Category Archives: Homework

Video: Iran Pre-Nups Put Men in Jail

B2 – Upper intermediate

Every country has specific laws when it comes to marriage and separation. In Iran, a specific system is threatening husbands to face jail time if they fail to give spousal support.

Watch the video and be ready to answer discussion questions.

Iran pre-nups land thousands of men in jail

Discuss:

1. What is the “mehrieh” system and how is it affecting husbands?
2. What is the Iranian government doing to combat the problems in the “mehrieh” system?
3. Does your country have very strict rules when it comes to divorce and separation?
4. Are there cultural practices in your country regarding marriage that you think should be changed?

When to Tie the Knot

B2 – Upper intermediate

A person’s wedding day is considered to be important and special. Some weddings are small and intimate while some are extravagant.

Read the article below to know about the different factors that people consider before getting married.

When to Tie the Knot

Discuss: (from article)

  1. What do you think is the ideal age for people to get married? Why do you think so?
  2. At what age do people usually get married in your country? Is this too young or too old?
  3. What does a successful marriage need? Please explain.
  4. Many couples live together before tying the knot. Do you think helps or harms a marriage? Why?
  5. Should couples stay married no matter what? Why/not?

The Benefits of Good Posture

C1 – Advanced

Having good posture is imperative to have good health. Along with eating right and getting enough sleep, correct posture will help you be more physically fit.

Watch the video below to know how our posture affects our health.

Discuss:

1. What do you think about your posture? Is it good or bad?
2. According to the video, what does good posture look like?
3. What are the causes of poor posture? What are it effects?
4. How can one achieve a good posture?

Habits That Will Improve Your Life

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B2 – Upper intermediate

One popular proverb you’ve probably heard is the one that goes, “Change is the only constant thing in this world”.

Read on for some ways to start bringing in that change you’ve been meaning to see in your life.

10 Habits That Will Dramatically Improve Your Life

Discuss:
1. What are some changes you’d like to make in your life? And why are these changes crucial to you?
2. Which habit/s from the list would you likely adapt?
3. What are your thoughts on “going out of one’s comfort zone?”

Guyana Tribe Goes Hi-Tech

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B2 – Upper intermediate

Perhaps never in our wildest imagination would we associate the jungle with cutting-edge technology. The Wai-wais, members of the smallest tribe in South America, are defying technology barriers in order to continue being the stewards of the rainforests in this nation.

Guyana tribe goes hi-tech to protect its land

Discuss:

1. Why is it necessary for the Wai-wais to learn the use of technology?
2. What do you think of this drastic change? How would this impact their old way of life?
3. Are there any tribes/indigenous groups in your country? Share what you know about them.

The Shorter Lives of Men Explained

B1 – Intermediate

People have done marvelous things in order to be able to live longer. But it is still a fact that women have a longer life expectancy that men.

Read the article and be ready to answer the questions:

The Shorter Lives of Men Explained

Discuss: (from article)

1. Do you agree with the article’s findings? Why/not?
2. Were you surprised by the article’s findings? Why/not?
3. The lifespan of women has been decreasing recently. Why do you think so?
4. Is it possible to limit the risks young men take? Why do / don’t you think so?
5. Why do you think young men take so many risks?

Men, Women and Housework

B2 – Upper intermediate

It is quite common for women to do most of the housework while holding full time or part time jobs. The video below, however, shows a different trend happening when it comes to families and domestic chores.

Watch the video and answer the questions below:

Discuss:

  1. How much work do you do around the house each week? What chores do you do?
  2. Why do you think men do fewer chores than women? Please explain.
  3. Why do women have more housework when there are children?
  4. Would you ever want to become a housewife/ house husband?
  5. Which is more difficult, work in a career or work in the home for the family? Why?

Rugby Sport Helps Heal Wounds

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B2 – Upper intermediate

After a devastating event, children of all ages in Rwanda are healing through the game of Rugby. Read the extraordinary stories of people involved in bringing hope back in a wounded community.

Rwanda Rugby: Sport helps heal wounds in ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’

Discuss:

1. Tell the story of Kamanda Tharcisse. How has Rugby helped him?
2. How did rugby reach Rwanda? Who are the other people involved in the foundation Friends of Rwandan Rugby?
3. How is rugny fairing in your country?
4. Aside from sports, what other activities can help heal or recuperate people who have gone through traumatic events.

Podcast: How Romance Ruined Love

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B1 – Intermediate

Romance and love. What do you think is the difference? Listen to the podcast below then be ready to share your thoughts.

How romance ruined love

Discuss:

1. According to the podcast, what is romanticism? How did it affect us?
2. What did the podcast say about love today?
3. What is your opinion about Valentine’s Day?
4. How would you define relationship?

BBC LingoHack Video: March 1

B1 – Intermediate

Watch the video below to increase your vocabulary and practice your listening skills. Feel free to watch the video more than once. You may also take down notes of important details.

Lingohack: 1 March 2017

Discuss:

1. Define the word “upside” and use it in a sentence.
2. Why are the employees in Silicon Labs catching their breath?
3. Describe the Kung Fu Grandma.
4. What exercises do you enjoy doing during your free time?