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The Sounds of Grammar

B1 – Intermediate

Listen to the audio clip to know more about contracted speech and why native English speakers talk fast.

Everyday Grammar: The Sounds of Grammar with Betty Azar


1. What did you learn from the article?
2. Do you have trouble understanding spoken English? What is the biggest challenge for you?
3. What do you think is the best way to catch grammar sound?

The Japanese Women who Married the Enemy


C1 – Advanced

After WWII, Japan was devastated yet thousands of their women married American soldiers and moved to the US to have a new life.

Read the article and watch the videos to find out how the Japanese women survived the American lifestyle.

The Japanese women who married the enemy


1. What was your reaction after reading the text and watching the videos?
2. What were the challenges and how did the women in the story overcome them?
3. Would you marry someone who is considered an enemy by many?
4. What do you know about WWII and what damage did it bring to your country?

Video: ‘You look disgusting!’

B2 – Upper intermediate

BBC Trending features Em Ford, a fashion blogger who suffers from a skin problem and reveals the comments she received from her audience. People have given negative comments whether she’s with or without make up.

Watch the video then answer some discussion questions.

#BBCtrending: ‘You look disgusting!’ – Beauty blogger shames bullies


1. What do you think of the video?
2. How would you define beauty?
3. Is wearing makeup a necessity? Does it really make us more beautiful?
4. Why do you think people bully others for their appearance?

What your Name says about You

C1 – Advanced

We all need to be identified. From the time of birth and even before conception, most parents have already thought of names for their children.  The origin of our names can be from names of the seasons, famous people, from baby books or simply from our parents’ imagination.

Is choosing a good name necessary?



1. Are you happy with your name? How did your parents choose your name?
2. What are some of the most common names for boys and girls in your country?
3. Do you know the meaning of your name? If yes, what does it mean?
4. Do you believe some names or words have magical qualities?
5. Is the trend of naming children changing in your country?

The Nightmare Retirement Scenario


C2 – Proficient

Have you ever thought of your retirement? We all age and would need to leave our jobs to enjoy our savings and life after years of work, but have we really given it a thought?

Let’s check a scenario and possible ways on how we can keep our retirement on track.

The nightmare retirement scenario


1. What is the age for mandatory retirement in your country?
2. Where would you like to spend your retirement years? Why?
3. In your culture, do the children have to support their parents financially after they retire?
4. What are the three (3) things you would like to accomplish/have before and after you retire?

Decoding Caitlyn Jenner’s Name


C2 – Proficient

From the time Caitlyn Jenner came out on the Vanity Fair cover, people have been continuously curious about her and her new life. She has attracted a lot of people all over the world for her bold transformation.

Read the article below to know more about the details of her name and her transformation.

Decoding Caitlyn Jenner’s new name, look


1. To begin with, what do you know about Bruce Jenner?
2. How did you react when news of Jenner’s transformation became public?
3. How socially accepted are the members of LGBT in your country? Set some examples.

Do Brits Really have Bad Teeth?


C1 – Advanced

How would you define bad teeth? Some people say Britons have bad teeth because their teeth are not white enough nor straight enough. But are those the only measurements?

Read the article below to know more about dental health in Britain and in other parts of the world.

Do Brits Really have Bad Teeth?


1. After reading the article, how would you define bad teeth?
2. How important is dental hygiene?
3. How do you take care of your teeth?
4. Agree or Disagree: Healthy teeth means a healthy body.

Video: Trafficked to Prostitution

C1 – Advanced

Human trafficking, by definition, is the trade of humans, mostly for the purpose of sexual slavery, forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others. Millions of people are being trafficked at any given time.  Prostitution is akin to trafficking and is a social problem difficult to abolish.

Watch the video to know about Ope’s story then read the article for extra information.

‘I was trafficked into UK prostitution’


1. It is said that “Prostitution is the world’s oldest profession.” Would you agree or disagree?
2. What’s your attitude towards human trafficking? Prostitution?
3. What is the status of prostitution in your country?
4. Should Prostitution be legalized?

Treadmills Linked with Fatalities


B2 – Upper intermediate

Dave Goldberg was a very successful entrepreneur who died of a severe head trauma after falling off a treadmill. The cause of the fall isn’t clear yet.

Some people would call Goldberg’s death a freak accident. Read the article below to have more information on how dangerous some exercise equipment can be.

Dave Goldberg Death: Treadmills Linked with 3 Fatalities Yearly


1. After reading the article, do you think using a treadmill is that dangerous?
2. What other considerations do we need to take before we use any exercise machine?
3. Do you know of any other gym-related accidents?

Mistakes You Can Make at Work


B2 – Upper intermediate

It’s one thing to notice someone else’s attitude. It’s another to notice your own. You may be performing very well but your colleagues hold you on low regard due to some behaviors you manifest.

Read the article below to find out some office behaviors or mistakes workers do at work.

The 9 Worst Mistakes You Can Ever Make at Work


1. How well do you blend in with the people in your office?
2. Are you familiar with any of the behaviors mentioned in the article?
3. Do you almost always try to be at your best behavior but still feel that you’re not giving enough due to prying eyes?
4. How do you deal with coworkers that are difficult to work with?