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5 Things Successful People Never Do

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There are a million things that contribute to your success: your attitude, your people skills, and your ability to lead, listen, and take responsibility, to name a few.

Hypothetical Situations

Questions for discussion:

Dreams and Goals

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you think our dreams shape our personality?
  2. Do you think your dreams are shaped by the society you live in?
  3. What do you want to achieve in the next ten years?
  4. If you were able to put five people in a room that you would like to be like, who would that be and why?

Immortality: a myth or near future?

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why are so many people afraid of death, when it is unavoidable?Are you scared of death?
  2. What do you think lies beyond the death? Do you believe in life after death?
  3. Do you believe in reincarnation?
  4. If you could choose, where would you be born and when?
  5. If you could re-live your life, what would you change?

Are we headed for a collapse of civilazation?

NASA-funded study warns of ‘collapse of civilization’ in coming decades

‘Business as usual’ approach of economic elite will lead society to disaster, scientists warn

Modern civilization is heading for collapse within a matter of decades because of growing economic instability and pressure on the planet’s resources, according to a scientific study funded by NASA.

Youth and Old Age

Part I, Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you like being the age at which you now are? Would you like to turn back the clock? Do you look forward to your birthdays?
  2. Do you mind being asked your age?
  3. What is the best age to be and why?
  4. What is the worst age to be and why?
  5. Do you worry about getting older? What do you least like (like most) about getting older?
  6. Why do some people seem to age faster than others?
  7. Do you think scientists can slow the ageing process?

Human Settlement on Mars: Mars One Mission

Questions for discussion:

  1. For some people it is better to lose a leg than live forever on a hostile planet. Current technology can provide you with only one-way trip to Mars. Will you agree on that? On what conditions may you possibly agree to go?
  2. Will you donate to Mars One Mission? How much are you ready to donate? If not, who do you think should sponsor this program? Is this program important for mankind and for you personally?
  3. In your opinion in what year is it possible to deliver selected team to Mars and make a settlement there?

Space Exploration By Humans

Questions for discussion:

  1. What in your opinion are the main reasons for space exploration:
    • Science development, testing of new technologies;
    • General human interest to find another leaving creatures;
    • Military purposes, space borders protections from invaders;
    • To find new planet that will be suitable to settle on after possible catastrophe on Earth;

Living abroad

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What if...

Questions for discussion:

  1. If you found a suitcase full of $1,000,000, what would you do?
  2. If you had only 24 hours to live, what would you do?
  3. If you had 25-hour days , what would you do with the extra time?
  4. If the whole world were listening, what would you say?
  5. If you could meet any famous person, dead or alive, who would it be and what questions would you ask that person?
  6. If you were the President, what problem or concern would you work on first?

Would you ever…?

Questions for discussion:

  1. Would you ever stop studying English?
  2. Would you ever change your religion or take up a religion?
  3. Would you ever marry for money?
  4. Would you ever leave your country forever?
  5. Would you ever have cosmetic surgery?
  6. Would you ever commit a serious crime?
  7. Would you ever beg in the streets?
  8. Would you ever lie to the police?
  9. Would you ever get a tattoo on your face?
  10. Would you ever hurt someone you loved?

Relationship at Work

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why do love affairs at work happen so often?
  2. Why do love affairs rarely end up as a marriage?
  3. Have you ever been in love or dated with your colleague? Or do you know such a story? Did it end up well?
  4. Why do many companies prohibit love affairs between the workers of the company and between the workers and clients/ partners? Is it only because the bosses want their employees be lonely and spend all their time at work?

Gender Stereotypes

  1. Men are stoic.
  2. Men express more anger.
  3. Men show emotion to communicate dominance.
  4. Men are overwhelmed by women's expressions of emotion.
  5. Unlike women men are not obsessed with getting maried.
  6. Men are more obsessed with sex.
  7. Men do not care about cleaning up - they can live in a pighouse full of cigarette stumps and beer.
  8. Men are more careful drivers.
  9. Men seldom cry, unlike women.
  10. Men generally do not take care of babies. They pass it on to women.

Gender Roles

Vocabulary Gender role - a set of behaviors that indicates one's gender, specifically the image projected by a person that identifies their femaleness or maleness; an overt (open) public presentation of gender identity. (Dictionary.com)

Questions for discussion:

Present Day Life of Winnie-the-Pooh and All

Winnie's friends

As a warm-up exercise: in turns say a few words about the Pooh story and the characters, whatever you remember from books, cartoons, etc.

  1. Who’s your favourite character? Why? Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Kanga, Baby Roo, Rabbit, Eeyore, Christopher Robin, Owl. Do any of your acquaintances resemble these characters?
  2. Can you imagine what kind of characters they would have been when grown adults?

Future

Questions for discussion:

  1. What type of job would you like to do in the future? How do you get that type of job? Will you make much money in that job?
  2. Do you want to get married in future? Do you know who you are marrying in future?
  3. Where do you plan on going in the future? Where do you hope to travel before you die?
  4. Do you think the future will be better or worse for our grandchildren? In what ways?
  5. How will computers change in the future?

20 questions about you

Questions for discussion:

  1. If you could spend a day with anyone, whom would you choose?
  2. If you had to name a clever thing that you have done, what would it be?
  3. If you wanted to reward yourself what might you do to celebrate?
  4. What is one thing about your life that you would not change?
  5. What are you not spending enough time doing?
  6. What do you consider your greatest strengths?
  7. What are your weaknesses?
  8. If you are feeling unmotivated, who helps you get yourself going?

Lost and Found

Questions for discussion:

  1. What do you think of this story?
  2. Do you think that triplets should be allowed to be separated?
  3. Do you think it was fate that they found each other?
  4. What would you do if you found out that you had a twin now? Would you be happy or sad about it?
  5. Are twins and triplets common in Russia?
  6. What do you think plays a bigger role in developing your personality: nature verses nurture?

Vocabulary:

What would your acting be like?

Questions for discussion:

  1. Who is your favorite actor?
  2. Who is your favorite actress?
  3. What do you think that both men and women are called actors nowadays?
  4. Would you like to be an actor?
  5. Do you think men or women are better at acting?
  6. Do you think today’s actors are better than those from 30, 40 or 50 years ago?
  7. Do you think it’s strange that most actors are beautiful or handsome?
  8. Do you think anyone can become an actor?
  9. Are there any actors you really don’t like?

Celebrities

Questions for discussion:

  1. Whom would you call a celebrity?
  2. Do you think anyone can become a celebrity?
  3. Do you think celebrities like Oprah Winfrey deserve the millions of dollars they get paid?
  4. Why are so many people obsessed with celebrities?
  5. What do you think are the downsides to being a celebrity?
  6. Are there any celebrities you hate the sight of?
  7. Would you like to be interviewed by celebrity magazines?
  8. Do you think there are different levels of celebrity?

Psychics, Fortunetellers and Knowing the Future

Questions for discussion:

  1. Have you ever gone to a psychic?
  2. Did you believe it?
  3. Why do some people consult psychics before doing important things? Why do people consult psychics at all? Do you know anyone that has ever been to a psychic?
  4. Have you ever gone to a chiromancer (palm reader)? Did you believe it?
  5. Why do some people need fortunetellers? How do people predict the future in your country? Do you think that some people can really predict the future?

Supernatural

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you believe in reincarnation? Have you ever felt that you knew someone the first time you met them? Have you ever visited a foreign country or city for the first time and found that you knew exactly where things were?
  2. Do you believe in astrology? What is your astrological sign?
  3. Do you believe in coincidences? Why or why not?
  4. Have you ever looked in the mirror and 'seen' a different face?
  5. Do you believe in life after death?
  6. Where do you think dead people go?

Across the times

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you believe that it`s in principle possible to travel not only across space but also across time?
  2. What historic period would you visit, what event would you like to witness?
  3. Would you like to be only an invisible guest or maybe you`d prefer to take part in action?
  4. If you had an opportunity to stay in the past for a year, would you use it, and if yes, then what place and time would you choose?

Titanic Anniversary

Questions for discussion:

  1. What do you know about The Titanic maiden voyage?
  2. Would you like to travel by a passenger cruise ship?
  3. Have you seen Titanic movie? Which parts of the movie do you like the most?
  4. What means of transport do you think are safe and why?
  5. Have you seen the movie " cast away"? if yes, then tell us what would you do to survive on some island?
  6. Do you sometimes want to take vacations and go to some beaches?

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The Aliens

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you think there are aliens somewhere in the universe?
  2. Where do you think the idea of aliens from outer space came from?
  3. What do you think of people who say they have met or were kidnapped by aliens?
  4. What would you do if you saw a UFO in a field near your house?
  5. If the secret service discovered an alien, do you think they would tell the general public?
  6. Let us suppose that aliens exist. Then:
    - What do you think aliens look like?

Age

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you like being the age at which you now are? Would you like to turn back the clock? Do you look forward to your birthdays?
  2. Do you mind being asked your age?
  3. What is the best age to be and why?
  4. What is the worst age to be and why?
  5. Do you worry about getting older? What do you least like (like most) about getting older?
  6. Why do some people seem to age faster than others?
  7. Do you think scientists can slow the ageing process?

Immortality: a myth or near future?

Questions for discussion:

  1. Are you scared of death? What do you think lies beyond?
  2. Do you believe some day we could live forever?
  3. How living immortally differs from living as a mortal person?
  4. How are we going to look in a thousand years?
  5. How far would you go to preserve longevity and appearance?
  6. Do we cheat Mother Nature? Why are we here?
  7. Have you heard about Cryonics?
  8. Is immortality worse than death?
  9. Do you believe in reincarnation?

The most ever

Questions for discussion:

    Think of:
    1. the best place you’ve ever been to;
    2. the happiest day you’ve ever had;
    3. the strongest emotion (either good or bad) you’ve ever felt;
    4. the most interesting person you’ve ever met;
    5. the most delicious food you’ve ever tried;
    6. the most useful thing you’ve ever possessed;
    7. the least useful thing you’ve ever bought.

Pros and Cons

Think of advantages and disadvantages of:

-being a child/teenager
-being an adult
-being retired
-being a hard worker
-being a lazy person
-being a boss
-being an employee
-being a celebrity
-being a millionaire
-being poor
-being religious
-being an atheist
-being a human being
-being an animal
-being a man
-being a woman
-living in the 21st century
-living any other time (the one you choose)

“Children are the future” what will it be?

Questions for discussion:

  1. Were there many children in your family?
  2. How many children do you have? How many would you like to have?
  3. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  4. What is the most annoying or amazing thing about a being child?
  5. What were some important experiences that you had when you were child, which shaped you as a person?
  6. What is the most important thing we need to teach children?
  7. Would you ever spank your child?

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