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India to be a Cashless Society

B2 – Upper intermediate

“A cashless economy is secure.” This is according to India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Below is an interesting article on how India is working on becoming  a cashless country. Read the article then answer some discussion questions.

India to be a cashless society, says Prime Minister

Discuss:

1. What do you think about a cashless society?
2. What are the pros and cons of cash?
3. Is having a cashless society an assurance that one country’s economy will be stable?
4. What are the effects of the digital world in your society?

UK leaving Europe is bad for science

B2 – Upper intermediate

One of the main principles of EU membership is “free movement”. Which means you don’t need to get a visa to go and live in another EU country. But, some British citizens don’t agree with this idea.

On the other hand, there are those campaigning for Britain to stay in the EU, as it makes selling things to other EU countries easier. And the flow of immigrants fuel economic growth and help pay for public services.

UK leaving Europe is bad for science

Discuss:

1. What do you know about Brexit?
2. Do you think it is better for the UK to leave or stay in the EU?
3. What are the good things about being in the European Union?
4. Is it better for a country to be part of a union or be totally independent?
5. How important is the European Union?

Swiss Vote No to Free Monthly Income for All

B2 – Upper intermediate

These days it seems that every country has problems regarding its economy, employment rate and social welfare. Swiss nationals made a life-changing decision regarding it’s social welfare policy.

Read the article below and express your opinions about it.

Swiss vote no to free monthly income for all

Discuss:

1. Why do you think voters rejected the proposal?
2. Is a guaranteed monthly state income a good idea? How happy would you be at getting a $2,500 monthly salary for free?
3. Is it better to give people a salary or give them welfare payments?
4. What’s the best way to deal with income inequality?

Rio Olympics: Is Brazil Ready?

C1 – Advanced

The 2016 Summer Olympics has come and gone. But how do you think Rio fared as the recent host?

Read the article below to see the big challenges that Brazil faced as they got ready for the Olympics.

Rio Olympics: Is Brazil ready to host the Summer Games?

Discuss:

1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of hosting the Olympics?
2. Do you think this sporting event will somehow help alleviate Brazil from recession?
3. Given the factors mentioned beforehand, would you consider the Olympics in Brazil a success?
4. Is this a good time to invest in businesses in this country?

Brexit: All You Need to Know

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C1 – Advanced

On June 2016, the British people voted to leave the European Union. But what does it all mean and how will it affect other countries?

Read the article and watch the videos to get a comprehensive understanding of Brexit.

Brexit: All you need to know about the UK leaving the EU

Discuss:

1. What is your own understanding of Brexit?
2. What is your personal opinion on this issue?
3. Do you think being a member country of the EU is a good or bad thing for Spain?

More and More 70-year-olds Working

B2 – Upper intermediate

Around 10 per cent of British people in their early 70s are now working. It is the highest figure since records began. How do you feel about this? Do you think that the government should do something about this?

Read the article below and answer some discussion questions.

More and more 70-year-olds working

Discuss:

1. At what age do you want to stop working?
2. Is it wrong for people in their 70s to work?
3. What are the difficulties for people when they retire?
4. How important is a pension?

Will New Two-Child Policy Lift China’s Economy?

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B2 – Upper intermediate

For the longest time China has sat tight with the law of one child per family. But, in 2015, the country announced its plan of lifting the old law and moving forward with two children per family.

Read the article below then express your thoughts about the topic.

Will New Two-Child Policy Lift China’s Economy?

Discuss:

1. What do you know of China’s previous one-child policy?
2. Is it good for the government to pass such laws?
3. How would you describe the population in your country?

Spaniards Resort to Self-employment

B2 – Upper intermediate

Having one’s own business used to be something people did post-retirement. But with the long-drawn out unemployment crisis in Spain, it has become the only option left for many. The real issue however, is how to convert these people ‘s talents and skills into a regular source of income.

Watch the video and find out if  self-employment is the key to the unemployment problem in Spain.

Discuss:

1. What do you think of self-employment as a source of income? Would you consider it yourself?
2. Do you think the Spanish government is doing enough to support self-employed individuals?
3. What qualities should a self-employed individual have in order to succeed?
4. What are the pros and cons of being self-employed?

Poverty In A Rich World

B2 – Upper intermediate

We are living in a wealthier world. The number of people living in extreme poverty has halved in recent decades. More people own cars and mobile phones. But why do we still see poverty?

Listen to the podcast then be ready to answer some discussion questions.

Poverty in a rich world

Discuss:

1. Is poverty a big issue in your country?
2. Would you say that there is a big gap in Spain between the rich and the poor?
3. Are you able to see your taxes at work?
4. What are ways for government to solve poverty?

Rent a Foreigner in China

C1 – Advanced

In China, being Caucasian can open doors to a Hollywood style career. With thousands of high-rise apartment units to sell, housing developers have turned to talent agencies that specialize in renting out foreigners to clients. A white face is supposed to make a place “truly international”  which should then translate into sales.

Watch the video and see how the Chinese use image to solve the real estate glut and in the process transform the average Joe into a celebrity of sorts.

Discuss:

1. Do you think foreigners being made to pretend to be people they are not is acceptable?
2. Can you think of an experience you’ve had whereby you were treated in a special way because of the color of your skin?
3. Why do you think the Chinese associate white people with prestige?
4. Would you agree to be a foreigner for rent in China? Why or why not?