I spend most of my time listening to students talking about what interests them (and correcting their English). Even so, here are some of the assignments/topics that I've proposed (and books and films that I've read since early 2014). I've just started adding "topics" headings on the left in parenthesis. I try to vary the topics. (II) = Instant Ideas
(People) NPR: Men Can Have Better Friendships.
(Politics) Economist: Trump wants Greenland, and CNN video.
(Sports) Economist: The Mexico City marathon cheaters.
(Film) Alpha Male Actors Never Lose a Fight - NYTimes.
(Film) Quentin Tarantino: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood; a couple of Youtube videos including: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood ENDING EXPLAINED!; Documentary: L.A. in the Time of Charles Manson.
(Crime) Jeffrey Epstein. Youtube videos: How Criminal Justice System Failed, Jeffrey Epstein's Accusers; Analysis: American financier Jeffrey Epstein commits suicide;
Why Trump's White House Is Linked To Jeffrey Epstein Sex Trafficking Case;
Documentary: Who is Jeffrey Epstein, accused of sexually abusing teen girls?;
There Were Rumors For Years. Why Didn’t The Jeffrey Epstein Story Break Earlier?
(Politics, War) Economist: Nuclear war and doctrine, Miniseries Chernobyl, Russian nuclear accident.
(Crime) NPR: The Mass Incarceration system in the USA; Prosecutors: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO); Free Thoughts, Ep. 186: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration (with John Pfaff).
(Crime) NPR: Plácido Domingo Accuser Patricia Wulf Shares Her Story.
(Crime) Mass shootings in the USA . . . more shootings than days.
13 Hours of Bloodshed from People Magazine, Economist: Mass Shootings in America.
Youtube: three videos by Trevor Noah about shootings.
(Business, Politics) Economist: (Trump-China) Currency Wars, The Future of Hong Kong.
(Advanced Grammar) NPR: Even A Grammar Geezer Like Me Can Get Used To Gender Neutral Pronouns.
(Film, People) Keanu Reeves NYT article, Stephen Colbert Interview, (Youtube - playing with puppies), philanthropy, John Wick 3 and how he learns gun handling.
(Education) NYT: Dutch Droppings.
(Environment) Mosquitoes in NYT and Economist. What if we killed all the mosquitoes? on Youtube.
(Politics) Economist: Ungovernable democracies.
(Environment) NPR: This Remote Corner Of Nevada Is One Of The Darkest Places In The World. Economist: Forests burning in the Arctic, The future of the Amazon.
(Music) Thom Yorke - Anima - Radiohead - Uncut. Music video on Netflix.
(Music) NPR - U2 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For.
(Music) Is it because I'm black? by Syl Johnson with article from music magazine Uncut.
(Business) NPR: Can Fast Fashion And Sustainability Be Stitched Together?
(People) NPR: Declared Dead at War.
(Music, Business) The Big Bands are The Biggest Scalpers.
(Environment) Economist: Heatwaves are killing a lot of people, Alaska Hotshots, The Plastics Business.
(Film) Only The Brave.
(Space) Economist: Space issue with 4 good articles on new space race.
(House, home, farm, garden) Kill your lawn and replace it with a garden or with wild plants.
(Environment) 2019 California fire season - TIME Magazine.
The Deadliest Wildfire in California History, and How to Fight Forest Fires on VICE/Youtube.
Two articles from Muse Magazine: Fires - The New Abnormal, and Animals and Fires (Spain's goats) for preventing fires. New Scientist: The Arctic is on Fire.
(Transport) The Volkswagen Bug (Beetle) car.
(Food) Tomatoes - recipes - Youtube videos and article - Ketchup (catchup), Tomato sauce, Hot salsa, Enchiladas, etc.
(Environment) The Permafrost is melting and burning on VICE News.
(Business) New Coke product placement in Stranger Things.
(Business) Business questions: Chasing people up at work and Hiring a friend or relative.
(People) Falling Victim to Convenience - We're no longer chatting with Strangers. (II)
(Travel, tourism) Social Media Photos Inspire Holiday Choices. (II)
(Travel, tourism) Social Media Photos Inspire Holiday Choices (II).
(Travel, tourism) Travelling by Plane Vocabulary.
(Travel, tourism) The No-Plane Pioneers (II).
(Travel, tourism) A well-mannered holiday (II).
(Travel, tourism) The New Commandments for Tourists (II).
(Environment, Weather) Freak Summer Hailstorm Hits Mexico's Guadalajara.
(Technology) Economist: Electrifying Flight
(Business) Economist: Can the City Survive Brexit?
(Work) Job Interviews (II)
(Travel, tourism) 2019 Summer Destinations (II)
(Film) 2019 Summer Movies (II)
(Food) Slow cooking vs pressure cookers vs Thermomix.
(House) Popular Mechanics: The Neighborhood Workbench and building a workbench.
(House) Michael Douglas Mansion in Majorca (Youtube and Daily Telegraph article).
(Work) Economist: The Promotion Curse.
(Travel and tourism) Economist: Dubrovnik's out of control Game of Thrones tourism.
(Animals) Economist: Pets - more of them than ever.
(Business) Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency
(News) 152 million victims of child labor, Iran responsible for attacks on two oil tankers, Vatican begins first regular news broadcast in Latin, 75 year-old Julio Iglesias touring Europe in June.
(News) Trillion euro in greenhouse gas emission cut, Modern day Baker Street Irregulars?, Shifting body clocks, Brexit OUP's Children's word-of-the-year.
(House) Youtube: Hippy Sunray Kelley and Evolutionary Architecture.
(Business) II: Tourists spending less on Tiffany jewellry, Fed may cut rates soon, Investors dumping investments in areas prone to environmental disasters.
(Film, Music) II: Rocketman - Elton John
(Health) II: Brain surgery for drug addicts
(Food) Mother Earth News: Stevia sugar substitute. How to grow your own Stevia.
(Environment) Mother Earth News: Dwindling fossil fuels and our food system.
(Technology) Economist: Kite Power - Alternative Energy; Internet for the rest of humanity
(Health) Eocnomist: Psilocybin
(News and Politics) Economist: American Power in the Age of Trump.
(News) II: "Best if used by" date on food products,
New Ebola outbreak in Congo,
Video game addiction,
6 Climbers die on Mount Everest due to overcrowding,
Gun training for 6 year-olds,
Baseball card sells for $1.2 million ,
Crosby, Still and Nash anniversary of landmark album.
(Environment) The 'Great Dying' Nearly Erased Life On Earth. Scientists See Similarities To Today.
(Health) NPR: Superbugs Book Chronicles Rise Of Antibiotic-Resistant Pathogens.
(People) Gilberto Olivas-Bejarano - US Deportee. (II) Youtube: “Dreamers” in the U.S. are returning to Mexico on their own.
(Business) Takeaway Secrets Exposed (documentary about restaurant food delivery companies - II).
(Environment) 500 tornadoes in USA in 30 days in May, 2019 (269 is the average). Economist: Climate change and the Midwest.
(Environment) The Business of Animal Smuggling. (II)
(Space) Spacex launches first 60 of internet satellites.
(Work and jobs) Economist: The Great Jobs Boom.
(Technology and Business) Big Tech and the Trade War (Huawei)
(Education) Forcing immigrants to learn English
(News) (II) Vaping and E-cigs, Ransomware attack on Baltimore, Boeing's warning light fiasco, Deadly Colorado school shooting, US embassy in Iraq orders non-emergency staff to leave, The Middle East's cold war,
explained, LAB GROWN DIAMONDS VS NATURAL DIAMONDS?, Are diamonds still precious if we can make them in a lab?, onebillion - Global Learning XPRIZE Finalist Team, Kitkit School - Global Learning XPRIZE Finalist Team.
(Travel) The Netherlands is paying people to cycle to work (Weforum.org). Youtube: The Netherlands: Beyond Amsterdam, How The Netherlands Became The World's Second Largest Agricultural Exporter, How Amsterdam Became a Bicycle Paradise,
A Dutch City (Houston) Puts BIKES Fiirst, RESPECT!
Dutch Cycling, Amsterdam, Amsterdam Coffeeshop Visits,
When The Dutch Ruled The World: Rise and Fall of the Dutch East India Company,
BBC The World's Biggest Flower Market - Cherry Healey.
(Home, Farm) Youtube: This Crazy Tree Grows 40 Kinds of Fruit | National Geographic, Fruit tree grafting for beginners.
(People) Steve Ballmer of Microsoft.
(Business News) Trump's trade war with China, Warren Buffett Rock Star, Adidas and Nike (II)
(Technology) Facial Recognition technology in shops (II).
(Transport, technology, business) Electric Scooters in Madrid - Bloomberg Businessweek.
(Transport, technology) Electric Transport Revolution (on Bloomberg).
(News) News (II): Electric scooters, International violations of religious freedom, Portugal and medical cannabis (Europe moving toward legalization), Netflix film about Thailand cave rescue story is coming.
(News) CBS News (II): Terrorist Najibullah Zazi released in USA, Facebook bans extremists, Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew has died, Children continue to be taken from Parents at US border, US College debt continues to rise...
(Environment) Economist: Extinction and protecting coral reefs
(Technology) Economist: Formula E (Electric car races)
(Job interviews) Economist: Why companies are so bad at hiring.
(Computers) Economist: Alexa and Snooping.
(Food) Economist: British food and culture. Youtube: Traditional English Food & What to Eat in England.
(Computers, Technology) Economist: Can Youtube police itself?
(Business) Economist: Tech companies are becoming banks. Youtube: Why banks must become tech companies, Technology threats: the risks facing banks from new entrants.
(Health) TED talk: What do we do when antibiotics don't work any more?
(Health) Economist: Drug resistance - antibiotics. Youtube: What Causes Antibiotic Resistance?
(Health) Netflix documentaries: Grass is Greener,
The Legend of 420,
Explained - Weed,
(Health, Politics) Summer Bummer - A Young Camper's $142,938 Snakebite - NPR.
(Technology, News, Politics) Can we trust Huawei, and 2 Economist articles.
(News) Huawei blocked or not, Journalist murdered by IRA, Cyber attacks against companies increasing, Greta Thunberg's fight for the environment.
(Business) Product Placement (II), Trade and Inequality (II).
(News) Notre Dame Cathedral fire, Statins not effective enough for 50% of patients, Amazon's fake review problem, Bullying of epileptics. (II)
(Environment, people) The forest man of India.
(News) Economist: Notre Dame - Damaged but still standing. Several other reports on Youtube.
(Environment) Economist: Applecalypse Now. And: Warmer temperatures could play havoc with crops . . . in the future with climate change (Governments need to prepare for the possibility of blight in plants.)
(Tourism) Economist: Welcome to Hell, USA.
(Business) Quitting your job to become a Youtuber. (II)
(Comedy) Not my job - Tony Hawk (II); Call my bluff (II).
(Environment) NPR: Climate Change Is Forcing Farmers In Guatemala To Leave Their Land For The U.S.
(News) The Ángel Hernández assisted suicide case? Euthenasia. Youtube video against legalizing assisted suicide and video about multiple sclerosis.
(Upper-intermediate Grammar) Past perfect
(People and sports) (II) The Transgender Athlete Debate.
(News) (II) Ban on anti-vaxxer children in New York, Criminal contraband in prisons, Speed limiters in cars by 2022 in Europe.
(Town vs Country) Parts of rural Spain have been abandoned; What's needed to get people to move back?
(Business) This Giant Beast That Is the Global Economy episode (season 1, episode 3) - The Rubber Episode on Amazon Prime Video
(Business) Boeing 737 crash
(Food) Enslaved africans influenced American food.
(Music) Ximena Sariñana (II)
(Music) David Gray (II) If 8 were 9. And, This Year's Love.
(Vocabulary) Phrasal Verbs 7
(Business) This Giant Beast That is the Global Economy - Ep. 1 and 2 - on Amazon Prime video. 1. Money Laundering, 2. Are rich people dicks?
(Business) Does this sound like your boss? (II)
(Music) Hozier - Interview and song.
(Comedy) Chinese comedy - Economist. Larry Charles' Dangerous World of Comedy ep. 1 on Netflix.
(Grammar) Will be doing and will have done.
(CAE Exams) Practice.
(Work) NPR: The Joys and Perils of Whining at Work
(Advanced Vocabulary) Advanced Vocabulary 5A
(Intermediate Vocabulary) Intermediate Vocabulary 6
(Politics and news) War - episode 2 of This is Us on Netlix
- Morgan Freeman.
(Politics and news) Freedom - episode 1 of This is Us on Netlix
- Morgan Freeman.
(Humor - Adult) Stephen Colbert - Massage Parlor on Youtube - and related vocabulary.
(Vocabulary and Business) Business vocabulary 9 and Dead Horse Theory.
(Work and Feminism) Economist: Blue and Pink Jobs (II) Why gender equality is good for everyone, men included TED.
(Business) Business questions answered (II)
(News) BBC 25-02-19 (II) topics: Anti-semitism on the rise, Stripping terrorists of their nationalities, The Pope, The Church and pederasty, Zebra insect camoflauge.
(Film) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017). Sam Rockwell, Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Peter Dinklage.
(Vocabulary - general) 25 Common Words That You Didn't Realize Are Actually Brand Names.
(Environment) Article from the Guardian "Insect Apocalypse" about the extinction of the majority of insect species within 100 years.
(Advanced grammar) Modal verbs.
(Education) Economist article with the editorial opinion that most education internationally should be in the respective native language, not English.
(Environment) Economist book-review article "Uninhabitable Earth" about just how serious climate change is.
(House and Home) The UK's most hated home features. (II) And, Moral problems of raising the rent.
(Business, People) Warren Buffet, (II).
(Vocabulary) Phrasal verbs 6
(Grammar) Present perfect, review of present tenses. (FCE vocabulary) Word formation.
(Pronunciation) Glottal stop.
(Business) Ghosting your employer - (II) Weather affects businesses - (II). Meetings (II) and Vocabulary of Meetings.
(People) Documentary - Three Identical Strangers (II) (Business) "Crude Awakening" - Economist article about production of petroleum.
(People and culture) Do Spaniards have an inferiority complex? Here’s what foreigners have to say about it. El Pais article with translation..
(Vocabulary) Phrasal verbs 4
(TV, scifi) Nightflyers
(Grammar) CAE Advanced futures
(Business, work) CAE Advanced text on Job Interviews.
(Business) Is a recession on the way? (II)
(People) William Shatner on a radio program - (II)
(Writing) Business Emails (II)
(Music) William Shatner - Lucy in The Sky with Diamonds on Youtube.
(Music) Bruce Springsteen - "Springsteen on Broadway" on Netflix. Studying 10 of Springsteen's songs and translations. Questions and answers (Q&A) about 10 topics brought up in these songs: The American dream, immigration to America, nostalgia vs the inability to talk about the present,
the economic crisis in small-town America, AIDS, the death penalty, depression, police shootings of
unarmed people, poverty and inequality in America, organized crime. One song is has (II) lesson.
(Grammar) Intermediate: will and will vs going to
(Fashion & Clothing) FCE Teenage Style listening.
(Film) Translations of Film Titles.
(Business) Business News Jan. 14, 2019- (II). Business Vocabulary Crossword 7, Ghosn, smartphones, trade war, impact of Brexit.
(People, Education) The End of The School Report (II) - Advanced Personality adjectives, FCE Teenage Sleeping Habits.
(Vocabulary) Phrasal verbs
(TV, Crime) True Detective Season 3.
(News) 2018 in review with (II).
(Business) 2018 News quiz with (II).
(Grammar) Upper-intermediate Conditionals.
(Music) Greta Van Fleet in Rolling Stone Magazine Vocabulary clozes
(Fashion & Clothing) Several FCE-level readings and listenings, also a list of questions from ITESLJ and Vocabulary cloze. Also, story telling writing prompt and prounciation homework.
(Intermediate Grammar) "going to" and present tenses for future. A couple of crossword puzzles practicing upper-intermediate vocabulary.
(Business, People, Relations) Economist article: Wall Street may be finding new ways to perpetuate the old boys’ club Crossword with Vocabulary
(Writing) Writing about Meal Ticket (Story #3 in Ballad of Buster Scruggs)
This story is the one about the impressario, Liam Neeson, with a travelling show featuring an armless and legless actor. What do you think is the basic message or meaning that the Coen Brothers had in mind? Describe your reaction to the story and how it made you feel. Did you find it disconcerting or unsettling? Why or why not? Remember to use the Google Doc to write this text with 150 words or so.
(Film, TV, Literature, Westerns) The Ballad of Buster Scruggs on Netflix by Coen Brothers, and article from Empire Magazine - Crossword with vocabulary
(Games, hobbies) Tabletop Gaming in The Economist: Crossword with vocabulary, and brought up Scythe.
(Computers, Internet, AI) Smart TVs Will Get Dumber in the WSJ Crossword with Vocabulary
(Film, TV, Literature) (History) Netflix's Outlaw King and Robert the Bruce Crossword with vocabulary.
(Crime) Whitey Bulger in The Economist. Crossword with vocabulary. Also, Film: Black Mass starring Johnny Depp; Documentary: About Whitey Bulger.
(Computers) Alexa, Should We Trust You? - article in The Atlantic: Crossword with vocabulary
(Technology) Tech Embraces Its Doomsayer - New York Times - Yuval Harari. - Crossword with vocabulary
(Film, TV, Literature) The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, TV series on Netflix. Crossword with vocabulary
(Business) Financial Times (FT) article: Gold back in from the cold as markets buckle. Crossword with vocabulary, Economist: Shale gold rush - A tale of two rushes. Gold & Gem: Article about Gold.
(General Vocabulary) The Economist - Hip to be square: the unlikely survival of the crossword. Crossword with vocabulary
(Politics) NYT - Last Exit Off the Road to Autocracy - By Paul Krugman. Crossword with vocabulary
(Technology, Computers) WSJ - IBM thinks very different with Red Hat. FT - IBM chief tears of playbook with Red Hat deal. Economist: IBM’s rebel yell - Big Blue’s takeover of Red Hat could produce an über-cloud.
Yuval Harari - "The End of Liberalism" in Homo Deus. NYT - "A Party Defined By Its Lies" - By Paul Krugman. Financial Times on "Globalism." Higher prices / inflation in USA in The Wall Street Journal.
WSJ - Americans Are Divided - Over Candy Corn, The Multicultural Past of Our Commercial Halloween.
Extract from Yuval Noah Harari's Homo Deus on Martin Luther.
Book: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.
TV series Castle Rock - Stephen King.
Economist: Tourism: Airbnb - Wish you weren't here. Lottery winner wins $1.5bl. Ronaldo's $2ml watch. Crossword puzzles 3, 3-4.
Writing an informal email, homework. Crossword puzzles 3, 1-2.
British Pronunciation 31-35 (vs American pronunciation of same material). Pronpack 2.5.
Halloween - Scary movies: Many - Nicholas Cage, Ghost Stories - Martin Freeman, Cargo - Martin Freeman, The Girl with All the Gifts. Can It Happen Here? Stan Mack, on Fascism - NYTimes. Saudi Arabia: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO).
Bob Newhart Show: and TV series on Youtube.
Economist: The World Economy - a downturn looms.
NYTimes article: At 107, He Has Been Trimming a Bit Off the Sides for 96 Years.
Pronunciation homework (pronpack 2.3 and 2.4 - practice with vowel sounds and /iz/ as in taxes, and auxiliary stress patterns.)
Writing a business letter (and email) - solicited contributions of typical vocabulary phrases for more activities.
Carapace: A short story with an Indian accent (Indian from India) from Land of my Childhood: Stories from South Asia. Also, various Youtube videos on Indian accents, and The Indian Detective on Netflix.
Economist: China's Designs on Europe, The South China Sea. qs
Joseph Campbell's "Follow your Bliss" (The Power of Myth) (is the only way to avoid going over to the system) vs Yuval Noah Harari's "Follow your heart." qs
Essay activity (a mundane monologue): Do I really need a mobile phone?
Pronunciation homework from Pronpack 2 (2.1, 2.2) pronunciation of -ed endings, etc. Also, brought up super guitarist Joe Maphis.
Oct 1, 2018: #MeToo (2 articles from Economist on topic), Kavanaugh (Boofing!?! Devil's Triangle!?! WTF), Bill Cosby, Trump gets laughed at in UN - globalism vs patriotism.
Economist: Spain's "Universidad Rey Juan Carlos" Degrees.
Scientific American: 5G network; Mobile Phones, Upcoming Movistar and Netflix offer.
Roald Dahl short story - The Landlady.
Pronunciation: Rhythm Workout and Tonic Stress workout. Pronpack 1.
Songs: Lisa Hannigan - Swan, I don't know and Fall (on Youtube).
Economist: Renewing Liberalism.
Economist: Decline of Silicon Valley.
Business Abbreviations Crossword and worksheets.
Roald Dahl short story - Beware the Dog.
Economist: Prudes and nudity; John McCain's Obituary.
Economist: Trump troubles (drowning in his own swamp), Transformational festivals (Oregon and California), air-conditioning and environment, Aretha Franklin.
Economist: Failing bridges and bridges. (Bridge in Genoa, Italy, collapses. 70,000 bridges in the US need replacing)
Book: Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach.
Economist: Long summer holidays are bad for children, especially the poor; A high-flying drone sets an endurance record.
Economist: Black voices - white voices - the cost of accents
Economist: A car that flies like 007’s autogyro. Youtube: PAL-V Flying Car, World's First Flying Car Production Model.
Settlers of Catan Card Game.
Economist: Spain’s Socialist government plans to exhume Franco’s remains.
Film: Ant-Man and Wasp and magazine article.
The Art of Stillness by Pico Iyer on TED. Why Doing Nothing Is One of the Most Important Things You Can Do from TIME. Making the most of the summer from In The Moment.
Articles: English is a crazy language, At What Age Does Our Ability to Learn a New Language Like a Native Speaker Disappear? (Scientific American Mind July 2018)
Economist: The Joy of Football, A Beautiful Game.
Pronunciation exercises: Stress and rhythm.
In the interest of learning how to write and tell stories, I have read a couple of books about Dungeons and Dragons: Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding by Wolfgang Baur and The Lazy Dungeon Master by Michael Shea and am currently reading Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook 5th edition and "The Great Courses: Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques" by James Hynes (This course is actually pretty good.)
Recommended Clarkesworld magazine lovely podcasts with accompanying transcripts.
Economist - Justice: Data for detectives, Street level surveillance, Encryption and analysis, Electronic monitoring, Predictive policing and sentencing, Justice and the Public.
Book: Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver and film with same title. (Podcast: MP3, Text)
Pronunciation homework: vowel sounds of: read, word, sort, part, wear, day, my, go, too, cat, pet, sit, not, but, book.
Vocabulary of Crime. Economist: Police have used genealogy to make an arrest in a murder case, Software that detects human trafficking.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Vocabulary homework: Work and Time
Short Story: Exhibit Piece by Philip K. Dick. Real Life episode 1 of Electric Dreams.
Neil Young songs and documentaries.
Economist: A Netflix for sports nerds - ESPN starts a streaming service. Psychology of Music and 5 personality traits. Economist: Play list - Spotify makes its stockmarket debut, Psychology - Personality predicts musical preference, The Big Five Personality Traits - 5 Major Factors of Personality, Subscription Addiction.
Enhamed: “La motivación está sobreestimada. Lo importante es el compromiso”
The Fermi Paradox - where is alien life? TED.com video: Fermi's Paradox and the Psychology of Galactic Empires | Matthew O´Dowd, also on Youtube: Isaac Arthur | The Fermi Paradox playlist, and The Fermi Paradox - 10 Mind-Blowing Explanations | Joe Scott. Astonomy vocabulary.
The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond by Michio Kaku
Human Is by Philip K. Dick (Startling Stories 1955) and Human Is episode of Amazon Primevideo's Electric Dreams series.
Vocabulary of communication technology and technical English worksheets.
Economist: The truth hurts - Fake news flourishes when partisan audiences crave it, out-foxed - Orders to local news anchors cause much embarrassment, Your policy is arriving in three minutes - Insurance and the gig economy.
AUTOFAC by Philip K. Dick (Galaxy Science Fiction) and AUTOFAC Episode 2 of Amazon Primevideo's Electric Dreams series.
Advanced grammar: Futures. British Accent 16-20 (have also done 6-15 in last month or two).
Post-apocalyptic fiction: I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Blindness by Jose Saramago and The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters. MadridTeacher podcast: "Post-apocalyptic fiction" (MP3, Text).
Economist: The workplace of the future via Artificial Intelligence special report - AI is changing the way firms screen, hire and manage their talent, AI is making companies swifter, cleverer and leaner, AI providers will increasingly compete with management consultancies, Customer service could start living up to its name, Non-tech businesses are beginning to use artificial intelligence at scale, The sunny and the dark side of AI, There will be little privacy in the workplace of the future. MadridTeacher podcast: "Artificial Intelligence and Its Effect on Jobs" (MP3, Text).
Economist: The porn star and the president, Facebook faces a reputational meltdown.
Advanced vocabulary of Technology 4. British pronunciation homework 10-15.
Economist: Stephen Hawking died on March 14th, America v China - The battle for digital supremacy
Advanced grammar review - past time. Pronunciation homework 3.
Why women kill differently - magazine article. Documentary series on Netflix: Killer Women.
Business English - Economist: Trump's Trade War - several articles.
Sam, This is You by Murray Leinster (Galaxy Science Fiction Magazine May 1955.)
Artificial Intelligence and its effect on jobs. Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom. Economist: Labour-monitoring technologies raise efficiency—and hard questions.
What would I change in my house?
El efecto en cascada de los pisos turísticos en Madrid.
Voice/Speech recognition: safwat_saleem_why_i_keep_speaking_up_even_when_people_mock_my_accent. Cape Town water crisis - Time and Economist articles. Also, Youtube video about how well Israel deals with water shortages and a couple of TED.com videos.
Teaching English Pronunciation (Longman Handbooks for Language Teachers) by Joanne Kenworthy.
Advanced vocabulary 2: Education and learning.
Economist: Billionaires and the Falcon Heavy, Making tunnels the way you make spaceships, The Falcon Heavy’s creator is trying to change more worlds than one.
Assigned Philip K. Dick's "Foster, You’re Dead!" and watched associated "Safe And Sound" episode on Amazon's Electric Dreams. (The original short story is available online.) The original short story had to do with America's 1950's bunkers fashion, so I also did recordings of two reports online about a resurgent interest in purchasing bunkers: 7 Doomsday Bunkers for Surviving the Apocalypse, No Matter Your Budget and Inside the 'billionaire bunkers' where the world's super rich will ride out the apocalypse.
Sent British Accent work. Sent Advanced grammar homework - Present time.
Assigned "The Hood Maker" by Philip K. Dick and associated "Electric Dreams" episode. (The original short story is available online on this webpage Luminist.org - The short story is in "Imagination June 1955" page 92.)
Sent a little slang British English Business vocabulary.
Sent a little American English pronunciation work. (I thought some students might be interested in practicing and differentiating both American and British accents over the coming months.)
Grammar and vocabulary - prepositions after nouns and adjectives.
NPR: German Apprenticeship.
Raymond Chandler - Maltese Falcon - Intermediate. (You can also watch the film on Youtube.)
Episode 10 of Amazon's series Philip K. Dick's "Electric Dreams" episode 1 Kill All Others (KAO), based on his short story "The Hanging Man".
Talking About Detective Fiction by P.D. James. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler. (You can also watch the film on Youtube.)
National Public Radio: Flu season 2017-2018 - several articles.
Trump's book: Fire and Fury. And 2 Economist articles on same topic. Several Stephen Colbert videos on Youtube: "My Nuclear Button is bigger than yours", "Why do we take immigrants from shithole countries", etc.
Raymond Chandler - Goldfish.
2018 - Goals - New Year's resolutions.
Bright starring Will Smith.
Bitcoin: documentary on Netflix. Economist articles. Scientific American The Future of Money report.
Mindfulness - Documentary: The Secret.
Holocaust. Night (The Night Trilogy #1) by Elie Wiesel, Marion Wiesel. Level 4 The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank. Netflix: Auschwitz. Nazi Concentration Camps. Holocaust Exhibition at Canal in Madrid. Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor Frankl.
Economist and Crime magazine: Charles Manson
The Real Story of Thanksgiving.
Netflix: The Punisher - vigilantism.
Murder on the Orient Express. Agatha Christie.
Dishonesty, The Truth about Lies - Dan Ariely - book and documentary. Donald Trump's biggest flaw: He's not that bright - Chicago Tribune.
Mindhunter (book and Netflix series) and Book: The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson. "Great Crimes" graded reader - Dr. Crippen.
Robert Plant - 4 songs from his new Carry Fire record.
NPR: Halloween and The History of Halloween. The Importance of Being Earnest Upper-intermediate. Oscar Wilde himself (documentary) - YouTube.
Economist: Spain faces a constitutional crisis over Catalonia; Globalization's Losers - What to do with the people who are left behind.
Remains of the Day film and book - Nobel Prizes.
What the Health - Food Fight: GMOs and the Future of the American Diet; Wheatgrass and Spirulina.
Tom Petty article songs and lyrics.
Blade Runner (The Final Cut version). Doc: On the Edge of 'Blade Runner. Three shorts: Blade Runner 2049: Black Out 2022, Blade Runner 2036: Nexus Dawn, Blade Runner 2048: Nowhere to Run. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep - Philip K. Dick.
Economist: Racial progress and the NFL
Cocaine Cowboys documentaries, Seinfeld (show on Netflix) and (Economist) Catalonia . . . (Also, read McMafia). Catalonia prepares for its independence referendum.
The Mist TV series. Stephen King.
Floods, Hurricane Harvey / Katrina.
Bono and U2. Salud - 2 pages in El Pais on Trumpcare. Altruism - 4 TED videos: Abigail Marsh - Are We Wired To Be Altruistic, Cheryl Steed - Can Altruism Be Learned, Larissa MacFarquhar - How Far Would You Go To Help Others, Peter Singer - How Can We Be More Effective Altruists. Altruism by Matthieu Ricard.
FCE Writing book 1-30, CAE grammar and vocabulary exercises.
Wonder Woman, Gender based violence (violence against women). El Pais articles Porque Matan.
Prophets of Rage 2017 songs Prophets of Rage and Unfuck the World. FCE writing practice 1-5.
Amazon's Whole Foods purchase.
CPE 13 Writing section and Reported speech.
I read "On Tyranny" and Sam Harris recording.
Trevor Noah documentary (and book: Born a Crime).
Pink Floyd, Roger Waters The Wall documentary. The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett story. Chasing Ice documentary.
Economist: King Trump
Fuel of the future - big data.
The Guardian: The internet warriors meet the trolls in their own homes.
This book shows the US really has 11 separate 'nations' with entirely different cultures.
Sherlock Holmes - Wisteria House.
Sherlock Holmes - The Resident Patient - original.
Economist. United Airlines drags a passenger from a flight.
Memento (Memento Mori short story).
Third Conditional review – Game Chrononauts.
Economist: The incarcerated workforce.
Economist: Signs of aliens. Economist: Lunar spaceflight.
Economist: Electric Cars; NYT: When The Fire Comes - Paul Krugman.
CPE 13 - Environment part 1, John Hurt NPR interview, Economist Trump Insurgent.
Economist: Wife beating in Russia, Printed human body parts, The big McCustomisation, China, Trump and the South China Sea, The multinational company is in trouble, Carl Sagan - Dumbing Down America.
Youtube videos: How to Study Effectively with Flash Cards, The Most Powerful Way to Remember What You Study.
Sherlock Holmes - The Adventure of the Resident Patient.
NPR: A couple divided by Trump vs Hilary talk. Economist: A Trump White House on inauguration day, Britain and the EU - a "clean" hard brexit, Gendercide - The war on baby girls winds down. El Pais: El suicidio anglosajon. Paul Krugman: Donald the Unready.
Sherlock Holmes: "The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor", "The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet",
"The Adventure of the Copper Beeches", "Silver Blaze", "The Adventure of the Yellow Face",
"The Adventure of the Stockbroker's Clerk",
"The Adventure of the Gloria Scott",
Economist: Equipping people to stay ahead of technological change, Old dogs, new tricks - How older employees perform in the workplace, Learning and earning - Lifelong learning is becoming an economic imperative, Low skilled workers - The elephant in the truck, The return of the MOOC.
Sherlock BBC Season 4 on Netflix, The Real Life Story of Jerome Caminada (Sherlock precursor) - Documentary: How Sherlock Holmes changed the world.
Economist: Catalexit, Word of the year 2017.
Sherlock Holmes: The Man with the Twisted Lip, The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, The Adventure of the Speckled Band, The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb.
Sherlock Holmes: A Study In Scarlet, The Sign of Four, A Scandal in Bohemia, The Adventure of the Red-Headed League, A Case of Identity, The Boscombe Valley Mystery,
The Five Orange Pips, Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Sherlock Holmes Rediscovered Railway.
Economist: Europe's Looming Brexit Disaster, Phillipines Killer Dictator.
Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming by Naomi Oreskes, Erik M. Conway.
Luke's Podcast: Christmas – It’s all about Family and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas by Lewis Black.
Hacksaaw Ridge. Desmond Doss documentary. Noel Chavasse article. Mel Gibson documentary.
Rise of Robots. Economist article on abortion.
CPE 15 - Work.
The Valley of Spiders - H.G. Wells. - Short story.
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell.
Economist: Obituary of Chinese revolutionary Jia Jinglong, Treasure Hunting with Forrest Fenn.
No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State. Film: Snowden. Docu: Citizenfour. Snowden on TED.
Grapes of Wrath - Film and book. Steinbeck.
Cell by Stephen King - film and book.
Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People
Economist: Trump: How it Happened. A couple of Trevor Noah and Stephen Colbert videos. Michael Moore's Trumpland.
Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future
Hitler: Ascent. WWI docu series The Great War.
All I want - Upper int graded reader.
proficiency - Freedom and democracy. Why democracy matters - TED.com
proficiency - Strange happenings, Ghosts, etc., The Lottery - Shirley Jackson. (Scary story for Halloween.) Economist: More on Brexit, Canada's example to the world with CETA free-trade agreement.
proficiency - Relationships - Trump's groping. Sexual Assault (in America). Docu: The Hunting Ground. VICE Doc: Burundanga - Scopolamine - World's Scariest Drug-
The Pearl - Steinbeck.
proficiency - Globalization and from Economist - Anti-globalists.
Sleep: Scary Health Effects Of Sleep Deprivation During The Teen Years, luke's guided sleep meditation....
Short Story - In the forest of Villefére by Robert E. Howard. Book of Horror Stories.
Trump Hilary debates.
Can we trust our own predictions? (The Future SA), Isaac Asimov's 1964 article Visit to the World's Fair of 2014.
Short Story: Uncle Fred Flits By - PG Wodehouse
Economist Adoption articles - The desire for children
advanced Travel. advanced holidays. Yes-Mag Dream tour. Economist: Politicians and Lying, Spanish politics. Self-Driving Cars - interesting points, proficiency Travel.
Sept. 2016 : advanced Intelligence, proficiency Clothes
Angels and Demon -- Dan Brown. (read 4 books)
Sports - Olympics 2016 - Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup. olympic sports SAMind 2016. Russia's Olympian drug habit.
Economist: Angola Prison rodeo; Forest Fires in U.S.
Short Story: Curious Case of Benjamin Button and film.
advanced News and views
Economist: Brexit aftermath.
Book: No One Would Listen - Bernie Maddoff.
Economist: Brexit or Bremain. Luke's podcast.
proficiency Changes, advanced Persuasion.
Nuclear War - Book: On The Beach. Alas Babylon. Bunkers. Survivalists.
Economist - The Bathroom Wars (transexual toilets), Facebook and politics (neo-cons complain to Mark Zuck)
More Tales of Shakespeare- Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Othello. And Yes-mag special.
Economist: Yellow Fever, Infectious diseases, Education in Finland.
Upper intermediate food and
Game of Thrones season 6.
Economist: Harriet Tubman, The Future of English.
Upper intermediate: Endangered Animals. Dogs and Oxytocin
Economist: Crow War Chief obituary, Intelligent maps, the music industry.
David Bowie - Luke's Podcast - 2 of them.
Economist: Business in America, Artifical Intelligence and Go, Team Spirit, Tesla's mass-market ambitions, Religion ethics and the workplace.
Last of Mohicans – comic and movie
Economist: Gogglebox, Financing divorces, Mexico open for business.
Upper intermediate: Books. proficiency: Reading. Upper intermediatebooks vocab.
The Revenant - Di Caprio - other films.Trump by Paul Krugman.
proficiency Consumer Society, Shopping, Advertising; Upper intermediate Business English - Advertising. Truth in digital advertising (SA).
Scientific American: Conquer yourself, conquer the world. Self-control, willpower, Let's get motivated. Am I normal? Distracted - Wired. advanced: Decisions.
The Willpower Instinct - How Self-Control Works. Upper intermediate Decisions.
Economist: Trump anti-christ. Apple's Encryption problem. Supreme Court Scalia. Trump, inc. Grexit of Companies from Greece.
Luke: Are you a good learner of English?
Upper intermediate: Hobbies, Living Life to the Full or Hobbies, proficiency: Happiness.
Upper intermediate: Crime. Fake Crime report Scott Johnson. Upper intermediate Questions.
Reading books in English - Luke's podcast.
Sherlock Abominable Bride. Book: Hound of Baskervilles. TMS - Detective Fiction - From Victorian Sleuths to the Present. The Maltese Falcon - Film. Humphrey Bogart documentary.
High price of oil.
Luke's English podcast - How to Learn English.
Star Wars The Force Awakens, Upper intermediate - Space.
(Around the world in 72 days article.) Round the World in Eighty Days (Penguin Readers (Graded Readers)) Jules Verne
advanced: Topic: Climate, Global warming, weather.
Documentary: Merchants of Doubt. Years of living dangerously - 9 episodes of environmental. Economist:
Global Warming Special Report.
Upper intermediate: environment, overpopulation, population.
Upper intermediate/advanced: Education, Further study.
Upper intermediate/advanced: Technology and inventions. Book: Inventions that Changed the World.
Explorers: Marco Polo, Ibn Batuta. Holiday logistics from Yes-mag.
Phantom of the Opera. Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Upper intermediate/advanced: Working life, jobs, work & business. Yes-Mag: Job interviews.
Economist: repair the damaged american democracy, how spain deals with migrants.
Monuments Men on art theft. Art Crimes against creativity, etc. BBC the art that hitler hated. Dustin Yellin artist Vanity Fair- Vanity Fair article.
All arts issue of yes-mag
Best songs and lyrics. Beatles documentary.
The Beatles Anthology Tune In.
Upper intermediate Music and Topic.
Volkswagen - emissions test defeat device scandal - how air pollution is killing us.
Book: The Body Graded reader. Film Stand By Me. Also, Stephen King and The Shining. Yes-Mag article.
Best way to learn English. d 3.
Book: Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.
Gangsters - prohibition.
Book: The Godfather.
Book: Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34.
Book: Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana - Medical, Recreational and Scientific.
Terminator franchise, 80s movies, Artificial intelligence.
Gay marriage law of the land. Bruce Caytlin Brenner. Transgender. Gender stereotypes.
Guns, Confederate flag, American Charleston Massacre, Once Again, Americans Debate Gun Violence:
Starbucks gun ban, Guns and Ammo documentary, An American gun magazine for kids, Rolling Stone gun-industry, more guns to save people,
More guns, bigger safes, Obituary - Mikhail Kalashnikov.
Dinosaurs. Jurassic World.
Upper intermediate/advanced: Family. Adoption, parenting.
Book: Business leaders graded reader - see above. Steve Jobs, Elon Musk.
Women in Business - Anita Roddick, Madonna, Oprah, Coco Chanel, Hanae Mori. Management Gurus.
Vanity Fair recording. The new establishment about "disrupters", etc..
Upper intermediate Sport, Vocab: sports and risk, gender issues. FIFA corruption..
Upper intermediate growing up. advanced language. Childhood. Age. Ageism.
Earthquakes, Upper intermediate: Natural disasters "Unexpected Events", Nepal earthquake. San Andreas film article.
Ted: 8 secrets of success. Why we do what we do: The puzzle of motivation.
The surprising science of happiness. The happy secret to better work.
Upper intermediate: Mixed emotions. Avengers Age of Ultron.
Melville - Moby Dick graded reader. Stress, relaxation, self-hypnosis.
Upper intermediate/advanced Celebrity Culture. Illegal immigration. Economist: Reforming Islam and Illegal Immigration. Book: Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Southern fried chicken. Apple sauce. Oatmeal/Banana/applesauce cookies.
Writing essays. Yes-mag: Free-speech debate. Economist: American Power, Jews, Europe's recovery, Obama's popular in South America, Hillary Clinton, Rand Paul.
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King.
War of Art - Steven Pressfield.
- advanced - Arts, Colour.
Tom Merritt's book - Citadel.
Charles Dickens. Great Expectations, Signal Man, To Be Read At Dusk.
Upper intermediate/advanced Travel. Hotel Vocabulary and an article about tourism in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Economist: Apple Watch, Vatican Museums.
Led Zeppelin book When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin and docu: It Might Get Loud.
Upper intermediate Computer games, internet - VR and mobile.
Steinbeck - East of Eden.
Upper intermediate and advanced lessons - Upper intermediate advanced - Fashion.
Writing neutral emails and messages. Practical English - Favours, making excuses, politeness, expressing thanks, asking for permission, being assertive, expressing concern
John F. Kennedy.
11/22/63 by Stephen King.
Cuba Bay of Pigs. Doc series: The Men Who Killed Kennedy.
Film: JFK 1991 (Kevin Costner). Doc series: The Sixties. Articles on assassination.
Wang Jianlin -
Business - Alibaba - largest companies in the world.
Charlie Hebdo and news vocabulary.
Women - yes mag articles: Book: America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines. When everything changed.
Emily Bronte - Wuthering Heights.
Holiday - Christmas
The Adventures of The Speckled Band, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The real-life sherlock holmes, Cumberbatch, how sherlock holmes changed the world,
Dr. Joseph Bell.
The Stolen Letter.
Neville - Sherlock Holmes mystery. The Murders in the Rue Morgue. Poe.
Business: bank, numbers, statistics, graphs, charts, globalization, homelessness, alternatives to money, free market for labour, financial inclusion, end of the american dream, understanding balance sheets.
Crime - Crime vocabulary and Economist articles on capital punishment, race relations, etc.
Bad TV programmes - yes-mag.
Penny Dreadful, Constantine. Halloween stories - The Unlucky Theatre, The Mezzotint (both level 5 from Stories of detection and mystery)
El Mexicano - About boxing - The Game. Sea Wolf - The Call of The Wild..
Also - I am Ali, Hurricane.
Poetry and metaphor.
Robin Williams, Dead Poets Society, Rolling Stone article.
Way with Words 3 Poetry by Prof. Drout. Robert Herrick.
Dylan (No Direction Home)
Bob Dylan Chronicles
Grammar - verb + to +infinitives and ing
Ebola and Pandemics
Expressing Anger - Taboo language.
Grammar Book - Taboo English, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue Fry's English Delight
Joseph Conrad - The Black Mate - Secret Agent.
Scotland Independence - Easier articles:
Scotland - self-determination, Things I find hard to do.
Difficult articles and videos:
Scotland For Richer or Poorer BBC Documentary,
Time For Scottish Independence?
A History of Scotland BBC documentary series.
Basketball (and sports) Easier
- Sports basketball,
Upper intermediate sports speaking,
- Banning basketball.
History of the English Language. Documentary series on same subject on Youtube.
History of English Language graded reader.
Books and films.
Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat
Docu: Sea the Truth
Food & Restaurant.
Electric cars, Google Car – connected cars.
Docu: Tesla Motors - The Future of Electric Cars http://youtu.be/i7J-tlrkVEE
Car Technology of the Future
Uber, Airbnb, Sharing Economy, Trust, Reputation, Age of context.
Age, aging. Docu: " Up" Series
Great Gatsby film and book
Lost Fleet Steadfast Jack Campbell.
Economist's Guide to the European Union
Docu: Legalize Democracy
Docu: After Democracy
Democracy and Europe
Gurtel articles, corruption in Spain, vocabulary for talking about politics.
The Glass Lake by Maeve Binchy narrated by Fionnula Flanagan .
In the Name of the Father
The Wind that Shakes the Barley
Docu: The Story of Ireland five parts on youtube
* Flash Boys – Michael Lewis.
Wolf of Wall Street
"60 Minute Interview"
Is the U.S. stock market rigged?
Drift - Rachel Maddow.
Harry Potter 7 – About the movies.
House of Cards.
DIY - Upper intermediate.
Bionics (prosthetic devices) Robocop, Elysium
Economist: Plagiarism in science, The disappearing
Robots - The Second Machine Age.
Scarlett Johansson, poss best female actresses
. Her – premieres
February 21 - Romance – Artificial Intelligence AI.
Ukraine and Russia.
Advertising, Upper intermediate.
Facebook, What’s Up and MobilePhone articles