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Reaching digital natives

A  short video on how the world has changed and how education needs to catch up.

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Intermediate 2

Unit 7         CIRCLE OF FRIENDS


Do you have many friends?

How did you meet them? (Your oldest friend, your neighbor, your new friend, your  friend from school, from Ibeu, from your gym, from church, etc)

Write a comment about your “Circle of Friends”, similar to page 66 (Student’s book). Don´t forget to put your name.  Deadline: August 31st

Unit 8     Wishes



How do you wish your life were different?

If you had last year to live over again, what would you change?

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Basic 4

Unit 7           CHANGES


1- Do you want to change something in your life? (your house, your family, your age, your school, your car, etc)

2-  Are you happy with your appearance? (your body, your face, your hair, etc)

3- Would you like to change something in your appearance in order to be more beautiful?

4- How much have you changed physically?

5- How often do you change your hair?


Write a paragraph about the changes you and your family need.(approximately 80 words). Deadline: August 31st

Unit 8     HEROES


Do you have a hero?

Who is your favorite cartoon hero?

Do you have heroes in your family?

What are the qualities of a hero?

Name a holiday that celebrates a national leader or hero. When is the holiday? What do people do on this day?

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Basic 2

Unit 7.       What time is it?





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Assignment 1: Write about your favorite day of the week.  Approximately 40 words. Deadline: September 1st


Unit 8                 Special occasions



What are your favorite holidays?

When is your birthday?

How do you celebrate Christmas?

How do you celebrate Mother’s day?

What do people do on New Year’s Eve?

Do you like halloween?




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Teens 2

Unit 9:       MOVIES


1- What is your favorite movie?

2- Do you like  horror movies?

3- How often do you go to movies?

4- Who is your favorite actor or actress?

5- Would you like to be an actor/actress? Why or why not?

6- Who is your favorite movie hero?


Unit 10 Can you play the guitar?

 imagesCan you dance?

Can you sing?

Can you drive?

Can you cook?

Can you speak English?

Can you swim?

Can you tell jokes?

Can you draw?

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Flex 6

Unit 3      Family 


  • Do you like your family? Why or why not?
  • Do you get along well with your family?
  • Do you have any brothers or sisters? If so, how old are they?
  • Do you have any children? If yes, what are their names and ages?
  • Do you look more like your mother or your father?
  • How big is your family?
  • How many cousins do you have?
  • How many aunts and uncles do you have?

Unit 4  Coping with technology


Do you have a computer/a printer/a laptop/ a PDA/a cell phone/an ipod/a video game/ an MP3/a fax machine?

How many TVs do you have?

What machines drive you crazy?

What machine would you like to buy?

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1) Why do you wake up each day?

2) Human body facts

Are the sentences below true or false?

1- In one day, a human sheds 10 billion skin flakes. This amounts to approximately two kilograms in a year.

2- Every square inch of the human body has about 19,000,000 skin cells.

3- Approximately 25% of all scald burns to children are from hot tap water and is associated with more deaths than with any other liquid.

4- Forty-one percent of women apply body and hand moisturizer at least three times a day.

5- Every hour one billion cells in the body must be replaced.

6- The world record for the number of body piercing on one individual is 702, which is held by Canadian Brent Moffat.

7- The small intestine in the human body is about 2 inches around, and 22 feet long.

8- The human body makes anywhere from 1 to 3 pints of saliva every 24 hours.

9- The human body has approximately 37,000 miles of capillaries.

10- The aorta, which is largest artery located in the body, is about the diameter of a garden hose.

11- he adult human body requires about 88 pounds of oxygen daily.

12- It is very common for babies in New Zealand to sleep on sheepskins. This is to help them gain weight faster, and retain their body heat.

13- An average women has 17 square feet of skin. When a women is in her ninth month of pregnancy she has 18.5 square feet of skin.

14- The width of your armspan stretched out is the length of your whole body.

15- 41% of women apply body or hand moisturizer a minimum three times a day.

 3- Road rage


 Road rage is aggressive or angry behavior by a driver of an automobile or other motor vehicle including rude gestures, verbal insults, deliberately driving in an unsafe or threatening manner, or making threats. Road rage can lead to altercations, assaults, and collisions which result in injuries and even deaths. It can be thought of as an extreme case of aggressive driving. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Signs of Aggressive Driving

You may not even be aware of it, but if some of the following items sound like you when you drive, you are probably an aggressive driver:

  • Expressing frustration, cursing, yelling, gesturing to other drivers.
  • Not paying attention. Eating, drinking, talking on the phone, reading while driving.
  • Frequently changing lanes
  • Running red lights
  • Speeding

1)      What images spring to mind when you hear the term ‘road rage’?

2)      Is there a lot of road rage in your country?

3)      What causes road rage?

4)      Do people’s personalities change once they are behind the wheel of a car?

5)      What kind of people are more likely to commit acts of road rage?

6)      What’s the worst incident of road rage you’ve ever witnessed?

7)      Have you ever been a victim of road rage?

8)      Do you get angry with other drivers?

9)      Is road rage worse in your country or in other countries?

10)     What would / do you do if someone hoots and flashes you from behind?

11)     What kinds of driving makes people angry?

12)     What bad driving habits from other drivers make you really angry?

13)     Do you ever think it’s dangerous to hoot (sound your horn at) another car out of anger?

14)     Why do you think some people get so angry at the wheel that they physically attack and sometimes kill other drivers?

15)     How should governments deal with road rage?

16)     How would you deal with an extremely angry driver who was raving at you?

17)     Why do a lot of people’s manners and courtesy go out the window when they get behind the wheel?

18)     Do you think road rage will become more or less common?

19)     Do you think it’s possible for someone to never get angry while driving?

Do this road rage quiz:

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Flex 7

Unit 6    Staying in shape


Answer the questions below:

1) Are you healthy?

2) Do think that you need to lose weight?

3) Do you always eat healthy food?

4) Do you catch a cold more than once a year?

5) Do you eat vegetables every day?

6) Do you exercise? What kind of exercise do you do? How often do you exercise?

7) Do you go for regular medical check-ups?

8) Do you have a lot of stress?

9) Do you often eat fast food?

10) Do you smoke? If so, do you smoke more than two cigarettes a day? Do you think smoking is not bad for your health?

11) Do you take vitamins or mineral supplements?

12) Do you think pets are good for a person’s health?

13) How can you reduce stress in your life?

14) How many hours of sleep do you usually get?

15) How often do you get sick in one year?

16) What do you do, if you can’t get to sleep?

17) Are you a couch potato? Why/why not?



Unit 7   Finding something to wear



Where do you shop for clothes?

Do you ever shop online?

Do you donate old clothes?

How many pairs of shoes do you have?

What is your favorite color?

How often do you buy clothes?


Unit 8 Getting away



How often do you travel?

Describe your best trip

Describe your worst trip

Do you prefer to travel in the summer or in the winter?

Do you prefer to travel alone or in a group?

How much luggage do you usually carry?

What is the most interesting city to visit in Brazil? Why?

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Advanced 1

Unit 1- Describe people’s personalities

Hi students. Your first task is to search this new vocabulary about personality and write a comment about your own personality using as many words as possible.

 Positive Personality Adjectives


adaptable – adorable – agreeable – alert- alluring – ambitious- amused -boundless – brave – bright – calm – capable – charming – cheerful – coherent -comfortable – confident – cooperative – courageous – credible – cultured -dashing – dazzling – debonair – decisive – decorous – delightful – detaile –  determined – diligent – discreet – dynamic – eager – efficient – elated – eminent – enchanting – encouraging – endurable – energetic – entertaining -enthusiastic – excellent – excited  – exclusive – exuberant –  fabulous – fair – faithful – fantastic – fearless- fine – frank – friendly – funny – generous – gentle – glorious – good –  happy – harmonious – helpful – hilarious – honorable – impartial – industrious – instinctive – jolly – joyous – kind-  knowledgeable – likeable – lively – lovely – loving – lucky – mature – modern –  nice – obedient – painstaking – peaceful – perfect – placid – plausible – pleasant – plucky – productive – protective – proud – punctual – quiet – receptive – reflective – relieved – resolute – rhetorical – righteous – romantic – self-assured – sensitive – shrewd – silly – sincere – skillful – smiling – splendid – steadfast – stimulating – successful – succinct – talented – thoughtful – thrifty – tough – trustworthy – unbiased – unusual – upbeat – vigorous – vivacious – willing – wise – witty – wonderful – zany – zealous.

Negative Personality Adjectives


abrasive – abrupt – abusive – afraid – aloof – ambiguous – angry – annoyed – anxious – arrogant – ashamed – awful – bad – belligerent – bewildered – boorish – bored – boring – callous – careless – clumsy – combative – confused  – cowardly – crazy – creepy – cruel – cynical – dangerous – deceitful – defeated – defective – defiant – demonic – depressed – deranged – disagreeable – disillusioned – disturbed – domineering – draconian – embarrassed – envious – evasive – evil – faded – fanatical – fierce – filthy –  finicky – flashy – flippant – foolish – forgetful – frantic – fretful – frightened – furtive – greedy – grieving – grouchy – gruesome – grumpy – guarded – gullible – helpless – hesitant – homeless – horrible – hungry – hurt – ignorant – ill – irresolute – jealous – jittery – lacking – lazy – lonely – malicious – materialistic – mean – mysterious – naive – nasty –  naughty – nervous – noisy – obnoxious – outrageous – panicky – pathetic – possessive – quarrelsome – repulsive – ruthless – sad – scary – secretive – selfish – silly – slow – sneaky – snobbish – sore  -spendthrift – squeamish – stingy – strange – sulky – tacky – tense – terrible – testy – thoughtless – threatening – tight -timid – tired – tiresome – troubled – truculent – typical – undesirable – unsuitable – unsure – upset – uptight – vague – vengeful – volatile – voracious – vulgar – wary – wasteful – weak – weary – wicked – worried – worthless – wretched.

 Second task:

Describe the personality of the people below:


Britney Spears


Amy Winehouse


Paris Hilton

Third task:

Answer the questions below:

  • What are some characteristics of your personality?
  • What makes you happy?
  • What are some things that make you angry?
  • Are you happy with your personality?
  • Would you like to be different?
  • Are you a determined person? Are you a stubborn person?
  • Are you shy ? In which occasions are you shy?
  • Do you consider yourself selfish ? Why?
  • Is your personality suited to your job?
  • In what way has your personality changed? Why has it changed?
  • Are you more introverted (focused on your inner world) or more extroverted (focused on other people and the outer world)?
  • Do you think you can change a major characteristic of your personality if you try?
  • Do you think you have an unusual personality? Why?
  • If you could change any aspect of your personality, what would it be?
  • What personality traits do you consider important in a good friend / a boss / a partner / a teacher ?
  • What is one thing that many people don’t know about you?
  • Do you think birth order(oldest, youngest or middle) makes a difference in your personality?


Unit 1.  Describe optimists or pessimists.Follow the guidelines in the workbook page 9.  Write a paragraph of at least 150 words.  5 points

Unit 2 Musical moods


1- What is your favorite type of music?

2- How many cd’s do you have? 

3- Who is your favorite band/group?

4- Who is your favourite singer?

5- How often do you buy new music?

6- Do you own any old vinyl records?

7- Have you ever downloaded any MP3’s from the internet? Did you have to pay for them?

8- Do you agree or disagree with this sentence? “Downloading free MP3’s from the internet is wrong because it takes money away from the original artists.” 

9- Have you ever been to a live concert? If so, tell us about it.

10- Do you think that music stars earn too much?

11- Does certain music bring memories to your mind? If so, which ones and why?

12- Do you play any musical instruments? If so, which ones?

13- Is Karaoke popular in your country?

14- Can you sing?

15- Do you like Heavy metal? 

16- Have you ever played in a band?

Quotations about music:

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. Victor Hugo
After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. Aldous Huxley

Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman. Ludwig Van Beethoven

Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water-bath is to the body. Oliver Wendell Holmes
I have no pleasure in any man who despises music. It is no invention of ours: it is a gift of God. I place it next to theology. Satan hates music: he knows how it drives the evil spirit out of us. Martin Luther
Nothing separates the generations more than music. By the time a child is eight or nine, he has developed a passion for his own music that is even stronger than his passions for procrastination and weird clothes. Bill Cosby

  Without music, life would be an error. The German imagines even God singing songs. Friedrich Nietzsche

 Assignment 2  (5 points)

You have two options:

1- Describe yourself.  Student book page 24.

2- Describe a friend or relative. Workbook page 20


Unit 3 Money matters



Are you good at saving money?

Are you saving money to buy something?

About how much do you usually spend each day?

Do you ever give money to charity?

Do you sometimes buy things that you don’t need?

Have you ever bought a lottery ticket?

Have you ever found any money? If so, what did you do with it?

Have you ever given money to a beggar?

Have you ever had any money stolen from you?

How important is money to you?

If you had no money, do you think you could be happy?

How much money did your parents give you for an allowance when you were ten years old?

If someone gave you a million dollars, what would you do with it?

Some people say that “money makes the world go around.” Do you agree? Why or why not?

What is the average salary in your country?

What is the most expensive thing you’ve ever bought?  

What was the last thing you bought for someone else?

What was the last thing you bought for yourself?

In a marriage, do you think one person should handle the finances, or both?

How do you think money helps make us happy?

Do you think money is more important than love?

Explain these proverbs: What do they mean? Say them in other English words.

  • The best things in life are free.
  • Time is money.
  • Save your pennies for a rainy day.
  • Money talks.
  • You can’t take it with you when you go.
  • Money doesn’t grow on trees

How much money would you have to win to be happy?

Why are poor people in many cases more generous than rich people?

What are some reasons for people being poor? Can poverty be avoided?

How do people become rich?

Are you good at saving money?

What do you like spending money on? What don’t you like spending on?

Do you play the lottery?

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Assignment 3  (5 points)

You have two options:

1-  Explain your financial goals. Student book page 36

2- Describe a new charitable organization. Workbook page 30.

Unit 4: Looking good


  • Who do you think is the most beautiful person in your country?
  • Who do you think is the most beautiful person alive today?
  • Who was the most beautiful person in history?
  • Who is the most attractive in your family?
  • Does beauty affect one’s success in life?
  • Is it better to be physically attractive or intelligent?
  • Is it better to be physically attractive or wealthy?
  • Is beauty related to power?
    • Can you think of anyone who is in a position of power that is not physically attractive?
  • Do people spend too much time and money on beauty?
  • How much time should be spent on making yourself look better each day?
  • Who would you say is beautiful that others maybe wouldn’t?
  • Do you think people should have cosmetic surgery to enhance their looks?
    • If so what is the minimum age when someone should have plastic surgery?
    • How popular is plastic surgery in your country?
    • What is the most popular feature for cosmetic alteration?
    • Do you think self-esteem affects beauty?
    • Do you think beauty affects self-esteem?
  • How important is beauty in your daily life?
  • Have you ever noticed anyone ever feeling pressured to be more beautiful?
  • What do you think of the proverb, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder?”
    • Do you have any proverbs or idioms from your country that relate to beauty?
  • What do you think “beauty is skin deep” means?
  • What are some beauty tips that you could share?
  • Do you think people with many tattoos can be beautiful?
    • How many tattoos is too many?
    • Would you ever get a tattoo?
    • Do you have a tattoo?
  • Do you think people with many piercings can be beautiful?
    • What kind of body piercing, if any, do you feel are acceptable?
    • What kind of piercing, if any, do you feel are unacceptable?
  • What personality trait is the most important for inner beauty?
  • How do you define beauty, using your own words?
  • Would you ever date someone who was not conventionally attractive?
  • What makes one person more attractive than another?
  • Do you think people from different countries than you see attractive the same way?
  • Is there someone famous that is considered beautiful, that you think is not?
  • Are beauty pageants good or bad?
  • Should children be entered into beauty pageants?
  • Do you think one gender or group worries more about beauty than another?
  • Would you want your children to be beautiful or talented?
  • What are some of the negatives about being beautiful?
  • What are some examples of social pressures to improve on natural beauty?
    • For example, lipstick, haircutting, shaving, …
  • What do you think about plastic surgery?
    • Would you ever have plastic surgery?
    • If so, what would you change?

Assignment 4   (5 points)

You have two options:

1- Compare two people’s taste in fashion.  Student book page 48.

2- Compare ways people make themselves more attractive. Workbook page 38.


 Unit 5 Community


What is your favorite city?

How are city people and country people different?

What are the biggest problems with living in cities?

What damage do cities do to the countryside?

Which world city do you think would be the best to live in?

How will cities in the future be different from those today?

If you were city mayor, what changes would you make to your city?

Which city would you choose as capital of the world and why?

Do you prefer city or country life?

What do you like and dislike about the capital city of your country?

What do you think are the world’s three greatest cities and why?

Is the capital city of a country always that country’s best city?

Is it better to grow up in the city?

How are the cities in your country different?

What’s the best way to deal with traffic problems in a city?

Is it possible for a city to escape social problems?


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