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Having a Sister Makes Us More Optimistic

B1 – Lower Intermediate

Siblings play a unique role in one another’s lives. Because siblings often grow up in the same household, they have a large amount of exposure to one another. Only, people with sisters are said to be more optimistic than those with brothers or without any siblings. What’s your opinion?

People with sisters are happier and more optimistic, study shows

Discussion questions:

1. Do you agree with the study?

2. Tell me about your brother/sister. How has your relationship changed since childhood?

3. What kind of a sibling are you?

4. Who always teaches you to be positive and kinder?

5. As a parent/future parent, how can you encourage and promote a healthy sibling relationship with your children?

Open Banking

B2 – Upper Intermediate

We have been so used to our financial information being kept strictly confidential by our banks. In the UK, a competition watchdog is lobbying for open banking.

Read more on it and be in the know about what it is, how it will work and other relevant information regarding secured financial info sharing among firms.

https://breakingnewsenglish.com/1712/171202-debt.html

Discussion Questions:

1. What is Open Banking?
2. How do you feel about this news?
3. In what ways is this a positive change?
4. What things are you worried about?
5. How would people take such change in your country?

Help for People in Debts

B2 – Upper Intermediate

We need money for spending on various thing like house rent or a mortgage, cars, bills, travels, and a lot more. Some people owe huge amounts of money. Many of them can’t get out of the red.

Read more on how the South Korean government would try to assist those under a pile of debts.

https://breakingnewsenglish.com/1712/171202-debt.html

Discussion Questions:

1. What are your thoughts on what the South Korean goverment is doing?
2. What do you think of how people are spending money in your country?
3. What is your government doing to help people with a lot of debts?
4. What do you think of when you hear the word ‘debt’?
5. What advice can you give to someone who is in debt?

Online Forever

B1 – Intermediate

Posting our personal activities online has become the norm over the last decade that some companies uses this as their way of checking one’s background when one is applying for a job. This can be really critical for some people who posts very personal things on social media such as embarrassing photos or perhaps a strongly worded status update. So next time you click post or send, you might wanna think twice.

Read more about it on the link below.

http://www.headsupenglish.com/index.php/upper-intermediate-students/upper-intermediate-mini-lessons/184-online-forever!

Discussion Questions:

  1. How often do you post things on social media? What kind of content do you often post?
  2. What do you think about employers and schools using this kind of method for background checks?
  3. After reading this article, will you consider refraining from posting on social media? Why or why not?

Goosebumps with Music Sign of a Special Brain

B1 – Intermediate

Do you ever have that reaction when listening to one song that sends shivers all over your body? A research shows that if music gives you the chills or goosebumps, then something in your brain might be unique. Discover what by reading the article below.

Why certain music gives us goosebumps?

Discussion questions:

1. What type of music do you like?

2. What is your favorite song? What emotions do you have when you listen to it?

3. What one song makes you emotional? What memory does it remind you of?

4. What gives you goosebumps?

5. What do you know about depression?

6. How do you deal with your life’s sad moments?

Preventing Favoritism in the Workplace

B2 – Upper Intermediate

Favoritism is a sign of bad management practice, which leads to disfavored employees feeling unmotivated. No law averts favoritism, however, if discrimination, harassment, or retaliation stems from it, then it can be a form of illegal behavior. Read the article to get a deeper understanding of when favoritism goes beyond standards of behavior.

https://www.employmentlawfirms.com/resources/employment/discrimination/laws-preventing-favoritism-in-the-workplace

Discussion questions:

1. Describe favoritism as:
a. illegal discrimination
b. sexual harassment
c. retaliation

2. Do you think favoritism exists in your workplace? How?

3. What are the negative effects of favoritism in the workplace? Can you cite any positive effect of it?

4. Who is your favorite colleague, friend, and family member?

5. Share your experience about you being favored and/or disfavored by your employer.

Performance-Enhancing Drugs

B2 – Upper Intermediate

Doping means to administer drugs, known as performing-enhancement drugs (PED), to an animal or athlete in order to inhibit or enhance sporting performance. There are numerous reports of the use of PEDs in various sporting events, which led to banning of the condemned players.

Let us take a look at these incidents.

Performance-Enhancing Drugs

Discussion questions:

1. What are some examples of performance-enhancing drugs (PED) and their effects?

2. What is your opinion about the use of PEDs?

3. Who is your favorite athlete? What would you do if s/he were found and convicted of doping?

4. Should the use of PEDs be allowed to a sick athlete who would need to perform in one sporting event? Why or why not?

‘Whitewashing’ in Hollywood

B2 – Upper Intermediate

Whitewashing refers to casting white actors as characters who are non-white or of indeterminate race. There are a couple of movies and TV shows in Hollywood that have had their casting criticized as whitewashing. Critics of this practice claim that this is a form downplaying other races. What do you think of whitewashing?

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/features/breakfast-at-tiffany-hellboy-hollywood-whitewashing-a7932581.html

Discussion questions:

1. Cite an example of whitewashing in movies or TV that you have watched.

2. What do you guess could be the possible problems whitewashing can cause?

3. If you were a white actor and were chosen to play a non-white character role, would you take it?

Successful Family Life and Career

B1 – Intermediate

When you are an adult with a family, balance is something hard to find. A balance between your work and family seems impossible to do when you work 40 hours a week not to mention the time you spend on commuting from your house to work and vice versa.

Let’s read the article below and discuss how to have a successful career and a happy family.

Successful Family Life and Career

Discussion Questions:

  1. In your opinion, out of the 10, which tip is the most important?
  2. What are your personal ways to ensure a successful career and family life?
  3. What activities do you enjoy doing with your family?

Bitcoin just passed $8,000

B2 – Upper Intermediate

Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin provide people around the world new and innovative ways of engaging in legitimate commerce.The price of Bitcoin just passed $8,000 for the first time.

 

Click on the link to read the article and be ready to answer the questions that follow:

https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/20/bitcoin-just-passed-8000/

Discussion Questions:

  1. What is Bitcoin? What do you know about it?

2. Have you invested in Bitcoin? What are the advantages and disadvantages of Bitcoin currency?

3. Is Bitcoin the future or is just a gamble?