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Money can buy happiness

B1 – Intermediate

A new study from Cambridge University suggests that money can buy you happiness. If money can indeed buy happiness, what will you buy to make you happy?

Read the article below then share your thoughts.

Money can buy happiness

Discuss:

1. What is the relationship between money and happiness?
2. What does ‘retail therapy’ mean?
3. How would you describe your shopping habits?
4. Do you prefer online shopping or do you still like going to the store?

McDonald’s Restaurant to Offer All-You-Can-Eat Fries

B1 – Intermediate

The addition of all-you-can-eat fries to the menu is just one of many recent changes at McDonald’s. New CEO Steve Easterbrook took over as boss last year. What can you say about this offering? Do you think this will boost the company’s profits?

McDonald’s restaurant to offer all-you-can-eat fries

Discuss:

1. Will unlimited fries be a danger to the health of the people? Or do you think that people will always have the choice when it comes to their health?
2. What should a restaurant of the future be like?
3. What menu changes would you suggest to McDonald’s?
4. Should McDonald’s think more about health?

Apple-FBI iPhone argument getting bigger

B1 – Intermediate

With terrorists using the latest technology to do what they were set out to do, an assertive company is now staying firm on their decision not to open the iPhone as it would “threaten the security of its customers.”

Read the article below to get more information.

Apple-FBI iPhone argument getting bigger

Discuss:

1. Do you think Apple should unlock the iPhone?
2. Should the FBI have more authority to get Apple to open the phone?
3. Is Apple being anti-American by not unlocking the phone?
4. Do you think Apple is supporting terrorism by not allowing the FBI to have the iPhone unlocked?

Is Social Media a Distraction?

B2 – Upper intermediate

There is no doubt that a lot of us have become dependent on social media to get updated with current events and the latest trends from every corner of the world. But is social media doing us more harm than good?

Listen to the podcast then be ready to answer discussion questions.

Is social media a distraction?

Discuss:

1. How do you feel about the “rule of three” mentioned in the audio file?
2. Do you and your friends or family have a similar rule?
3. Do you think social media is doing us more harm than good?

Coffee Can Help You Live Longer

B2 – Upper intermediate

A cup of coffee has always been a part of a lot people’s morning routine. It could definitely awake our senses and boost our energy. Now, coffee drinkers have more reasons to drink that fresh cup.

Coffee can help you live longer

Discuss:

1. Are you a coffee drinker? How many cups do you drink each day?
2. How healthy do you think coffee is?
3. Why might coffee reduce the incidence of suicides?
4. How do you feel about certain coffee shops like Starbucks?

Cutting Up Food Helped Human Evolution

C1 – Advanced

Human evolution is all about the process or physical changes that humans went through over the years. Would a simple activity, like chewing, really have an impact on human evolution? Read the article below to find out more.

Cutting up food helped human evolution

Discuss:

1. What did you think of the article?
2. What do you know about human evolution?
3. How would you describe your eating habits?
4. Do you think it’s right that humans are often compared to chimpanzees?

Corporate Team Building

B2 – Upper intermediate

Team building activities are a great way to foster and encourage teamwork. With activities designed specifically to address workplace issues, corporate team buildings can prove to be beneficial.

Listen to the podcast below then express your thoughts about it.

Corporate team building

Discuss:

1. What do you think about Corporate Team Building?
2. What are working conditions like in your country?
3. Is group unity encouraged in your company?
4. What is your idea of an effective corporate team building?
5. Mary Kay Ash said: “People are definitely a company’s greatest asset.” Do you think this is true all over the world?

Happiness can break your heart too

B1 – Intermediate

It isn’t only sad events and hurtful situations that can break our hearts. It turns out that happy circumstances can also be harmful to the health. Read the article below to know more.

Happiness can break your heart too

 Discuss:

1. What did you think about the article?
2. How might happiness be unhealthy?
3. How would you define happiness?
4. Share some of the happy memories you’ve had in the past week or month.

The Job Nobody Wants

B1 – Intermediate

A small town in New Zealand is offering a good amount of money to any doctor who would like to serve its residents.  The search has been going on for quite some time but has been unsuccessful.

Read the article below to know more about the job.

The $265,000 job that no one wants

Discuss:

1. Why do you think it is so difficult to find someone for the job mentioned in the article?
2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of living in rural areas?
3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of living in the city?

Hooked Up to Computers

B2 – Upper intermediate

With so many advancements in the medical field, it is no surprise that doctors and surgeons are able to utilise computers as part of a person’s recovery.

Read the article below to know about Matt Nagel and his operation.

Brains hooked up to computers

Discuss:

1. What is your initial reaction to the story?
2. Will this kind of technology be helpful to a lot of people? Why or why not?
3. Do you think it is possible for this new technology to be available to help a lot of people?