From Brown eyes to Blue Eyes

MAY. 30 302-illust_(May30)From Brown eyes to Blue eyes

 

 

Do you think people who have blue eyes are better looking than those who have brown eyes?

A doctor of an American medical company named Dr. Gregg Homer claims that he has developed a technique that can turn brown eyes into blue. The technique is through a laser treatment that will remove the brown pigment of the brown eyes and leaves a blue color instead. The cost of this new cosmetic surgery is around $5,000. The procedure is painless and will only take 20 seconds to finish and two to four weeks for the person to see the results.

Dr. Homer said that the demand of the procedure is very high. He was invited in a Los Angeles TV show and he got 3,000 requests.

But people still need to wait for the technique to be approved by the U.S Medical authorities although this technique will be available in Europe within 18months. Unfortunately, Dr. Homer still has his critics and one of them is Dr. Elmer Tu, a spokesman for the American College of Ophthalmology, he said that the procedure can potentially blind a person. He recommended using blue contact lenses instead.

Contributed by: TEACHER ELLE

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. claims – An informal right to something
  2. technique – Skillfulness in the command of fundamentals deriving from practice and familiarity
  3. pigment – Any substance in plant or animal tissues produces a characteristic color
  4. procedure – A set sequence of steps
  5. ophthalmology – The branch of medicine concerned with the eye and its diseases

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Would you consider changing the color of your eyes?
  2. Do you think the technique will be popular?
  3. Would you consider having any form of cosmetic surgery?

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Students Drop out of School

MAY. 29 301-illust_(May29)Students Drop out of School

 

 

Why Do Students Drop out of School?

High school students drop out of school for many reasons:

  • No motivation
  • They can’t work hard enough. They had poor grades
  • Marriage and Pregnancy
  • They had to support their families
  • They didn’t like the Teachers and school personnel

These are the most common reasons for dropping out cited by both young men and women including not liking school and poor school performance. Males are more likely to drop out than females because of some conflicts with school personnel, expulsion or suspensions, and financial problems. Females more frequently cite pregnancy and marriage than their male counterparts.

Perhaps the most widely discussed consequence of not finishing high school is its impact on income potential. They are also more likely to be incarcerated and women who got pregnant before finishing high school become single mothers at disproportionate rates and they use more public resources.  It doesn’t just impact the student who dropped out; it impacts public financial resources too.

Contributed by: TEACHER RAM

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. dropout – to leave school before you are finished with it
  2. income – the money you get when you work
  3. impact– effect
  4. incarcerate – imprisoned
  5. cite – make reference to; mention; refer
  6. consequences –  effect, result
  7. disproportionate –  out of proportion; not balanced

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. What are the reasons why the students are dropping out of school?
  2. How about the dropout rate in your country?
  3. What is the effect of high dropout rate in your country?

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Bad bosses can be bad for your health

MAY. 30 300-illust_(May28)Bad bosses can be bad for your health

 

 

How would you describe your boss? Good or bad?

Working for a bad boss could be bad for your heart is a conclusion from a Swedish study on management styles and health.

According to the researchers, poor managers can increase their employees developing heart diseases. A data on health of 3,000 workers were analyzed by the Stockholm University. The researchers gave questionnaires about senior managers and compared it with their health and they found out that worker who respected their bosses were healthier and had fewer heart problems.

A report published in the journal, “Occupational and Environmental Medicine” suggests that companies should retrain bosses to improve the health of their workers. Researchers also said that a boss who is supportive, kind, considerate and understanding can reduce health problems like high blood pressure and stress related illnesses.

Contributed by: TEACHER ELLE

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. analyzed – Examined carefully
  2. questionnaires – A form containing a set of questions
  3. retrain – train again
  4. considerate – Showing concern for the rights and feelings of others
  5. illness – diseases

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Are you surprised that bosses can give heart problems to their staff?
  2. Why is it important for bosses to be considerate and give positive feedback?
  3. Do you think you are going to be a good boss? Why yes or Why not?

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Let’s Have a Good Sleep Before Going To School

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What time do you sleep when you were a student? / What time do you sleep?

Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.

Thomas Dekker

One school in England will be allowing students to sleep for a long time in the morning. This school will be the first in Britain. The change in time of class will help the students to think and to have good grades in school. Based on the studies, kids can increase their productivity if they have 8 (eight) to 9 (nine) of hours of sleep in the morning. A researcher in Oxford University said that, “An alarm clock can’t help a person to work better”. And he also found out that, if we try to change our body clock, it could make us ill and can’t do our work better.

Contributed by: TEACHER CHILLI

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Productivity – ability to creates, enhance or generate something good.
  2. Researcher – a person who is doing the research or study.

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. What is the news all about?
  2. Do you think sleeping is important? Why?
  3. How do you understand the quote “Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together”?

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Travel Bug

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Have you ever wonder what it’s like to explore the world and set foot unto an unknown path?

Some people prefer to stay at home while there are others whose feet are agitated and couldn’t wait to have their own journey to the unknown. These people are called travel bugs. They pack their suitcases and/or backpacks alone or with a group to go out of town or abroad. Some of these go to beaches, mountains and ancient/historical places.

Some studies indicated that travelling can give people a sense of accomplishment and makes them feel alive more than ever. In fact, some psychologists even suggest that as much as possible, no matter how young or old people are, they should go out and explore the world.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Explore – travel to
  2. Set foot – to visit or go to a place
  3. Agitated – set int motion
  4. Journey – the act of travelling from one place to another
  5. Travel bugs – a metaphor to describe a person who has a deep passion for travelling
  6. Ancient – belonging to a time in the past especially of the historical period before the fall of Western Roman Empire
  7. Indicate – suggest, point; show
  8. Accomplishment – achievement; the act of accomplishing or achieving something

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Are you the type of person who likes to stay at home or likes to travel? Describe yourself.
  2. Tell us something about the most interesting place you’ve travelled to.
  3. Do you think it’s an achievement to travel somewhere? Why or why not?

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FILMS

MAY. 25 297-illust_(May25)FILMS

 

 

What is your all-time favorite movie?

In the late 1800s, Thomas Edison, an American Inventor, created the first motion picture. The films were black and white and had to be watched through a peephole. In the late 1930s and early 1940s, the first colored movies were produced. The United States, Great Britain, France and Italy became major film producers. Indian Film Industry, A.K.A. Bollywood, also became a world leader in film producing. At present, millions of people go to cinemas to see their favorite movie stars and enjoy an entertaining story. The film industry is a lucrative business. Movie makers hope to make a lot of profit as well as to achieve worldwide fame.

Contributed by: TEACHET EIJI

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. peephole – a small hole that may be looked through, especially one in a door through which visitors may be identified before the door is opened.
  2. A.K.A. – stands for “also known as”
  3. lucrative – producing a great deal of profit
  4. fame – popularity

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Are you a moviegoer? What was the last movie you saw?
  2. What is the worst movie you’ve ever seen?
  3. If a book has been made into a movie, which do you prefer to do first, see the movie or read the book? Why?

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THE AFTERLIFE

MAY. 24 296-illust_(May24)THE AFTERLIFE

 

 

Do you believe in life after death?
An average of more than 150,000 people dies everyday on this planet. That’s 2 people per second. As far as human bodies are concerned, death eventually comes to all of us. The worst part is, we don’t know when we’ll die unless you plan on committing suicide. The idea of the afterlife is a topic everyone can relate to. Such idea started as far back in history as primitive man.

Let’s take a look at how different religions view afterlife.

  • Christianity – The core of Christian belief is how we behave determines where in the afterlife we will end up. There is hell for the wicked ones and heaven for those who are righteous.
  • Buddhism – According to Tibetan Buddhism, the spirit of the departed goes through a 49-day process that is divided into 3 stages called “bardos”. Finally, the spirit either enters nirvana or returns to earth for rebirth.
  • Islam – According to Muslim faith, the spirit remains in a kind of “soul sleep” until Judgment Day. When Judgment Day arrives, everyone is judged according to their deeds in life. They, too, believe in heaven and hell.
Contributed by: TEACHET NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. primitive – early in the history of the world or of humankind
  2. righteous – characterized by uprightness or morality
  3. departed – dead
  4. nirvana – a place or state characterized by freedom from pain, worry and the external world.
  5. deeds – something that people do or cause to happen

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Do you believe in heaven and hell? What about reincarnation?
  2. Would you want to know if you were dying and if so, would you want to know how long you had to live?
  3. How do you cope with the death of someone special?

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Keyboards dirtier than your toilet seats

MAY. 23 295-illust_(May23)Keyboards dirtier than your toilet seats

 

 

How often do you clean your computer?

A computer magazine has discovered that keyboards could be bad for our health. A study asked laboratory to examine 30 keyboards in London for bacteria. And as a result, five of the keyboards they tested are not so good and may put people at risk of illness. One keyboard contained 150 times more bacteria and it was five times dirtier than a toilet seat. These germs can cause food poisoning such as diarrhea and upset stomachs. They named the disease as “Qwerty Tummy” after the first six letter of the keyboard.

Based from this computer magazine almost half of the people they asked cleaned their keyboard less than once a month. They also warned people to clean their keyboards or computer to avoid eating their lunch off the toilet. They also recommended avoiding eating crumbs and small pieces of food that drops onto the keys while working at their desks. These kinds of food attract bacteria as well as oily food and potato fries.

Contributed by: TEACHER ELLE

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. contained – to have or include something
  2. diarrhea – illness that causes a person to pass waste from your body frequently in liquid than solid form
  3. germs – a small living thing that causes disease
  4. crumbs – a small piece of food

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Do you think computers are bad for our health?
  2. Do you think it’s a bad idea to eat while working at your computer?
  3. What do you think of the idea of toilet seats being cleaner than computer keyboards?

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TEETH

MAY. 22 294-illust_(May22) TEETH

 

 

How do you keep your teeth healthy?
 

Since we were young, our parents make sure to always check our teeth every six months. And now that we are getting older, we are the one who look after our own teeth to make sure them always in good shape.

Here are some suggestions how we can keep our teeth healthy.

  1. Use an electric toothbrush that can help remove food and other things stick on your teeth, better than a normal toothbrush.
  2. Make sure to use fluoride toothpaste and brush your teeth unto gums part.
  3. After brushing your teeth, use dental floss and go around each tooth. This will help you to get rid of any food that still left in-between of your teeth.
  4. Use a mouthwash and gargle for about 30 seconds, also you can use salty water to clean your mouth.
  5. Be watchful about the food you eat. If you like to eat chocolate, energy bars or candy, just don’t overdo it. Eat more vegetables and fruit.
  6. If you are having salad, avoid putting a vinegar dressing with drinks of juice or wine, it can harm your teeth and destroy tooth enamel.
  7. Avoid cracking nuts or open bottle caps by your teeth.

Visit the dentist regularly. They have everything they need to check out your teeth and find holes or other problem spots.  If you find or feel something unusual go to the dentist right away.

Contributed by: TEACHET MICHI

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. DENTAL FLOSS – the white strong string that use for cleaning between your teeth
  2. GOOD SHAPE – healthy
  3. ENAMEL – the hard smooth outer surface of the teeth
  4. GARGLE – a liquid that helps to clean the inside of your mouth by moving water from other side to another
  5. GUM – the area of pink flesh where your teeth are fixed
  6. HARM – damage / destroy
  7. MOUTHWASH – water that is used for cleaning teeth and getting rid of bacteria
  8. REMOVE – take away
  9. SUGGESTION – tip
  10. VINEGAR – a sour liquid made from wine that you use on a salad.

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. How often do you visit the dentist?
  2. Have you ever had tooth contractions?
  3. Have you ever experience to suffer in pain due to toothache? What did you do?

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Our Work Acquaintances… Our “Second Family”? Part 3

MAY. 21 293-illust_(May21) OUR WORK ACQUAINTANCES… OUR SECOND FAMILY PART3

 

 

Do you see your co-worker as family?

This is the continuation of the article OUR WORK ACQUAINTANCES… OUR “SECOND FAMILY”?” Here is a list of people who you will see in your workplace.

The Juror:  We all have this critic friend at work.  These kinds of friends exist everywhere, totally criticizing others from work to personal lives.  Beware of this friend who might also be your own-personal critic without your knowledge!  It is easier to determine them as they also possess the narcissistic attitude as they only love no one but themselves and their accomplishments.

The Gravity:  This friend possesses the most negative attitude of all.  He is the kind of friend who does not see any single reason to be happy at work.  He only blabs about what-is-bad-about-good and bad-about-bad on your tasks and assignments.  He continuously sees the dark side of everything from the salary, to the company benefits and compensations, to your superiors, down to the lowest ranking employees.  Based on the research, they are the habitual downers that could simply pull down your energy and enthusiasm at the workplace.

Contributed by: TEACHER ERLYN

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. criticizing (verb) – find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws
  2. narcissistic (adjective) – Characteristic of those having an exaggerated idea of their own importance
  3. blab – (verb) – speak about unimportant matters.

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. What are the other types of an “intoxicating” colleague do you know that are not mentioned on the article?
  2. How do you think one can avoid those types of colleagues?  What are the measures to follow to keep one’s distance from them?
  3. What are the other possibilities of performance deficiency reasons that you can think of?

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