Banning Unhealthy Foods

Shops should not be allowed to sell any food or drink that has been scientifically proved to have bad effects on people’s health. To what extent do you agree or disagree? There is an English adage that says 'you are what you eat' which, if true, means modern supermarkets and…
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Employment Quotas

Some people think that employers should be required to employ equal numbers of men and women. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Affirmative action was introduced in the USA to try help minorities gain better jobs. Whether it was effective is a matter of some debate, but many…
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‘People’ vs. ‘Persons’

Common Modern Usage Generally 'person' is used for the singular. 'People' is used for the plural. 1 person 100 people 'Persons' The common modern usage of 'person' and 'people' is quite simple. However, the technical usage is not so clear because the language has changed. Consequently 'persons' is still used…
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General Conversation

Useful Vocabulary & Phrases Long time, no see It has been a while It has been ages since I saw you It has been ages How long has it been? Recent Well-Being and Activities How have you been? How have things been? How has life been treating you? What have…
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Introductions

Useful Vocabulary & Phrases Introductions This is I'd like to introduce you May I Have you Work She is a (job) She works as a (job) She works for (company) She works in (sector) We work together We used to work together We know each other through work Other Background…
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Guy Fawkes Night

Guy Fawkes Night, also called Bonfire Night, is celebrated on November 5th in the UK. Guy Fawkes was a member of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Him and twelve others (led by Robert Catesby) were Catholics who wanted to kill the Protestant king of England, James I. They planted gunpowder…
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Edward VIII

Edward VIII, King of The UK When did he live? Edward David was born on June 23rd 1894. He died on May 28th 1972 in Paris. A Young Edward VIII Why is he famous? Edward became King Edward VIII on January 20th 1936 after the death of his father George…
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John Lennon

John Lennon, Musician When did he live? John Lennon was born on October 9th 1940 in Liverpool. He was killed on December 8th 1980 in New York. Why is he famous? Lennon was a member of The Beatles, one of the most successful bands in history. Together with Paul McCartney…
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Peer Pressure in Shopping

People often buy products not because they really need them but because other people have them, do you agree or disagree? The modern world is one of materialism, marketing and the branding. From high street lifestyle products (clothing, electronics, jewellery, etc.) to the service and education industries, there has never…
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