Sunday, 30 April 2017

May 3 2017 Discussion Topic

Here is the topic! Enjoy! Please make sure to read the article and be ready to discuss the questions.

See you in class.

Many parents have habits that they do not want their children to have. For example, many parents really love chocolate, smoke, or drink. Also, many parents dislike things that they want their children to like. For example, parents hate tomatoes, peas, apples, or oatmeal.

This is the link to the article:

My questions are these:

Is it better for parents to be open and honest about their bad habits and dislikes, or should they lie to their children (hide the chocolate, eat the tomatoes when in front of their children, etc).

Do you think that the lies will be discovered at some time and hurt the children (mistrust, etc), or do you think that these lies are harmless?

Did your parents lie to you? How do you know and what did you do when you found out?

Would you lie to your children?

Are these kinds of lies different from others?

Do you agree that social lies, tall tales, and protective lies are okay?

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Wed, April 26 2017 Blog Topic

Here it is! Please read the article and be sure to look up any vocabulary you don't already know.

There is a video to watch also.

See you in class and I look forward to the discussion!

1)   Could you live in van? For a short time? For a long time? What do you think the benefits and drawbacks would be?
2)   Do you trust people who live in their vehicles?
3)   Is this a common situation in your home country?
4)   Should cities allow vans to park for free in certain areas of the city?
5)   Housing prices are getting very high in many parts of Canada. Do you think the government should get involved?
6)   Do you consider yourself and adventurous or cautious person?
7)   What is something adventurous that you dream of doing? Remember, ‘dream’ means you might never do that thing but you wish you could.

8)   What changes are happening in your home culture?

Monday, 17 April 2017

April 19th blog topic!

Welcome back from the long weekend!

Let's do some discussing.

Please click on this link...

...and watch the video as many times as you must until you understand. I think that watching the first four minutes or so will be enough for discussion.

I will not be posting the discussion questions here, so it is really important that you understand the main points of the video.

Good luck and see you tomorrow!


Saturday, 8 April 2017

April 12 2017 Blog Topic!

Time for the battle of the sexes! Get your opinions ready.

Please read the article below and then read the questions too. Remember to read the article more than one time. The first time, do not use a dictionary or worry about unknown words. The second time, it is a good idea to look up the unknown words.
When you read the questions, please make sure you understand their meaning and are ready to discuss them on Wednesday.

Thank you!


His and Her Diary from the Same Day
Her Diary:
Tonight, I thought my husband was acting weird. We had made plans to meet at a nice restaurant for dinner. I was shopping with my friends all day long, so I thought he was upset at the fact that I was a bit late, but he made no comment on it. Conversation wasn't flowing, so I suggested that we go somewhere quiet so we could talk. He agreed, but he didn't say much. I asked him what was wrong; He said, 'Nothing.' I asked him if it was my fault that he was upset. He said he wasn't upset, that it had nothing to do with me, and not to worry about it. On the way home, I told him that I loved him. He smiled slightly, and kept driving. I can't explain his behavior I don't know why he didn't say, 'I love you, too.' When we got home, I felt as if I had lost him completely, as if he wanted nothing to do with me anymore. He just sat there quietly, and watched TV. He continued to seem distant and absent. Finally, with silence all around us, I decided to go to bed. About 15 minutes later, he came to bed. But I still felt that he was distracted, and his thoughts were somewhere else. He fell asleep - I cried. I don't know what to do. I'm almost sure that his thoughts are with someone else. My life is a disaster.

His Diary:
Motorcycle won’t start…can't figure out why.

Discussion questions
1.    Do you think this was posted by a man or a woman? Why? What point do you think that he or she was trying to make?
2.    Who do you sympathize with most, him or her?
3.    Have you had similar misunderstandings with your significant other?
4.    Why are men and women so different?
5.    Is it possible for a men and women to really understand how the other thinks?
6.    Would you like to be able to think like a member of the opposite sex? Might there be any advantages in being able to do so?
7.    What does your significant other do that really infuriates you? What are the most frustrating habits that men/women have?
8.    Do you have any advice on how to understand and get along with the opposite sex better?
9.    Imagine you could switch gender for one day? Would you like to try it? What would you do? What would you like to find out?

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Wed, April 6 2017 Blog Topic

This week is a little bit different. I'd like you to do a little research all by yourself. That's right, there is no article to read this week.

Please search for Canadian inventions. What products did Canadians invent? Please search for this information on the internet. You can do it!!

Also, please search for some products invented by your home country. Please be ready to discuss these topics.

We'll be discussing Canadian and inventions in class today. Wheee! We will also discuss some inventions from your home countries.

See you in class.


Free NHL Hockey Streaming!

Maybe you're not a fan (I'm not a big fan, but I am Canadian, so I'm a little interested), but if you'd like to experience one of Canada's national sports, here is the link to an article about streaming NHL free. Check it out!!

Grab a nice Canadian beer and enjoy the Canadian sport that gets so many people through the winter.