How Sports Benefits Your Body
Dec27

How Sports Benefits Your Body

Level: intermediate and above Approximate time of completion: 15-20  min   How playing sports benefits your body … and your brain The victory of the underdog. The last minute penalty shot that wins the tournament. The training montage. Many people love to glorify victory on the field, cheer for teams, and play sports. But should we be obsessed with sports? Are sports as good for us as we make them out to be, or are they...

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Urbanization and the Future of Cities
Dec20

Urbanization and the Future of Cities

This short video from TED Ed looks at the history of our cities. It asks when and why humans began moving into cities, and what the future holds.   Lead In Discuss Do you prefer living in the city or the countryside? Why? What are the advantages or disadvantages of living in the city? Listening Listening for Main Idea What is this video about? a) The history of cities. b) The history and future of cities. c) The future of cities....

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8 Secrets of Success, by Richard St. John
Dec17

8 Secrets of Success, by Richard St. John

Richard St. John spent 10 years interviewing 500 successful people for a project to determine what made them successful. In this video, he attempts to share that information in just 3 minutes.   Vocabulary What makes someone tick – an idiom; means what makes a person behave a certain way Privilege – a special right or advantage Workaholic – a person who works too much Crap – junk, stuff, annoyances Asshole – someone you dislike...

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But, While, Whereas = Not the Same
Dec14

But, While, Whereas = Not the Same

The words but, while, and whereas can be confusing for students. They seem like they serve the same function, which is to compare and contrast things. However, there are differences that mean these words are not interchangeable. But In English, we use the word but when we are comparing or contrasting features of the same thing. Example The dog is tired but happy = the dog is tired but the dog is happy (We don’t repeat “the dog.”) The...

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Why do we dream?
Dec13

Why do we dream?

Level: Upper Intermediate Type: IELTS listening style questions Approximate time of completion: 10-15 min   Introduction Dreams have intrigued us from the beginning of civilization. People often talk about dreams, but what do we really know about them? This 6+ min video revises some old and new theories of why we dream.   Useful vocabulary Tablets: a thin, flat, often square piece of hard material such as wood, stone, or metal....

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