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Business English – Globalisation

B2 – Upper intermediate

Globalisation has changed society in many ways. Some people believe this has been a positive change, while others argue that it has had many negative impacts. 

Watch the video and be ready to answer the discussion questions:

Business English – Globalisation

Discuss:

1. According to the video, what are problem caused by globalisation?
2. Have you ever worked for a multinational company? If yes, did you enjoy it? If no, would you like to work for a multinational company? Why / why not?
3. Why do you think there has been an increase in multinational companies in the last 50 years?
4. How has this increase impacted on language learning?
5. What are the negative impacts of globalisation?

English Conversation – Singlehood

B2 – Upper intermediate

Singlehood is usually defined as the state of being unmarried. However, the term also applies to having no romantic partner. Some people may assume that to be single means to be unhappy. However, some people prefer to live a single life and find many advantages to it.

Watch the video carefully and discuss the questions:

English Conversation – Singlehood

Discuss:

1. What do you think about Iyanla’s advice? Do you agree with all the advice she give?
2. What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of being single?
3. What are the main reasons some people live a single life?
4. Do you think most people that are single are happy or unhappy?
5. Describe the differences in lifestyle of a single person from a married person.

Advice To Young Women

C1 – Advanced

Advice is usually a recommendation about what might be thought, said, or otherwise done to address a problem, make a decision, or manage a situation. Everyone needs to ask advice at some stage in their lives, whether it is from family, friends, colleagues, or another trusted individual. Likewise, we all offer advice, assistance and support to someone in need of guidance at some point in time.

Click the link and watch the video. Be able to answer the discussion question that follows:

English Conversation – Advice

Discuss:

  1. What do you think about the advice that was given to  young women?
  2. What is the best piece of advice you have received from a family member?
  3. What three pieces of advice will you give your children?
  4. Do you often ask family and friends for advice?
  5. Whose advice do you follow more, your parents’ or your friends’ advice?
  6. Do you ask your colleagues for advice?

The Culture Shock of an International Student

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B2 – Upper intermediate

Culture shock is defined as feeling confused and anxious when you visit another country or city. It happens to everyone, even to young students who are more flexible and adaptable to a new environment.

Read the article below to know about the experience of one international student.

I wasn’t prepared for the culture shock of being an international student

Discuss:

1. Have you experienced culture shock before? How did you cope with that?
2. Share an experience you had in another country.
3. What are the things that matched with your expectations before coming to a country and what things didn’t match?

Speaking Activity: Talk about…

B1 – Intermediate

Express your thoughts on the following questions. You will be given time to prepare.

  1. Talk about an enjoyable or memorable experience that you had when you were alone. Explain what made this event so memorable.
  2. Talk about a person in your life who has inspired you. Describe the person and explain why you found him/her inspirational.
  3. Talk about an important national holiday in your home country. Describe it and explain why it is important.
  4. Talk about an experience in your life that made you feel embarrassed. Describe it and say why it was embarrassing.
  5. Talk about an interesting tourist attraction you have been to. Describe it and say why it was interesting.
  6. Talk about a time when you experienced success. Describe the experience and say why it was a success for you.
  7. Talk about a difficulty you have overcome in your life. Describe the experience and say why it was difficult to overcome.
  8. Talk about a positive experience with learning or using English. Describe the experience and say why it was a positive one.
  9. Talk about something you and your family enjoy doing together. Describe it and explain why you all enjoy it.
  10. Talk about an event from the past that you would like to relive. Describe the original event and say why you would like to relive it.

 

Virtual Reality In The Classroom

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B2 – Upper intermediate

Virtual reality used to be just something out of a movie. Now, it is widely used in different industries, whether it be in entertainment or in technical training. But is it as effective if it is used in classrooms? Are there any physical side effects to using virtual reality?

Click the link below and read the article to know more of the advantages and disadvantages of using virtual reality.

The Pros And Cons Of Using Virtual Reality In The Classroom

Discuss:

1. Do you think that this technology can benefit students in their learning environment? Why or why not?

2. In the article, cite one advantage and one disadvantage of virtual reality in the classroom that you agree with. Explain why.

3. In your own personal opinion, do you think the advantages outweigh the drawbacks of Virtual Reality?

4. Would you like virtual reality to be applied in the classroom for your child or children? Or, would you rather have them be taught in a traditional way? Explain your answer.

Dying to be Thin: Eating Disorders

B2 – Upper intermediate

Do you feel fat? Interestingly enough, fat is not a feeling. For some people, the thought of feeling full, bloated or bigger than they should be conjures up a wide range of emotions.

For people suffering from eating disorders, feeling fat goes beyond the sensation of feeling full after a meal. They also suffer from depression, from feeling unloved and ignored or unappreciated.

Click the link below to learn more about eating disorders.

Column: Dying to be thin – what you should know about eating disorders

Discuss:

1. What are the signs and symptoms of eating disorders?
2. What are your thoughts on the eating disorders mentioned in the article? Is this something that people in your country struggle with?
3. The influence of the media is greater than ever. They promote bodies that are thin and idealistically well proportioned. Do you agree or disagree with this? Why or why not?
4. What should the government do to help reduce the number of people suffering from this
condition?

Causes & Solutions of Juvenile Delinquency

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C1 – Advanced

Juvenile crime is a crime committed by young people below a specific age – 18 in most countries. Even kids can run afoul of the law. Once a child commits a crime and enters the criminal justice system, he or she may be deemed a “juvenile delinquent.”

Causes and Solutions of Juvenile Delinquency

 Discuss:

1. What are the main reasons children become criminals?
2. What kind of crimes do young people usually commit?
3. Why do you think juvenile crime increased in the past decade?
4. Should young people go to prison if they commit serious crimes?
5. How much are parents to blame if their children become criminals?
6. What part do you think movies, the Internet and video games play in leading young people to crime?
7. Is juvenile crime a problem in your country?
8. What would you do if you discovered your children had committed criminal acts?

Pronunciation: Silent letters

B1 – Lower Intermediate – Pronunciation Lesson

A silent letter is the letter in a word that is left not pronounced. Did you know that about 60% of English words has silent letter in them?

Go over this list of silent letters and few sample words. Make sure to practice pronouncing each word.

SILENT LETTERS FROM A TO Z

A – artistically, logically, musically, romantically, stoically

B – comb, climb, debt, plumber, tomb, subtle, dumb, bomb, doubt, , numb, subpoena, thumb, womb.

C – acquire, acquit, blackguard, Connecticut, czar, muscle, scissors, victual

CH – yacht

D – handkerchief, Wednesday Wednesday (commonly said Wens-day)

E – plaque. vegetable (veg’tab’I), bridge, clothes. When on the end of a word, it changes the pronunciation of the word, but the -e is silent.

F – halfpenny

G – align, alight, champagne, diaphragm, gnash, gnaw, high, light,reign, though

GH – right, drought, eight, weigh

H – choir, hour, honour, honest, herb, rhyme, rhythm, thyme, Thailand

I – business, parliament

J – (NONE)

K – blackguard.

KN -words, the k is silent: know, knot, knee, knife, knight, knock.

L – calm, folk, salmon, talk, walk, could, should, would, folk, half, calf.

M – mnemonic.

N – autumn, chimney, column, damn, damn, government, solemn.

O– colonel, sophomore, opossum

P – corps, coup, cupboard, pneumonia, psalm, raspberry, receipt, coup

Q – (NONE)

R – butter, finger, surprise

S – aisle, island, debris, isle, patios, viscount.

T – beret, Chevrolet, depot, listen, whistle, wrestle, trestle, mortgage, apostle

(When talking fast, the t is very lightly pronounced in words like Christmas, mountain and little)

TH – asthma, isthmus, north, Easter

W – who, whole, write, wrong, two, sword, wrist, answer

X – faux

Y – (NONE)

Z – rendezvous

9 – sign, gnat, gnu, foreign

ACTIVITY: 

1. Practice reading the words in the list above with your Phone English teachers.
2. Come up with your own list of words with silent letters from A to Z. Then practice pronouncing the words.
3. Use the listed words in sentences to practice your pronunciation and sentence construction.

The Pros and Cons of Advertising

B1 – Intermediate

Advertising is very important. It is a good way for consumers to know a product very well. Advertising also influences people’s mood and emotions. It makes people buy things they don’t need and makes them feel depressed for not being able to buy items that are in fashion.

Read the article below to know more about the good and bad in advertising.

History of Advertising – The Pros and Cons of Advertising

Discuss:

1. Why is it necessary to advertise?
2. Is there truth in advertising?
3. What kind of advertisements attract your attention?
4. Do you find advertising persuasive? Why do you buy one product over another?
5. Should alcohol or tobacco companies be allowed to advertise? Why or why not?
6. What is the most advertised product in your country?
7. What are the harmful and the beneficial effects of advertising?