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Learn English by Watching TV

B1 – Intermediate

For any immigrant or refugee who doesn’t speak the language of the country where they’ve moved into, it would be a complete culture shock and in some ways, may very well be a very frustrating moment in his life.

There are many ways to learn English. Discover and be inspired as to how Farid, an Afghan refugee, learned English. Watch the video that talks about Farid’s journey and read the article to know whether we can really learn English the way he did.

http://www.bbc.com/news/education-41516251

Discussion Questions:

1. What are some ways to learn English or a language?
2. In your opinion, what is the best way to do so?
3. What do you think of Farid’s suggestion to English learners?
4. What are things you’ve done/tried to improve your foreign language skills?
5. What advise or tips would you give other English/foreign language learners?

False Advertising

B2 – Upper Intermediate

Do you ever wonder why brands pay a great deal of money on advertisements? A well-thought of ad can make consumers buy your products or avail of your services. Hence, advertising firms ensure their ads catch their market’s attention, to some extent, even if it means misleading them.

Read the article below and get ready to talk about false advertising.

http://www.headsupenglish.com/index.php/advanced-english-students/advanced-skill-builders/advanced-listening/412-false-advertising

Discussion Questions:

1. Have you ever fallen for a misleading advert?
2. Talk about an advertising campaign that caught your attention recently.
3. What are your thoughts on celebrity endorsements?
4. What factors do you consider when buying a product?
5. What would make an ad more appealing?

Modals – might, may, will, probably

May and Might

Use:

The modals May and Might are used when expressing what might occur in the future. Both can be used to express actions in the future or the present.

Examples:

Present

I might have some flour in the pantry.

Future

They may leave tomorrow.

Form:

May and Might function as modals such as can, will and should. Therefore, the same rules apply.

1) No need to add ‘s’ to the third person singular.

Examples:

Correct: He may attend.

Incorrect: He mays attend.

Correct: She might cry.

Incorrect: She mights cry.

2) The negative form is: may / might + not.

Examples:

He may not attend the meeting.

She might not buy the book.

3) The question form is: may / might + subject. However, using might in forming questions is not very common.

Example:

Might she be hungry?

4) To make requests, May can be used with ‘I’ or ‘we’. However, it is more common to use can and could.

May I have some water?

May we eat the sandwiches?

5) May and Might are always followed by the infinitive form of the verbs.

Examples:

Correct: I might sing.

Incorrect: I might to sing.

Correct: She might stay.

Incorrect: She might staying.

 

Will + Probability Adverbs

Use:

You can combine will and won’t and some adverbs to express the probability of a future event happening.

Examples:

I’ll possibly cook something for dinner.

I’ll probably cook something for dinner.

I’ll definitely cook something for dinner

I’ll certainly cook something for dinner.

Form:

Remember that Will / ‘ll comes before the adverb and won’t comes after.

Examples:

I’ll probably watch a movie later.

I probably won’t watch a movie later.

Extreme Employees

C1 – Advanced

In some countries, they are trying to maintain their workers’ work-life balance by experimenting on different work styles. However, there remains a lot of people who has no choice but to work very long hours.

Find out more about “extreme employees” through this article:

http://www.headsupenglish.com/index.php/advanced-english-students/advanced-news-lessons/advanced-business-lessons/209-extreme-employees

Discussion Questions:
1. What are the effects of being an extreme employee?
2. What do you think are reasons some people work too much?
3. Should companies strive to have extreme employees or well-balanced ones?
4. Talk about your experience of a toxic work day or workweek.
5. Do you think workers in your country should be given more vacation days?

Emojis in Work E-mails

B1 – Intermediate

There are do’s and don’t’s of writing work e-mails. Should employees refrain from including smiley face emojis in their e-mails?

Read more about the use of emojis in work e-mails.

http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1708/170816-smiley-face-emojis-5.html

Discussion Questions:
1. What e-mail writing rules do you know of?
2. What is your opinion about putting emojis/smileys in work e-mails?
3. What’s the importance of knowing proper e-mailing etiquette?

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A Day Without Internet

B2 – Upper Intermediate

We are living an “always-connected lifestyle”. This means that we are constantly connected to the internet. With this level of dependency, try to imagine a day without it.

Read the article and find out what it would be like if the internet would be shut down for one day.

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170207-what-if-the-internet-stopped-for-a-day

Discussion Questions:
1. What do you think would happen if the internet stopped for a day? According to the article, what would happen if the internet stopped for a day?
2. How much do you use the internet?
3. What uses do you have for it?
4. What may be the advantages and disadvantages of a “kill switch”?
5. What do you do alternatively when you’re not online?