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Can A Computer Teach Children to Read and Write?

B1 – Intermediate

Global XPrize aims to help the poorest children of the world to learn how to read and write by developing a user-friendly app.
They will test the winning app with thousands of children in Africa by using a tablet to learn.

Do you think it’s necessary to use tablets and apps to teach children how to read and write?
Let me know your opinion after you read the full article below and listen to the audio.

Can A Computer Teach Children to Read and Write?

Let’s discuss:

1. What are your thoughts on the Global XPrize competition?
2. Do you think that children will be able to teach themselves basic educational skills with only a tablet? Why? Why not?
3. Would you describe the U.N.’s goal to provide “universal primary and secondary education by 2030” as realistic? Why? Why not?
4. Do you think that computers will play a major role in education in the near future? Why? Why not?
5. Would you say that teachers are an essential part of the education system? Why? Why not?

Laptop vs Handwriting

B2 – Upper Intermediate

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Cambridge University is allowing the students to use laptop than pen and paper.The wonders and usefulness of the laptop are great but are we losing the art of handwriting?

Lets read the article and answer the questions.

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/sep/11/laptops-handwriting-students-university-exams-skill

Is handwriting a lost art now?

Do you think writing notes in a paper makes it easier to remember and synthesize information than typing in a laptop?

Is using a laptop for typing a more effective way of learning and retention?

Do you think computers might one day replace handwriting ?

 

Does owning a gun make you safer?

 

The United States has the most heavily armed civilian population in the First World; our homes contain enough firearms for every man, woman and child.

Why do so many Americans own guns? The main reason, according to surveys, is protection.

 

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0804-hemenway-defensive-gun-home-20150730-story.html

 

Discussion Questions: 

Do you think people need guns?

Would fewer guns result in less gun violence?

Switzerland has a higher rate of gun ownership than the USA but hardly any gun crime. Why do you think this is?

What checks should there be made before someone can buy a gun?

In Japan there are strict gun control laws and so there is very little gun crime. Should all countries follow Japan to lower gun crime?

Do you think people should be allowed to have guns to defend themselves in their home?

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Organic Food Craze

Organic food is the product of a farming system which avoids the use of man-made fertilisers, pesticides; growth regulators and livestock feed additives.

Organic Food No More Nutritious

1. What is your stand on the organic food craze?

2. Do you buy organic food?

3. Why do you think organic food is so much more expensive?

4. Do you think that organic food is much better than normal food or are they about the same?

Learn English by Watching TV

B1 – Intermediate

For any immigrant or refugee who doesn’t speak the language of the country where they’ve moved into, it would be a complete culture shock and in some ways, may very well be a very frustrating moment in his life.

There are many ways to learn English. Discover and be inspired as to how Farid, an Afghan refugee, learned English. Watch the video that talks about Farid’s journey and read the article to know whether we can really learn English the way he did.

http://www.bbc.com/news/education-41516251

Discussion Questions:

1. What are some ways to learn English or a language?
2. In your opinion, what is the best way to do so?
3. What do you think of Farid’s suggestion to English learners?
4. What are things you’ve done/tried to improve your foreign language skills?
5. What advise or tips would you give other English/foreign language learners?

Travel Accommodations

Accommodation is a concern of every traveller, whether looking for a place to pitch a tent or a luxury suite in a fancy resort. Booking accommodation, dealing with the vast array of accommodation options, and considering alternative lodging options are all issues that travellers face.

Understanding The Different Types Of Accommodation In Tourism

1. Which do you prefer to stay in when you travel:  hotels, hostels, or another type of place? Why?

2. What are the best and worst things about staying in hotels?

3. Do you feel comfortable when you are staying at a hotel?

4. Couch surfing is staying for free at people’s homes in different countries. Is this a good idea or bad idea? Why?

5. What is the most common accommodations in your country?

6. Do you have any interesting stories about staying somewhere other than your house, like a hotel or hostel?

Shoppers start paying by fingerprint

B2 – Upper Intermediate

There’s a lot of talk these days about biometric-enabled systems for time and attendance and security access systems. Fingerprints are the most commonly known biometric. The store, at Brunel University in London in enables students to pay for their shopping without cash, cards or their phone, as they can simply  scan their finger in a fingerprint recognition gadget.

 

Read the article and answer the questions below to find out!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/future-of-money/shoppers-start-paying-fingerprint-changes-lie-ahead-banking/

What payment system do you use in purchasing things.

Do you think consumer security is guaranteed using fingerprint?

Would you like to use the traditional way of payment?

Is biometric system the future of identity verification?

 

 

 

 

Science Fiction and the Future

C2 – Proficient

Can science fiction actually help predict the future? Watch the video to find out.

Discussion Questions:

1. Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke once said that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. What does that mean?
2. Do you think science fiction can help predict the future?
3. What technological advancements from science fiction do you think are very realistic and possible to exist in the future?

Winning the Lottery and Happiness

C2 – Proficient

Times these days are hard. Something most people think that can help make things so much better is getting very fortunate one day and winning the lottery. The million dollar question is, “Would winning the lottery make you happier?”.

Watch the video to find out.

Discussion Questions:

1. What does the article say about happiness and sadness?

2. Have you been very happy? What made you very happy and how long did it last? How about being sad?

3. How would winning a million dollars/euros? Do you think it will make you happier for the rest of your life?

False Advertising

B2 – Upper Intermediate

Do you ever wonder why brands pay a great deal of money on advertisements? A well-thought of ad can make consumers buy your products or avail of your services. Hence, advertising firms ensure their ads catch their market’s attention, to some extent, even if it means misleading them.

Read the article below and get ready to talk about false advertising.

http://www.headsupenglish.com/index.php/advanced-english-students/advanced-skill-builders/advanced-listening/412-false-advertising

Discussion Questions:

1. Have you ever fallen for a misleading advert?
2. Talk about an advertising campaign that caught your attention recently.
3. What are your thoughts on celebrity endorsements?
4. What factors do you consider when buying a product?
5. What would make an ad more appealing?