3/29/2015 0 Comments
March Week Four
Our topic this week was happiness. What makes us happy or unhappy, if money can buy our happiness, if science has the secret to a happy life. All of you had a lot to say and share about the topic!
To practice your listening skills, learners have a variety of options. Listen a minute has a listening exercise, or try buying happiness, or 6 minute English.
For original version, try listening to an article about How to Buy Happiness, with variable speed, or a video called How Can I Be Happy?
Learners can an article from Breaking News English about The Happiest People in the World.
For original version reading, check out the articleThe Creepy New Economics of Pleasure.
For writing this week, first start by taking a look at the OECD Regional Well-Being website which ranks areas on their happiness and wellbeing according to several factors. Do you agree with the results? Are people in Spain or La Rioja generally happy? If not, what can be done about it?
3/21/2015 0 Comments
March Week Three
This week we talked about different remedies for a myriad of ailments: the common cold, headaches, skin problems, nausea, etc. We even practiced some role plays at the doctor, god forbid you ever have to go to the doctor in a foreign country!
To practice your listening skills, learners could listen to a story about over the counter medicines or medical advice.
For original version, why not try listening to the Radiolab story that tackles the question of the placebo effect.
Learners can try an article about growing trends in Alternative Medicine.
For original version reading, head over to Longreads and peruse the articles they have that deal with health. Pick out one that interests you!
For writing this week, you have a couple of possibilities. You could write a composition explaining your opinion about alternative medicine (acupuncture, Chinese medicine, homeopathy, etc.).
Or tell me what is your secret to a healthy life and few doctors visits. Be specific!
3/12/2015 0 Comments
March Week Two
This week we tried our hand at the first and second conditionals through our conversation about the Mars One Expedition.
To review the conditional forms, check out the diagnostics at Grammar Quizzes.
To practice your listening skills, learners could listen to an article about the expedition with mp3 and exercises.
For original version, check out some videos about the expedition, or listen to a radio show about one hopeful applicant.
Learners can start with some basic info about Mars One or a Grammar Test about the same subject.
For original version reading, take a look at any of the material on the Mars One website, especially the FAQ section.
So, what do you think about the Mars One expedition? What do you think will happen if it really turns into the media sensation they say it will? How would you feel if you got a one-way ticket to Mars?
3/6/2015 0 Comments
March Week One
This week we talked about history! About different events in history and their effects. We also tried using the challenging 3rd conditional to reimagine history. Test your knowledge of the 3rd conditional at grammar quizzes.
To practice your listening skills, learners could check out some of the content at ESLVideo: The History of the Statue of Liberty and UK History,
For original version, try any of the interesting content available over at the History Channel.
Learners can try some of the history stories from VOA History.
For original version reading, check out ten moments that changed history or test your historical knowledge with Timeline.
For writing this week, you can try one of two exercises. First, describe an important event in history and its subsequent impact. Secondly, and for something a bit more challenging, describe how history would have been different if that event hadn't happened.