Записи с темой: discussion points (список заголовков)

How to Hire Fake Friends and Family

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In Japan, you can pay an actor to impersonate your relative, spouse, coworker, or any kind of acquaintance.

Money may not be able to buy love, but here in Japan, it can certainly buy the appearance of love—and appearance, as the dapper Ishii Yuichi insists, is everything. As a man whose business involves becoming other people, Yuichi would know. The handsome and charming 36-year-old is on call to be your best friend, your husband, your father, or even a mourner at your funeral.

His 8-year-old company, Family Romance, provides professional actors to fill any role in the personal lives of clients. With a burgeoning staff of 800 or so actors, ranging from infants to the elderly, the organization prides itself on being able to provide a surrogate for almost any conceivable situation.

Yuichi believes that Family Romance helps people cope with unbearable absences or perceived deficiencies in their lives. In an increasingly isolated and entitled society, the CEO predicts the exponential growth of his business and others like it, as à la carte human interaction becomes the new norm.

I sat down recently with Yuichi in a café on the outskirts of Tokyo, to discuss his business and what it means to be, in the words of his company motto, “more than real.”

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@темы: links, Relationship, Reading, Family, English, Discussion points, Advanced


The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right

статья большая, но все же))
можно использовать для обсуждения темы в классе, источника лексики, да и просто для чтения

Mark Bittman and doctor David L. Katz patiently answer pretty muchevery question we could think of about healthy food.


Raw tomatoes or cooked tomatoes? Our metabolism can more easily access the antioxidant that makes tomatoes red when they’re cooked than when they’re raw.

It’s beyond strange that so many humans are clueless about how they should feed themselves. Every wild species on the planet knows how to do it; presumably ours did, too, before our oversized brains found new ways to complicate things. Now, we’re the only species that can be baffled about the “right” way to eat.

Really, we know how we should eat, but that understanding is continually undermined by hyperbolic headlines, internet echo chambers, and predatory profiteers all too happy topeddle purposefully addictive junk food and nutrition-limiting faddiets. Eating well remains difficult not because it’s complicated but because the choices are hard even when they’re clear.

With that in mind, we offered friends, readers, and anyone else we encountered one simple request: Ask us anything at all about diet and nutrition and we will give you an answer that is grounded in real scientific consensus, with no “healthy-ish” chit-chat, nary amention of “wellness,” and no goal other than to cut through all the noise and help everyone see how simple it is to eat well.

Here, then, are the exhaustively assembled, thoroughly researched, meticulously detailed answers to any and all of your dietary questions.

Just tell me. Ethical concerns aside, which diet is the best: vegan, vegetarian, or omnivorous?

We don’t know, because the study to prove that any one diet is “best” for human health hasn’t been done, and probably can’t be. So, for our health, the “best” diet is a theme: an emphasison vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, andplain water for thirst. That can be with or without seafood; with or without dairy; with or without eggs; with or without some meat; high or low in total fat.

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@темы: links, Reading, Food&Cooking, English, Discussion points, Advanced


Giving advice expressions by levels


  1. (I think/I really think) you need to/must/should ...
  2. How about ...?
  3. It is usually a good idea to ...
  4. My suggestion/advice is (to) ...
  5. Why don't you ...?
  6. You could (try) ...
  7. You probably/definitely/really should ...


  1. Have you tried ...?
  2. I (would) (strongly) suggest/advise that ...
  3. If I was/were you, I'd ...
  4. In my experience, ... works really well.
  5. It's generally best/a good idea to...
  6. One idea is to ...
  7. One thing you could/should/have to do is ...
  8. The best/most important thing (to do) is to ...


  1. ... might work.
  2. ... would probably work.
  3. ... (always) works for me.
  4. If I was/were in your place, I'd ...
  5. If that happened to me/In that case/If I had that problem, I'd ...
  6. My (main/personal) recommendation is/would be ...
  7. You'd better ...
  8. In this (kind of) situation, I (would) always recommend/advise ...

Upper Intermediate

  1. (If I was/were) in that (that kind of) situation, I'd ...
  2. Have you thought about ...?
  3. If it was/were me, I'd ...
  4. Make sure you (don't) ...
  5. The sooner you ... the better.
  6. Whatever you do, ...
  7. Your only option is to ...
  8. You have no choice but to ...


  1. ... is worth a try.
  2. A (self-help) book I read recommends ...
  3. A piece of advice from ... that I'd like to pass on is to ...
  4. A wise man once said ...
  5. As the proverb says, ...
  6. I can't recommend ... strongly enough.
  7. You should ..., no doubt about it.
  8. It might be an old wives' tale, but ...

@темы: Discussion points, English, Giving Advice, Other ways to say..., Vocabulary


Giving opinion expressions by levels


  1. I (really) think that …
  2. I believe (that) …
  3. I’m sure that …
  4. In my opinion / My opinion is …


  1. I agree with …
  2. I feel that …
  3. I guess/imagine …
  4. I have no doubt that / I’m certain that …
  5. I strongly believe that …
  6. I’ve never really thought about this before, but …
  7. My personal opinion is that / Personally, my opinion is that …
  8. To be honest / In my honest opinion, …


  1. As far as I know, …
  2. I agree with the opinion of …
  3. I could be wrong, but …
  4. I’d definitely say that …
  5. I’d guess/imagine that …
  6. I’d say that …
  7. I’m absolutely certain that …
  8. I’m fairly confident that …
  9. I’m no expert (on this), but …
  10. I’m positive that …
  11. I’m pretty sure that …
  12. It seems to me that …
  13. It’s a complicated/difficult issue, but …
  14. My (point of) view (on this) is …
  15. Obviously, …
  16. Some people may disagree with me, but …
  17. This is just my opinion, but …
  18. Without a doubt, …
  19. You probably won’t agree, but …


  1. After much thought, …
  2. After weighing up both sides of the argument, …
  3. Although I can see both points of view / Although I can understand the opposite point of view, …
  4. As I see it, ...
  5. Correct me if I’m wrong, but …
  6. For me/ From my point of view, …
  7. Frankly, …
  8. I am not very familiar with this topic, but …
  9. I do believe/ feel/think …
  10. I have come to the conclusion that …
  11. I might change my mind later, but …
  12. I reckon/suppose …
  13. I tend to think that …
  14. I’m not sure I’m the right person to ask, but / I have very limited experience of this, but …
  15. I’m pretty confident that …
  16. I’ve always thought that …
  17. If you ask me, …
  18. I'm (absolutely) convinced that …
  19. In my humble opinion / IMHO, …
  20. It could be said that …
  21. It seems clear to me that …
  22. It would seem to me that …
  23. My initial reaction is …
  24. Not everyone will/would agree with me, but …
  25. Personally speaking / Speaking for myself, …
  26. The way I see it (is) …
  27. To be (perfectly) frank, …
  28. To the best of my knowledge, …
  29. What I think is …
  30. You could say …


  1. After giving this matter some (serious) thought, …
  2. As far as I'm concerned, …
  3. As the old saying goes, …
  4. Having given this question due consideration, …
  5. I am of the opinion that …
  6. I can’t help thinking that …
  7. I know this is a minority view, but / I’m in the minority in thinking that …
  8. I tend towards the opinion that …
  9. I think it’s fair/reasonable to say …
  10. I’ll tell you what I think, …
  11. I’m entirely/quite convinced that …
  12. I’ve come the conclusion that …
  13. If I must come up with an opinion / If you (really) want my opinion, …
  14. In my limited experience, …
  15. It could/might well be that …
  16. Know what I think? …
  17. My opinion was best expressed by … when s/he said/wrote …
  18. My view/position on this (issue) (is clear and) is that …
  19. Off the top of my head, …
  20. Plainly, …
  21. Quite frankly, …
  22. There is a part of me that says …
  23. This may well be controversial, but …
  24. To my mind / To my way of thinking, ...
  25. To summarise my (rather complex) views on the matter, …
  26. What I always say is …
  27. With some reservations, …
  28. Without a shred/shadow of doubt, …
  29. You’d have to be crazy not to agree that / Any idiot can see that …

@темы: Giving Opinion, Vocabulary, English, Discussion points, Other ways to say...


Discussion Points - Education


Where did you go to kindergarten?
Where did you go to elementary school?
Where did you go to junior high school?
Where did you go to high school?
Did you go to college or university? Where did you go? What did you study? How many years did you go? Did you work while you went there?
Did you enjoy going to elementary school?
Does your country have middle schools?
What is the age that children begin school?
How old are students they when they graduate?
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@темы: Discussion points, Education, English


Discussion Points - Food&Eating

Food & Eating

About how many different color foods did you eat for dinner last night?
Do you think about color when you are preparing a meal?
Are there any foods that you wouldn't eat as a child that you eat now?
Are you a good cook?
Are you a vegetarian?
Are you concerned about your daily calorie intake when choosing something to eat?
+ очень много вопросов

@темы: Discussion points, English, Food&Cooking


Discussion points - Clothes and Fashion

Clothes & Fashion

About how much money do you spend on clothes a year?
Do you like shopping for new clothes?
Do you often buy new clothes?
Do you prefer to go shopping or just browse? Why?
Do you think men should be allowed to wear skirts?
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Questions on Styles, Clothing and Fashion-based Stereotypes

What would you think of a women who cut off all her hair and went around bald as a fashion statement?
What do you think of a man who is bald for fashion's sake?
What do you think of women who wear short mini-skirts?
Do you think that the clothes we wear reflect what is inside us ?
What do you think of people who always and only wear black?
What do you think of people with tattoos?
Do you have a tattoo?
Do you know someone with a tattoo?
What do you think of people with body piercing?
Do you have pierced ears?
Would you pierce other parts of your body?
What would you think of a high school student who always wore very conservative clothes?
What type of clothing do you wear when you are angry and you want to express yourself?
What colors do you choose to wear when you are happy?
Would you dress the same as you do in your country if you went to America for a visit?
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@темы: Fashion, English, Discussion points, Clothes


Links - Fashion (+Clothes)

listenaminute.com/f/fashion.html +пара заданий
www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/news... +pdf
www.trainyouraccent.com/a-fashion.htm +points to discuss
efl-resource.com/materials/topic-based-esl-mate... - 1 аудио+1 видео

www.dailyesl.com/clothing.htm +listening/vocabulary/reading
efl-resource.com/materials/topic-based-esl-mate... - 20 вопросов



Fashion - articles

www.esl-lab.com/vocab/v-fashion.htm (Easy)+exercise

Fashion - style of dressing, etc. popular at a particular time
| current, latest, modern, new | growing | changing, passing - changing fashions in education This theory, though recent, is more than a passing fashion.
| high - The store sells everything from sports clothes to high fashion.
| designer - the influence of Italian designer fashion on the clothes industry
| female, street, youth | architectural, cultural, intellectual
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Устойчивые выражения
A feather in one's cap
À la mode
A stitch in time saves nine
A wolf in sheep's clothing
Bee in your bonnet
Belt and braces
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@темы: videos, links, Vocabulary, Reading, Fashion, English, ESL, Discussion points, Clothes


Talking Points

Talking Points
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Talking Point Worksheets
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"A range of discussion-based worksheets by Liz Regan - all available for free download. Each worksheet is accompanied by handy Teacher's Notes with answers. You can use these worksheets in conjunction with the EnglishClub Talking Point Discussion and Talking Point Homework forums, which your students can find easily from the Talking Point icon on the EnglishClub home page (см. ссылку выше)."

@темы: Discussion points, ESL, English, Reading, Vocabulary, links


What The ‘Ideal’ Woman’s Body Looks Like In 18 Countries

What does a "perfect body" look like? It depends who you ask -- and where they are.

UK online pharmacy Superdrug Online Doctors recently created a project called "Perceptions Of Perfection" that features 18 photoshopped images of the same woman. The company hired designers from countries around the world to photoshop a stock image via Shutterstock to reflect the beauty standards of their specific countries.

"Widely held perceptions of beauty and perfection can have a deep and lasting cultural impact on both women and men," a Superdrug press release reads. "The goal of this project is to better understand potentially unrealistic standards of beauty and to see how such pressures vary around the world."

The company asked 18 designers from 18 countries spanning five continents to photoshop an image of a woman to fit their perception of the culture's beauty standards.

продолжение и сами фото

@темы: Appearance, Discussion points, English, Stereotypes


Discussion points - Opinion Giving Expression


As far as I'm concerned,..
To my mind,...
According to me,...
As I see it, ...
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(The author / the narrator / the protagonist / etc.) is right
Fair enough !
He is quite right / absolutely right
He may be right.
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He's off his head !
I am afraid that is not quite true.
I disagree.
I don't agree with what you say.
I don't agree with you.
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@темы: Vocabulary, Other ways to say..., Opinion, English, ESL, Discussion points, Vocabulary Games


Discussion points - Travel

Have you ever been abroad?
Where have you been?
Are you planning on going anywhere for your next vacation?
If so, where?
Who with?
How long will you stay?
Are you afraid of going abroad alone?
Could you live in another country for the rest of your life?
Describe the most interesting person you met on one of your travels.
What was your best trip?
What was your worst trip?
Did your class in high school go on a trip together?
If so, where did you go?
How long did you stay?
How did you get there?
еще много

@темы: English, Discussion points, Travelling and Tourism


Topic - Weather&Climate


Discussion points - Health


Given all the evidence that cigarette smoking is harmful, why do people continue to smoke cigarettes? Explain why you do or do not smoke.
How much do you think people influence their own health through their attitudes and lifestyles?
Russian people are fast becoming the one of most overweight people in the world. To what do you attribute this trend?
Are people overly concerned about being thin nowadays?
What do you do to cope with stress?
What is the difference between "good" and "bad" stress?
Would you choose to be an organ donor?

@темы: Discussion points, English, Health, Vocabulary


Discussion points - Personality&Character

Explain what it means to be an honorable person.
Are you motivated more by external rewards (such as money or grades) or internal rewards (such as self-esteem or integrity)?
Explain why people sometimes continue to do things that are harmful to them.
Do you think of yourself as a "goal-oriented" person?
Discuss what people reveal about themselves by the way they drive.
"Self-discipline is the most important ingredient for success." Attack or defend.
Name someone you consider to be a modern hero or heroine and explain why.
How does your public image differ from your private self?
What are the essential characteristics of an effective leader?
Do you think that sports help develop good character?
Is high school a good place to find out who you really are?
Discuss the most important characteristics an elected official should have.
If you could have a conversation with a famous person (living or dead), whom would you choose?
Which do you think has a greater effect on a person -- heredity or environment?
What characteristics do you regard as important in a person you would choose as a friend?
What are the essential characteristics of a good parent?
What are the characteristics of a good college student?
Do you think that you have the qualifications of a good parent?
Is it possible for anger ever to be beneficial?
What are the most important skills and/or values that children learn from their parents?
Whom would you identify as a truly wise person? What makes him or her seem wise to you?
How are you different from your best friend?
What are the best ways to meet new friends?

@темы: Discussion points, English, Personality&Character


Discussioon points - Education

Should the school year be extended to include longer hours and more days required to obtain a high school diploma?
Nearly all students have had classmates who they wished were anywhere else but in that particular class. What kinds of students do you find most annoying?
If you could participate in only one extracurricular activity, which would you choose?
What are some possible reasons for the decline in the reading skills of high school students?
What can be done to prevent violence in public schools?
What could be done to make students more interested in learning about science?
Is it harmful for children to be in day-care centers all day?
How do you expect your college education to change the rest of your life?
Is it better to know a little about many subjects than to know a lot about one subject?
Is too much emphasis placed on grades in our educational system?
Explain the chief reasons why students drop out of universities.
Is high school a good place to find out who you really are?
Is it beneficial for a high school graduate to work full-time for a year before entering college?
How great a role do you think "knowing the right people" plays in getting ahead in school or in work?
What advice would you give to an entering college freshman?
Which courses that you did not take in high school do you now wish you had taken?
What are the characteristics of a good college student?
Should high school students have complete freedom to choose their own courses?
How should public high schools deal with students considered to be constant troublemakers?
Why are so many people over the age of twenty-one entering college?
Should students be required to learn a second language?
Should college students be required to take physical education courses? Why or why not?
Should prison inmates be allowed to take college courses? Explain why or why not.
Should a graduating college senior be required to pass a comprehensive examination in his or her major before receiving a degree? Why or why not?
Is an academically competitive atmosphere helpful or harmful to you as a student?
In what areas should all college graduates be required to have some competence?
What can parents do to prepare their children for school?
How can parents promote good reading habits in their children?
Knowledge can be gained from books and scientific observation. What are some other important sources of knowledge, and why are they valuable?
What steps should be taken to improve the quality of education in our public schools?
Suicide among high school and college students is on the rise in this country. Discuss possible reasons why young people take their own lives.
Discuss some of the pressures on high school students.
Explain what motivates students to strive for good grades in school.
What types of students do you like to have in your classes?
What advice would you give to a student just beginning high school?
What pointers could you give to help students with poor study habits?
Is it an advantage or a disadvantage to have a job while attending school?
Should high school students be required to wear uniforms?
What can high schools do to lower the number of dropouts?
Should schools establish dress codes?
With the widespread availability of calculators, is it necessary for students to learn arithmetic?
Is there anything that teachers can learn from students?

@темы: Discussion points, Education, English


Discussion points - General/What if...

Failure can often teach more than success can. Has failure ever taught you a valuable lesson?
Are there situations in which lying is appropriate? Discuss.
If you wrote a book about your life, would it be a comedy, a tragedy, or a combination of the two?
If you had to live life as an animal, which animal would you prefer to be and why?
If your doctor told you that you had only a few months to live, how would you alter your way of life?
Each year, many teenagers run away from home. What do you think are the chief causes?
Discuss one cause for which you would be willing to risk your life.
If you had the power to change any event in history (outcome of an election, who won a war, etc.), which would you choose to change, and why?
How great a role do you think "knowing the right people" plays in getting ahead in school or in work?
If you were to be deprived of one of your five senses (sight, touch, smell, taste, and hearing) which one would you most hate to give up?
Apart from chronological age, what are some major differences between an adolescent and an adult?
Do you function best in the morning, afternoon, or evening? Explain.
What do you hope to accomplish within the next ten years?
If you could ban anything in the world, what would it be and why?
If you could live in some other historical period, which would you choose, and why?
What do you consider the most important event of the past decade?
Most people consider themselves part of a particular generation. Discuss what you consider the most important values of your generation.
In your view, what would most impress (favorably or unfavorably) a foreign student spending his or her first weekend in an American home?
If you could make one scientific discovery in your lifetime, what would it be? Why?
Archaeologists have learned much about the lives of first-century Romans from the excavations of houses buried by lava at Pompeii. Suppose that your home were preserved just as it is now. What conclusions about modern life might this evidence lead future archaeologists to draw?
Which of the four seasons of the year appeals to you the most? Why?
What is the best advice you ever got?
If you could change one thing about your childhood, what would it be?
If you had the power to do one thing to improve the world, what would you do?
What is your most prized possession? Why? (Do NOT write about a person.)
Is increased life expectancy a blessing or a curse?
What is your favorite piece of furniture?
Explain why people sometimes continue to do things that are harmful to them.

@темы: topics, English, Discussion points

Living environment - Warehouse 14