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When Did Americans Lose Their British Accents?

B2 – Upper intermediate

It’s interesting how we can have one language and have more than one way of pronouncing the same words. Whether you’re American, British, Irish or Chinese, the way we speak English will have differences.

Watch the video below to learn how American accent and British accent came to be.

Discuss:

1. According to the video, how did the american accent become different from the British accent?
2. What are the differences between the American accent and the British accent?
3. Which accent do you find easier to understand?
4. What other accents do you know of?
5. Does your country also have different accents depending on the region?

What Happens to the Plastic You Throw Away?

C1 – Advanced

Plastic is considered one of the greatest material produced that has helped companies and individuals alike. But how has plastic played a role in harming our environment? Watch the video below to find out more about the journey of a plastic bottle.

Discuss:

1. Explain where plastic bottles end up once we throw them away. What is leachate?
2. What is the Great Pacific garbage Patch? What danger does this pose?
3. Are you aware of where your garbage goes when you dispose of them?
4. Does your city have good programs related to recycling and disposing of trash properly?

What Would Happen If You Didn’t Drink Water?

C1 – Advanced

Water is an essential part of life. Whether for our own consumption or for the environment. As with any substance, there is a danger of having too much and too little. Watch the video below and be ready to practice your listening comprehension.

Discuss:

1. Discuss the facts about water presented in the video. How important is it to our bodies?
2. What are the dangers of dehydration? How about over-hydration?
3. Who are usually the victims of over-hydration? Why are they prone to over-hydration?
4. Do you think you’re getting enough water on a daily basis?
5. What are the other kinds beverages you enjoy drinking? What are some fruits and vegetables that you like?

Breakfast: The Power Hour for Success

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C1 – Advanced

It is a well-known fact that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But to some business people, breakfast time is not just for meals. It’s also for meetings.

Read the article below to find out the benefits of having morning meetings and the right time to have after-hours meetings.

Breakfast is the real power hour for success

Discuss:

1. According to the article, what are the benefits of having meetings early in the morning?
2. Do you agree with the points mentioned in the article?
3. How often do you have meetings at work? What time do you usually have them?
4. What is the most productive time for you at work? Are you a morning person or an evening person?

Video: ‘Cute’ Cuisine is a Bitesize Art

B2 – Upper intermediate

It’s no secret that cooking has evolved over the years. We’ve experienced fine dining cuisine where a small quantity of food is artistically placed on the plate. Then we had molecular gastronomy where science meets art and gives birth to an innovative way of having a meal.

Now, a new trend called miniature food has gone viral on Youtube and viewers just can’t get enough of it. Watch the video below then express your thoughts.

‘Cute’ cuisine is a bitesize art

Discuss:

1. What were your thoughts when you were watching the video?
2. How did the trend of miniature food and cooking happen? Explain what “Kawaii” is.
3. What are some Japanese art that you find interesting?
4. Describe some of the good and fancy restaurants that you’ve been to in the past.

Discovering Your Ancestors

B2 – Upper intermediate

Knowing your roots and discovering your history is always a fascinating idea. There’s a sense of wonder and mystery as we try to find out who we are.

Websites such as Ancestry.com have been garnering a number of clients as more and more people are getting curious in tracing their genealogy. Read the article below to know about photo detectives and how they trace family history.

Discovering Your Ancestors

Discuss: (from article)

1. Do you think it’s important to trace your family’s history? Why/not?
2. What do you know about your grandparents? How about your great-grandparents?
3. Do you have old photos at home? If yes, are there people in the photos you can’t recognize?
4. Would you ever consider hiring a photo detective to tell you more about your family? Why/not?
5. How would you feel if you discovered one of your ancestors was a terrible person?

Have Bonus, Will Botox

B1 – Intermediate

The desire to look young as we become older is nothing new. Cosmetic brands have been releasing anti-aging creams for women and for men.

In London, the need to look youthful goes beyond the physical. Read the article below then express your thoughts.

Have Bonus, Will Botox

Discuss: (from article)

1. What are your feelings about cosmetic surgery?
2. What are your feelings about a job that would force you to consider cosmetic surgery?
3. Would you ever choose to have cosmetic surgery (or have you)? Why/not?
4. Do you know anyone who has ever had cosmetic surgery? What was your opinion?
5. Why do you think more people are so concerned with cosmetic surgery in general?

 

A Pakistani Chef Shows Her Chops in New York

B1 – Intermediate

New York city a place filled with people from different parts of the world. Fatima Ali is one of them. Watch the video below to discover her story and what she would like to do in the future.

Write down any words that you would like to discuss during the lesson.

Discuss:

1. What is the story of Fatima Ali?
2. What is Fatima’s job and what is the name of the restaurant she works for?
3. What does Fatima want to do when she goes back to Pakistan?
4. Do you enjoy cooking? What do you like to cook?

Technology Helps Deaf Students at Gallaudet University

B1 – Intermediate

There have been many studies of how technology can be bad for us. But the video below will show how technology can help some people in society be more confident in facing the world and its daily challenges.

Watch the video and be ready to discuss it.

Discuss:

1. Explain how technology is being used in Galludet university.
2. How is technology helping the deaf and the hard-of-hearing students in Galludet university?
3. Are there organizations or colleges in your country that accommodate students with disabilities?
4. What are other ways technology can do to help people with disabilities?

How to Buy Healthy Food

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B2 – Upper intermediate

Over the past years, society has been bombarded with an ever increasing number of health choices. You can go for organic, vegan, dairy-free or just plain raw. How do you know which one is actually the healthiest?

Read the article below to know what one doctor says about going to the supermarket and buying the stuff that’s actually good for you.

How to Buy Healthy Food Without Reading the Nutrition Label

Discuss:

1. What kind of doctor is Cynthia Sass and what does she say about choosing healthy products at the supermarket?
2. Would you agree to what the doctor said?
3. What are some healthy options that you choose?
4. What are some of your guilty pleasures when it comes to food?