Category Archives: Homework

Podcast: Home Security

B1 – Intermediate

Being safe in your own home is something very important.

Listen to the short audio clip below then answer the quiz to check your comprehension. Be ready to have a discussion as well.

Home Security: Recording

Home Security: Quiz

Discuss: (from resource)

1. What are three things you do to protect your apartment or home from burglary?
2. Do you need advanced systems like motion detectors to protect your dwelling, or is a watch dog enough?
3. What are other good ways to protect yourself and your home from burglary?

Supermarkets are not Cheating Customers

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C1 – Advanced

Consumers are always on the look out for promotions and discounts on almost every products. But are all promotional products worth your cash?

Read the article below and express your thoughts about it.

Supermarkets ‘not conning customers’

Discuss:

1. What is multi buy?
2. Do you think multi-buy packages are a good deal or is it a way to entice customers to buy more than what they really want?
3. How could supermarkets handle this situation better without causing annoyance to their customers?

The Culture Shock of an International Student

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B2 – Upper intermediate

Culture shock is defined as feeling confused and anxious when you visit another country or city. It happens to everyone, even to young students who are more flexible and adaptable to a new environment.

Read the article below to know about the experience of one international student.

I wasn’t prepared for the culture shock of being an international student

Discuss:

1. Have you experienced culture shock before? How did you cope with that?
2. Share an experience you had in another country.
3. What are the things that matched with your expectations before coming to a country and what things didn’t match?

Speaking Activity: Talk about…

B1 – Intermediate

Express your thoughts on the following questions. You will be given time to prepare.

  1. Talk about an enjoyable or memorable experience that you had when you were alone. Explain what made this event so memorable.
  2. Talk about a person in your life who has inspired you. Describe the person and explain why you found him/her inspirational.
  3. Talk about an important national holiday in your home country. Describe it and explain why it is important.
  4. Talk about an experience in your life that made you feel embarrassed. Describe it and say why it was embarrassing.
  5. Talk about an interesting tourist attraction you have been to. Describe it and say why it was interesting.
  6. Talk about a time when you experienced success. Describe the experience and say why it was a success for you.
  7. Talk about a difficulty you have overcome in your life. Describe the experience and say why it was difficult to overcome.
  8. Talk about a positive experience with learning or using English. Describe the experience and say why it was a positive one.
  9. Talk about something you and your family enjoy doing together. Describe it and explain why you all enjoy it.
  10. Talk about an event from the past that you would like to relive. Describe the original event and say why you would like to relive it.

 

Virtual Reality In The Classroom

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B2 – Upper intermediate

Virtual reality used to be just something out of a movie. Now, it is widely used in different industries, whether it be in entertainment or in technical training. But is it as effective if it is used in classrooms? Are there any physical side effects to using virtual reality?

Click the link below and read the article to know more of the advantages and disadvantages of using virtual reality.

The Pros And Cons Of Using Virtual Reality In The Classroom

Discuss:

1. Do you think that this technology can benefit students in their learning environment? Why or why not?

2. In the article, cite one advantage and one disadvantage of virtual reality in the classroom that you agree with. Explain why.

3. In your own personal opinion, do you think the advantages outweigh the drawbacks of Virtual Reality?

4. Would you like virtual reality to be applied in the classroom for your child or children? Or, would you rather have them be taught in a traditional way? Explain your answer.

Dying to be Thin: Eating Disorders

B2 – Upper intermediate

Do you feel fat? Interestingly enough, fat is not a feeling. For some people, the thought of feeling full, bloated or bigger than they should be conjures up a wide range of emotions.

For people suffering from eating disorders, feeling fat goes beyond the sensation of feeling full after a meal. They also suffer from depression, from feeling unloved and ignored or unappreciated.

Click the link below to learn more about eating disorders.

Column: Dying to be thin – what you should know about eating disorders

Discuss:

1. What are the signs and symptoms of eating disorders?
2. What are your thoughts on the eating disorders mentioned in the article? Is this something that people in your country struggle with?
3. The influence of the media is greater than ever. They promote bodies that are thin and idealistically well proportioned. Do you agree or disagree with this? Why or why not?
4. What should the government do to help reduce the number of people suffering from this
condition?

Racial Profiling

B2 – Upper intermediate

Racial profiling has been a hot topic for the past few years. The reality of it is getting to be more and more common.

Watch the two videos below about racial profiling and express your thoughts about them.

Discuss:

1. What images spring to mind when you hear the term ‘racial profiling’?
2. Is racial profiling OK if it leads to a reduction in terrorist attacks?
3. Which races are targeted most under racial profiling? Is this fair?
4. Which is worse – racial profiling or religion profiling?
5. Do you think racial profiling will alienate those profiled and thus lead to greater social problems?
6. How would you feel if you were suspected of wrongdoing because of your colour or race?

Causes & Solutions of Juvenile Delinquency

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C1 – Advanced

Juvenile crime is a crime committed by young people below a specific age – 18 in most countries. Even kids can run afoul of the law. Once a child commits a crime and enters the criminal justice system, he or she may be deemed a “juvenile delinquent.”

Causes and Solutions of Juvenile Delinquency

 Discuss:

1. What are the main reasons children become criminals?
2. What kind of crimes do young people usually commit?
3. Why do you think juvenile crime increased in the past decade?
4. Should young people go to prison if they commit serious crimes?
5. How much are parents to blame if their children become criminals?
6. What part do you think movies, the Internet and video games play in leading young people to crime?
7. Is juvenile crime a problem in your country?
8. What would you do if you discovered your children had committed criminal acts?

Pronunciation: Silent letters

B1 – Lower Intermediate – Pronunciation Lesson

A silent letter is the letter in a word that is left not pronounced. Did you know that about 60% of English words has silent letter in them?

Go over this list of silent letters and few sample words. Make sure to practice pronouncing each word.

SILENT LETTERS FROM A TO Z

A – artistically, logically, musically, romantically, stoically

B – comb, climb, debt, plumber, tomb, subtle, dumb, bomb, doubt, , numb, subpoena, thumb, womb.

C – acquire, acquit, blackguard, Connecticut, czar, muscle, scissors, victual

CH – yacht

D – handkerchief, Wednesday Wednesday (commonly said Wens-day)

E – plaque. vegetable (veg’tab’I), bridge, clothes. When on the end of a word, it changes the pronunciation of the word, but the -e is silent.

F – halfpenny

G – align, alight, champagne, diaphragm, gnash, gnaw, high, light,reign, though

GH – right, drought, eight, weigh

H – choir, hour, honour, honest, herb, rhyme, rhythm, thyme, Thailand

I – business, parliament

J – (NONE)

K – blackguard.

KN -words, the k is silent: know, knot, knee, knife, knight, knock.

L – calm, folk, salmon, talk, walk, could, should, would, folk, half, calf.

M – mnemonic.

N – autumn, chimney, column, damn, damn, government, solemn.

O– colonel, sophomore, opossum

P – corps, coup, cupboard, pneumonia, psalm, raspberry, receipt, coup

Q – (NONE)

R – butter, finger, surprise

S – aisle, island, debris, isle, patios, viscount.

T – beret, Chevrolet, depot, listen, whistle, wrestle, trestle, mortgage, apostle

(When talking fast, the t is very lightly pronounced in words like Christmas, mountain and little)

TH – asthma, isthmus, north, Easter

W – who, whole, write, wrong, two, sword, wrist, answer

X – faux

Y – (NONE)

Z – rendezvous

9 – sign, gnat, gnu, foreign

ACTIVITY: 

1. Practice reading the words in the list above with your Phone English teachers.
2. Come up with your own list of words with silent letters from A to Z. Then practice pronouncing the words.
3. Use the listed words in sentences to practice your pronunciation and sentence construction.

The Pros and Cons of Advertising

B1 – Intermediate

Advertising is very important. It is a good way for consumers to know a product very well. Advertising also influences people’s mood and emotions. It makes people buy things they don’t need and makes them feel depressed for not being able to buy items that are in fashion.

Read the article below to know more about the good and bad in advertising.

History of Advertising – The Pros and Cons of Advertising

Discuss:

1. Why is it necessary to advertise?
2. Is there truth in advertising?
3. What kind of advertisements attract your attention?
4. Do you find advertising persuasive? Why do you buy one product over another?
5. Should alcohol or tobacco companies be allowed to advertise? Why or why not?
6. What is the most advertised product in your country?
7. What are the harmful and the beneficial effects of advertising?