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No More Homework!

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B2 – Upper intermediate

For years, schools have always given homework to students every single day. But recently, school officials, as well as parents, are saying no to more homework. A group of parents in Spain have recently gone on strike to protest their children’s school load.

No more homework! Spanish parents go on strike

Discuss:

1. What do you think of the article?
2. Are you for or against giving homework to students?
3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of giving homework to students?
4. What was the most difficult homework you had to do when you were still a student?

Shanghai IKEA Bans Old People from Dating

C1 – Advanced

How would you feel if you see a sign outside an establishment saying that the restaurant will only be for people who purchase their food first? An IKEA branch has reportedly posted the same sign outside their coffee shop. Find out more by clicking the link to the article.

Shanghai IKEA bans old people from dating

Discuss:

1. What should IKEA do about older people using their cafe to look for love?
2. What is wrong with using a store’s café as a meeting place?
3. Should coffee shops stop people from using seats for extended periods?
4. What makes society a place where old people feel alienated?

British People Commit Micro Crimes

B2 – Upper intermediate

Just what exactly is a micro crime and how serious is it? Read the article below to discover the findings of a research done about crime. Be ready to answer discussion questions afterward.

Three-quarters of British people commit micro crimes

Discuss:

1. What do you think of micro crime?
2. How is micro crime different from the usual crimes we hear of?
3. Why do men and the middle class commit more micro crimes?
4. What crimes do you worry about in your country?
5. What should the punishment be for micro crimes?

Tech Support Scams on the Rise

B2 – Upper intermediate

Nowadays, we seem to rely highly on technology to go about our daily lives. Because of this, there are some people who take advantage of this to dupe people. How dependent are you on technology?

Read the article below to learn of the new threat where technology is involved.

Tech support scams on the rise

Discuss:

1. What do you think about what you read?
2. How worried are you about Internet security?
3. What do you do to keep your computer safe? What risks are there of being online?
4. Who do you think are most at risk from scams like this?

UK leaving Europe is bad for science

B2 – Upper intermediate

One of the main principles of EU membership is “free movement”. Which means you don’t need to get a visa to go and live in another EU country. But, some British citizens don’t agree with this idea.

On the other hand, there are those campaigning for Britain to stay in the EU, as it makes selling things to other EU countries easier. And the flow of immigrants fuel economic growth and help pay for public services.

UK leaving Europe is bad for science

Discuss:

1. What do you know about Brexit?
2. Do you think it is better for the UK to leave or stay in the EU?
3. What are the good things about being in the European Union?
4. Is it better for a country to be part of a union or be totally independent?
5. How important is the European Union?

Swiss Vote No to Free Monthly Income for All

B2 – Upper intermediate

These days it seems that every country has problems regarding its economy, employment rate and social welfare. Swiss nationals made a life-changing decision regarding it’s social welfare policy.

Read the article below and express your opinions about it.

Swiss vote no to free monthly income for all

Discuss:

1. Why do you think voters rejected the proposal?
2. Is a guaranteed monthly state income a good idea? How happy would you be at getting a $2,500 monthly salary for free?
3. Is it better to give people a salary or give them welfare payments?
4. What’s the best way to deal with income inequality?

Get an electric shock to stop buying things

B1 – Intermediate

Are you in impulsive buyer? Where do you spend your monthly salary on? For those who can’t seem to stop themselves from spending too much, this might be the solution to your problem.

Get an electric shock to stop buying things

Discuss:

1. What do you think of the idea of the Pavlok?
2. How often do you spend too much money?
3. What other things do we need a shock to stop us doing something?
4. What do you know about the Internet of Things?

Women Wearing Cosmetics are Paid More

B2 – Upper intermediate

Do looks really matter? Apparently, they do. A recent study conducted by the University of Chicago and University of California reveals that attractive employees tend to get paid more. What are your thoughts on this?

Women wearing cosmetics are paid more

Discuss:

1. Is it right that attractive people get paid more?
2. Are you very particular when it comes to clothes or beauty products?
3. How does society define beauty?
4. Is there a dress code in your office or can you wear whatever you wish?

Weapons Maker Now A Fashion Brand

B1 – Intermediate

Business people should always look for other ways to make money. A Russian company decided to take another path to continue earning rather than giving up and closing shop because of Western sanctions.

Read the article below then express your thoughts about it.

Russian weapons maker now a fashion brand

Discuss:

1. What do you think of Kalashnikov branching out into fashion?
2. What do you think of gun companies?
3. Do you think Kalashnikov will be succesul in their fashion business?
4. How would you explain the word “patriotism”? Would you consider yourself patriotic?

Over-The-Counter Medicine May Shrink Brain

B2 – Upper intermediate

Medicines are supposed to make us feel better and cure any illness a person might have. But sometimes, these medicines may also cause more harm than good. Read the article below to find out more. Share your opinion after reading the text.

Over-the-counter medicine may shrink brain

Discuss:

1. Do you think over-the-counter medicines work?
2. Would you prefer medicines prescribed by a doctor?
3. Would you consider yourself a healthy person?
4. When was the last time you got sick and had to stay in bed?