elephant artists

Elephant Artists

Elephant Artists: Explore the fascinating debate over elephants as artists in Thailand. Discover the cultural significance and controversies surrounding their artistic abilities. Learn about the ethical considerations and the impact of these practices on elephant welfare. Time 30 minutes Main Skills Reading Topic Elephant Artists: Travel and Adventure Download PDF Video Instructions Reading Crossword Vocabulary Read this article about elephant artist, and then answer the questions. Check your understanding of the following words and phrases: artistic audience elephant sanctuaries forming a relationship horizontal independently investigation mammals miraculous performance survival vertical line vital Elephant Artists IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Elephant Artists: Explore the fascinating debate over elephants as artists in Thailand. Discover the cultural significance and controversies surrounding their… Read Full Story… Reducing Noise Pollution IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Read this article about reducing the noise, and then answer the questions. Time 10 minutes Main Skills Reading Topic Reducing… Read Full Story… Cooking IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Read this blog post about cooking, and then answer the questions. Time 20 minutes Main Skills Reading Topic Cooking –… Read Full Story… Getting Allergies IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Read this article about getting allergies, and then answer the questions. Time 10 minutes Main Skills Reading Topic Getting Allergies… Read Full Story…

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Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands: watch a video and read an article about what people are doing to preserve these islands and how tourism is negatively affecting the Galapagos Islands. Time 20-25 minutes Main Skills Reading: Making Brief Notes Topic Galapagos Islands: Environmental Issues Question Sheet Video Instructions Reading Crossword Vocabulary Check your understanding of the following words and phrases: ecosystems environment inhabited islands natural beauty prominent food source raising awareness theory of evolution unique environment visitors volunteers Galapagos Islands IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Galapagos Islands: watch a video and read an article about what people are doing to preserve these islands and how… Read Full Story… Finding time to do things IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Finding time to do things, read this article about managing your time and make notes under the three headings after… Read Full Story… Being Bilingual IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Being bilingual, read this article about the advantages of speaking another language and make notes under the three headings after… Read Full Story…

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robo-teachers

Robo-Teachers

Robo-Teachers: Have you ever wondered if robots will replace teachers in the near future? If so, we have activities to explore this matter. Time 30-40 minutes Main Skills Reading and Listening Topic Learning and Work : Robo-Teachers Download Available Reading Comprehension Question Sheet Video Reading Listening Vocabulary Watch the video and answer the questions that follow. Read the text and answer the questions that follow. What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a robot for a teacher? Having a robot for a teacher can have both advantages and disadvantages. Let’s explore them! One advantage of having a robot teacher is that they can teach us new things about technology. Robots are programmed to know much about electronics, computer science, and artificial intelligence. They can help us learn important skills for the future job market. For example, they can teach us how to programme robots and use technology at a young age. This can prepare us for careers in STEM fields like computer programming and software engineering. Plus, robots can teach us in remote locations, so we can still access education even if we live far away. However, there are also some disadvantages to having a robot teacher. One disadvantage is that robots may not be able to connect with us emotionally as a human teacher can. They might not understand our feelings or be able to show empathy. Another disadvantage is that robots have limitations in their teaching abilities. They might not be able to recognise our voices or emotions accurately. Plus, if all our education is based on computer programmes, we might miss out on the personal touch and creativity that human teachers bring to the classroom. In conclusion, having a robot for a teacher has its advantages and disadvantages. While robots can teach us important skills and provide education in remote areas, they may not be able to connect with us emotionally as human teachers can. It’s important to consider both the benefits and limitations of having a robot teacher in our education system. Choose the correct answer. Listen and answer the questions that follow. Script: Robots, or artificial intelligence, can sometimes be helpful but can’t replace teachers completely. Think about GPS in your car. It can give you information at the right time to help you get from one place to another, but it doesn’t actually make you learn better. In fact, it makes you learn less. AI can help you perform better, but it can’t help you develop and grow as a person.   When it comes to personal growth and understanding, having a real person who cares about you is super important. Computers can’t understand what matters to you or make you care about new things. They don’t have emotions or feelings. That’s why having someone who knows you well, understands your interests, and can show that they care is crucial. This person can guide you, mentor you, and help you grow.   Using technology like AI can be helpful for certain things, like getting directions, but it can’t replace the role of a teacher when it comes to personal growth and understanding. Teachers are more than just sources of information. They are there to support and guide you, to help you become the best version of yourself. So, while robots may have their uses, they can never fully replace the importance of a caring and knowledgeable teacher in your life. advantages  (noun)Definition: beneficial or favourable factors or circumstancesExample: One advantage of having a robot teacher is that they can teach us new things about technology. artificial intelligence  (noun)Definition: the ability of machines to perform tasks that would normally require human intelligence, such as learning, problem-solving, and decision-making.Example: Siri and Alexa are examples of artificial intelligence. creativity (noun)Definition: the use of imagination or original ideas to create somethingExample: If all our education is based on computer programmes, we might miss out on the personal touch and creativity that human teachers bring to the classroom. crucial  (adjective)Definition: extremely important or necessary.Example: It is crucial to wear a seatbelt while driving. disadvantages (noun)Definition: unfavourable factors or circumstancesExample: However, there are also some disadvantages to having a robot teacher. empathy  (noun)Definition: the ability to understand and share the feelings of othersExample: Robots may not be able to connect with us emotionally like a human teacher can. knowledgeable  (adjective)Definition: having a lot of knowledge or information about a particular subject or area.Example: My teacher is very knowledgeable about history. limitations (noun)Definition: restrictions or constraintsExample: Robots might have limitations in their teaching abilities. mentor  (noun)Definition: a trusted advisor or guide who provides support, advice, and encouragement to help someone achieve their goals.Example: My mentor helped me prepare for my job interview. programming  (noun)Definition: the process of giving instructions to a computer or robot to perform specific tasksExample: She enjoys learning about programming and creating her own games. Robo-Teachers B2 First, Reading Skills Robo-Teachers: Have you ever wondered if robots will replace teachers in the near future? If so, we have activities to… Read Full Story… Future Schools B2 First, Reading Skills What will the future schools look like? We learn how we can change the learning experiences and what the increase… Read Full Story… Sport at School B2 First, Reading Skills Sport at school is important for all students. Learn why sport should be an everyday activity at school and why some… Read Full Story… Global Changes B2 First, Reading Skills There is global changes. Learn why should we should worry about the changes in our environment and how we could look… Read Full Story… New Ways to Shop B2 First, Listening Skills There are new ways to shop. Learn about the shopping experiences in different stores and how technology is making it… Read Full Story… Story of Halloween B2 First, Listening Skills Every year, we celebrate Halloween on the 31 October, but what are the origins of this day. Learn the history… Read Full Story…

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media and image

Media and Image

Social media heavily influences teens, and platforms such as Instagram constantly bombard them with images and posts. Have you ever wondered if the images in the media are causing harm to teens’ body images? If so, we have activities to explore this matter. Time 40 minutes Main Skill Reading Theme and topic Identities: Media and Image Reading Video Listening Reading Vocabulary Watch the video and answer the questions. Listen and answer the questions that follow. Audio Script: The Science of Body Image Many people struggle with loving their own bodies, and this is something that both men and women experience. Our brains play a big role in how we see ourselves. We have an image of our body that we see with our eyes, but we also have a sense of our body even when we can’t see it. This is called proprioception. Different parts of our brain control different parts of our body. But sometimes, what society thinks our body should look like can influence how we feel about ourselves. Comparing our bodies to others, especially on social media, can make it hard to accept ourselves. Studies have shown that seeing models in advertisements can make us feel less satisfied with our own bodies. Many kids and teenagers want their bodies to be different from what they are. Our brains can be tricked into thinking certain body types are normal and others are not because of what we see and hear a lot. This comes from our ancestors needing to fit in and be accepted by others for survival. It’s important to remember that the pictures we see in magazines and online are often edited using a program called Photoshop. These images don’t always show the reality of how people really look. Watching TV shows and following influencers who promote different body types can help us see that there are many different ways to look beautiful. Surrounding ourselves with loving and accepting people is important for building confidence. It’s also important to unfollow influencers, people, or media that promote unrealistic body standards. Read this article and answer the questions that follow. Do images in the media harm teens’ body image? Many teenagers in Britain worry about their body image. A survey found that almost one-third of teenagers felt ashamed about their bodies. Images on social media make four in ten teenagers worry about their body image. Some teenagers even stopped eating or restricted their diets because they were worried about their bodies. Things that friends said also made four in ten teenagers worry about their body image. It’s important to talk about our bodies and eating positively at home, but we also need more advertising and social media rules to protect teenagers’ mental health. Social media can greatly impact how teenagers feel about their bodies. Platforms like Instagram show many pictures that create an idealised and unrealistic standard of beauty. This pressure to look a certain way can lead to anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. Research has shown that reducing social media use can make teenagers feel better about their appearance. Spending less time on social media can help reduce the negative effects on body image. It’s important to remember that the pictures we see on social media are often edited and not realistic. We shouldn’t compare ourselves to these images. Sometimes, it’s normal to feel self-conscious about our appearance, but it’s important to know when self-judgment goes too far. Social media and filters have created a culture of insecurity and comparison. This can lead to body dysmorphic disorder, where thoughts about their appearance consume people. It’s not the same as low self-esteem, but it can still cause self-esteem concerns. Parents need to help their teenagers avoid body image problems by discussing it and promoting a positive self-image. In conclusion, images in the media can harm teenagers’ body image. Social media can create unrealistic beauty standards and lead to negative mental health outcomes. It’s important for teenagers to be aware of the effects of social media on their body image and to take steps to protect their mental health. Parents can also play a role in helping their teenagers develop a positive self-image.   accept (verb )Definition: to take or receive willingly; to agree toExample: We should accept ourselves for who we are. anxiety (noun )Definition: a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcomeExample: She felt a lot of anxiety before her big test. consumed  ( verb )Definition: completely absorbed by something; having one’s attention fully occupied by somethingExample: She was consumed by thoughts of her upcoming presentation. dysmorphic  (adjective )Definition: relating to or having a distorted sense of one’s own appearanceExample: People with body dysmorphic disorder may see themselves as ugly or deformed, even if they look normal. idealised (adjective )Definition: represented as perfect or better than in realityExample: The models in the magazine were idealised and did not represent real people. influences (noun )Definition: things or people that have an effect on someone or somethingExample: My parents are positive influences in my life.proprioception (noun )Definition: the sense of the position and movement of one’s own bodyExample: Even with your eyes closed, you can still touch your nose because of proprioception. satisfied(adjective )Definition: feeling content or fulfilledExample: I am satisfied with my performance in the game. self-conscious  (adjective )Definition: feeling embarrassed or nervous about oneself, especially in front of othersExample: She felt self-conscious wearing her new dress in front of her classmates. unrealistic (adjective )Definition: not based on reality or not achievableExample: Having a perfect body without any flaws is an unrealistic expectation.  Media and Image IB English B, Reading Skills Social media heavily influences teens, and platforms such as Instagram constantly bombard them with images and posts. Have you ever… Read Full Story… How to write an Article IB English B, Writing Skills An article is a written piece of text that provides information, presents ideas, or shares opinions on a specific topic.… Read Full Story… How to write a personal diary IB English B, Writing Skills A personal diary, also known as a journal or a diary, is a written record of an individual’s thoughts, experiences,… Read Full Story… Artificial Intelligence IB English B, Listening Skills Artificial Intelligence – understand what

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Reducing Noise Pollution

Reducing Noise Pollution

Read this article about reducing the noise, and then answer the questions. Time 10 minutes Main Skills Reading Topic Reducing Noise Pollution: Exercise 4 Download PDF Reading Vocabulary Read this article about reducing noise pollution, and then answer the questions. Check your understanding of the following words and phrases: agitation calm and peaceful deep breath environment loud sounds noise pollution peace shady tree silent unsociable Reducing Noise Pollution IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Read this article about reducing the noise, and then answer the questions. Time10 minutes Main SkillsReading TopicReducing Noise Pollution: Exercise… Read Full Story… Cooking IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Read this blog post about cooking, and then answer the questions. Time 10 minutes Main Skills Reading Topic Cooking –… Read Full Story… Getting Allergies IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Read this article about getting allergies, and then answer the questions. Time 10 minutes Main Skills Reading Topic Getting Allergies… Read Full Story…

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cooking

Cooking

Read this blog post about cooking, and then answer the questions. Time 20 minutes Main Skills Reading Topic Cooking – Exercise 4 Download PDF Reading Crossword Vocabulary Read this blog post about cooking, and then answer the questions. Check your understanding of the following words and phrases: academic accelerated growth adolescence adulthood athletic better diet calcium contribution cookery school culinary masterpieces flavoursome recipes Reducing Noise Pollution IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Read this article about reducing the noise, and then answer the questions. Time 10 minutes Main Skills Reading Topic Reducing… Read Full Story… Cooking IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Read this blog post about cooking, and then answer the questions. Time 10 minutes Main Skills Reading Topic Cooking –… Read Full Story… Getting Allergies IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Read this article about getting allergies, and then answer the questions. Time 10 minutes Main Skills Reading Topic Getting Allergies… Read Full Story…

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Getting Allergies

Getting Allergies

Read this article about getting allergies, and then answer the questions. Time 10 minutes Main Skills Reading Topic Getting Allergies – Exercise 4 Download PDF Reading Crossword Vocabulary Read this article about getting allergies, and then answer the questions.   Check your understanding of the following words and phrases: allergy antibodies asthma dangerous immune system harmless reaction research sneezing swelling symtoms Reducing Noise Pollution IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Read this article about reducing the noise, and then answer the questions. Time10 minutes Main SkillsReading TopicReducing Noise Pollution: Exercise… Read Full Story… Cooking IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Read this blog post about cooking, and then answer the questions. Time 10 minutes Main Skills Reading Topic Cooking –… Read Full Story… Getting Allergies IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Read this article about getting allergies, and then answer the questions. Time10 minutes Main SkillsReading TopicGetting Allergies – Exercise 4… Read Full Story…

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Walking to the North Pole

Walking to the North Pole

Walking to the North Pole is an article about an extreme journey which you read and then answer questions to check your understanding of the text. Time10 minutes Main SkillsReading TopicTravel and Adventure – Exercise 1 Reading Crossword Vocabulary For the IGCSE ESL Exercise 1, the text about walking to the North Pole has been divided into smaller parts so you can focus on the task. Here are the words and phrases covered in this exercise: average life expectancy endurance training expedition extreme cold good layer of insulation human endurance research multivitamins physiotherapist polar ice flow rehydrated meal unique double record Walking to the North Pole IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Walking to the North Pole is an article about an extreme journey which you read and then answer questions to… Read Full Story… Keeping Bees in the City IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Keeping Bees in the City is an article about bee-keeping which you read and then answer questions to check your… Read Full Story… Living for 200 years IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Living for 200 years is an article about extending our life span, which you read and then answer questions to… Read Full Story… Living Stone Plants IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Living Stone Plants is an article about an unusual type of plant. Read it, and then answer questions to check… Read Full Story…

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Keeping Bees in the City

Keeping Bees in the City

Keeping Bees in the City is an article about bee-keeping which you read and then answer questions to check your understanding of the text. Time 20-25 minutes Main Skills Reading Topic Environmental Issues – Exercise 1 Reading Crossword Vocabulary For the IGCSE ESL Exercise 1, the text about keeping bees in the city has been divided into smaller parts so you can focus on the task. Here are the words and phrases covered in this exercise: beekeeping beehives diabetic fashionable hobby humming sound membership nectar new buzz over-subscribed parasitic mite pesticides rebellion strenuous activity urban beekeepers Reducing Noise Pollution IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Read this article about reducing the noise, and then answer the questions. Time10 minutes Main SkillsReading TopicReducing Noise Pollution: Exercise… Read Full Story… Cooking IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Read this blog post about cooking, and then answer the questions. Time10 minutes Main SkillsReading TopicCooking – Exercise 4 Download… Read Full Story… Getting Allergies IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Read this article about getting allergies, and then answer the questions. Time10 minutes Main SkillsReading TopicGetting Allergies – Exercise 4… Read Full Story… Walking to the North Pole IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Walking to the North Pole is an article about an extreme journey which you read and then answer questions to… Read Full Story… Keeping Bees in the City IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Keeping Bees in the City is an article about bee-keeping which you read and then answer questions to check your… Read Full Story… Living for 200 years IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Living for 200 years is an article about extending our life span, which you read and then answer questions to… Read Full Story…

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Living for 200 years

Living for 200 years

Living for 200 years is an article about extending our life span, which you read and then answer questions to check your understanding of the text. Time 20 minutes Main Skills Reading Topic Health, Fitness and Sport – Exercise 1 Reading Crossword Vocabulary For the IGCSE ESL Exercise 1, the text about living for 200 years has been divided into smaller parts so you can focus on the task. Here are the words and phrases covered in this exercise: average life expectancy calorie intake dominated eliminate exception greater proportions life-saving medicines medical discoveries medical science middle age predictions stem cells unrealistic Walking to the North Pole IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Walking to the North Pole is an article about an extreme journey which you read and then answer questions to… Read Full Story… Keeping Bees in the City IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Keeping Bees in the City is an article about bee-keeping which you read and then answer questions to check your… Read Full Story… Living for 200 years IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Living for 200 years is an article about extending our life span, which you read and then answer questions to… Read Full Story… Living Stone Plants IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Living Stone Plants is an article about an unusual type of plant. Read it, and then answer questions to check… Read Full Story…

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