Author Archives: Elaisha

Oil-eating Bacteria

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C1 – Advanced

An oil spill is a form of pollution. The term is usually applied to marine oil spills, where oil is released into the waters, but spills may also occur on land.

What does nature do about this? Let’s take a look at this article.

Microorganisms That Break Down Oil

 Discuss:

1. What happened in the Gulf of Mexico?
2. What can break down the carbon molecules present in oil?
3. Was there ever an oil spill recorded in Spain?

Sitting May be Dangerous for your Health

C1 – Advanced

Sitting on an office chair for prolonged periods of time can definitely cause lower back pain or worsen an existing back problem. What else are the other effects?

Read the article below to know more about the consequences of sitting for too long.

Sitting may be dangerous for your health

 Discuss:

1. How long do you usually sit everyday?
2. What changes in your body do you notice from sitting for prolonged periods of time?
3. What can you do to curb the amount of time you spend on the chair?

Should You Have the Right to Die?

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B2 – Upper intermediate

The topics of euthanasia and assisted suicide get a lot of media attention. Only a few countries around the world permit assisted suicide and many other governments with laws against the practice prefer not to take the issue to court.

Read the article below to find out the stories of some people who are fighting for their right to die. Watch the short video of Brittany Maynard as well.

Should You Have the Right to Die?

Discuss:

1. What is your initial reaction to assisted suicide?
2. Should doctors help patients kill themselves?
3. Does your government have any laws related to this issue?

Homeless Shelter for LGBT Youth

B2 – Upper intermediate

A shelter in Washington, D.C. will be housing homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people. For many, this will be their road to rehabilitation and independence.

Watch the video then read the article to know more about Casa Ruby and how it is helping the LGBT youth.

Homeless Shelter for LGBT Youth Opens in Washington

Discuss:

1. Would you know if your country has the same provision for LGBT youth?
2. How widespread is LGBT in your country?
3. What is your viewpoint on this matter? Do you think people from LGBT communities in your country are well taken care of?

Why I Gave Up a $95,000 Job

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C1 – Advanced

There comes a point when a vacation is just what we need. We need to relax and have a breather to be able to come back recharged and sharper. But, as the author adds, “If you’re constantly thinking you need a vacation, maybe what you really need is a new life.”

The article below is a story of a journalist who gave up her job to move to an island to simplify her life. Express your thoughts after reading.

Why I Gave Up a $95,000 Job to Move to an Island and Scoop Ice Cream

Discuss:

1. What is you reaction to the article?
2. If given the chance, would you move to a remote place where you don’t know anybody and start anew?
3. Where would you want to spend your life once you retire?

Best Minimum Wage in the World

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C1 – Advanced

People around the world work with minimum wage. A minimum wage is the lowest daily or monthly remuneration that employers may legally pay to workers. Which country has the best minimum wage in the world? Let’s take a look!

This country has the best minimum wage in the world

Discuss:

1. What is the minimum wage in your country?
2. What do you think should be the ideal minimum wage in your country?
3. How does salary affect the performance of an individual at work?

 

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in The Philippines

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B2 – Upper intermediate

So you’ve thought of visiting the Philippines. But where to start? This short list will give you an idea of some of the places you can visit.

Check out the photos below and prepare any questions you might have about a specific place.

10 Top Tourist Attractions in the Philippines

Discuss:

1. When you go on vacations, which places do you usually visit?
2. Which countries would you like to visit? Why?
3. What are some of the interesting places in your country?

Fast Japanese train

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B2 – Upper intermediate

It is known that transportation in Japan is modern and highly developed. Let’s look at this fast Japanese train. Be ready to talk about the different modes of transportation you have in your country.

Read the article then watch the video included.

Fast Japanese train

Discuss:

1. What is the most common form of transportation in Spain?
2. Do you think Spain needs a fast train like Japan’s maglev train?
3. Talk about how you normally get to work.