C1 · C2 · Listening · Reading · speaking

Food waste and what we can do about it.

In 2016 Huffpost launched a campaign calling for action against the astronomical amount of food that was being dumped into the bins by supermarkets in the USA. Although the article is already over three years old, I’ve adapted it as a reading activity that you can do after listening to the video that briefly explains why we should think seriously about this matter. After reading the text, you may want to discuss the questions below with a partner and/or write a letter.

I hope you enjoy the lesson!

Serena

Think and discuss

  1. Do you think governments should curb food waste within households and businesses? Give reasons for your answer.
  2. Why do you think supermarkets and chain stores prefer to discard their produce rather than sale it at a reduced price?
  3. In some states of USA it is illegal to scavenge. Do you agree with this law? What reasons do you think are behind it?
C1 · C2 · Listening · Proficiency C2 listening · speaking · Vocabulary

Advanced C1 Listening TED Talks Are we running out of clean water?

Despite water covering 71% of the planet’s surface, more than half the world’s population endures extreme water scarcity for at least one month a year. Current estimates predict that by 2040, up to 20 more countries could be experiencing water shortages. These statistics raise a startling question: is the Earth running out of clean water? Balsher Singh Sidhu takes a closer look at water consumption. (introduction text from TED Talks)

Here you will find three topic-based activities on the issue of water. The fist activity is a quick pre-listening quiz on some of the vocabulary that you will hear in a video. The second button below is for the video. After watching the video you may want to discuss some questions so I’ll find five, hopefully, thought-provoking ones at the end of the post.

Speaking practice

  • Does your country suffer from water shortage, and if not, do you believe this will be a problem in the coming future?
  • Does your government invest in sustainable water usage? If so, how?
  • What types of things do you do in order to reduce your water footprint?
  • How do different economic sections cope with the issue of global warming and water shortage in your country?
  • What parts of the world are the most vulnerable to water scarcity?
B2 · speaking · Upper intermediate B2 speaking practice

Upper Intermediate B2 Speaking practice. Topic: Homes and Houses

Hello! Here is a new speaking activity I’ve prepared for upper intermediate just to get you chatting away. This one covers many of the subjects we could talk about within the topic of Homes and Houses. Rember that in this level you should be able to cope with the questions giving more or less complex answers and details, so meet up with your speaking partner, prepare a relaxing cuppa, and take your time to practise.

A2 · B1 · Grammar · speaking

Present perfect: Have you ever…?

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This application from Wheel decide is great fun for practising ‘Have you ever’ structures.

All you have to do is click on the wheel and answer the question that come up. Some of them are quite tongue-in-cheek, but telling fibs is also a way to spice up an English class.

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B2 · speaking · Upper intermediate B2 speaking practice

Upper intermediate B2 speaking practice: Holidays and travel

Here’s a speaking activity on the topic of holiday and travel. If you liked the video and found it helpful, just click the like button and leave a comment.

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B2 · speaking · Upper intermediate B2 speaking practice

Upper intermediate B2 speaking practice: Topic Health, Sport and Diet

Crunchy and savoury accompanied with a delicious cheesy flavour, your mouth is watering while your fumbling fingers attempt to separate the sealed plastic sheets that delay moments of utter and sheer delight!

And while you promise yourself that you will only eat a few,  you know that putting a full stop to the flow of crunchiness in your mouth followed by a perfect and harmonious melting of substance; before sending it to be processed by your stomach, will be an ordeal almost impossible to fulfil.

Maybe the next time you visit your local supermarket, you’ll manage to ignore the display shelves, stacked with feasts suitable for almost every taste bud. Maybe you won’t even go anywhere near the forbidden area of aisles after aisles of colourful items that seem to capture your attention making themselves visible, even out of the corner of your eye!. But not now! This time you couldn’t resist hurling a bag or two in your shopping trolley (quickly before being spotted by anyone you knew),  knowing that your diet will have to be delayed for a day or two and that some information will probably be omitted during your next nutritionist’s appointment. What can you do about it? You neither know nor care because all you feel like right now is to start chomping away on that worm-like, amber-coloured, salty-flavoured delicatessen.

B2 · speaking · Upper intermediate B2 speaking practice

Upper intermediate B2 speaking practice: Topic Schools and Education

We are all extremely concerned about education and schools because in our society, education is the bases for future success. Well, that was what we were taught anyway. However, many of my friends with degrees are either out of work or they are earning a living doing something that has nothing to do with what they had been training for during years and years. Some have even had to leave the country in order to find a job with a decent salary and a certain degree of  work stability,which is an astonishing fact when one ponders on issues such as the amount of money involved in receiving higher education that is wasted if a country cannot provide suitable posts for such highly qualified people.

And then we have other problems as well. These ones have much more to do with students and teachers and involve a wide complexity within: curriculum, school schedules, budgets, dropouts, disruptive behaviour, teacher burnout and a very, very long etc.

Well, School and Education is one of the topics for almost all levels of the EOI, so here you have a speaking activity to make you ponder on some of the facts that affect this highly complex world.

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B1 · Intermediate B1 speaking practice · speaking

Intermediate B1 speaking practice: Topic Homes and Houses

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Where do you live? Do you like your home? Would you change anything? Maybe you have some nice and friendly neighbours or maybe they are not so nice and spend uncountable evenings shouting at each other not letting you have your rest in peace. Do you have a cosy, snug corner ‘all to yourself’ or do you feel your home is a bit too cramped with people and furniture? Have you ever heard the saying’ my home is where I lay my cap’? What do you think that means?

Here’a presentation to help you have a nice chat with your classmates (and me too!) about your home.

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