What makes us human?

what makes us human

What makes us human? This unit explores why we are much different from other species of animals and what really defines us as being human. Is it how we are able to create tools or is it the way we communicated?

  • Time

    40-60 minutes

  • Main Skill

    Listening

  • Theme and topic

    Experiences - What makes us human?

Video
Listening
Reading
Vocabulary
Extension

Write attitude is associated with the following people during the conversation.

Choose SIX answers and write the correct letter, A-H, next to questions 1-6.

 

Listen to check your answers.

 

Here are the keywords and phrases to learn:

  • amused
  • creativity
  • critical
  • empathy
  • forgetful
  • impatient
  • intelligence
  • morality
  • polite
  • relaxed
  • sympathetic
  • symbolic thought
  • unique
  • unrealistic

Many people need to write a personal statement as part of an application for a place at a university or a job.

1. Record a 2-3 min video or audio. Include the following:

  • Introduce yourself and say what you do. Talk about your current responsibilities and skills.
  • Talk about your past experiences and achievements. Point out the main contributions you have made to your school.
  • Talk about your leisure activities. Think about how they contribute to the skills and experience you already have.
  • Say what you hope for your future career.

2. Write a four-paragraph personal statement using the plan below as a guide.
Paragraph 1: Introduce yourself and say what you do. Talk about your current responsibilities and skills.
Paragraph 2: Talk about your past experiences and achievements. Point out the main contributions you have made to your school.
Paragraph 3: Talk about your leisure activities. Think about how they contribute to the skills and experience you already have.
Paragraph 4: Say what you hope for your future career.

 

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IB English B Language Skills

  • Listening & Speaking

    Skills to communicate both professionally and socially.

  • Reading

    Skills to stimulates imagination memory and recall information

  • Writing

    Skills to foster the ability to explain and refine ideas.

IB English B Themes

  • Experiences

    Opportunities to consider how events which take place impact an individual's life.

  • Human Ingenuity

    Opportunities to explore the sciences, technology and creativity.

  • Identities

    Opportunities to discover interests, values, belief and culture.

  • Sharing The Planet

    Opportunities to look at the challenges faced by individuals and communities in the modern world.

  • Social Organization

    Opportunities to explore the way in which groups of people organise themselves through common systems or interests.

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