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Link Between Earthquakes and Oil Drilling

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B2 – Upper intermediate

Oil drilling is one of the most important power source industry of our time. However, oil drilling does cause earthquakes.

Click the title below to know more about fracturing and what it does to the environment.

Experts See Closer Link Between Earthquakes and Oil Drilling

Discuss:

1. What is the major source of energy in your country/city?
2. What can you say about the environmental effects of industrialization?
3. Have you ever experienced an earthquake?

Grammar: Double Negatives

B1 – Intermediate

Double negatives in a sentence or clause are often confusing, that is why teachers tell students to avoid using them. They are also considered a taboo in English grammar.

Watch the video then read the article below to know more about the origin of double negatives and how it can be used properly.

Everyday Grammar: The Story of the Double Negative

Discuss:

1. Explain the two kinds of double negatives.
2. Which double negative should be avoided when taking exams or when applying for school or a job?
3. Give your own examples of double negatives.

Building a ‘Halal’ Internet

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B2 – Upper intermediate

Officials in Iran are planning to build a completely separate Internet called Yooz. Its purpose is to filter objectionable information just like China’s “Great Firewall”, the largest web filtering and censorship operation in the world.

Read the article below to know more about Yooz then express your opinions.

Iran’s Next Step in Building a ‘Halal’ Internet

Discuss:

1. How often do you use the internet?
2. How important is the internet to your day to day life?
3. What is your opinion about filtered and censored internet access?
4. Do you think that Yooz will do its job in filtering and securing?

Will Citizenship Test Make Better Citizens?

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B2 – Upper intermediate

The United States’ Naturalization Test is a test immigrants must pass to become a citizen. However, in Arizona it is an exam all high school students must take as the law requires it. Its goal is to let students contemplate civic awareness and allow them to participate in a democracy.

Will Citizenship Test Make Better Citizens?

Discuss:

1. Is there a similar test that immigrants must take in Spain?
2. What are the common civic activities or events in Spain (Donating blood, volunteer work, etc.)?
3. What do you think of the idea of making all high school students take the naturalization test?
4. Are you very knowledgeable when it comes to your country’s history and government?

A Better Way to Track Passenger Planes

B2 – Upper intermediate

Considering the recent airplane crash incidents and disappearance, airline industry leaders and regulators want to improve airline safety. They want planes to have more dependable devices that can follow planes as they fly.

Watch the video and read the article to find out their proposal to a better way to track passenger planes.

Is There A Better Way to Track Passenger Planes?

Discuss:

1. How often do you travel by plane?
2. Are you comfortable traveling by plane considering its risks?
3. Do you think the said proposal is possible?

 

‘American Sniper’ Stirs Debate

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B2 – Upper intermediate

“American Sniper” is an Oscar- nominated film based on a true story of a US Navy SEAL member, Chris Kyle. The movie mainly depicts how a soldier loses himself emotionally and mentally in war and struggles to rebuild himself.

With Oscar Nomination, ‘American Sniper’ Stirs Debate

Discuss:

1. Do you like watching movies about war?
2. What mainly are the common messages of war movies?
3. How do you feel about soldiers whose work demands giving one’s life?
4. Has your country ever been to war?

Western Diet Bad for Human Health, Environment

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B2 – Upper intermediate

Western diet is usually high in processed sugar, fat, oil and meat. By eating these foods people begin to gain more weight. More people are adopting this kind of diet. Find out why, according to a study, western diet is bad for human health and the environment.

Western Diet Bad for Human Health, Environment

Discuss:

1. Is this phenomenon also happening in your country?
2. Have you adapted to the western diet of fast food restaurants?
3. What is the relationship between our diet and the environment?
4. What can we do to keep our children healthy?

Record Percentage of Americans Have Never Married

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C1 – Advanced

There’s a surprising census data among Americans who have never married. Nowadays, women are more likely to pursue a better career and look for men with stable jobs. On the other hand, men who have never married said finding a woman who would be a good mother is more important.

Record Percentage of Americans Have Never Married

Discuss:

1. What is the marrying age in Spain?
2. What is more important to you in finding a partner, one with a stable career or someone who would be a good husband/wife?
3. Are you comfortable with the new ways of dating or meeting a potential partner?

Is Writing by Hand Better?

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B2 – Upper intermediate

Scientists say that typing is a less effective way of remembering something. Many students now have resorted to typing on laptops or computers. Typing leads to mindless transcription.

Is Writing Notes by Hand Better Than Typing?

Discuss:

1. What is your opinion about the study?
2. How can computers affect us in a negative way?
3. Do you still prefer writing some of your notes?
4. What do you do to help yourself remember some things like birthdays or errands or even names?

Spain’s Best Museums

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B2 – Upper intermediate

On top of most tourists’ destination in Spain are Galleries like Prado and Reina Sofia. But there are still a whole lot more to see. The not-so-famous museums in Spain deserve to be paid a visit. Here are top ten of them.

Spain’s best museums

Discuss:

1. What tourist attractions are there in your locality?
2. What attractions in Spain would you recommend most?
3. Which of these museums have you been to? Which ones would you visit?