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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?

Video: Kenya’s Catchy Pop Hit

B2 – Upper intermediate

If you’re into music then you’ll find this story interesting. The video below is good practice for your listening skills. Feel free to watch it more than once. The text below the video will give you extra details about the short story.

Kenya’s catchy pop hit that took the world by storm

Discuss:

1. How did the song “Jambo Bwana” come to life? What was its inspiration?
2. What did you think of the tune or the melody of the pop song?
3. What are some of the local songs in your country that are considered a classic and are still played on the radio?
4. What are some of your preferences when it comes to music?

Vocabulary: Killing time

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B1 – Intermediate

This activity is meant to practice your listening skills and increase your vocabulary. Listen to the podcast to understand the idiom “Killing Time” and how to use it.

Killing time

Discuss:

1. What does it mean when you kill time? How would you use it in a sentence?
2. When you have appointments, do you like being early then just kill time? Or do you prefer being on time?
3. What are things you like to do when killing time?

Vocabulary: Eat humble pie

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B1 – Intermediate

This activity is meant to practice your listening skills and increase your vocabulary. Listen to the podcast to understand the idiom “Eat Humble Pie” and how to use it.

Eat humble pie

Discuss:

1. What does it mean when you eat humble pie? How would you use it in a sentence?
2. In the podcast, why did Rob have to eat humble pie?
3. What is the history of the phrase “eat humble pie”?
4. Describe a time you were wrong and had to eat humble pie.

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?

Podcast: Autonomous Vehicles

B1 – Intermediate

What will future cars look like? Can future vehicles prevent road accidents? Will it really be possible for a car to take us from point A to B without controlling it?  Let’s discuss the Autonomous or driver-less cars of the future and find out more about it.

Listen to the podcast carefully and study the featured vocabulary words.

Discuss:

1. Will self-driving cars be safer than human-controlled ones?
2. Do you think that robot cars can handle life-or-death situations/decisions?
3. Would you buy one for yourself? Why/not?

Podcast: Crazy Festivals

B2 – Upper Intermediate

Every single day of the year, there is surely a festival happening somewhere in the world. Here are a few of the more unusual festivals from different countries.

Crazy Festivals

Discuss:

1. What’s the most interesting crazy festival for you in that list of festivals?
2. Which one did you find really strange?
3. Do you know of any other odd festivals?
4. What is your favorite festival?
5. Why is it important for a city or country to hold festivals?

NASA Developing Food Bars for Mars Flights

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B2 – Upper Intermediate

When you go travel somewhere, probably, one of the things you would usually pack is food. Ever wonder how astronauts’ food are prepared for their space travel?

Read the article and watch the video. Be ready for a discussion.

NASA Developing Food Bars for Mars Flights

Discuss:
1. What are the things to consider and challenges encountered preparing food for Mars explorations?
2. What are your thoughts on Mars space missions?
3. What do you think of the idea that we could escape into space if (or when) the earth becomes uninhabitable for whatever reason?
4. If you would be sent to space, what food items would you want to bring with you and why?
5. Should rich countries invest more money on these efforts?

PODCAST | Business English – Customer Service

B2 – Upper Intermediate

How important is it really to take care of the customers’ needs? Customer service is making sure a customer is rendered superior quality service and assistance before, during and after a purchase of a product.

PODCAST | Business English – Customer Service

Discuss:
1. Discuss Jackie’s recent customer service experience.
2. What is the importance of having an excellent customer service?
3. Do you think companies should invest more on this area?

Unexploded Bombs Still a Problem in Laos

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B2 – Upper intermediate

Most countries have many remembrances of past wars. Unfortunately, in countries like Laos, these reminders still have the power to injure them.

Read the article below and express your thoughts about it.

Unexploded Bombs Still a Problem in Laos

Discuss:

1. Who do you think is responsible for the clean up of the remaining bombs?
2. Should the USA pay for the medical bills of those people who are affected by the bombs or should it be charities?
3. Do you think that bombs today are more sophisticated because of advanced technology?