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Reading the Bible – Discussion Questions

Reading the Bible – Discussion Questions

Reading the Bible – Discussion Questions

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Discuss the following questions with a partner or small group:

  1. What is your favourite: a) book of the Bible (Old and New Testaments), b) verse in the Bible, c) story in the Bible, d) psalm, e) proverb, f) parable of Jesus, g) letter in the New Testament? Say why.
  2. Which person in the Bible do you relate to the most? Why? Compare two characters from the Bible – one from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament. What features make the Old and New Testaments different? What do they have in common? Which do you prefer to read? Why?
  3. When do you read the Bible? What is the best time of day? How long do you spend reading the Bible? Where do you usually read the Bible? Do you have a favourite place to go? Do you like to read the Bible with others or alone? Why? Have you ever attended a Bible study group?
  4. Which version of the Bible do you prefer? Why do you like it more than other versions? Have you ever tried to understand the Bible in its original languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Koine Greek? How did you get on?
  5. Describe your Bible. What does it look like? How old is it? How long have you had it? Where did you get it from? Are you thinking about replacing it? Have you ever used a Bible app or an eBible online?
  6. Do you use any tools to help you understand the Bible, e.g. concordances, reading notes and plans, websites, etc.? How do they help you? Do you enjoy hearing the Bible read aloud? Do you listen to readings from the Bible online or on Bible apps?
  7. How important is the Bible to you personally? Why do you read it? Have you ever been encouraged or helped by reading the Bible? Tell me about it. How do you apply the message of the Bible in your life? Do you think you could function as a Christian without reading the Bible? Are you ever reluctant to read the Bible? Why? How do you start reading again?
  8. What would you do if you couldn’t read the Bible anymore? What about if the Bible was outlawed in your country? Do you ever take your access to the Bible for granted? Have you ever been bullied for reading the Bible or being a Christian? How did you respond? Have you ever distributed Bibles?
  9. Did anyone teach you to read the Bible? How did you first hear about the Bible? Have you read the whole Bible? If not, what is stopping you? Would you consider trying to read the whole Bible in a year with a special plan or app? What do you think would be the difficulties? What would be the rewards?
  10. How do you know that you can trust the Bible? Do you believe that everything in the Bible can be taken completely literally? If not, which parts cannot? How do you know?
  11. Do you like to memorise verses of Scripture? How many do you know? Can you tell me some of them now? Why do you do it? How do you memorise verses?
  12. Is the Bible relevant to non-Christians? How? How often do you talk to your non-Christian friends or colleagues about the Bible? What is their response?

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Hashtag Improve Your Life in Four Words - ESOL Game

Hashtag Improve Your Life in Four Words – ESOL Game

Hashtag Improve Your Life in Four Words – ESOL Game

This is a fun ESOL game inspired by the recent Twitter hashtag: #ImproveYourLifeIn4Words

Method:

  1. SS (students) work in pairs or small groups. They access the hashtag on Twitter and select ten (or more, or fewer) tweets. T (teacher) monitors and helps.
  2. They write the four-word phrases onto a sheet of paper, then delete one of the words from each phrase. SS could focus on deleting words from a particular word class, e.g. verbs, adjectives, or prepositions, etc.
  3. Next, SS exchange their paper with another pair or group, who have to complete each gap with one word only – or more than one word, if you want the game to be easier. Then both pairs of groups come together and compare their answers with the original tweets.
  4. Twist: SS have to suggest more than one word that could possibly fit, e.g. five words – the funnier the better!
  5. The whole class come together and different groups present their work to the class.
  6. Final quick-fire round #1: T (or a student) collects all of the four-word phrases and reads them to SS going round the whole class in a circle. The reader omits the final word and the student has to say the first thing that comes to mind, e.g. “I would buy…” “Sausages.” / “Bread.” / “A pizza.” – and so on. You could make it competitive by putting a five-second timer on each student – if they can’t think of anything, they sit out, and the game continues until there is one student as the winner!
  7. Final quick-fire round #2: T (or SS) collect a number of four-word phrases from the hashtag on Twitter. Play the quick-fire round, as above, but this time SS must come up with the real final word from the tweets. You could play it competitively too, as above.

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Example (with tweets below):

Education gives children __________.    e.g. headaches

Pledge to go __________!    e.g. green

Learn to love __________.    e.g. homework

__________, then laugh more.    e.g. eat

Laugh whenever it’s __________.    e.g. raining

Think about others __________.    e.g. sometimes

Go to bed __________.    e.g. late

Watch the Penguin __________.    e.g. film

A Weekend In __________.    e.g. Grimsby

Read more, sing __________!    e.g. less


#Education gives #children choices #ImproveYourLifeIn4Words pic.twitter.com/yOYzPDNfAR


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Valentine’s Day Action Game

Valentine’s Day Action Game

Idiom of the day – They’re a match made in heaven


Valentine’s Day Action Game

Celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day in the classroom with our fun action game for English students!

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How to do it:

  1. Clear a big empty space in the middle of the classroom.
  2. All SS (students) stand in the space.
  3. Designate three corners of the space: TRUE, FALSE, UNKNOWN. UNKNOWN means that we do not know the answer: it could be true or false, e.g. “Saint Valentine was terrible at maths”.
  4. T (teacher) or a student reads out a statement from the list below. SS run to the corner which represents their chosen answer: TRUE, FALSE, or UNKNOWN.
  5. The person reading gives the answer. If SS are correct, they go back to the middle. If they are wrong they have to sit down.
  6. The game continues, with the group in the middle getting smaller,  until there is a winner, or you run out of questions, in which case all the remaining SS are winners.
  7. If there is a winner after, say, a handful of statements, you could start a new game with the remaining statements.

TIP: you could give a sweet Valentine’s Day treat to the winning student(s)!

  1. Saint Valentine lived in Rome under Emperor Claudius, who banned young people from getting married.
  2. He had green eyes.
  3. In general, teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards.
  4. He was killed on 18th February 269.
  5. He had black curly hair.
  6. He is celebrated on 14th February every year.
  7. He always had three eggs for breakfast.
  8. Every year, more than 1 million heart shaped boxes of chocolates are sold in the USA alone.
  9. He lived in the fourth century AD.
  10. He enjoyed classical music.
  11. There are fourteen churches in England dedicated to him.
  12. He is the Patron Saint of happy marriages – and also beekeepers.
  13. His favourite colour was red.
  14. He tried to stop Christian couples getting married in secret.
  15. He had a housekeeper called Martha.
  16. He helped persecuted Christians in Rome.
  17. He performed a miracle when his judge’s foster-daughter was healed of blindness.
  18. More than 9 million people buy a special gift for their pet to show them they are loved on Valentine’s Day.
  19. February 14th was officially named as St Valentine’s Day in 1537 by Queen Elizabeth I.
  20. Valentine’s Day is a special day dedicated to getting married.
Valentine’s Day Action Game - I Love You

Valentine’s Day is the day when you can show your true feelings to the one you love.

Answers:

  1. True.
  2. Unknown.
  3. True.
  4. False. He was killed on 14th February 269.
  5. Unknown.
  6. True.
  7. Unknown.
  8. False. It is more than 36 million boxes.
  9. False. He lived in the third century AD.
  10. Unknown.
  11. False. There are no churches in England dedicated to him.
  12. True.
  13. Unknown.
  14. False. He helped Christian couples to get married in secret.
  15. Unknown.
  16. True.
  17. True.
  18. True.
  19. False. It was officially named by King Henry VIII.
  20. False. It is a special day dedicated to love and romance.

Further reading:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Valentine
http://www1.cbn.com/st-valentine-real-story
https://www.1800flowers.com/blog/flower-facts/valentines-day-fun-facts-2017/
https://www.womansday.com/relationships/a4702/10-fun-valentines-day-facts-103385/
https://www.idealhome.co.uk/news/valentines-day-facts-194345

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Are You Addicted to your Smartphone? - QUIZ

Are You Addicted to your Smartphone? – QUIZ

Are You Addicted to your Smartphone? – QUIZ

Are you the kind of person who just can’t stop fiddling with your smartphone? Do you feel alone when your phone is in a different room? Do you get anxious when you have to do some kind of real-life activity – like having a bath or making a sandwich – and you can’t fondle your phone or give it your full attention?

If you answered ‘Yes’, ‘Yes’, and ‘YES!’ to these questions, you may be addicted to your smartphone! Take our fun quiz to find out whether you have nomophobia – the technical name for the fear of being disconnected from your smartphone.

Say whether you agree or disagree with the following statements, and keep a note of your answers – if you can manage that without being distracted by your messages…

  1. My smartphone is the first thing I look at when I wake up in the morning, and the last thing I look at before I go to sleep.
  2. I often bump into people when I’m walking down the street, because I’m looking at my smartphone.
  3. My smartphone goes everywhere with me.
  4. I have a pet name for my smartphone.
  5. Nobody is allowed to touch my smartphone except me.
  6. I need to be connected at all times, but I don’t know why.
  7. When I’m not using my smartphone, I’m usually thinking about using it.
  8. My phone is almost an extension of my hand.
  9. I would rather chat on my smartphone than talk to my friends in person.
  10. I can spend hours on my smartphone without noticing the time.
  11. I’m jealous because my friend has a newer smartphone.
  12. I’m never bored, thanks to my smartphone.
  13. I feel anxious when I’m not near my smartphone.
  14. I don’t think it’s rude to repeatedly use my smartphone during a romantic meal with my partner.
  15. It is rude of people to expect me to stop looking at my smartphone just because they’re talking to me.
  16. I don’t see any problem with children and young teens having their own smartphones.
  17. I can’t sit through a film at the cinema without checking my smartphone multiple times.
  18. I recently started wearing glasses – so I can see my smartphone screen better.
  19. People often tell me that I’m addicted to my smartphone.
  20. I love my smartphone.
Are You Addicted to your Smartphone? - QUIZ

Do you believe that you are never alone with a smartphone?

Results:

Mostly agree: You may be showing signs of smartphone addiction. Your phone is more than just a device to you – it’s your friend. Maybe even your best friend. Try spending time away from your smartphone. Go outside; speak to other people; write a letter to a friend and walk to the post office to mail it; spend time doing active hobbies which don’t require you to stare at a small screen for hours on end. Start off with short bursts of non-smartphone activity, then build up to longer, more sustained periods of normality, until – finally – you are ready to downgrade to a dumb phone.

Mostly disagree: You seem to have a more balanced approach to your smartphone. To you it is really just a tool – something that has many useful functions, but not something that you need to physically handle all the time. It’s useful to have it when you need to call someone or send the odd message or text – which is not very often, to be honest. Maybe you just don’t have enough friends to make a smartphone really essential. In any case, you are happy to leave your phone at home in the sock drawer – or even completely forget where you’ve put it, and you do not feel disturbed if you experience – from time to time – the strength-sapping feeling of boredom. For you, it’s normal, and nothing to fear. On the contrary, it is nice not to keep having to check constant updates.

Are You Addicted to your Smartphone? - QUIZ

Do you feel that keeping your head down and your eyes focused on a tiny screen is a good look?


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200 Top English Phrasal Verbs

If You Only Ever Learn 200 English Phrasal Verbs, Learn These!

200 Top English Phrasal Verbs

Here are 200 of the most common everyday English phrasal verbs that native speakers use all the time. Check how many you already know, then make a conscious effort to learn the rest.

If you only ever learn 200 English phrasal verbs, learn these!

If You Only Ever Learn 200 English Phrasal Verbs, Learn These!

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David and Goliath – Idioms of Surprise

David and Goliath – Idioms of Surprise

David and Goliath – Idioms of Surprise


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Learn English through Bible study! Discover 30 English idiom of surprise with this free printable worksheet – including full answers – based on the Bible story of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17:1-58.

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David and Goliath – Idioms of Surprise

Answers:

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Robot Vacuum Cleaners - 15 Discussion Questions for ESOL Classes

Robot Vacuum Cleaners – 15 Discussion Questions for ESOL Classes

Robot Vacuum Cleaners – 15 Discussion Questions for ESOL Classes

Robot vacuum cleaners are those little round space-age gadgets that trundle around the floor in your flat or house and promise to clean the carpet. Have you ever seen one in action? Have you considered buying one? Maybe you already own one.

Whatever you think of them, robot vacuum cleaners are probably going to be everywhere soon, so why not create an ESOL class based around this topic, using the activities and discussion questions below?

Discuss the following questions with a partner or small group:

  1. Do you do the vacuum cleaning in your home? Do you like doing it? When do you do it? How long does it take? Do you find it a chore? What would you do with the time if you didn’t have to do it? If not, who does it? How well do they do it?
  2. Tell me about your vacuum cleaner. What kind is it? What make is it? When did you buy it? Where did you buy it? How much was it? Why did you choose it? How efficient is it at cleaning different kinds of floor? Are you planning on replacing it soon? Why? / Why not?
  3. Do you have a robot vacuum cleaner? If yes, tell me about it. Why did you buy it? If not, why not? Are you planning to buy one? Do you think they look cool? Do you think your friends, family, and colleagues would be impressed if you had one?
  4. Compare a robot vacuum cleaner to your current vacuum cleaner. Do you think it would work better than your current regular vacuum cleaner? Why? / Why not?
  5. What are the advantages and disadvantages of robot vacuum cleaners? Do you think that the benefits outweigh the potential problems/costs? Is it worth spending up to £1,000 to buy a top-of-the-range robot vacuum cleaner? Why? / Why not? Is it worth cutting costs and buying a cheaper model, e.g. for £150? Why? / Why not? Are you happy for it to stand there in your living room or corridor all the time, instead of in a cupboard? How good is it if it can be stopped by a stray sock? Could it be a tripping hazard, especially if it is a quiet model and you don’t see it coming? Can it be better than a human doing the job, when it can’t pick up and move anything, or reach high places?
  6. If you bought a robot vacuum cleaner would you keep your old cleaner? Do you think you need both kinds of cleaner to do a good job? How could a robot vacuum cleaner clean hard-to-reach areas, e.g. corners of ceilings?
  7. Would you feel embarrassed to let a robot do the housework, when you feel that you should do it? Would you feel embarrassed about a robot doing a better job than you? Or would you feel thrilled to chill out on the sofa while a machine is doing your duties? Wouldn’t it be healthier to be active and move around doing your own cleaning, than resting? Do you have a dishwasher? Did you have misgivings before buying one, thinking that you could do better? How do you feel now? How is a robot vacuum cleaner any different?
  8. How do you define a robot? Do you have any other robots in your home? How do you think robot vacuum cleaners could be improved? How will they develop and improve in the next: a) five years? b) ten years? Do you think that every home will have a robot vacuum cleaner in time? Is this inevitable progress? Do you think that people complained about vacuum cleaners replacing sweeping brushes?
  9. Can you think of any other ways in which robots improve your life at present? What jobs would you like a robot to do for you, in an ideal world?
  10. Do you believe a robot could do your job? Could you be replaced by a robot? Why? / Why not? What about robot cars? Will they become popular? Why? / Why not?
  11. What is your favourite household appliance? If you had to keep only one, which would it be? Why? How long have you had it? What value does it bring to your life?
  12. Do you think that robot vacuum cleaners are helpful for disabled people? How could they help?
  13. Could we use robot vacuum cleaners to save money on cleaning staff costs at places like office blocks and hotels, which have large areas for cleaning? Why? / Why not?
  14. Is this kind of cleaner good for the environment? Why? / Why not?
  15. If somebody gave you a robot vacuum cleaner as a gift, how would you feel? Would you try to sell it?
Robot Vacuum Cleaners - 15 Discussion Questions for ESOL Classes

Robot Vacuum Cleaners – 15 Discussion Questions for ESOL Classes

Other fun communicative activities you might like to try:

  • Find video reviews online and discuss / compare two different robot vacuum cleaner models. You could use the table below to make notes about each one:
Compare Robot Vacuum Cleaners - Table

Compare Robot Vacuum Cleaners – Table

Then write 10 sentences comparing the two models.

  • Make a list of advantages and disadvantages of buying a robot vacuum cleaner. Discuss them, and try to appreciate the opposite point of view for each point.
  • Write 5 wh- questions and 5 yes/no questions that you would ask a shop assistant about one of these gadgets. Find a real model online and write down the answers to your questions.
  • Role play a conversation between a customer and a shop assistant re. buying one. It could include an in-store demo.
  • Role play a conversation between a customer and a shop assistant re. getting a refund due to… a) broken model, b) unwanted gift, c) too difficult to use, d) inefficient.
  • Choose one model and imagine that you bought it. Write a review about it in your notebook. Give it between one and five stars. Match your review to the star rating accordingly. Read it aloud to the class.

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Practice the Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Speaking Test

Practice the Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Speaking Test

In this helpful and informative video from Cambridge English, you will watch two English language students taking an FCE Speaking test. They are Victoria, from Germany and Edward, from Peru.

How well do you think they did? How would you cope in their place?

You can read their examiner’s comments about the test here.