Sunday, 21 June 2015

June 24 2015 Discussion Topic!

Please take you time to read this article and really think about it. Have a look at the questions below so that you understand the vocabulary and can have a discussion in class. Use the dictionary when you need to.
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10 things that Korea does best

From its geographical location and northern neighbor, to some high-tech gadgets, South Korea is known for many things-- but what is it that makes the country really stand out?

Topping the CNN list is Korea's internet connection.
Not only is Korea one of the world's most wired countries, according to the report more than 78-percent of the entire population has a smartphone.

Coming second on the list is Koreans' use of plastic or credit cards.
Using data from the Bank of Korea the report mentions that Koreans became the world's top users of credit cards two years ago. The report notes it probably helps that it's technically illegal for merchants to refuse payments by credit cards no matter how low the price.

What else does Korea do best?
Well, Koreans work a lot, and "workaholics" comes in at number three. Data from 2012 shows Koreans work much more than the OECD average with Korea's almost 45 hours a week easily topping the OECD average of around 33 hours. The report mentions buildings with lights turned on into the late hours as workers "slave away."

Also included on the list is Korea's "business boozing" culture, cosmetics, female golfers, Starcraft gamers, flight attendants, blind dates, and plastic surgery.

Connie Lee, Arirang News. - NOV 29, 2013

Video report from Arirang News:

From CNN:

Discussion questions
1.    Can you think of any other things Korea does best to add to this list?
2.    What would you like Korea to be best at?
3.    Of the ten things in the list, which are good and which are bad?
4.    What is the best thing about life in Korea?
5.    What is the worst thing about living in Korea?
6.    What is Korea’s greatest achievement? What can Koreans be most proud of about their country?
7.    What is Korea’s worst failure?
8.    What could other countries learn from Korea?
9.    What would you like to change about Korean culture and why?
10.What do you do best?

Which country is best at……

1.  sports?                                      2.  music?                              3.  culture?
4.  fashion?                                             5.  relaxing?                          6.  making movies?
7.  technology?                               8.  food?                                9.  being happy?

10. fighting?                                   11. partying?                         12. causing trouble?

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Blog Discussion: June 17 2015

Hello everyone!

Please watch the video that you can find by clicking the link below. After that, please think about the questions I have provided. We will be discussing them in class. Be ready please.


-       an epidemic of beauty sickness Renee Engeln

1) Which do you think is more important, health, or appearance?

2) Would you take medicine to cure an appearance problem (for example, acne or serious pimples) even though it might negatively affect your health?

3) Do you think our culture is too worried about appearance?

4) If someone dies because they were taking a prescribed drug, whose fault is it? The company that makes the drug, the government for allowing the drug to me prescribed, the doctor for prescribing the drug, or the patient for choosing to take the drug?

5) Who puts more pressure on girls to be beautiful? Men or Women?

Sunday, 7 June 2015

June 10 2015 Discussion Questions

-       If you could go back in time and give advice to your younger self, what would you say. Please think about these topics.

Some place you should go. 
Some place you should not go. 
Some one you should meet. 
Some thing you would change. 
Some thing you would never change. 
Something you should learn. 
Something you wish you didn’t know.

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