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How often do you hear or read about sustainable development in the news? WHY?   Leave a comment

English: Sustainability chart

English: Sustainability chart (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

1) What springs to mind when you hear the term ‘sustainable development’?
2) What is sustainable development?
3) In which countries is sustainable development most important?
4) How is sustainable development linked to standard of living?
5) What is your country’s policy on sustainable development?
6) What organizations think that sustainable development is important?
7) How often do you hear or read about sustainable development in the news?
8) What happens if countries ignore issues related to sustainable development?
9) Do you know of any sustainable development projects that have worked?
10) Is sustainable development more important for the developed or developing world?

 

 

1) Is sustainable development possible in today’s world in which people are becoming richer and consuming more of the Earth’s natural resources?
2) Is sustainable development real or is it just theory and a topic for inter-governmental meetings?
3) Would you be able to sustain yourself?
4) How important is sustainable development in relation to issues like climate change, poverty, terrorism, etc?
5) What problems does a lack of sustainable development lead to?
6) What roles do countries like the USA, China, Russia and India have in sustainable development?
7) How can there be sustainable development when the world’s population is moving from the countryside into cities?
8) What questions about sustainable development would you like answered?
9) Do you think sustainable development is an interesting an important topic?
10) Do you think people will be talking about sustainable development 50 years from now?

 

Foreign aid or (development assistance) is often regarded as being too much, or wasted on corrupt recipient governments despite any good intentions from donor countries. In reality, both the quantity and quality of aid have been poor and donor nations have not been held to account.

There are numerous forms of aid, from humanitarian emergency assistance, to food aid, military assistance, etc. Development aid has long been recognized as crucial to help poor developing nations grow out of poverty.

In 1970, the world’s rich countries agreed to give 0.7% of their GNI (Gross National Income) as official international development aid, annually. Since that time, despite billions given each year, rich nations have rarely met their actual promised targets. For example, the US is often the largest donor in dollar terms, but ranks amongst the lowest in terms of meeting the stated 0.7% target.

Furthermore, aid has often come with a price of its own for the developing nations:

  • Aid is often wasted on conditions that the recipient must use overpriced goods and services from donor countries
  • Most aid does not actually go to the poorest who would need it the most
  • Aid amounts are dwarfed by rich country protectionism that denies market access for poor country products, while rich nations use aid as a lever to open poor country markets to their products
  • Large projects or massive grand strategies often fail to help the vulnerable as money can often be embezzled away.

This article explores who has benefited most from this aid, the recipients or the donors.

This web page has the following sub-sections:

  1. Governments Cutting Back on Promised Responsibilities
    1. Rich Nations Agreed at UN to 0.7% of GNP To Aid
    2. Almost all rich nations fail this obligation
    3. Some donate many dollars, but are low on GNI percent
    4. Aid beginning to increase but still way below obligations
    5. 2011: first aid decline in years
  2. Foreign Aid Numbers in Charts and Graphs
    1. Aid money is actually way below what has been promised
    2. Side note on private contributions
    3. Side Note on Private Remittances
    4. Adjusting Aid Numbers to Factor Private Contributions, and more
    5. Ranking the Rich based on Commitment to Development Private donations and philanthropy Are numbers the only issue?

 

Would you ever consider having cosmetic surgery? WHY?   1 comment

English: Walter Yeo, the first person to recei...

English: Walter Yeo, the first person to receive plastic surgery, before (left) and after(right) skin flap surgery performed by Sir Harold Delf Gillies in 1917. The pictures of Walter’s face before the surgery are blurry and hard to come by. In the tragic accident he was recorded as having lost both his upper and lower eyelids. The surgery was some of the first to use a skin flap from an unaffected area of the body and paved the way for a sudden rash of improvements in this field. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

1) What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘surgery’?
2) Do you use the British word ‘operation’ or the American word ‘surgery’? Does it matter which one you use?
3) Have you ever had surgery / an operation?
4) How would you feel if you needed surgery?
5) Would you ever consider having cosmetic surgery?
6) What’s the difference between cosmetic surgery, plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery?
7) How do you think keyhole surgery will change medical procedures in the future?
8) Do you think today’s technology means heart surgery is no problem or would you still worry if you needed a heart op?
9) If you underwent surgery, what preparations would you make in the few days before?
10) What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘surgery’?

 

 

1) Would you like to be a surgeon?
2) What do you think of surgeons?
3) What do you know about laser surgery?
4) How have surgical techniques changed over the past century?
5) Would you consider having surgery in another country?
6) If you had surgery, would you prefer to be awake or asleep?
7) Which body part would you hate to have surgery on?
8) Would you sue the hospital if your surgery went wrong?
9) Would you like to watch a video of an operation on your body?
10) What do you think surgery will be like in the future?

 I don´t know, I always think about it,sometimes I think I would never do it because this is the way I am and i should accept it, but sometimes i think that change a few things I don´t like would make me happier, so why not…
I need to decide what I think about it, but I can´t .

I see both excellent and terrible results of the plastic on the moviestars and celebrities, so I can make the conclusion that no matter how expensive the services are, and how famous a surgeon is – there is always a risk to spoil your appearance irrevocably. So, no no no. Never.
 
In Colombia there are great plastic surgeons who perform daily operations to improve the physical appearance of both men and women. Its cost is relatively low, and very satisfactory results for those who want to look better and increase their self-esteem.
 
Due to a pregency that ripped my skin in one day from fluid (a ten pound gain in that one day) I have tons of loose skin and stretch marks –I look like a wild animal got a hold of me and ripped my skin apart.  My Dr. suggested strongly that I have plastic surgery as all the muscles in my stomach area are frayed like a rope.  As the years have passed my muscles have become even weaker and Drs. have told me that no amount of exercise will repair them. I have a lot of back trouble and pain partially due to the extra weight of skin hanging on my stomach. The embarrasment of people asking if I’m pregnant, and absolutelly not being able to buy any clothes to fit me is horrible. My breast are small making it even worse. Even though I also have other medical problems which cause me to not be as active as I previously was (fibromylgia and arthritis) I would like to feel like other women and be able to enjoy my body and not be embarrassed by it. Second on my list would be to have my breast enhanced and lifted. I am grateful to have a body that is alive and in somewhat working order but this would be my dream to feel like a normal woman must feel about her body. I’m sorry about such a long and personal answer, but thanks for letting me answer with my true feelings.

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121028 Eunhyuk and Donghae at Incheon Airport (to Nanjing) [Fancams!]   2 comments

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How’d that “hope and change” workout?   Leave a comment

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121028 Kyuhyun at Incheon Airport (to Nanjing) [5P]   Leave a comment

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THATS WHAT I AM (2011) the first kiss   2 comments

 

Its true, the bible conveys that same sexed people should not be together, says The God that created us..Yet Christian‘s are to show love.. love also means having Tolerance..Nobody should ever hate someone because they are gay, black, ugly or whatever it is about that person that they dont you like..the ones who insists on being evil are in fact the ones w/ the problem. Its not up to us lowly humans to judge or throw stones..I know these words will not truly make a difference…

The movie feels like a long version of The Wonder Years as we follow a teenage boy in the ’60s discovering the great mysteries of life in a coming-of-age movie. He is given an assignment by his teacher that involves him working with an unpopular student. In addition to having to worry about his cooties status by dealing with the unpopular group of students, he also has to deal with a bully, a father that doesn’t communicate too well, and his first crush. While all that is going on in his life, his teacher’s career is threatened by a rumor that Randy Orton‘s character threatens to go public with.

 

Posted October 27, 2012 by Teacher Alvin in LEARNING ENGLISH

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Posted October 22, 2012 by Teacher Alvin in LEARNING ENGLISH

well I hear what you said   Leave a comment

Louie: you said you did not not to hear about the gay teachers, well I say they are worth nothing

you wanted me to say nothing

I will say they make your school nothing, and your manager (nurse) type loves them, and when you have 9 gay men teaching in your school, it makes your school sick.

 

you will hide, and not learn, that gays, are sick people, and you will not learn to have a good school

 

 

Posted October 22, 2012 by Teacher Alvin in LEARNING ENGLISH

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Angeles City, Philippines
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School Introduction

C.I.P. – Clark International Premier’s Native English Speaking Teachers give 1:1 and Group Classes that are conducive for learning English. Our Native English Speaking Teachers have University degrees and TESOL qualifications. Once you are assessed you will be guided through our academic programs where you will achieve your highest potential. With a natural English environment and system, learners are able to maintain their interest in the language and systematically build up their language skills. Group classes are small (usually 3- 7 students) class activities may include debates, forums, media (news clips, talk shows and interviews), oral presentations, problem solving activities. C.I.P. is located in a safe peaceful residential area within the vicinity of malls, restaurants, schools and universities. Angeles city is a famous entertainment hot-spot for locals and tourists, with Clark Free Port Zone close by, a former US air base you can enjoy first class resorts, golf courses, parks and leisure establishments. Situated in a suburban area; C.I.P. gives a zest of natural environment, peaceful vicinity and far from the hustle and bustle of a city center.

ESL Program Introduction

C.I.P’s Native English Speaking Teachers and Local Teachers are dedicated and committed to helping students succeed. We have unique and specially tailored programs for you. We are here to help you make the most of your learning experience. Courses on offer are GENERAL ENGLISH, IELTS, TOEIC, TOEFL ,Business English, LCCI and Young Learners’ Course. With a variety of courses available students can practice and learn to communicate effectively in their social and professional lives. Subjects include speaking, listening, reading, writing, vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar. C.I.P. is also an accredited partner and a testing center for IELTS IDP Australia, LCCI London and is on the process of acquiring TOEFL ETS and TOEIC Hopkins Partners International. With the variance of courses, students get to choose programs and activities that will suit every language learner’s needs.

Background Data

Schedule & Fees

Year-Round

Tuition with Housing Fee:

Intensive Course A:
Tuition with Housing Fee: 4 weeks: 8weeks: 12 weeks: 16 weeks: 20 weeks: 24 weeks
1-Bedroom: $1,890: $3,680: $5,520: $7,160: $8,900: $10,740
2-Bedroom A: $1,740: $3,480: $5,220: $6,760: $8,400: $10,140
2-Bedroom B: $1,690: $3,380: $5,070: $6,560: $8,150: $9,840
3-Bedroom: $1,610: $3,220: $4,830: $6,240: $7,750: $9,360

Intensive Course C:
Tuition with Housing Fee: 4 weeks: 8weeks: 12 weeks: 16 weeks: 20 weeks: 24 weeks
1-Bedroom: $1,520: $3,040: $4,560: $5,880: $7,300: $8,820
2-Bedroom A: $1,420: $2,840: $4,260: $5,480: $6,800: $8,220
2-Bedroom B: $1,370: $2,740: $4,110: $5,280: $6,550: $7,920
3-Bedroom: $1,290: $2,580: $3,870: $4,960: $6,150: $7,440

Business LCCI Course:
Tuition with Housing Fee: 4 weeks: 8weeks: 12 weeks: 16 weeks: 20 weeks: 24 weeks
1-Bedroom: $2,040: $4,080: $6,120: $7,960: $9,900: $11,940
2-Bedroom A: $1,940: $3,880: $5,820: $7,560: $9,400: $11,340
2-Bedroom B: $1,890: $3,780: $5,670: $7,360: $9,180: $11,040
3-Bedroom: $1,810: $3,620: $5,430: $7,040: $8,750: $10,560

Young Learners Course A:
Tuition with Housing Fee: 4 weeks: 8weeks: 12 weeks: 16 weeks: 20 weeks: 24 weeks
2-Bedroom: $1,400: $2,880: $4,200: $5,400: $6,700: $8,100
3-Bedroom: $1,270: $2,540: $3,810: $4,880: $6,080: $7,300

Young Learners Course C:
Tuition with Housing Fee: 4 weeks: 8weeks: 12 weeks: 16 weeks: 20 weeks: 24 weeks
2-Bedroom: $1,760: $3,520: $5,280: $6,840: $8,500: $10,260
3-Bedroom: $1,630: $3,260: $4,890: $6,320: $7,850: $9,480

TOEFL Course:
Tuition with Housing Fee: 4 weeks: 8weeks: 12 weeks
1-Bedroom: $1,560: $3,120: $4,680
2-Bedroom A: $1,460: $2,920: $4,380
2-Bedroom B: $1,410: $2,820: $4,230
3-Bedroom: $1,330: $2,660: $3,990

IELTS Course:
Tuition with Housing Fee: 4 weeks: 8weeks: 12 weeks
1-Bedroom: $1,700: $3,400: $5,100
2-Bedroom A: $1,600: $3,200: $4,800
2-Bedroom B: $1,550: $3,100: $4,650
3-Bedroom: $1,4700: $2,940: $4,410

Application Fee: $100

Special Courses & Features

Housing/Accommodation Info

Accommodation are situated within the campus. Dormitory type accommodation is mostly sought by our students. In special cases, students who want to be in a more home-setting-type of accommodation, CIP also offers flats and apartments, as desired.

Contact Info

General English Programs / IELTS IDP Australia / TOEIC Hopkins Partners / TOEFL ETS / LCCI
CIP – Clark International Premier
Lot 18 & 19 Block 37 Kamantigue Street
Angeles City, Philippines 2009

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Posted October 22, 2012 by Teacher Alvin in LEARNING ENGLISH

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To all my Students   Leave a comment

To all my students at CIP  I have been trying  to teach you english for almost three years but,  the  management wishes to bring in non qualified teachers and gay men to teach ESL ( english as a second language).  I have tried in vain to teach my best in english so that you will become a great english speaker someday.  The management has hired non qualified teachers including gay men to try to teach you english in a very poor passion.  I cannot change the situation.  So I hope you find a good school that will teach you good english and how to pronounce it  properly.  For over two years, I have tried to make CIP a very good school, but what I see it is getting worst…… I hope you find a good school to learn good english in the future or follow me in my blogs where I will teach you all english.  I hope that you will follow my blogs to learn more english than what’s in the english books that you are learning from.

I hope and pray that you learn english from my blogs than any books can teach you.  Thank you for being my students,  and  I hope to see you all soon where ever will my new school  might be…

Sincerely,

Teacher Alvin Davis

Posted October 22, 2012 by Teacher Alvin in LEARNING ENGLISH

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What comes to mind when you hear the term ‘spelling activity’?   Leave a comment

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1) What comes to mind when you hear the term ‘spelling activity’?
2) What do you think when your teacher says you’re going to do some spelling?
3) What kind of spelling practice do you like most and least?
4) Do you like the spelling activities your teacher gives you?
5) Do you have an example of how a spelling activity really improved your spelling?
6) Do you know of any websites that have good spelling activities?
7) Is learning spelling in class ever interesting and fun? Should it be?
8) Do you always understand the reasons why the teacher asks you to do a particular spelling activity?
9) What are your biggest problems with spelling?
10) How important is spelling compared with pronunciation, vocabulary, punctuation, etc?
1) Do you like doing spelling activities in class?
2) Do you ever think spelling activities are a waste of time?
3) What strategies do you use to remember English spelling?
4) What do you think are the most difficult things about English spelling?
5) What things are important for a spelling activity to be successful?
6) What advice would you give to a student who says he/she is no good at spelling or hates spelling?
7) What do you like most and least about spelling in English?
8) How different is spelling in English compared with spelling in your language?
9) Do you think you need spelling practice in every class?
10) What questions would you like to ask your teacher about spelling?
English: spelling mistake on the last one, sorry

English: spelling mistake on the last one, sorry (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘speed’?   Leave a comment

60KM/H Speed limit sign in Australia.

60KM/H Speed limit sign in Australia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

1) What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘speed’?
2) What is the speed limit on the roads in your country?
3) Does speed kill?
4) Are you a speed freak? Do you love going fast?
5) What’s the fastest speed you’ve ever been in a car at?
6) Why do people love speed so much?
7) Are our lives getting faster and faster?
8) What things can you do at lightning speed?
9) Mahatma Gandhi said: “There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.” Do you agree?
10) Tadao Ando said: “The speed of change makes you wonder what will become of architecture.” What do you think?

 

 

 

1) What do you think of speed?
2) What do you think of people who drive at very high speeds?
3) How important is speed in your life?
4) Do you need high speed Internet?
5) Would you like to travel at the speed of light?
6) Do you ever speed dial on your mobile?
7) Do you worry about speed cameras and speed checks on the roads?
8) Are you a speed reader?
9) Someone once said: “There are no speed limits on the road to excellence.” What does this mean? Do you agree with it?
10) Confucius once said: “It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.” Do you agree with him?

 

Posted October 22, 2012 by Teacher Alvin in LEARNING ENGLISH

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What springs to mind when you hear the term ‘speaking activities’?   Leave a comment

 

1) What springs to mind when you hear the term ‘speaking activities’?
2) Do you think speaking activities are important? Why?
3) What kind of speaking activities do you like best?
4) Do you like the speaking activities your teacher gives you?
5) Do you have an example of how a speaking activity improved your speaking?
6) Do you know of any websites that have good speaking activities?
7) Do you prefer to do speaking activities sitting in your seat or walking around the classroom? Why?
8) Do you always understand the reasons why the teacher asks you to do a particular speaking activity?
9) What kind of partner do you like when you do speaking activities?
10) How important are speaking activities compared with reading, listening and writing activities?

 

Moodle Guide for Teachers

Moodle Guide for Teachers (Photo credit: st0nemas0nry)

 

 

 

 

1) Do you like doing speaking activities in class?
2) Do you ever think speaking activities are a waste of time?
3) Do you prefer speaking activities with one or two other partners or speaking activities with the whole class?
4) Is the topic important when you do a speaking activity?
5) What things are important for a speaking activity to be successful?
6) What advice would you give to a shy student who lacks confidence to do speaking activities?
7) How important are mistakes when you do speaking activities?
8) How long do you think speaking activities should be?
9) Do you think you need a speaking activity in every class?
10) What questions would you like to ask your teacher about speaking activities?

 

 

 

 

 

 

What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘souvenir’?   1 comment

Souvenirs Venezia

Souvenirs Venezia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

1) What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘souvenir’?
2) What do you think of the souvenirs on sale in your town?
3) Where do you usually put souvenirs?
4) Do you ever regret buying souvenirs?
5) What kinds of souvenirs do your parents have in their home?
6) Do you ever “take” things from a hotel as a souvenir?
7) Are photos the best kind of souvenirs?
8) Do you luxury, brand goods are worth the money? Is the quality so much better than non-brand goods that are half the price?
9) What do you think of souvenirs from theme parks?
10) What’s the difference between a souvenir and a present?

 

 

 

 

 

1) Do you like souvenirs?
2) What are the best souvenirs people can buy from your country?
3) How long do you keep souvenirs for before throwing them away?
4) Are souvenirs ever useful?
5) Do you like shopping for souvenirs or is it too much hassle?
6) Why are most souvenirs just cheap rubbish?
7) Is food a good souvenir?
8) What do you think of souvenir shops at airports?
9) Does the word ‘souvenir’ suggest something cheap or expensive?
10) How much money do you think souvenir shops make?

 

What makes Southeast Asia Southeast Asian?   8 comments

Map: Asia (location), subregions as delineated...

Map: Asia (location), subregions as delineated by United Nations geographic classification scheme, except *: Northern Asia* Russia in Eastern Europe en:Central Asia territories geographically, wholly or partially, in Eastern Europe Western Asia territories geographically, wholly or partially, in Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, and Northern Africa Southern Asia Eastern Asia Southeastern Asia territories geographically, wholly or partially, in Melanesia (Oceania) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

1) What makes Southeast Asia Southeast Asian?
2) How are Southeast Asians different from each other?
3) How powerful is Southeast Asia as a continent?
4) What are your favorite images of Southeast Asia and why do you like them?
5) Do you think Southeast Asia has an interesting history?
6) What are Southeast Asia’s biggest problems?
7) What are the differences between Southeast Asia and the rest of Asia?
8) Do you think Southeast Asia has the potential to change the world?
9) What is the most important Southeast Asian country?
10) What would you choose as the symbol of Southeast Asia and why?

 

 

 

 

 

1) What is great about Southeast Asia art and culture?
2) How are Southeast Asians different from people from other continents?
3) What does it mean to be Southeast Asian?
4) Is Southeast Asia the best region in the world to travel in?
5) What has Southeast Asia given to the world?
6) Do you think there is a Southeast Asian culture?
7) What countries do you think have the fiercest rivalries in Southeast Asia?
8) Who is the greatest ever Southeast Asian?
9) What does Southeast Asia do better than other regions?
10) How do you think Southeast Asia will change in the next 100 years?

 

What makes South America South American?   Leave a comment

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Category:Wikipedians interested in the Falkland Islands (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

1) What makes South America South American?
2) How are South Americans different from each other?
3) How powerful is South America as a continent?
4) What are your favorite South American images and why do you like them?
5) Do you think South America has an interesting history?
6) What are South America’s biggest problems?
7) What are the differences between South America and North America?
8) Do you think South America has the potential to change the world?
9) What is the most important South American country?
10) What would you choose as the symbol of South America and why?

 

 

 

 

 

1) What is great about South American art and culture?
2) How are South Americans different from people from other continents?
3) What does it mean to be South American?
4) Are South Americans the best football (soccer) players?
5) What has South America given to the world?
6) Do you think there is a South American culture?
7) What countries do you think have the fiercest rivalries in South America?
8) Who is the greatest ever South American?
9) What does South America do better than other continents?
10) How do you think South America will change in the next 100 years?

 

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What images spring to mind when you hear the country South Africa?   1 comment

English: South Africa (orthographic projection)

English: South Africa (orthographic projection) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

1) What images spring to mind when you hear the country South Africa?
2) What are the good things and bad things about South Africa?
3) What is South Africa most famous for?
4) What do you know about South African history?
5) What are the differences between South Africa and your country?
6) What do you think about South African people?
7) What has South Africa given to the world?
8) Would you like to visit South Africa, or live there?
9) What do you know about the geography of South Africa?
10) Who are the most famous South Africans you know?

 

 

 

 

 

1) How different is South Africa from other African countries?
2) What was the last news story you heard about South Africa?
3) What do you think South Africa’s neighbors think of it?
4) What do you think South Africa will be like 50 years from now?
5) Does your country have good relations with South Africa?
6) What could you do on a holiday in South Africa?
7) What is your idea of a typical South African person?
8) What things about South Africa do you think South Africans are proud of?
9) What do you know about South African culture?
10) What would you like to ask a South African person about South Africa?

 

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South Africa (Photo credit: United Nations Photo)

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Do you like the sound of your own voice?   1 comment

SOUND CARD

SOUND CARD (Photo credit: Cyberslayer)

 

 

 

 

1) What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘sound’?
2) What are your favorite sounds?
3) Which sounds in English do you have problems with?
4) What’s the most annoying sound to wake up to?
5) What are the differences between a sound and a noise?
6) Can you walk around your house without making a sound?
7) Would you like to travel at the speed of sound?
8) Do you sound like your parents?
9) What’s the sound quality of your music player like?
10) Do you always like the sound effects when you watch a movie?

 

 

 

 

 

1) Do you like the sound of your own voice?
2) What do you think people study on a public relations course?
3) What sounds do you hear in bed at night?
4) Do you like the sound of the dentist’s drill?
5) Whose voice do you hate the sound of?
6) What do you think people originally thought of talkies – the first movies with sound?
7) Which do you think sounds better, digital sound or analogue sound?
8) What sounds from nature do you like most?
9) What three sounds would you choose as the main characters of a story?
10) Which sounds in your language do you think are difficult for foreigners?

 

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Sound (Photo credit: ~fyrfli~)

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What images spring to mind when you hear the country Somalia?   1 comment

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1) What images spring to mind when you hear the country Somalia?
2) What are the good things and bad things about Somalia?
3) What is Somalia most famous for?
4) What do you know about Somali history?
5) What are the differences between Somalia and your country?
6) What do you think about Somali people?
7) What has Somalia given to the world?
8) Would you like to visit Somalia, or live there?
9) What do you know about the geography of Somalia?
10) Who are the most famous Somalis you know?

 

 

 

 

 

1) How different is Somalia from other African countries?
2) What was the last news story you heard about Somalia?
3) What do you think Somalia’s neighbors think of it?
4) What do you think Somalia will be like 50 years from now?
5) Does your country have good relations with Somalia?
6) What could you do on a holiday in Somalia?
7) What is your idea of a typical Somali person?
8) What things about Somalia do you think Somalis are proud of?
9) What do you know about Somali culture?
10) What would you like to ask a Somali person about Somalia?

 

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Topographic map of Somalia with english labels. Created with GMT from public domain GLOBE data. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted October 21, 2012 by Teacher Alvin in LEARNING ENGLISH

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What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘soldier’?   1 comment

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English: During exercise Joint Resolve 26, in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), soldiers from the German Battle Group’s 2nd Reinforced Infantry Company, armed with Heckler and Koch automatic assault rifles, seek to capture French soldiers playing the role of paramilitary extremists, near a paramilitary training camp in the town of Pazaric. (Released to Public) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

1) What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘soldier’?
2) What do you think about soldiers?
3) Would you consider becoming a soldier?
4) What do you think are the good and bad things about being a soldier?
5) Do you think soldiers are necessary?
6) Who is the Unknown Soldier and why is he/she important?
7) From what age is it OK for someone to become a soldier?
8) How do you think a soldier overcomes fear?
9) Do you think your country will always need soldiers?
10) How would you feel if your son or daughter wanted to become a soldier?

 

 

 

1) Do you think soldiers are extremely brave?
2) Why do you think people become soldiers?
3) What do you think soldiers think about the night before they have to go to war?
4) What would the world be like without soldiers?
5) Why do you think so few rich teenagers become soldiers?
6) Do you think woman soldiers should be allowed to do everything man soldiers do?
7) Does your country look after its old soldiers well?
8) Who is your country’s greatest ever soldier? Why?
9) How do you think a soldier feels when he/she comes home from war?
10) What questions would you like to as a soldier?

 

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Soldiers standing in front of Little White House, Camp Gordon, GA, circa 1917 (Photo credit: Center for Jewish History, NYC)

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What springs to mind when you hear the term ‘solar system’?   1 comment

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Solar System (Photo credit: Joe Plocki (turbojoe))

 

 

 

 

1) What springs to mind when you hear the term ‘solar system’?
2) What is your place in the solar system?
3) What is the best place in the solar system?
4) Do you know how our solar system got here?
5) How different do you think other solar systems are?
6) What do you think is beyond our solar system?
7) How is the Earth unique in our solar system?
8) Would you like to go for a tour of the solar system? Where would you like to go?
9) Do you think life exists on other solar systems?
10) What interesting fact do you know about our solar system?

 

 

 

 

 

1) What is the solar solar system?
2) How did the solar system get here?
3) What is the most interesting planet in the solar system?
4) Do you like reading news stories on the solar system?
5) What would you like scientists to find out about our solar system?
6) What would you explain about our solar system to an alien from another solar system?
7) Do you think humans will start destroying other parts of our solar system, just like we’re destroying Earth?
8) In your language, are chocolate bars and cars named after parts of our solar system? (They are in English!)
9) Do you think governments on Earth will one day fight over who owns which parts of the solar system?
10) What do you think our solar system will look like several hundred billion years from now?

 

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English: Moons of solar system scaled to Earth’s Moon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted October 21, 2012 by Teacher Alvin in LEARNING ENGLISH

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What images spring to mind when you hear the term ‘solar energy’?   5 comments

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English: This is a cropped version of :Image:Zonnecollectoren.JPG. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

1) What images spring to mind when you hear the term ‘solar energy’?
2) Are you interested in solar energy?
3) Do you think buying solar panels for your home is a good investment?
4) Why aren’t all houses in hot countries fitted with solar panels?
5) What do you think oil companies think about solar energy?
6) Do you think solar energy will be very common in a few decades from now?
7) How does solar energy work?
8) Do you think cars will run from solar energy one day?
9) Is solar energy the best form or renewable energy?
10) Is your government doing enough to promote solar energy?

 

 

 

 

 

1) Which of your gadgets would you like to run on solar energy?
2) What uses can you think of for solar powered clothes?
3) What are the pros and cons of solar energy?
4) Do you know anyone who uses solar energy?
5) Do you think solar energy could solve the global warming problem?
6) What would you like to know about solar energy?
7) Do you think scientists will also tap into lunar energy one day?
8) Are governments against solar energy because they can’t tax sunlight?
9) How would the world be different if everything was powered by solar energy?
10) What do you think schools should teach about solar energy?

 

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monokristalline Solarzelle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted October 21, 2012 by Teacher Alvin in LEARNING ENGLISH

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What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘software’?   Leave a comment

 

1) What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘software’?
2) How often do you buy new software?
3) How much do you know about computer software?
4) What is your favorite piece of software?
5) Do you ever have software problems?
6) Do you keep up to date with the latest software?
7) Are you surprised that a lot of software is free?
8) Have you ever bought pirated software? Would you?
9) Bill Gates said: “A solid working knowledge of productivity software and other IT tools has become a basic foundation for success in virtually any career.” Do you agree with him?
10) What do you think of speech recognition software?

 

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1) Do you think software is a good name?
2) Have you ever downloaded software illegally from the Internet?
3) Do you think software is good value for money?
4) What more would you like your software to do?
5) What do you think of people who design software?
6) Would you like to design your own software?
7) What is the greatest piece of software ever created?
8) Do you think it’d be cool to work for a software company?
9) Why do you think Microsoft has stuck to software and never went into producing computers, like Apple?
10) What questions would you like to ask Bill Gates or Steve Jobs about software?

 

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The display of the Speech Recognition screensaver on a PC, in which the character responds to questions, e.g. “Where are you?” or statements, e.g. “Hello.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

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What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘society’?   Leave a comment

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Metro_society (Photo credit: peterjaena)

 

 

 

 

1) What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘society’?
2) Are you proud of your society?
3) How would you describe your society?
4) How has your society made you the person you are?
5) What do people do to rebel against your society?
6) Do you think your society is better than other societies around the world?
7) How has technology changed society?
8) What makes you angry about today’s society?
9) What impact has the war on terror had on society?
10) Adam Smith said in his book “Wealth of Nations” (1776): “No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.” Do you agree?

 

 

 

 

 

1) What is a society?
2) What kind of improvements would you like to see in your society?
3) Is your society getting better or worse?
4) What would society be like if there was total anarchy?
5) Is society different for rich and poor, young and old, men and women, etc?
6) What are the differences between society today and 50 years ago?
7) What contributions have you made to society?
8) Why is society so against those who are different?
9) What is a perfect society for you?
10) Albert Einstein said: “All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.” Do you agree with him?

 

Einstein's high school transcript

Einstein’s high school transcript (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘socialism’?   Leave a comment

 

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English: Timeline of parties in the broad socialist movement (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

1) What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘socialism’?
2) What do you know about socialism?
3) What experiences has your country had with socialism?
4) What are the differences between socialism and capitalism?
5) What are the differences between socialism and communism?
6) Do you know of any countries where What are the differences between socialism and capitalism works well?
7) Are people more equal under socialism?
8) Why is it that socialism and revolution are often used in the same sentence?
9) Mikhail Gorbachev said: “Jesus was the first socialist, the first to seek a better life for mankind.” Do you agree?
10) Winston Churchill said: “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy. Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” Do you agree?

 

 

 

 

 

1) What is socialism?
2) Are more people happier under socialism?
3) Why is socialism red?
4) What would you like to know about socialism?
5) Do you think socialism is dead in the world’s leading economies?
6) How does socialism affect the rich and poor?
7) What does socialism do for entrepreneurs and companies?
8) How would the world economy change if all countries were socialist?
9) Tony Benn said: “Socialism is the flame of anger against injustice and the flame of hope that you can build a better world.” Do you agree?
10) Someone once said: “He who is not a socialist at 19, has no heart. He who is still a socialist at 30, has no brain.” What do you think of this quote?

 

Posted October 20, 2012 by Teacher Alvin in LEARNING ENGLISH

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What images spring to mind when you hear the phrase “social work’?   Leave a comment

 

 

 

 

 

1) What images spring to mind when you hear the phrase “social work’?
2) Is social work a key part of your country’s society?
3) Do you do any / Would you like to do any social work?
4) Is social work the responsibility of the government or NGOs (non-government organizations)?
5) What kind of people are social workers?
6) What kinds of jobs can you get with a degree in social work?
7) Why are jobs in the area of social work so poorly paid?
8) Do you think people who get help from social workers are always grateful?
9) Which countries do you think have excellent social work systems?
10) Do you think there’ll always be a need for social work in your country?

 

 

 

 

 

1) What is social work?
2) What areas of social work does your government need to spend more money on?
3) What dangers do you think there are in social work?
4) What skills do you need to be a good social worker?
5) Are social workers respected in your country?
6) Do you think having a qualification in social work means you can work in any country in the world?
7) Would you pay more taxes to help pay for more social workers?
8) How far do social workers help create a safer society?
9) What help from a social worker would you like?
10) What questions would you like to ask a social worker?

 

Posted October 20, 2012 by Teacher Alvin in LEARNING ENGLISH

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What springs to mind when you hear the term ‘social networking’?   2 comments

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FriendFeed Services (Photo credit: schoschie)

 

 

 

 

1) What springs to mind when you hear the term ‘social networking’?
2) Hasn’t social networking been a part of human society for tens of thousands of years?
3) Have you joined any social networking sites? Are they fun?
4) Are social networking sites for people who aren’t good at meeting people face to face?
5) What’s the best social networking site?
6) Should companies ban their employees from using social networking sites at work?
7) What new features would you like to see on social networking sites?
8) Do you think social networking could really be called “social networking’?
9) Have you ever tried to find friends on a social networking site?
10) Do you think your country’s leader has a page on a social networking site? What do you think it might contain?

 

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My Cyber Social Map (Photo credit: frankdasilva)

 

 

 

1) What is social networking?
2) What are the pros and cons of social networking?
3) Are social networking sites dangerous?
4) Are you good at networking face to face?
5) Isn’t social networking just a fancy name for meeting people and keeping in touch?
6) Should children be allowed to use social networking sites?
7) Is it possible that social networking sites make people lonelier?
8) Which sites of famous people would you like to join?
9) Would you prefer to meet new people at a party or online?
10) Are social networking sites changing our daily behavior?

 

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What springs to mind when you hear the term ‘social issues’?   Leave a comment

 

 

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1) What springs to mind when you hear the term ‘social issues’?
2) Do you like discussing social issues in your English class?
3) What are the biggest social issues affecting your country today?
4) What are the very newest social issues to arise in your country?
5) Are you directly affected by any social issues?
6) Do you think Hollywood and the music industry are good at focusing attention on social issues?
7) What social issues has the war on terror brought to your country?
8) Is your government good at dealing with and tackling social issues?
9) Which social issues affect the whole world?
10) Do social issues ever affect rich people, or are they simply poor people’s problems?
1) What would you like the power to be able to do?
2) What social issues were around in the past but have now gone?
3) What social issues has the Internet created? How is your society dealing with these?
4) Are social issues the same as economic issues and environmental issues?
5) Would you like a job that involves addressing social issues?
6) How are social issues different in America, China, the Arab world, India, etc?
7) What new social issues do you think will arise in the future?
8) Do you believe that one day, all social issues will be gone?
9) What answers do you have to a social issue?
10) What is the best way to study and follow social issues?

Posted October 20, 2012 by Teacher Alvin in LEARNING ENGLISH

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Do you like snow?   2 comments

Snowed trees on mount Brocken, Harz, Germany

Snowed trees on mount Brocken, Harz, Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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1) Do you like snow?
2) What are your earliest memories of snow?
3) What fun things can you do in the snow?
4) Can snow be dangerous?
5) Do you think snow is beautiful?
6) Do you ever really hope that it snows?
7) Where does the white color go when snow melts?
8) Which is more fun, having a snowball fight or making a snowman?
9) Would you prefer to live in a snowy place or a desert?
10) Which is more fun, a snow plough, a snowmobile or a toboggan?

 

 

 

 

 

1) What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘snow’?
2) Is snow necessary to have a real Christmas?
3) How do they make artificial snow?
4) What do you think people in hot countries think of snow the first time they see it?
5) Is snow romantic?
6) What do you think it would be like to have snow drifts 3 metres high come to your town?
7) How much snowfall would you like your country to have each year?
8) What would you do if you were hiking and there was a snowstorm?
9) What do you think of snowflakes?
10) Which would / do you prefer – snowboarding or skiing?

 

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English: From a Central Region Snow Workshop, powerpoint presentation on CSI http://www.crh.noaa.gov/eax/science/WinterWxWkshp/CSI.ppt This is not from the NWS but rather research from SLU and the CIPS project. http://www.eas.slu.edu/CIPS/ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Do you like snakes?   Leave a comment

English: Most common symptoms of any kind of s...

English: Most common symptoms of any kind of snake bite poisoning (See also Wikipedia:Snake#Snake_bite). Model: Mikael Häggström. To discuss image, please see Template talk:Häggström diagrams (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

1) Do you like snakes?
2) How important are snakes in nature?
3) What do you know about the different kinds of snakes?
4) Do you think snakes make good pets?
5) Why are so many people afraid of snakes?
6) Would you like to eat snake?
7) What do you know about deadly, venomous snakes?
8) What would you do if a snake bit you?
9) What do you think of snake-skin products?
10) What do you think a snake does all day?

 

 

 

 

 

1) What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘snake’?
2) What kinds of snakes are there in your country?
3) What’s creepier, a snake or a hairy spider?
4) Could you touch, hold or put a snake around your neck?
5) What’s the best snake movie?
6) What would you do if you found a snake in your living room?
7) What abilities of a snake would you like to have?
8) What does it mean if there is a snake in your dream?
9) Do you have any personal snake stories?
10) Do you think it would be interesting to study and work with snakes?

 

Posted October 20, 2012 by Teacher Alvin in LEARNING ENGLISH

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What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘smoking’?   Leave a comment

The No Smoking sign, designed by one of the me...

The No Smoking sign, designed by one of the members of AIGA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

1) What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘smoking’?
2) Smoking kills. Why don’t people understand this?
3) Is smoking a problem in your country?
4) Why do people start smoking?
5) Why do you think it is so difficult for people to give up and quit smoking?
6) Do you get angry about passive smoking – breathing in second-hand smoke?
7) Do you think smokers should pay higher health costs?
8) Should Hollywood, Bollywood, etc. show smoking in movies?
9) Do you know any chain smokers? How could you get them to stop?
10) Which is worse for your health, smoking every day or drinking every day?

 

 

 

 

 

1) Do you think smoking is cool?
2) Why don’t governments ban smoking if it causes so many health problems?
3) Where are the no-smoking areas in your town?
4) What can we do to stop children smoking?
5) What does smoking do to your health?
6) Why do tobacco company ads always have healthy-looking young people smoking in beautiful places?
7) How would the world be different if smoking was suddenly banned?
8) What do you think when you see a pregnant woman smoking?
9) Someone once said: “I’d rather kiss a mad cow on the muzzle than a smoker on the mouth.” What do you think about this?
10) Do you think smoking will ever disappear?

 

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What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘smile’?   2 comments

The Mona Lisa.

The Mona Lisa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

1) What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘smile’?
2) Why is a smile so nice?
3) What difference does it make when sales staff smile at you in stores, train stations, etc?
4) What can you do in your life to smile more?
5) When was the last time you couldn’t stop smiling?
6) What do you think of the Mona Lisa’s smile?
7) What made you smile today?
8) What memories from your past always put a smile on your face?
9) Someone once said: “Always remember to be happy because you never know who’s falling in love with your smile.” Is this true?
10) Is it possible to smile too much?

 

 

 

 

 

1) What is a smile?
2) Are you a smiler? Do you smile a lot? Do you like it?
3) If someone smiles at you in the street, what do you think? Do you smile back?
4) Who do you know who has the nicest smile? What’s so nice about it?
5) Do you like your smile?
6) Is it easy for you to smile for the camera?
7) What things always make you smile?
8) “A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks.” (Charles Gordy). What do you think about this quote?
9) Someone once said: “Everyone smiles in the same language.” What do you think?
10) It takes seventeen muscles to smile and forty-three to frown. Why don’t people smile non-stop if it requires less muscle power?

 

Miles of Smiles

Miles of Smiles (Photo credit: elycefeliz)

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What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘smell’?   Leave a comment

Olfaction

Olfaction (Photo credit: labguest)

 

 

 

 

1) What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘smell’?
2) Do you ever worry that you smell or that your breath smells?
3) Do you have a keen sense of smell?
4) Can smells change our mood and make us healthier?
5) What smells remind you of your childhood?
6) What odors that you smell on a daily basis would you rather not smell?
7) Do you prefer the smell of freshly brewed coffee or freshly baked bread?
8) What’s the loveliest smell in nature?
9) What’s the smelliest smell in the world?
10) Why do children love smelly things?

 

 

 

 

 

1) What’s your favorite smell?
2) What are the smells of your home?
3) What are the smells of your town?
4) Do you like the smell of fresh air?
5) What does your school smell like?
6) Do images go with smells? If I tell you to think about the smell of a dentist’s clinic, what images come to mind?
7) Do you think we’ll be able to download smells from the Internet one day?
8) What can you smell right now?
9) If you could choose five smells around you all the time, what would you choose?
10) What would life be like without the sense of smell?

 

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What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘sleep’?   Leave a comment

Main health effects of sleep deprivation (See ...

Main health effects of sleep deprivation (See Wikipedia:Sleep deprivation). Model: Mikael Häggström. To discuss image, please see Template talk:Häggström diagrams (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

1) What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘sleep’?
2) What does sleep mean to you?
3) Do you always get enough sleep?
4) Do you ever think sleep wastes valuable time spent doing useful things?
5) Why does your body need sleep?
6) Have you ever had any problems sleeping?
7) Can you sleep anywhere?
8) Are you a heavy or light sleeper?
9) What are you like if you don’t get enough sleep?
10) Do you move about a lot in your sleep?

 

 

 

 

 

1) How have your sleeping patterns changed over the years?
2) Is it possible to sleep so much it’s unhealthy?
3) What do you do in the minutes before you sleep?
4) What do you do when you can’t sleep?
5) Do you ever talk in your sleep or sleepwalk?
6) Where is the strangest place you have ever slept?
7) Does your mind ever work overtime when you’re trying to sleep?
8) Would you like to sleep like a baby?
9) Have you ever fallen asleep in an English lesson?
10) What songs or music would you like to fall asleep to?

 

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What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘slavery’?   2 comments

English: A black & white illustration of a Per...

English: A black & white illustration of a Persian slave in the Khanate of Kiva in the 19th century (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1) What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘slavery’?
2) What forms of slavery do you know of?
3) Is there slavery today in your country?
4) Have you ever complained that your job is like slave labor?
5) Do you think countries built on slavery should pay compensation to the descendants of the slaves?
6) Did you ever think school was like slavery?
7) Do you think families that are rich now because their ancestors had slaves owe something to the descendants of the slaves?
8) How can the world allow slavery to continue today?
9) Is the trade in slaves to America the biggest crime against humanity in human history?
10) Have lessons been learned from slavery?
1) What do you think of people involved in the slave trade?
2) Do you think slavery will ever disappear?
3) If people earn less than the minimum wage, are they like slaves?
4) Are child workers the same as slaves?
5) What would you do if you were in a foreign land and discovered the staff in your guest house were slaves?
6) Do you know of any examples of white people being used as slaves?
7) What do you think slave masters thought of their slaves?
8) Many descendants of slaves have the surname of their ancestors’ slave master. Do you think these people should try and find their original names?
9) Are we all slaves to money?
10) How has slavery changed the world?
The Middle Passage is the term we use to describe slave trade from Africa to America. Some people also call it the Triangular Trade, because the ships traveled on ways that formed a triangle.
The trip was horrible. Many people died of diseases and were thrown overboard. People were packed like animals and had to watch others die and suffer. They did not know where they were going and many decided to fight or even kill themselves. The ships carried much more people than they were made for. The slaves were given very little food during the trip. But, few days before they reached America, they were given extra food so they would look better and earn more money at the slave auction.

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What images spring to mind when you hear the word ‘skin’?   Leave a comment

Skin Hyperelasticity

Skin Hyperelasticity (Photo credit: Veronica Foale)

 

 

 

 

1) What images spring to mind when you hear the word ‘skin’?
2) How often do you think about your skin?
3) What is the function of skin?
4) What do you do to look after your skin?
5) Do you like the color of your skin? (Why?)
6) Have you ever had any skin problems?
7) Why do people have different colored skin?
8) Is beauty skin deep?
9) Have you ever escaped something by the skin of your teeth?
10) Martin Luther King Jr. said: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Has this dream come true?

 

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Fruit Crate Artwork – Plenti Grand Vegetables – Watsonville, California … Smith – Baby Its You (’69) …item 2b / 2c … Dr. No Casino Scene — LONDON (1962) … (Photo credit: marsmet526)

 

 

 

 

1) What skincare products do you buy?
2) What’s the best thing to keep your skin smooth?
3) What problems has skin color caused in your country?
4) Do you believe ads that promise younger and healthier looking skin?
5) Some people want to tan their skin and some want to lighten their skin. Why is this?
6) Why do you think skin care for men has only recently become popular?
7) Do you worry about skin cancer?
8) Do you get dry or had skin anywhere on your body?
9) Have you ever been soaked to the skin?
10) Nietzsche: “The Earth has a skin and that skin has diseases, one of its diseases is called man.” What do you think of this quote?

 

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What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘sin’?   Leave a comment

Portion depicting Gluttony in Hieronymus Bosch...

Portion depicting Gluttony in Hieronymus Bosch’s The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

1) What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘sin’?
2) How often do you sin?
3) Do you worry about sin?
4) Which of the seven deadly sins (lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride) are you guilty of committing?
5) Why do you think the seven deadly sins are deadly and why are there just seven?
6) What’s the biggest sin you’ve ever committed?
7) What’s the biggest sin humanity as a whole has ever committed?
8) If gluttony is a sin, is it acceptable for Christians to have huge feasts and over eat during Christmas?
9) Why isn’t there sin in all religions? Are people happier if they follow religions without sin?
10) Is it OK to commit a sin knowing the sin will disappear when you ask God for forgiveness?

 

 

 

 

 

1) What is sin?
2) Do you believe in the concept of sin?
3) Do you think it’s true that sinners cannot go to heaven?
4) If you see someone committing a sin – e.g. eating too much – would you tell them that they’re committing a sin?
5) Is it easy to spot a sinner in the street?
6) Where is sin city in your country?
7) Do people who believe in sin lead lives of anxiety and guilt?
8) What punishments are there (or should there be) for sin?
9) Are there any twenty-first century sins?
10) What do you think of the idea of sin bins in sport?

 

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What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘silence’?   2 comments

Rights are widely regarded as the basis of law...

Rights are widely regarded as the basis of law, but what if laws are bad? Some theorists suggest civil disobedience is, itself, a right, and it was advocated by thinkers such as Henry David Thoreau, Martin Luther King Jr., and Gandhi. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

1) What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘silence’?
2) When are the best times for silence?
3) There is a famous Simon and Garfunkel song called Sound of Silence. What is the sound of silence?
4) When does silence worry you?
5) Would you like life and the world to be more silent?
6) Is silence golden? Why do you think English has this expression? If it isn’t golden, what color is it?
7) We sometimes see the expression “the silence was deafening” – How can this be?
8) How often do you experience awkward silences when you are talking to someone?
9) Henry David Thoreau said: “Tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.” Do you agree?
10) Dante said: “Silence is boring.” Do you agree?

 

 

 

 

 

1) Do you like silence?
2) When does silence make you happy?
3) When is it that you are really in complete and utter silence?
4) How much silence is there in your life?
5) Do you ever wish people would put their mobiles (and mouths) on silent?
6) Have you experienced a situation when there was deadly silence?
7) What do you think of the moment of silence to remember the dead?
8) What do you think of governments who try to silence people?
9) Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Do you agree?
10) Jibo said: “Silence says more than words ever could.” Do you agree?

 

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What images spring to mind when you hear the country Sierra Leone?   2 comments

 

 

English: Map of Sierra Leone Español: Mapa de ...

English: Map of Sierra Leone Español: Mapa de Sierra Leona (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

1) What images spring to mind when you hear the country Sierra Leone?
2) What are the good things and bad things about Sierra Leone?
3) What is Sierra Leone most famous for?
4) What do you know about Sierra Leonean history?
5) What are the differences between Sierra Leone and your country?
6) What do you think about Sierra Leonean people?
7) What has Sierra Leone given to the world?
8) Would you like to visit Sierra Leone, or live there?
9) What do you know about the geography of Sierra Leone?
10) Who are the most famous Sierra Leoneans you know?

 

 

 

 

 

1) How different is Sierra Leone from other African countries?
2) What was the last news story you heard about Sierra Leone?
3) What do you think Sierra Leone’s neighbors think of it?
4) What do you think Sierra Leone will be like 50 years from now?
5) Does your country have good relations with Sierra Leone?
6) What could you do on a holiday in Sierra Leone?
7) What is your idea of a typical Sierra Leonean person?
8) What things about Sierra Leone do you think Sierra Leoneans are proud of?
9) What do you know about Sierra Leonean culture?
10) What would you like to ask a Sierra Leonean person about Sierra Leone?

 

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What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘shopping’?   Leave a comment

 

 

 

1) What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘shopping’?
2) Is shopping a real hobby?
3) Why do women like shopping more than men?
4) When’s the best time to go shopping?
5) Do people always need the things they buy when they go shopping?
6) Do you prefer going shopping alone or with friends?
7) Which is better, shopping in shops or shopping online?
8) Have you ever experienced “trolley rage” when shopping?
9) What’s the worst shopping experience you’ve had?
10) Is shopping an addiction? How can it be cured?

 

 

 

 

 

1) Do you like shopping?
2) Is window shopping a total waste of time?
3) When did shopping become so popular?
4) Do you prefer shopping in malls, markets or streets?
5) What’s top of your shopping list?
6) Would you like to go on a shopping holiday?
7) In which store would you like to go on a shopping spree?
8) What is the thing you forget most often when you go shopping?
9) Do you like going shopping in other countries?
10) What’s the difference between ‘going shopping’ and ‘doing the shopping’?

 

Child driving shopping cart in Japan

Child driving shopping cart in Japan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘sexism’?   6 comments

 

1) What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘sexism’?
2) What is sexism to you?
3) Have you ever been a victim of sexism?
4) Is it always women who suffer because of sexism or can men suffer too?
5) What kind of sexism is there in your society?
6) What would you do if you heard someone in the street making very sexist comments?
7) Does sexism go down when a country’s leader is a woman?
8) Which “ism” is worse, sexism or racism?
9) Does making little girls wear dresses and like the color pink create sexism?
10) Which countries do you think have made great progress in addressing sexism?

 

Zero sexism?

Zero sexism? (Photo credit: Johannesen)

 

 

 

 

1) What exactly is sexism?
2) Does sexism exist in your family?
3) How would the world be different without sexism?
4) Have you ever done anything that is sexist or made any sexist comments?
5) Do you think sexism will always be a part of our society?
6) Should the problems surrounding sexism be addressed at an early age in schools?
7) Is it possible for sexism to completely disappear?
8) What examples of sexism do you see on TV or on the Internet?
9) How did it come to be that men discriminated against women?
10) Do you know any examples of sexism in your language?

 

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English: A magazine feature from Beauty Parade from March 1952 stereotyping women drivers. It features Bettie Page as the model. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

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What images spring to mind when you hear the word ‘sex’?   Leave a comment

safe sex

safe sex (Photo credit: anomalous4)

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1) What images spring to mind when you hear the word ‘sex’?
2) Do people in your country find it easy or difficult to talk about sex in your country?
3) How do you think schools should teach sex education?
4) Is sex before marriage good or bad?
5) Does your government provide enough information about safe sex?
6) Why do so many politicians end up in sex scandals?
7) Why do men seem to want to have sex more than women?
8) What do you think should be the legal age of consent (when people can legally start having sex)?
9) Bertrand Russell said: “Civilized people cannot fully satisfy their sexual instinct without love.” What do you think of this?
10) John Updike said: “Sex is like money; only too much is enough.” What do you think about this quote?
1) Do people talk about sex too much?
2) Who told you about the birds and the bees?
3) Who’s the greatest sex symbol that ever lived?
4) How bad is extramarital sex?
5) Do you think sex scenes in movies should be banned on TV?
6) How wrong is it to pay for sex?
7) If sex was a color, what would it be?
8) What do you think of the attitude towards sex in different countries?
9) Andy Warhol said: “Sex is more exciting on the screen and between the pages than between the sheets.” What do you think about this quote?
10) Marshall Brain said: “The purpose of sex is to create a baby.” What do you think?

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What images spring to mind when you hear the phrase ‘Seven Wonders of the World’?   Leave a comment

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1) What images spring to mind when you hear the phrase ‘Seven Wonders of the World’?
2) Do you think the ancient wonders of the world are better than the modern ones?
3) What do you think the seven modern wonders of the world are?
4) What wonders of the natural world do you like best?
5) Do you think they should try to rebuild those of the Seven Wonders of the World that have disappeared?
6) Which do you think is more impressive – building the Pyramids or the world’s tallest building (the Burj Dubai in the UAE)?
7) Do you think sites like the Taj Mahal, the Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower, etc are real wonders?
8) If you could design a wonder of the world, what would you design?
9) In what ways are you a wonder of the world?
10) What are the seven wonders of the sea?
1) What are the seven wonders of the world?
2) What are the wonders of your daily world?
3) What makes a wonder a wonder?
4) Why do you think mankind let most of the Seven Wonders of the World disappear?
5) Why did whoever decide on just (or as many as) Seven Wonders of the World?
6) Who decides what the wonders of the world are?
7) Is it important to have an official list of the wonders of the world?
8) What will the future Seven Wonders of the World look like?
9) Which people are wonders of the world?
10) What are some of the worst sites of the world?
Taj Mahal, Agra, India. Deutsch: Taj Mahal im ...

Taj Mahal, Agra, India. Deutsch: Taj Mahal im indischen Agra. Español: Vista del Taj Mahal, Agra, India. Français : Le Taj Mahal, à Âgrâ, en Inde. Русский: Мавзолей Тадж-Махал, Агра, Индия. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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What images spring to mind when you hear the country Serbia?   Leave a comment

Map of the Banat, Bačka and Baranja and Srem w...

Map of the Banat, Bačka and Baranja and Srem within Kingdom of Serbia in 1918 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

1) What images spring to mind when you hear the country Serbia?
2) What are the good things and bad things about Serbia?
3) What is Serbia most famous for?
4) What do you know about Serbian history?
5) What are the differences between Serbia and your country?
6) What do you think about Serbian people?
7) What has Serbia given to the world?
8) Would you like to visit Serbia, or live there?
9) What do you know about the geography of Serbia?
10) Who are the most famous Serbians you know?

 

 

 

 

 

1) How different is Serbia from other Balkan or European countries?
2) What was the last news story you heard about Serbia?
3) What do you think Serbia’s neighbors think of it?
4) What do you think Serbia will be like 50 years from now?
5) Does your country have good relations with Serbia?
6) What could you do on a holiday in Serbia?
7) What is your idea of a typical Serbian person?
8) What things about Serbia do you think Serbians are proud of?
9) What do you know about Serbian culture?
10) What would you like to ask a Serbian person about Serbia?

 

Miroslav Gospels, one of the oldest surviving ...

Miroslav Gospels, one of the oldest surviving documents written in Old Church Slavonic (World Documentary Heritage) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘senses’?   2 comments

 

senses

senses (Photo credit: joaoloureiro)

 

 

 

 

1) What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘senses’?
2) Which is your favorite sense?
3) How often do you think about how important your senses are?
4) Would you like to have a sixth sense?
5) What senses do you think you experience when you dream?
6) What sense would you choose to lose if you had to lose one?
7) Is common sense a real sense?
8) Do you think we have senses we don’t know we have?
9) Robert Tizon said: “I would rather have eyes that cannot see; ears that cannot hear; lips that cannot speak, than a heart that cannot love.” Would you too?
10) Oscar Wilde said: “Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.” Do you agree?

 

 

 

 

 

1) What are the five senses?
2) Which sense would you like to be much stronger?
3) What animal sense would you like to have that you don’t have?
4) Is intuition really a sense?
5) What do you think of the idea of being able to download extra senses into our brains in the future?
6) What gives you more pleasure, lovely music, a delicious taste, a beautiful scene, a nice smell, or the touch of the warm sun?
7) Have you ever has sensory overload?
8) How can you heighten your senses?
9) Honore de Balzac said: “Love is the poetry of the senses.” Do you agree?
10) Someone once said: “The five senses are horse sense, innocence, common sense, concupiscence (lust), and nonsense.” Do you agree?

 

In the Realm of the Senses

In the Realm of the Senses (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“When you become senile, you won’t know it.” (Bill Cosby) Do you think this means people don’t suffer when they become senile?   Leave a comment

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

1) What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘senility’?
2) What is senility?
3) Do you ever worry about senility?
4) Has anyone in your family suffered from senility?
5) Does senility only happen to old people?
6) Is there a difference between senility and senile dementia?
7) Do you think you’ll be fully functional when you grow old?
8) Do you think scientists will invent memory cards for our brain to help us if we become senile?
9) Someone once said: “In the modern techno-industrial culture, it is possible to proceed from infancy into senility without ever knowing manhood.” What does this mean? Do you think it’s true?
10) How should families look after relatives who become senile?

 

 

 

 

 

1) What are the causes of senility?
2) What can people do to keep senility away?
3) Would you rather suffer from senility or depression?
4) Which world leaders do you think show signs of senility?
5) Are men or women more prone to senility?
6) What are the symptoms of senility?
7) Do you think exercising your brain can keep senility away?
8) What do you think it would be like to forget the names and faces of the family members around you?
9) Will senility become a bigger problem if we all start living longer?
10) “When you become senile, you won’t know it.” (Bill Cosby) Do you think this means people don’t suffer when they become senile?

 

English: Histopathogic image of senile plaques...

English: Histopathogic image of senile plaques seen in the cerebral cortex in a patient with Alzheimer disease of presenile onset. Silver impregnation. The same case as shown in a file “Alzheimer_dementia_(1)_presenile_onset.jpg”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

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What images spring to mind when you hear the country ‘Senegal’?   4 comments

English: senegal map

English: senegal map (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

1) What images spring to mind when you hear the country ‘Senegal’?
2) What are the good things and bad things about Senegal?
3) What is Senegal most famous for?
4) What do you know about Senegalese history?
5) What are the differences between Senegal and your country?
6) What do you think about Senegalese people?
7) What has Senegal given to the world?
8) Would you like to visit Senegal, or live there?
9) What do you know about the geography of Senegal?
10) Who are the most famous Senegalese you know?

 

 

 

 

 

1) How different is Senegal from other African countries?
2) What was the last news story you heard about Senegal?
3) What do you think Senegal’s neighbors think of it?
4) What do you think Senegal will be like 50 years from now?
5) Does your country have good relations with Senegal?
6) What could you do on a holiday in Senegal?
7) What is your idea of a typical Senegalese?
8) What things about Senegal do you think Senegalese are proud of?
9) What do you know about Senegalese culture?
10) What would you like to ask a Senegalese person about Senegal?

 

English: Map of Senegal Español: Mapa de Senegal

English: Map of Senegal Español: Mapa de Senegal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘security’?   Leave a comment

United Nations Security Council

United Nations Security Council (Photo credit: Amit Chattopadhyay)

1) What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘security’?
2) Do you have all the security you need?
3) What would life be like with little security?
4) Do you get nervous going through airport security?
5) What do you think of world security since the 9-11 attacks?
6) What do you do to make sure your Internet security is strong?
7) What does the UN Security Council do? How effective is it?
8) Does your country provide good social security if you have no job or home?
9) Douglas MacArthur said: “There is no security on this earth. Only opportunity.” Do you agree with this?
10) Franklin Delano Roosevelt said: “True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence.” Do you agree?
1) What kinds of security are there in life?
2) How important is financial security to you?
3) What kinds of security measures are there in your home?
4) Do you worry about job security?
5) Do you always download security patches from Microsoft?
6) What do you think of airline security?
7) Do you have to have security in a relationship?
8) If you had to choose between security and freedom, which would you go for?
9) Someone once said: “Security is an illusion. Life is either a daring adventure or it is nothing at all.” Do you agree?
10) Britain’s Lord Acton said: “The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.” Do you agree with this?
Norton Internet Security 2010

Norton Internet Security 2010 (Photo credit: louisvolant)

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What comes to mind when you hear the term ‘search engine’?   Leave a comment

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1) What comes to mind when you hear the term ‘search engine’?
2) What’s your favorite search engine?
3) What would life be like without search engines?
4) How do search engines work?
5) Why do you use your favorite search engine but not others?
6) How useful is a search engine to you?
7) How can you use the search engine as a learning tool to improve vocabulary?
8) What suggestion would you give to a search engine boss to improve the search engine?
9) If life had a search engine, what key word/s should we type in to find the most information about you?
10) How do you think search engines will be different in the future?

 

 

 

 

 

 

1) What is a search engine?
2) Do you think ‘search engine’ is a good name?
3) When was the last time you used a search engine?
4) Why do you think Google’s search engine is so popular?
5) How would a search engine that recognizes speech be useful?
6) Are there things you don’t like about search engines?
7) How often do you find exactly what you’re looking for on a search engine?
8) Do you think search engines can find the answer to any question?
9) Have you ever got angry using a search engine?
10) If you started your own search engine, what would you call it?

 

English: a chart to describe the search engine...

English: a chart to describe the search engine market (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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