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B1 – Lower Intermediate
They are good for our bodies. They are rich in essential vitamins and nutrients but low in fat and calories. They are a good source of fiber. Vegetables -or fondly called veggies- are key to a healthy diet. However, there are many people who despise them.
Find out how we can make eating vegetables more enticing.
1. What do you think of this idea? Why do you think it’s effective?
2. What are the benefits of eating vegetables?
3. How can we get people to eat more vegetables?
4. Do labels affect your perception of a dish?
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B2 – Upper Intermediate
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Anybody who is trying to learn a foreign language constantly wants to find a way to speed up the process. There are many ways to do it. Is living and studying it abroad truly the most effective way?
Here are six reasons why one needs to live away from home to learn another language.
1. Do you agree that “learning and communicating in the language of a foreign country while living there is without doubt the best way of learning”?
2. What are ways you’ve tried to learn English? Which do you think are the most effective and which are not?
3. Would you consider studying a language abroad or recommend anyone to do it? Support your answer.
The theater has always been a great source of entertainment, amusing people for centuries. Originally began to tell stories to those who cannot read and write; the curtains opened up to showcase more than just a story. It also conveyed feelings, and information that can greatly influence the minds of its viewers.
The Elizabethan Theater
1. Have you ever seen a play before?
2. Describe the theater in the time of Shakespeare. How is it different from the theater today?
3. How did the government receive the theater in Shakespeare’s time?
4. Describe the lives of actors in the time of Shakespeare.
5. How can the theater influence its audience?
B2 – Upper Intermediate
A 25-year-old boy is in the middle of the millennial generation. Much maligned by elders for being lazy, entitled and addicted to technology, they are over-qualified but can’t find work or afford rent. They spend more time with their parents than ever before (the number of adults living at home has hit a 20-year high), and they also travel more – because where’s the point in saving when you’ll never have enough for a house deposit anyway?
Read the interesting story of a boy who traveled Europe with his mom and answer the following discussion questions below.
1. Have you ever traveled with your parents before? If yes, what was it like and where did you go?
2. Can you tell me one of your most memorable trips abroad?
3. Tell me the difference between traveling with friends and family. And, what are the advantages and disadvantages when you travel with your family?
4. Do you prefer to travel with friends, relatives, or alone? Why?
5. Do you agree that Millennials travel more today because they feel that they will never have enough money for a house deposit? And do you think it’s a good thing or a bad thing?
A group of middle school students filed into the legislative chambers to advocate for police animals.
Read about their proposed law in the article below:
Middle school students advocate for Mitchell’s Law
1. Who is Mitchell and what is the Mitchell’s Law?
2. In your opinion, is Mitchell’s law relevant to other parts of the world?
3. Do you think it’s acceptable for children to take part in law-making?
Getting older is a given, but our diet and lifestyle play a huge role in how we look and feel along the way! Aging doesn’t necessarily mean getting sick or feeling less than our best — if we pay attention to a few key factors and make a few important shifts, we can age healthfully and feel as optimal as possible.
Read the article and be able to answer the following question:
- How concerned are you with aging? Please explain.
- Do members of your family live long and healthy lives? Please explain.
- What lifestyle choices have you made that have had negative effects?
- What lifestyle choices have you made that have had positive effects?
- If humans could double their lifespan, would it be a good idea? Why/not?
Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Despite the benefits derived from play for both children and parents, time for free play has been markedly reduced for some children. This report addresses a variety of factors that have reduced play, including a hurried lifestyle, changes in family structure, and increased attention to academics and enrichment activities at the expense of recess or free child-centered play.
Further read the article and be able to discuss the following questions:
- Do you agree that children should spend most of their day studying?
- Some people say that children who have piano, soccer, and other activities become smart adults. What you opinion about this?
- What’s a good balance between study and play for children? Why do you think so?
- How important are tests for children? Do tests accurately measure a child’s intelligence, skills, and/or abilities.Why do you think so?
- What is the education system like in your home country? Please explain.
- How can the education system in your home country be improved? Please explain.
The 2020 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and commonly known as Tokyo 2020, is a major international multi-sport event due to be celebrated in the tradition of the Olympic Games as governed by the International Olympic Committee.
Mixed-gender events added to 2020 Olympics
1. Are you a big fan of the Olympics?
2. Do you think skateboarding, 3-on-3 basketball, sport climbing and BMX freestyle belong in the Olympics?
3. Do your country’s athletes do well in the Olympics?
4. What is your favourite event at the Olympics and why?
5. Do you think the Olympics should only be for amateur athletes, like it used to be?
6. Which Olympics can you remember well?
7. What does hosting the Olympics do for a country?