make people happier?
3. How can lots of money change your social status?
4. Are rich people happier because of their social status?

Emergency Junk Food Flown to Earthquake Town

B2 – Upper intermediate

A town in New Zealand badly hit by the recent earthquake was the joyful receiver of a not-so-typical food donation. Read the article below to find out what the citizens of the town collected from a kind-hearted man.

Emergency junk food flown to earthquake town

Discuss:

1. What can you say about the actions of Robert Coombes?
2. How can we help people hit by earthquakes?
3. Have you ever volunteered to help people affected by a natural disaster?
4. Have you ever experienced a natural disaster?

Scientists Grow More Crops

B1 – Intermediate

Lack of food supply in the future is a constant fear and would possibly become real if we don’t do anything about it now. Find out what a group of scientists did to create the super crops of the future.

Scientists change plants’ sunblock to grow more crops

Discuss:

1. How did scientists make the crops bigger?
2. What do you think of genetically modifying plants and crops?
3. What are the dangers of genetically modified food?
4. What are the benefits of genetically modified food?
5. Why are so many people in the world without food?

HBO is bringing “winter” to Spain

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B2 – Upper intermediate

Whether you are a big fan of US TV series or just a couch potato, here’s good news for you. HBO is launching a Spanish service real soon.  No specific date yet but officials are saying that it is coming very soon.

Winter is coming… and so is HBO España

Discuss:

1. Would you consider yourself a fan of the show Game of Thrones?
2. What other shows do you enjoy watching?
3. How much television do you watch every day?
4. Are you happy with the programmes on TV?

Developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

B2 – Upper intermediate

There are many differences between males and females. And dealing with stress is one of them. Read the article below to know more about PTSD and how stress affects specific gender.

Boys and girls react differently to stress

 Discuss:

1. What do you know about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?
2. What damage does stress do to the body? How does it change people?
3. Who do you think are emotionally stronger, boys or girls?
4. What are some of the world’s most stressful job?

Paid Time to Read

B1 – Intermediate

The United Arab Emirates have come up with a way to encourage people to read more. Government employees will be compensated when they read during work hours and libraries will be set-up in their workplaces.

Read below to know more about it.

New UAE law gives workers time off to read

Discuss:

1. How much do you like reading?
2. How long should people read each day?
3. How important are libraries?
4. What do you think of having libraries in shopping malls?
5. What does your country do to encourage reading and literacy?
6. What do you think of having a law that gets people to read?

Migrants Storm Border in Spain’s Ceuta

B2 – Upper intermediate

African migrants usually climb the fence that separates Morocco from Spain. If someone manages to scale those fences, he lands in Europe. Tens of thousands of African and Arab migrants try to do so each year. Many have traveled hundreds of miles already, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa, but also from conflict zones like Syria or Somalia.

Over 200 migrants storm border in Spain’s Ceuta

Discuss:

1. Is immigration from one country to another a problem? In what ways do you see it as a problem?
2. Do you think that immigrants (legal or illegal) are treated well in most countries?
3. Do you think immigration and crime are closely related?
4. Should any government limit the number of immigrants entering the country?
5. Is local culture threatened by immigration?