Global XPrize aims to help the poorest children of the world to learn how to read and write by developing a user-friendly app.
They will test the winning app with thousands of children in Africa by using a tablet to learn.
Do you think it’s necessary to use tablets and apps to teach children how to read and write?
Let me know your opinion after you read the full article below and listen to the audio.
1. What are your thoughts on the Global XPrize competition?
2. Do you think that children will be able to teach themselves basic educational skills with only a tablet? Why? Why not?
3. Would you describe the U.N.’s goal to provide “universal primary and secondary education by 2030” as realistic? Why? Why not?
4. Do you think that computers will play a major role in education in the near future? Why? Why not?
5. Would you say that teachers are an essential part of the education system? Why? Why not?
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.
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?
Accommodation is a concern of every traveller, whether looking for a place to pitch a tent or a luxury suite in a fancy resort. Booking accommodation, dealing with the vast array of accommodation options, and considering alternative lodging options are all issues that travellers face.
There’s a lot of talk these days about biometric-enabled systems for time and attendance and security access systems. Fingerprints are the most commonly known biometric. The store, at Brunel University in London in enables students to pay for their shopping without cash, cards or their phone, as they can simply scan their finger in a fingerprint recognition gadget.
Read the article and answer the questions below to find out!
Can science fiction actually help predict the future? Watch the video to find out.
1. Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke once said that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. What does that mean?
2. Do you think science fiction can help predict the future?
3. What technological advancements from science fiction do you think are very realistic and possible to exist in the future?
Times these days are hard. Something most people think that can help make things so much better is getting very fortunate one day and winning the lottery. The million dollar question is, “Would winning the lottery make you happier?”.
Watch the video to find out.
1. What does the article say about happiness and sadness?
2. Have you been very happy? What made you very happy and how long did it last? How about being sad?
3. How would winning a million dollars/euros? Do you think it will make you happier for the rest of your life?
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.
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?