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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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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One More Reason to Get a Good Night’s Sleep, by Jeff Iliff
Apr02

One More Reason to Get a Good Night’s Sleep, by Jeff Iliff

Introduction Today’s video is called “One More Reason to Get a Good Night’s Sleep,” and is given by Jeff Iliff – a neuroscientist. This video contains a lot of difficult vocabulary, and the focus of this lesson is to train you for a valuable IELTS Listening skill – focusing on the question, and not getting overwhelmed by difficult words and ideas. IELTS Skill We’re going to use a very difficult video today to teach a simple idea. That...

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How to Succeed? Get More Sleep, by Arianna Huffington
Mar20

How to Succeed? Get More Sleep, by Arianna Huffington

Introduction The featured video is “How to Succeed? Get More Sleep,” and is given by Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post. The vocabulary in this video is very simple, although Arianna speaks quite quickly and with a pronounced accent. Here are some of the more difficult words: Vocabulary Deprived adj – Lacking in something, for example being sleep-deprived or deprived of nutrients Exhaustion n. – Physically or mentally extremely...

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