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Alexandra Andronova, Director:

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Dear friends,

English Communication Club was established in Moscow to satisfy it`s members need to speak English regularly, and we pride ourselves on providing our members and guests with such an opportunity.

I am pleased very much to invite you in the English Communication Club. Let me assure you that my colleagues and I will do our utmost to make your leisure both fruitful and enjoyable.

Budget

  1. Family budget vs individual budget
  2. What is your attitude to credits? Do you take them?
  3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of credit cards? Do we really need them? 
  4. What for does the credit history exist? Do you know your credit history? Have you ever seen a report on your credit history? 

Intelligence (revised)

  1. What is intelligence?
  2. What makes a person intelligent?
  3. Should a person read a lot to be intelligent?
  4. Do you need higher education to be intelligent?
  5. Should an intelligent person have high morality?
  6. Is being intelligent means being able to think critically?
  7. Does intelligence make people more attractive?
  8. Who is the most intelligent person around your way?
  9. Who is the most intelligent person among famous people? Why do you think so?

Crisis

Questions for discussion:

Crisis

Questions for discussion:

Manners

Manners are laws that set a standard for a human behavior. But unlike laws, there is no system for punishment except social disapproval. Things to ponder over:

  1. Who sets up rules and why do we need them? Do rules make our lives easier or more difficult?
  2. Blowing your nose in public is OK in England but rude in Japan. Slurping noodles is OK in Japan but rude in England. Why manners differ from culture to culture? Who decides what’s rude and what’s not?
  3. How do you distinguish a good behavior from a bad one?
  4. Why are there so many rules around: a) table and food, b) personal look, hygiene, c) money?
  5. Do you think we play by the rules of society only because of fear of social disapproval? Are you tolerant towards those who don’t play by the rules of society?
  6. What should be the rules of using cell phones?

Public Transport

Questions for discussion:

  1. How often do you use public transport? What kind of transport do you use more often?
  2. Do you prefer driving or riding public transportation?
  3. Are you satisfied with the arrangement of public transport system in Moscow? What sorts of vehicles are most reliable in Moscow?
  4. Do you believe that it is possible to reduce amount of traffic jams in such a big city as Moscow? What could be done for that?
  5. What do you think is the most dangerous form of public transport and why?

Patience

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you have a lot of patience?
  2. When does your patience wear thin?
  3. What kinds of people do you have little or no patience with?
  4. When during the day is your patience at its lowest and why?
  5. Is patience important? Why do people say ‘patience is a virtue’?
  6. How can you increase your patience?
  7. When was the last time you ran out of patience with someone?
  8. Do you think you’re getting more patient or impatient as you get older?

Weekends

Questions for discussion:

  1. What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘weekends’?
  2. Are you happy with a two-day weekend or should it be three days? How would the world change if weekends were three days long?
  3. Weekends in some countries are Fridays and Saturdays, in other countries it’s Saturdays and Sundays. Which days are best?
  4. Why do we have weekends?
  5. What would life be like without weekends?
  6. What do you usually do on your weekends?
  7. Do you do everything you want to do at the weekends?

Do you ever...?

  1. Do you ever wonder what life is all about?
  2. Do you ever type LOL (laugh out loud) when really you aren’t laughing?
  3. Do you ever think you have too many things to finish on time?
  4. Do you ever want to throw all your clothes away and start your wardrobe again?
  5. Do you ever feel jealous of your friends?
  6. Do you ever lie to your friends / parents / spouse?
  7. Do you ever get really angry with yourself?
  8. Do you ever regret eating something after eating it?

Rudeness

Questions for discussion:

  1. Are you sometimes rude?
  2. Why so many people behave politely in public but allow themselves being rude with dear people – friends, relatives, spouses? Do you think it should be like that?
  3. If someone is rude to you, are you generally rude back?
  4. What acts of rudeness bother you most?
  5. What rude behavior do you see in public every day?

Retirement

Questions for discussion:

  1. “Retirement is wonderful. It's doing nothing without worrying about getting caught at it.” (Gene Perret) Do you agree? Do you think retirement might be the best years of your life?
  2. Is retirement the end of useful life or a new beginning?
  3. Do you think people who retire miss working?
  4. What do you think you’ll do in your retirement?
  5. In what ways do you think retirement might be stressful?
  6. Do you think the challenge of retirement is how to spend time without spending money?

Smells

Questions for discussion:

  1. What’s the loveliest smell in nature?
  2. What’s the smelliest smell in the world?
  3. What’s your favorite smell?
  4. What smells remind you of your childhood?
  5. Do you like the smell of fresh air?
  6. Do you prefer the smell of freshly brewed coffee or freshly baked bread?
  7. Do you have a keen sense of smell?
  8. What odors that you smell on a daily basis would you rather not smell?
  9. Can smells change our mood and make us healthier?

Adoption

Questions for discussion:

  1. Is adoption common in your country?
  2. What do you think of adoption?
  3. Do you know anyone who was adopted?
  4. Would you adopt?
  5. Should an adopted child have the same legal right as a non-adopted child?
  6. What problems are do you think there might be with adoption?
  7. Do you think people who adopt have extra-special hearts?
  8. Do you think parents who adopt have the same kind of love for their adopted child as natural parents have with their child?

Memories

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you have a good or a bad memory? Why do you think so?
  2. What things do you remember better – good or bad? Why?
  3. Do you have any tricks you use to remember things? What are they?
  4. Do you make photos to keep memory of some events? How often do you look through your photo albums?
  5. Have you ever kept a diary? Do you think it is worth doing?

Money

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is your attitude to money? Do you have enough money or you always want to have more?
  2. Is it easy for you to save money or you tend to spend it as soon as you get it?
  3. Do you waste money sometimes? How easily do you waste it?
  4. What is your attitude to borrowing money? What is your attitude to lending money? What happens more often in your life?
  5. What is your attitude to credits? Do you take them?

Bad habits

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why do people smoke?
  2. Why do people drink?
  3. Why do people use drugs?
  4. Why do people swear?
  5. Why do people overeat?
  6. What makes people gamble?
  7. Is overworking a bad habit?
  8. Is always being late a bad habit?
  9. What can we suggest to someone who wants to get rid of a bad habit?
  10. Why is it so difficult to get rid of bad habits? Can we motivate those who don't want to be motivated?

Taking Risks

  1. Do you love taking risks? Is it what makes life worth living for you or you prefer to avoid uncertain or unsafe (physically, financially or morally) situations in different spheres of your life?
  2. May you take some risks? Does it depend on situation?
  3. • Traveling 160 km by train
    • Flying 160 km as a passenger
    • Rock climbing/diving
    • Destructive asteroid hitting the earth

  4. Do you agree that often what we think is risky us actually quite safe?
  5. What is the most risky thing you`ve ever done in your life?

Medicare

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you visit any doctors?
  2. Do you pay or use insurance?
  3. Which way should it be - private or public?
  4. Do you visit ``fancy doctors``?
  5. Do you think physicians can ``guarantee result``?
  6. What about dentists?
  7. What`s your attitude to plastic surgery? Would you use it to improve your look? Would you like if somebody close to you uses it?
  8. Do you think doctors prefer getting money by any means?
  9. Do you think physicians can help at all?

The Avengers

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Creator: Sydney Newman
Stars: Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg

Short description:

A quirky spy show of the adventures of an eccentricly suave British agent.
…John Steed works for British Intelligence and always has a female partner. The problems he finds are always a bit odd, just on the edge of science fiction (Cyborg killers, a city built under a disused coal mine, a gang put together for adrenalin junkies, and a killer who uses a concentrated cold virus to kill his victims by having them sneeze to death). But despite all the difficulties he meets on his way, Steed is always the ultimate in culture and grace as he saves the world each week.

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?

Telling Lies

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why do people tell lies? Is there any excuse for doing it?
  2. Are there any people who never lie?
  3. Is lying always bad, or sometimes it is ok?
  4. What’s your attitude to white lies? Do they do any good?
  5. Do you lie only when it is necessary? Or sometimes it can come about of itself?
  6. Is it good advice to always say everything what you think? Do we have to choose proper language?
  7. Can you forgive anyone for lying? Are there any lies you can’t forgive?

Reading

  1. When did you learn to read?
  2. What were your favorite books in different periods of your life?
  3. Have your taste for literature changed since childhood? How has it changed?
  4. What kind of reading do you prefer now (books, magazines, internet, smth. else)?
  5. What kind of books do you read now (classical literature, fiction, science fiction, novels, detective stories, historical novels, business books, smth.else)?

New Year Holidays

Questions for discussion:

  1. Where are you going to meet this New Year (at home with family; with friends; at the club; at the Red Square; in some trip)?
  2. Do you prepare New Year presents beforehand or just before the holiday? Do you like to prepare New Year presents or it is a nightmare for you? Do you prepare New Year presents only for your family or also for your friends and colleagues? What do you like more: to give presents or to be given ones?

Upbringing

Questions for discussion:

Social Networks: Pros and Contras

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you use any social networks on the Internet? Which one do you use? What are your activities there?
  2. How much time do you spend in social networks? How do you think, if this time is useful for you?
  3. What can be positive in the Internet communication and with different people?
  4. Can your virtual friends become real friends?
  5. Can you obtain some useful information from social networks?
  6. What negative impact can social networks have?

Financial crisis

Questions for discussion:

Supernatural

Questions for discussion:

~ Do you believe to UFO? Do you believe in aliens? Have you ever seen a UFO / aliens?

~ Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever seen a ghost?

~ Do you believe in fortune-tellers (entrails readers, palm readers, crystal-gazers)? Have you ever been told your future by fortune-teller? Was it right?

~ Do you believe in signs of the zodiac? Do you believe in astrology (that character and destiny of a human being can be defined by stars)?

~ Do you believe in malefice / whammy / hoodoo / jinx? Have you ever been jinxed?

School memories

Questions for discussion:

~ Did you like to go to school?

~ What was your favorite subject at school? Why?

~ Did you have favorite teacher? Why did you like him/her?

~ Did you have any good friends at school? Do you have any friends since school years?

~ Did you visit after-school child care classes? If yes, did you like it?

~ Did you like to do homework? Were you typically afraid when teacher began to check homework / asked you to go to the blackboard or you always were ready to answer?

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