Author Archives: darlene

First Human Head Transplant

B2 – Upper intermediate

Organ transplants have saved many lives. But, an Italian neurosurgeon wants to take a few steps further with his first human head transplant.

Read the article below to learn more about Dr. Canavero and his potential patient.

First Human Head Transplant Planned for 2017

Discuss:

1. Is Dr. Sergio Canavero’s idea worth a try?
2. Do you believe that the current technology we have is well- equipped for this attempt?
3. Would you volunteer for a medical experiment for greater and good intentions?

Musician Cancels Show Over Transgender Law

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B2 – Upper intermediate

Bruce Springsteen, a famous rock musician cancelled a concert in North Carolina, because of the state’s laws on transgender issues. He’s one of the many artists who are fighting against discrimination and partiality.

Read the article below and express your thoughts about the issue.

Springsteen Cancels North Carolina Show Over Transgender Law

Discuss:

1. Are transgender people socially accepted in your country?
2. Have you heard of any act of discrimination against them?
3. Should transgenders be given equal rights in the society?

Four Young Entrepreneurs Making the World a Better Place

B2 – Upper intermediate

The younger generation definitely has the edge when it comes to developing technology. Four young entrepreneurs are highlighted in this article, showcasing their talents and how they are sharing it to the rest of the world.

Read the article to know more about them and their innovations.

Four Young Entrepreneurs Making the World a Better Place

Discuss:

1. What can you say about these four young people’s innovations?
2. What were some of the things you were busy with when you were in your teens and 20s?
3. How would you define success?

Students Killed in Spain Bus Crash

C1 – Advanced

In March of 2016, an unfortunate event took place involving students. Read the article below to get information on the news event. Be ready to express your opinions.

13 Foreign Students Killed in Spain Bus Crash

Discuss:

1. How did you feel about the news?
2. What could have been the cause of the accident?
3. Have you joined the Erasmus program when you were a student?
4. How important is The Fallas Festival to the Spanish culture and tradition?

Top 10 National Parks In Spain

C1 – Advanced

Spain is a country of geographic and cultural diversity. With friendly locals, a relaxed lifestyle and a lively nightlife, it is considered by many to be exotic. Spain offers a wide array of activities and holiday destinations.

Read the article below to explore some of the top national parks worth visiting.

Top 10 national parks in Spain

Discuss:

1. How locally well- travelled are you?
2. Which of the National Parks mentioned in the article do you like most?
3. What was the most amazing local trip you had?

Drugs Under Control In Portugal

B2 – Upper intermediate

Portugal had one of the highest drug use rates in Europe. Now, they have the problem under control. Read the article below to learn how Portugal treat their drug abusers. Be ready to express your thoughts.

Drugs Under Control in Portugal

Discuss:

1. Is there a drug abuse situation in your country?
2. What do you think is the best way to combat drug abuse?
3. What are some of the social issues that you think your country (or government) should tackle?

How Diversity Has Changed America

B2 – Upper intermediate

Diversity in America is nothing new. With thousands of migrants and immigrants flocking the United States for a number of reasons.

Read the article below to know some facts about some of the more diversified states in the US.

How Diversity Has Changed America

Discuss:

1. How diverse is the population in Spain?
2. Which cities are more diverse?
3. How does immigration affect the locals?
4. What do you think is the difference between a migrant and an immigrant?

Two-thirds of World Faces Water Shortage

C1 – Advanced

The issue of water shortage is closer to home than you think. No country, whether powerful nor developing, is exempt from this nightmare.

Watch the video below to get more of the facts on water shortage.

 

Discuss:

1. Is there a threat of water shortage in your country?
2. How badly would water shortage affect the public?
3. What alternative solutions can you think of to address this issue?

Video: Drone Deliveries Coming to a Home Near You

B2 – Upper intermediate

Drones are a fun way to capture a view from above. In the United States, however, governments have started on laws to regulate the use of drones.

Watch the video below and express your thoughts.

Drone Deliveries Coming to a Home Near You

Discuss:

1. Do you like online shopping? What are the advantages and disadvantages of online shopping?
2. What can you say about the new technology that Amazon is planning to use for deliveries?
3. How do you think this technology will affect the demand on human labor in the commercial industry?
4. Does your city have very strict rules when it comes to using drones?

Corruption Busting Is Her Game

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C1 – Advanced

A 23- year old woman investigates corruption and manages an organization’s digital communications platform. She’s trying to build an international community of online corruption fighters.  It’s a space where people share evidence of graft, and where the corrupt are named and shamed.

Corruption Busting is Kavisha Pillay’s Gamehtml

Discuss:

1. What can you say about Kavisha Pillay’s idea and actions?
2. Would you be courageous enough to join her in cyber space to fight against corruption?
3. Do you think the idea of naming and shaming will be as effective as hoped?
4. What else can concerned citizens do to help curb or stop corruption?