Category Archives: Homework

Baby Boomers – The Golden Generation

Almost exactly nine months after World War II ended, “the cry of the baby was heard across the land,” as historian Landon Jones later described the trend. More babies were born in 1946 than ever before: 3.4 million, 20 percent more than in 1945. This was the beginning of the so-called “baby boom.” In 1947, another 3.8 million babies were born; 3.9 million were born in 1952; and more than 4 million were born every year from 1954 until 1964, when the boom finally tapered off. By then, there were 76.4 million “baby boomers” in the United States. They made up almost 40 percent of the nation’s population.

 

 

http://www.english-online.at/geography/baby-boomers/baby-boomers-golden-generation.htm

Let’s talk:

1. Who are baby boomers?

2. Are boomers prepared for the challenges of aging?

3. What is your opinion on some baby boomers who can’t retire because they haven’t saved enough money to take it easy? Is the situation in your country the same?

Live in this Italian Village and Receive Money

© via Daily Mail UK

B2 – Upper Intermediate

How would you like to move to a picturesque town with only 394 inhabitants, rents for as low as €50 a month, and an incentive of €2,000 for relocating there?

The city government in a little Italian village offers all these things to address a problem their town is facing.

Live in this Italian Village and Receive Money

Let’s talk:
1. What’s the problem in this village and what is the solution to it?
2. Do you have the same problem in your country?
3. What are the reasons you would move or not relocate to this town?

Drunk Driving

B1 – Low Intermediate

Driving under the influence, or driving while impaired, is the crime or offense of operating a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or other drugs (including recreational drugs and those prescribed by physicians), to a level that renders the driver incapable of operating a motor vehicle safely.

Drunk Driving: Linda Hunt

Let’s talk:

1. What do you think about drunk driving?

2. What are the penalties for drink driving in your country?

3. Should the passengers/friends of a drunk driver also be punished?

4. Is alcohol the biggest cause of road accidents in your country?

Housing in Spain and Poverty

B1 – Low Intermediate

Housing generally refers to the social problem of ensuring that members of society have a home in which to live, whether this is a house, or some other kind of dwelling, lodging, or shelter.

Housing in Spain and Poverty

Let’s talk:

1.Do you agree with the woman in the video?

2. Do you know anything about your government’s housing policy?

3. Does your government provide housing for people on low or no income?

4. Is it easy to find good quality housing in your town?

5.How can housing be made affordable for everyone?

6. What issues will arise with housing of the future?

PODCAST: Multiple Careers

B2 – Upper Intermediate

There is a new trend in some societies. It’s having more than one occupation. There is someone who is a part-time computer programmer and a part-time musician or someone who is a teacher by day and a bartender by night.

Click on the links below to listen to and read the transcript of this BBC 6 Minute English podcast about having several jobs.

PODCAST: Multiple Careers

TRANSCRIPT: Multiple Careers

Let’s talk:
1. When you were young, how did you answer the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up”?
2. What do you do now? Are you interested in getting another job? If so, what kind?
3. What does the term “portfolio careers” mean?
4. What might be the good and bad things about having portfolio careers?
5. Think of other reasons why having multiple jobs is becoming a trend.

Commercial Airline Pilot – A Dream Job?

B1 – Low Intermediate

Every job has its pros and cons so before diving into something  we want to know everything about it – from pretty cool benefits that come with being an airline pilot including the negatives.

Read the article to find out and be able to answer the questions that follow:

http://www.english-online.at/travel/airline-pilot/commercial-airline-pilot.htm

Discuss:

  1. Have you ever dreamed of being an airline pilot? Why or why not?
  2. What is your impression of having a job as a pilot?
  3. What are the pros and cons of being an airline pilot?
  4. Do you think you have what it takes to become a pilot?

Productivity

B2 – Upper Intermediate

How do you get big things done? I’m sure there are several different ways you can do to accomplish them. Here’s one technique you can try:

 

Let’s Talk:

What is the technique called and how does it work?

How can people improve their productivity?

What technology helps you to be productive?

Do you think smart phones increase or decrease productivity?

Are you a very motivated person or do you wait until the last minute to do things?

Do you think that some people are more productive because of genetics or how they were raised?

Who is the most productive person you know personally? How about really productive famous people?

Do you think people today work harder than their parents?

What are some things you want to do but don’t have time for?

What is the biggest waste of time for you?

 

Why Sitting is Bad for You

Think about how much time you spend each day sitting down. You may sit down throughout the entire working day at a desk in front of a computer. You sit during your commute to and from work. And you sit when you’re watching TV in the evening, or surfing the web.

But is sitting really that risky? Watch the video carefully and be able to answer the questions that follow.

Discuss:

  1. According to the video, why is too much sitting  harmful for you?
  2. What are the things that you usually do when sitting down? About how many hours do you sit in a day?
  3. Do you agree that sitting too much can ruin your health? Why or why not?
  4. What are some ways  to reduce the health risks of too much sitting?

 

Dutch towns tell tourists how to behave

B1 – Lower Intermediate

It is often said that tourism can either be a boon or bane to a city or country.

Seems as though this little old Dutch town’s villagers have had enough of how touristic their village is.

Dutch towns tell tourists how to behave

Let’s talk!
1. Describe Old Holland and how locals live there.
2. What are the rules they talked about with local tour companies and what do you think about them? What rules for tourists would you add?
3. What responsibilities do you think tourists have?
4. What kind of bad behavior have you observed tourists have when they visit your city/country?

Egg Freezing Perk for Female Employees

B1 – Lower Intermediate

Apple and Facebook are among the biggest tech firms known for giving their employees, some might call, “awesome” work perks.

Recently, some companies decided they will provide financial assistance to their female staff should they opt to go for egg-freezing in their 20s or 30s.

Read more on egg freezing perk through this article:

Egg freezing Perk for Female Employees

Let’s talk!
1. What do you think of this perk?
2. What are your thoughts on this statement: “When [IVF] is done purely to protect their job, I think it’s extraordinary that women think this is liberating.”?
3. What unique perks are given to employees at your company?
4. What perks do you want your company to start giving out to its employeeS?
5. What do you think is the best age to start having children. Tell some reasons why.