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‘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?

Hollywood ‘Whitewashing’

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?

Tips for a Successful Career and Family

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.

10 Tips for How To Have a Successful Career AND a Happy Family!

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

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 the article to read and answer the questions

Bitcoin just passed $8,000

 

What is Bitcoin?

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

Is Bitcoin a  future or just a gamble?

Competition Is Ruining Childhood

B2 – Upper Intermediate

 

Competition is considered  as an implicit part of education, Many of today’s children have lived their entire life in a fierce tournament with peers. Is it true that the harder we work to develop our job skills — our “human capital” — the better off we will be?

*Right click on the photo and open link in new tab to read the full article.

 

Discussion Questions:

1.What is the role of education in our future?

2.Should education be a form of competition?

3.Do you think we are tricked in the idea that sacrificing our mental health now in school for security in adulthood?

4.How can we make education fair for every child?

 

 

Pros & Cons of Organ Donation

It is kind of unnerving that the moment you get your driver’s license, you will be asked whether or not you are willing to become an organ donor. It would seem like they are expecting for a fatal accident to happen and only your organs will be saved. If you look at it from a different perspective, however, it is one way that you will be able to do your share in saving lives. Even in death, you will be able to do something heroic. But organ donation is a tricky subject and an equally tricky process that may come with side effects, which is why it remains a hot subject for debate.

Read the article and be able to answer the questions below:
Discuss:
  1. What do you think about organ donation?
  2. Should everyone be considered organ donors unless they ‘opt-out’?
  3. Would you consider donating your organs in case of untimely death?
  4. Would you allow your organs or tissue be used for research purposes?
  5. Would you donate your body to medical science? Why or why not?

Coping With Death and Grief

Death is inevitable, yet the loss of a close friend or family member always showers us with a range of emotions. One day we might desperately try to avoid the pain, anxiety and feelings of helplessness we feel when a loved one dies.

Psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross introduced what became known as the “five stages of grief,” which represent feelings of those who have faced death and tragedy.

Read the article and be able to discuss the questions below:

https://www.focusonthefamily.com/lifechallenges/emotional-health/coping-with-death-and-grief/coping-with-death-and-grief

Discuss:

  1. Are there special rites or ceremonies performed when a person dies in your country?
  2. Are you afraid of death?
  3. Do you believe in life after death?
  4. Do you often think of death?
  5. Is there any person you would die for in order to save? Who is it?
  6. What are some ways which you can help a family which has just experienced the death of a family member?
  7. What are your beliefs pertaining to a person’s soul once they have died?
  8. Why is facing death a difficult experience?
  9. How does a person cope with death of a friend or loved one?
  10. How do your national customs surrounding death reflect the values of your country?
  11. What are funerals like in your country? What are some funeral customs in your country?

Interesting Facts about Spanish Culture

Spain has a lot to offer any sort of traveller. Spanish culture is just as fascinating as the nation’s coastlines and museums, and probably much more nuanced! Even if you spent years in Spain you most likely wouldn’t be able to uncover every aspect of the country’s vibrant traditions, but that doesn’t mean you won’t try, right? Let’s check a few interesting facts about Spain and the Spanish way of life.

 

6 Interesting Facts about Spanish Culture

 

1. What do you think is interesting about your culture?

2. What don’t you like about your culture?

3. When people from other countries think about your culture, what do they usually think of?

Spain’s Strangest Laws

The Spanish city of Palma de Mallorca approved fines of €600 ($820) for people daring to go shirtless in the city centre. To honour the occasion, The Local has rounded up some of the strangest laws in Spain. Read on to find out more.

 

Spain’s strangest laws

 

1. What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘law’?

2. What laws in your country do you hate?

3. What’s the craziest law you know of?

4. Are there any laws in your country that you think should be made tighter?

5. Have you ever broken any laws?

Idioms and Their Origin

B1 – Lower Intermediate

Image result for cat got your tongue idiom

 

An idiom is a word or phrase which means something different from its literal meaning. When used correctly, it can amplify messages in a way that draws readers and listeners in and helps awaken their senses. Let us get to find out some of the most used idioms and their crazy origins.

https://www.grammarly.com/blog/popular-idioms-with-crazy-origins

Discussion questions:

1. Tell some real-life situations when you have used or experienced these idioms.

2. Are you good at using idioms when speaking? What do you feel about people who are good at using idioms in a conversation?

3. Give an example of a Spanish idiom and explain its meaning and origin.

4. When is it necessary to use idioms? When is it not?

 

John Titor

B2 – Upper Intemediate

What would be your reaction if you talked to a person who claimed that he had time traveled and lived in 2036? Scientists attest to the possibility of time traveling, though there is no official announcement of an existence or creation of a time machine. Find out more about John Titor’s story of taking a leap into the future.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/11945420/Who-was-John-Titor-the-time-traveller-who-came-from-2036-to-warn-us-of-a-nuclear-war.html

Discussion questions:
1. What do you think of Titor’s claim of time traveling?

2. Why do you think he said that his goal was not to be believed? If you could meet Titor, what are the things that you would like to know about his experience?

3. Would you try time-traveling? At what point in the past would you like to go back to? What do you visualize the future would be like?