What would happen if you didn’t drink water?
Mar08

What would happen if you didn’t drink water?

Level: pre intermediate and above Topic: Health Time for completion: 15+ min Introduction Our world is comprised of 70% water, and the average human is composed of between 55 and 60% water. So what role does water play in our bodies, and how much do we actually need to drink to stay healthy? Mia Nacamulli details the health benefits of hydration. Questions https://youtu.be/9iMGFqMmUFs   Watch the video and provide TWO answers of...

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Where did English come from?
Feb21

Where did English come from?

Level: intermediate and above Time for completion: 20+   Introduction When we talk about ‘English’, we often think of it as a single language. But what do the dialects spoken in dozens of countries around the world have in common with each other, or with the writings of Chaucer? Claire Bowern traces the language from the present day back to its ancient roots, showing how English has evolved through generations of speakers....

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How to Become a Millionaire in 3 Years, by Daniel Ally
Feb16

How to Become a Millionaire in 3 Years, by Daniel Ally

Introduction What does success mean to you? It means something different to everyone. In this TEDx Talk, Daniel Ally explains how to achieve success in your life. Listening Watch the and answer the questions below. Dictation At the beginning of his talk, Daniel outlines the meaning of success. Listen to the first minute of the video and fill in the blanks below. (Answers at the bottom of the page.) Today I want to talk with you about...

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How to Learn any Language Easily, by Matthew Youlden
Feb11

How to Learn any Language Easily, by Matthew Youlden

Introduction If you are using this website, it’s probably because you want to learn a new language – English. If you’re able to read this paragraph, then you’ve studied hard enough to do that. But you probably want to speak it better. Most people want to speak two or three languages, and many of us can. It can be fun and exciting, or it can be boring and difficult. In this TED Talk, Matthew Youlden, founder of language-learning...

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How Playing an Instrument Benefits your Brain
Feb06

How Playing an Instrument Benefits your Brain

Level: pre intermediate and above Time of completion: 20+ min   Introduction When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of...

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Have you ever wondered why we yawn?
Jan11

Have you ever wondered why we yawn?

Level: intermediate and above Time of completion:  10+ min   Introduction *Yaaawwwwwn* Did just reading the word make you feel like yawning yourself? Known as contagious yawning, the reasons behind this phenomenon have been attributed to both the physiological and psychological. It’s been observed in children as young as four and even in dogs! Claudia Aguirre visits the many intriguing theories that might explain contagious...

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