Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

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Do you believe that there will always be a way, when there seems to be no way?

This proverb, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” is an old English proverb which means having the determination to find a way of doing things. While the records do not state clearly who the author of this proverb is, it is mostly believed to be created by Samuel Smiles, a Scottish government reformer and a Guru.  He is known for his self-help and inspirational writings. We sometimes find ourselves in situations where we are ready to give up because we cannot find an answer or solution to a problem. There are times when we feel that we have already done everything, yet the problem still remains. During these times, the proverb reminds us that “everything has a way, only if we have the will to find it.”

Contributed by: TEACHER UTADA
Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Proverb ( noun)  – a memorable saying taken as true by many people.
  2. Guru ( noun )  – a recognized leader in some field or movement.
  3. Self-Help ( noun ) – the act of improving yourself without relying on anyone.
  4. Inspirational ( adjective ) – divine influence on the mind and soul.
Perspective Exchange:

  1. Do you think this proverb is true?
  2. Do you remember a situation you’ve been in that relates to this proverb?
  3. Do you have similar proverb such as this in your own country?

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Intermediate

The Perfect Amount of Homework

 

 

How long should students spend their time on doing their homework?

Researchers at the University of Oviedo in Spain studied more than 7,000 students and they found out that 70 minutes of homework per night has plenty of benefits but if teens are asked to do more than that, the benefits start to decrease.

The students answered a series of tests and questionnaires. They found out that those who regularly do their homework had good test scores and those who don’t do their homework regularly had lower test scores. However, those students who spend more than 90 – 100 minutes of homework per night did a little worse on the tests.

While it’s still true that requiring students to do homework is beneficial, the amount of time being spent in doing it affects their performance in school.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Plenty – a large or sufficient amount or quantity; more than enough
  2. Series – a number of things, events, or people of a similar kind or related nature coming one after another
  3. Questionnaires – a set of printed or written questions with a choice of answers, devised for the purposes of a survey or statistical study
  4. Beneficial – favourable or advantageous; resulting in good

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. How many minutes/hours do you spend in doing your homework? Why does it have to take that long?
  2. Do you think homework is beneficial for students? Why or why not?
  3. How many minutes/hours should students spend on their homework? Why do you think so?

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Intermediate

The Right Degree to Become a Billionaire

What degree should we study to become a billionaire?

A business-to-business buying platform called Approved Index has studied the list of 100 richest people in the world published by the Forbes magazine.

Based from the data they gathered, they found out that engineering graduates are the richest with an average wealth of 25.8 Billion US Dollars. They are followed by those who didn’t have a degree and their average net worth is 24 Billion US Dollars and the third spot was taken by those who studied finance with an average net worth of 22.5 Billion US Dollars.

Bill Gates, the richest person in the world whose fortune is around $79bn, is a known drop out of Harvard as well as the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, the youngest person to be included in Forbes’ top 100 with a $33.4bn net worth.

Here’s the list of average wealth by degree published by Approved Index:

  1. Engineering ($25.77bn)
  2. None ($24.03bn)
  3. Business ($22.5bn)
  4. Economics ($22.1bn)
  5. Arts ($20.51bn)
  6. Other ($19.66bn)
  7. Math ($17.75bn)
  8. Finance ($15.83bn)
  9. Law($13.2bn)
  10. Science ($12.08bn)
Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU
Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Gather – come together; assemble or accumulate
  2. Wealth – an abundance of valuable possessions or money
  3. Net worth – is the total assets minus total outside liabilities of an individual or a company
  4. Fortune – a large amount of money or assets
  5. Drop out – abandon a course of study
Perspective Exchange:

  1. Which degrees are currently in demand in your country? Why do you think they are in demand now?
  2. Should we measure someone’s wealth through his/her education? Why or why not?
  3. Some people say that education is not only the key to success, the behaviour and personality of a person also affects his/her success. Please state your opinion and give reasons.

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Intermediate

Driving Ban in Paris

 

 

Do you know that pollution in Paris is worse now compared to Shanghai?

The government has announced a driving ban in Paris last Monday after the news that the pollution level has briefly surpassed the level in Shanghai last week.

According to their announcement, all cars with plates ending in even numbers were not allowed on roads and all public transportation were free. This plan was made because Paris hit 127 points in its air pollution index chart followed by Shanghai in second place on 106 and London for third place on 91. Those who violated the ban were asked to pay €22 ($24.08).

The ban was lifted on Tuesday after having a bit of strong wind.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Ban – forbid or prohibit
  2. Briefly – for a short time
  3. Surpass – move past
  4. Even numbers – divisible by two (2, 4, 6, 8, 10….)
  5. Violate – act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts or promises
  6. Lift – put an end to something

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1.  What do you think about the driving ban in Paris? Was it a good idea? Why or why not?
  2. Do you think your country should worry of air pollution now? Why or why not?
  3. What do you think your government and you should do to lessen the air pollution?

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Intermediate

Love and Science

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Can science prove we are in love?

American Physiological Society examined the brains of 17 men and women who were in love by using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). fMRI shows where our blood is flowing through our brain, which will tell us which area in our brain works the hardest when we are in love.

Experts were surprised to know that the parts of our brain that is connected to motivation, reward and drive are most active when we are madly in love. Experts were expecting to see the areas for emotion and sex to light up but they didn’t.

Additionally, another study by Frontiers of Neuroscience did another study with 100 subjects who are also in love. They found out that our brain has a different structure during our lovey-dovey period compared to the time when we are not in love.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Physiological – the general desire or willingness of someone to do something
  2. Motivation – the general desire or willingness of someone to do something
  3. Drive – compel (someone) to act in a particular way, especially one that is considered undesirable or inappropriate
  4. Madly – to an extreme or excessive degree
  5. Structure – the arrangement of and relations between the parts or elements of something complex
  6. Lovey-dovey – overly affectionate

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. How would you describe your behaviour when you are in love?
  2. Do you agree that people are highly motivated when they are in love compared to when they are not in love? Why or why not?
  3. Do you believe that Science can measure love? Why or why not?

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Dehydration

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Are you drinking enough water?

Experts always tell us to drink at least 8 cups of water every day. According to statistics, over 40% of American adults drink less than 4 cups and 7% admitted drinking no water at all on a daily basis.

Some of the effects caused by being dehydrated are having headaches, feeling dizzy and feeling tired. Additionally, it also affects our mood by making us grumpy and confused.

Here are the ways where you can check if you need to drink water:

  • Are you thirsty? That’s the most obvious sign that says you are already dehydrated.
  • Look at your eyes. Do you have dark circles and are they sunken?
  • Pinch your skin. If it goes back quickly you are hydrated but if it’s slow to go back to its original shape, you are dehydrated.
Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Admit – declare something to be true
  2. Dehydrated – lose water or moisture
  3. Dizzy – the feeling that you are about to fall
  4. Grumpy – annoyed and irritable
  5. Hydrated – have enough supply of water or moisture

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. How much water do you drink every day? Do you drink 8 cups or less? If less than 8, why?
  2. What do you feel when you didn’t drink enough water?
  3. What are the best ways to make sure we have enough supply of water in our body?

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Intermediate

Geniuses Can’t Stand Irritating Noises, Science Says

 

 

Do you find some certain sounds annoying? Well, you could be a genius!

A study from Northwestern University said that most creative people are easily annoyed by noises such as someone chewing or tapping their fingers. The reason why is that their minds can focus on multiple things at the same time and when they do it, they feel like they’ll go nuts.

This study is being supported by the Telegraph which says that geniuses such as Charles Darwin and Marcel Proust wore earplugs and blocked out the noise in their bedroom while they are working.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Genius – someone who has exceptional intellectual ability and originality
  2. Annoy – cause minor irritation; sudden outburst of anger
  3. Tap – make a light, repeated taps on a surface
  4. Nuts – Informal or slang term meaning insane or very stupid
  5. Earplugs – a plug of cotton, wax or rubber that is fitted into the ear canal for protection against the entry of water or loud noise

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. What kinds of sounds do you think are annoying for you? Why do you think they are annoying?
  2. Do you believe in this article? Why or why not?
  3. What do you do when you are annoyed by a certain sound?

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Intermediate

The Most Expensive Country to Have Diabetes

 

 

Which country is the most expensive to have diabetes?

PharmacoEconomics released a new study where they stated that the United States is the most expensive country to have type 2 diabetes. The average price of treatment is around $283, 000.

Another study made by the researchers at the University of East Anglia analysed 109 data on how big were the effects of diabetes to people’s lives. They found out that employment chances for men and women are decreased and they lose almost $22, 000 earnings per year. Additionally, they found out that other countries are being affected by diabetes as well. Mexico, India, and China have seen an increase of rate in diabetes.

Over 380 million people worldwide are being affected by the said disease and that number is expected to increase to 592 million people by 2035.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Treatment – care provided to improve a situation
  2. Analyse – consider in detail and subject to an analysis or study
  3. Rate – the quantity or amount or measure considered as a proportion of another quantity or amount or measure

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Do you believe that health care is expensive in the US? Why or why not?
  2. How would you describe the cost of treatment in your country?
  3. Do you think the rate of diabetes in your country is decreasing or increasing? Why or why not?

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Intermediate

House for Sale

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Would you buy a house and an island for just $0.08?

A house located on the island of Buoya on the outer boundary of Artic Circle in Norway is for sale for just 5 pence ($0.08).

Aside from the house, you will also get its private beach and quiet surroundings. The only condition is you have to promise the seller that you will restore the house.

According to its historical data, the last tenant of the house moved out in the 1970s and ever since, the house is in ruins. The current owner of the island said that he hoped that the house will be renovated because the property is really beautiful. The only problem is that it will be difficult to find a neighbour.

He added that if you ever get lonely, you can always ride a boat to the neighbouring islands to chat with the people living there.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Boundary – the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something
  2. Restore – return to its original or usable and functioning condition
  3. Tenant – someone who pays rent to use a land or building or a car that is owned by someone else
  4. Renovate – restore to previous or better condition

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. What do you think about the price of the house? Is it too crazy or just right? Why?
  2. If you have the chance to buy the house, will you buy it? Why or why not?
  3. How much is the average price of houses in your country? Do you consider them expensive? Why?

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Intermediate

Mind Wandering

 

 

Do you often stare at nothing while your mind wanders?

According to a research published in “The Science of Sin,” we spend about 8 minutes of every hour daydreaming. 13% of the time, our mind wanders and about 30 – 40% of our time is being spent in daydreaming.

While most people will think that daydreaming is useless and unproductive. It also has some advantages.

People who often daydream are more creative and are better problem solvers. The reason why is because they are using their brain for two different things, one for doing the tasks and the other is for processing information and making connection. Mind wandering also allows our brain to compare and contrast different problems and solutions. This will lead to having better ideas.

However, the disadvantage of daydreaming is it is a sign of an unhappy mind. Additionally, people will not be focused on their tasks and their performance will be affected as well. Lastly, some experts believed that daydreaming is also a sign of poor health.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Wander – move about aimlessly or without any destination
  2. Spent – pass time in a specific way
  3. Daydream – have dreamlike fantasies while awake
  4. Unproductive – not producing desired results
  5. Contrast – the act of looking and comparing the differences between two or more things

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Does your mind wander while you are doing something? How often does your mind wander?
  2. Do you agree that mind wandering is good? Why or why not?
  3. What do you think people should do to become better problem solvers and be more creative?

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Intermediate