Category Archives: Homework

Japan Set For Invisible Trains

seibu-railway

B1 – Intermediate

Japan is known for its technological advances. In 2018, the country will be launching its first invisible train.

Read the article below to know how this transport could be invisible. Be ready to practice your speaking skills by talking about transport systems.

Japan Set For Invisible Trains By 2018

Discuss:

1. Describe the train that Kazuyo Sejima designed? Why is it called an invisible train?
2. How would you describe the trains in your country?
3. Have you taken the different trains in Europe? Have you visited other European countries using trains?
4. Would you say that public transportation in your country is very effective? What else could it improve on?

Video: The Euro Turns 15

B1 – Intermediate

The European Union brought on a lot of changes. One of them is the change of currency. 2017 marks the 15th year for the euro currency. Was it a good idea? Will it last for many more years? Click the link below to watch the video and express your thoughts about it.

The Euro Turns 15

Discuss:

1. What did the video say about the challenges of the euro currency?
2. What do you remember about the events in your country when your currency changed to euro?
3. Why do you think the United Kingdom decided to keep the British pound when they joined the EU?
4. What is your opinion of having one currency?

The Perils of Business Travel

B2 – Upper Intermediate

In some occupations, going places is one of the things that comes with the job. While it has a lot of benefits, it also involves some risks.

Find out more about some perils of doing business travels from this short article:

The Perils of Business Travel

Discuss:

1. What do you think about business trips?
2. Is traveling an essential part of your job? If so, please explain the reasons why. If not, would you like to be given the opportunity to do so?
3. Are there any places you wouldn’t want to visit for business? Why?

Podcast: Women’s Right to Vote

B2 – Upper intermediate

We have to admit that women’s rights have come a long way. They are now able to hold different important professions, to vote and to study in universities of their choosing.

Listen to the podcast below and be ready to talk about important people and what they have done for their countries. Be ready talk about some of your role models.

Women’s right to vote

Discuss:

1. Who is Emmeline Pankhurst and what is her contribution to society?
2. Who are some of the historically important people in your country? What changes did they make?
3. Would you say that women in your country have a very strong voice?
4. According to the podcast, how did suffragettes behave to get noticed?
5. Who are some of the people you consider as role models?

Podcast: What’s Your Superpower?

B1 – Intermediate

In the past few years the number of superhero films has seemed like it doubled. You’ve got different movies from Marvel and DC Comics left and right. And people just can’t get enough of them.

Click the link below and listen to the podcast about superhero and superhero films. Feel free to listen more than once and to read the transcript as well.

What’s your superpower?

Discuss:

1. How do you feel about superhero films?
2. What are some of the superhero films that you think are actually good?
3. If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
4. Do you think such films are good for children? Are they bad for children?
5. Did you read comic books when you were a child? Have you heard of manga comic books?

 

Speaking Activity: It’s a Small(er) World, After All

B2 – Upper intermediate

What pops in your head when you hear the the term “globalization”? Does it give out a positive vibe or more of a negative connotation?

Click the link below and express your thoughts about globalization and other topics related to it. Be ready to practice your sentence construction during the activity. Be ready to support your answers with an explanation.

It’s a Small(er) World, After All

 

Speaking Activity: Are You a Health Nut?

B2 – Upper intermediate

“Health is wealth.” “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” These are just some famous sayings we have about health. It is no secret that people want have a full life – a healthy life. How do you take care of yours?

Click the link below and answer the different questions related to health. This activity will help practice your sentence construction.

Are You a Health Nut?

 

Should Foreigners Be Allowed To Hire Surrogates In India?

B2 – Upper Intermediate

India is known worldwide as an outsourcing country of choice by many multinational companies for almost any kind of services.

In addition to this, India is also popular for surrogacy. In fact, it is dubbed as the “surrogacy hub” of the world, where couples who are having troubles conceiving their own children, go to in order to hire a local woman to get pregnant with their baby.

Recently, the Indian government unveils its plans to regulate this multi-billion industry.

Discuss:

1. Why is commercial surrogacy attractive to surrogate mothers?
2. What are your thoughts on this opinion about surrogacy: “It’s immoral to bear another child” when there are already a lot of children viable for adoption?
3. What do you think of India’s plans to control this form of international tourism in their country?

Venezuela Seizes Toys for its Children

B1 – Intermediate

The government of Venezuela has decided to confiscate some toys from a distributor to give them to children for free or at discounted prices in time for Christmas. Do you think the government has the right to do this? Read the article and let’s discuss.

Venezuela seizes 4 million toys for its children

 Discuss:

1. What is your general opinion of the article?
2. How important are toys to children?
3. What are some of the toys that you enjoyed during your childhood?
4. What can you say about the toys of children today?
5. Is the government right to take the toys for the children?

The Next Generation of Roads That Talk to Cars

B2 – Upper intermediate

The safety of travellers and drivers on the road have always been a priority. From building better road infrastructure to using technology to ensure a driver’s safety.

Watch the video below to know more of how advanced technology is upping its game when it comes to road safety. Be ready to express your thoughts about it.

Discuss:

1. How do smart-roads work? How can roads communicate with cars?
2. According to the video, what are the benefits of self-driving cars?
3. Which states in the US are already working on smart-roads?
4. What are your thoughts on self-driving cars?
5. Do you think smart-roads will work in your country?