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Drug Trial: Man Dies in Hospital

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B2 – Upper intermediate

In France, an experimental drug intended to treat mood, anxiety, and movement disorders went shockingly wrong, resulting in the death of one participant and hospitalization of others. Biotrial says correct procedures were followed at every stage of the trial. So what went wrong?

Read the article below to get more information then express your thoughts.

France drug trial: Brain-dead man dies in hospital

Discuss:

1. What’s your take on this issue?
2. When a clinical trial goes wrong, who do you think is to blame?
3. Would you be willing to be tested?
4. Should scientists stick to animal testing?
5. In your opinion, has drug trial safety improved over the years?

More People to Stick to New Year’s Resolutions

B1 – Intermediate

A New Year’s resolution is an opportunity to gauge our goals or to try something different for the new year. What are some of the changes that you want to happen?

Read the article to know some interesting facts about New Year’s resolutions. Be ready to do some of the speaking activities included in the article.

More people to stick to New Year’s resolutions

 Discuss:

1. Why don’t people keep their New Year’s resolutions?
2. Why do young people make more resolutions than old people?
3. Are New Year’s resolutions useful?

Video: The Ups and Downs of Coffee and Caffeine

B1 – Intermediate

Many people drink caffeinated drinks to stay awake. A new study conducted by American and British researchers reveals the effect of caffeine on sleeping pattern.

Watch the video below to find out more.

The Ups and Downs of Coffee and Caffeine

Discuss:

1. What is the video (research) about?
2. Do you like drinking caffeinated drinks?
3. How often and how much coffee or tea do you drink?
4. What is circadian rhythm? How important is it?

False Money-Saving Tricks

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C1 – Advanced

Are you able to save money or does money simply flow through your fingers? Often than not we have our own tips and tricks on how to save money. But are those really helpful? Let’s find out what Reader’s Digest editors say about some money saving myths:

7 False Money-Saving Tricks You Try That Might Be Making You Poor

Discuss:

1. What are the 7 mentioned saving tricks that can backfire on your budget? Do you agree or disagree?
2. Are you guilty of doing these tricks?
3. How do you save money?
4. Explain the phrase “Save your pennies for a rainy day.”

What Makes Beauty So Appealing?

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B2 – Upper intermediate

According to entertainment magazine People, Sandra Bullock is the most beautiful person in the world. Whether you agree or not, the magazine surely stirred up people’s interest. Our take on beauty is very individual and is shaped by our environment and experiences.

What Makes Beauty So Appealing?

Discuss:

1. Our View on Beauty: Personal or Genetic? What does the new study suggest?
2. What do you find beautiful in a face?
3. What does “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” mean?
4. How many different adjectives can you think of to describe a beautiful woman or a handsome man?

Video: Information the Gun Industry Won’t Tell

B2 – Upper intermediate

Gun control varies around the world.  Some countries impose stringent distribution and use of guns while others don’t. How about in your country?  What information do you know about the gun industry?

Watch the video and find out some interesting facts. Click CC on the video to watch with subtitles.

Five Things the Gun Industry Won’t Tell You

Discuss:

1. Explain the information given in the video.
2. What question/s do you have about the gun industry?
3. Is gun control a controversy in your country?
4. Would you like to own a gun? Have you tried firing one before?

Ecotourism a Danger to Wildlife

C1 – Advanced

Listen to the news clip about ecotourism then be ready to answer some discussion questions.

Choose the speed that you prefer to practice your listening and comprehension. You may also listen and read along using the transcript below the audio clip.

Ecotourism a Danger to Wildlife

Discuss:

1. What is ‘ecotourism’? What do you think of it?
2. What are its benefits? How about the possible dangers?
3. How can we best help animals in the wild?
4. What parts of the world should be off limits to humans?

Why Do Women Live Longer than Men?

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C1 – Advanced

Have you ever wondered why women live longer than men?
Studies show that women’s survival is consistent and truly remarkable as observed in human beings and animals. Lifestyle may be a factor but there are more causes or contributors.

Why Do Women Live Longer than Men?

Discuss:

1. What are the contributing factors mentioned in the article? What surprised you the most?
2. What is Spain’s life expectancy?
3. Would you like to live a long life? Why or why not?
4. Should scientist slow down the aging process?

Five bizarre ‘lessons’ in Indian textbooks

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C1 – Advanced

Education is an enlightening experience we all deserve to have. Countries worldwide aim to have high literacy rate thus proper education should be catered to the citizens. However, in India, some textbooks were found with worrying information.

Read the article below to check some of the bizarre information in their textbooks.

Five bizarre ‘lessons’ in Indian textbooks

Discuss:

1. What do you think about the article? Discuss the mentioned erroneous lessons.
2. What is the best way to rectify this issue?
3. Have you read history books that were erroneous?

Are They Migrants or Refugees?

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B2 – Upper intermediate

By definition, an immigrant is someone from a foreign country who relocates to live in another country. The European migrant crisis is surging and EU is struggling to respond to this. Let’s take a look at the story.

Are They Migrants or Refugees?

Discuss:

1. What are the similarities and differences of migrants and refugees?
2. What’s your take on the migrant crisis?
3. If given the chance, what kind of help would you give?
4. Do you think Syrian refugees will be able to call Europe their new home?