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Fed Up | Katie Couric


01. Mention 2 types of food they eat in the south.

02. Which subtle message is pushed on us?

03. As more people began to exercise, waist lines __________

04. What did the doctor advise Maggie to do?

05. Which phrase is now modern?

06. Why is al almond calorie not a soft drink calorie?

07. How do the food producers get good research done?

08. What does Wesley's brain tell him?

09. What do the dark stains on his body indicate?

10. Which year is marked as the year the obesity crisis started?

11. What did the food producers start to take out of the food?

12. What can insuline do to your brain?

13. How many food items have added sugar?

14. What does fruit contain that is good?

15. If a foreign country did this to our children we'd probably ____________________

16. How did the sugar lobby stop the WHO's report in 2004?

17. What did Michelle Obama try to do?

18. What does dr Lustig say: "They're in business to __________

19. How did Mrs Obama's message change?

20. Which new task did the USDA get?

21. When milk became skim, what was left?

22. The government in a schizophrenic role: one the one hand they __________ while on the other hand they're __________

23. When was the School Lunch Act signed?

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Nike | The Last Game

Watch the video and answer these questions: 

01. "Reckless, 50% chance of __________?" What?

02. Which other sport will be transformed with "Risk Nothing"?

03. What happened to the originals?

04. Why are they all gathered in the "museum"?

05. "You play like it's just a game". How do the clones play?

06. If the originals lose the game, what will they do?

07. When will a team have won the match?


After watching the video answer these questions:

08. How far are we with cloning?

09. Would you consider having a cloned pet?

10. Come up with one other, interesting question, so your teacher can improve this assignment even further.



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Overpopulated | Hans Rosling

01. We face challenges but the good news is that mankind is __________?

02. How many people did the world contain in 10,000 BC?

03. When did the world population change drastically?

04. In which area has the population risen the most?

05. Which country is growing the fastest?

06. How is Talisma trying to help women?

07. How many babies per woman were born in 1972?

08. How many in 1963?

09. What does Hans Rosling call women like Tasmina?

10. "The problem is not lack (= shortage) of knowledge it's __________".

11. What is the main reason to have a small family?

12. Why did the population not grow exponentially in 1800?

13. At which number will the fast growth of the population stop? And in which year?

14. How many people does one block represent?

15. So how far will the population continue to grow?

16. What will happen to population growth in Europe in 2050?

17. How much % of the population will be from the "old West" in the year 2100?

18. What will be the future of Africa?

19. What has changed in Mozambique?

20. Which type of surgery is done on pregnant women now?

21. In which areas can the real challenge be found?

22. What is Andrea saving up for?

23. How much money do poor people earn on average per day?

24. What do people save up for after a car?

25. What is the problem if a "$100" looks down?

26. Why does he bring out a step ladder?

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Louis Theroux and the Nazis


Watch the video and answer the following questions as best you can in proper English:


01. What did the woman tape to the floor? What’s the word?

02. What’s a Pan-ariest?

03. Louis asks him for a favour. What is it?

04. What did his daughter experience in high school?

05. What confused Louis even more late at night?

06. Why does Tom have a manager?

07. Public speaking is not what Tom usually does but now he’s going to speak at an ___?

08. Louis makes it a little exciting with Skip the Skinhead by suggesting he’s …?

09. Why does Louis feel it’s time to leave after Skip runs into the house?

10. Are the skinheads co-operative with Louis?

11. Why doesn’t the movement need “the general public”?

12. Lamb and Lynx are next on Louis’s list?

13. Do the girls go to school?

14. What would April do if one of the girls would come home with a black boyfriend?

15. What Louis call himself?

16. What does April say was the biggest gift her father gave her?

17. Why are John and Tom going to Mexico?

18. What does Tom say he used to head in California?


After watching:

Where do you stand in all this? What is your opinion?

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On the Road | Photographer Proves Strangers Are Friends You Haven't Met Yet

Before watching answer these questions, please:


01. Would you ever hold hands with or touch a stranger? Why / why not?

02. Do you think it's possible to feel an emotion for someone you have never met?

03. Would you consider giving up some privacy for the sake of art?


While watching, answer the following questions:


04. What makes the couples special?

05. What is a sign of awkwardness at first?


After watching, talk to your neighbour about the following:


06. How do you feel after watching this video?

07. Has it brought on some unexpected idea?


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Stephen Fry And The Great American Oil Spill

A picture can say more than a 1,000 words!

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Lizzie Velasquez | How Do You Define Yourself

One of the bravest people in the world: very worthwhile material to teach values.

Watch the videoclip and answer the following questions as best you can:


01. What does Lizzie mention is a benefit to being visually impaired?

02. Which fluid was absent when she was still growing inside her mum?

03. What did the doctors tell her mum Lizzie would never be able to do?

04. How did she look at herself when she was five?

05. What did she wear on her first day to school?

06. After she came home, which advice did her parents give her?

07. What are things Lizzie mentions that some people feel defines them?

08. Which central question does she pose to the audience?

09. How many views did the 8 second video of her have?

10. What awful thing did a complete stranger tell her?

11. What did that do to Lizzie? How did she respond?

12. Mention two of her goals in life.

13. Which ones has she accomplished already?


After watching:


Take two minutes to think first and then, only then start to write down what defines you.

And is that in accordance with what you think should define you?

Do you know people who are defined by the 'wrong' things, from your perspective?

If so, what are they?






Which feeling lingers on after having watched Lizzie's tale?



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Royals | Lorde

Trying to figure out what lyrics actually mean never hurt me one bit, it only increased my vocabulary!

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Stephen Fry | Out There

Out There Part 1

Episode 1

01. What is Stephen going to do in this series?

02. Who will he meet over the next four episodes?

03. In what year did homosexuality become legal in Britain?

04. Why does Stephen cry at the wedding?

05. When did he "come out" himself and who inspired this?

06. What is the name of the parade we see in London?

07. Stephen talks about kids in the playground, aged kindergarten age, why?

08. What did Farshad's boyfriend say was done to him, in order to save his own life?

09. Which foreign country is going backwards in its treatment of gay people?

10. Which physical problems can be caused by doing sodomy, according to the pastor?

11. The pastor goes on about the anus, while Stephen tries to talk about ...

12. The pastor doesn't call homosexuality a disease, but an ...

13. Fat boy has a different view. Why does he want the law to pass?

14. And on ...

[Ask the students to make more questions while watching the episode]


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Megacities | Living in the city

Megacities | Living in the city

It is estimated that in 2050 75% of the world population will reside in cities. And that's a challenge. Come find out more about megacities with Andrew Marr.

  1. What is the great story of our time?
  2. How many mega-cities are there? Mention 4.
  3. How many people arrive in Dhaka every year?
  4. How is Mexico City described?

  5. How many people will live in cities in the year 2050?

  6. How did Shanghai’s richest man make his money?
  7. How fast is Shanghai changing?
  8. What type of building is the Shard in London?
  9. Who is the highest man up?
  10. What does it seem, is it that new skyscrapers are trying to say?

  11. Who are at the top of those buildings?
  12. How much does the apartment Andrew is going to visit cost?

  13. How does the family who live in the slums feel about their home?

  14. Where does Musharaf come from?

  15. What happens to Andrew during the night? Which animals does he refer to?

  16. What is the “natural unit” for people to live in, in Andrew’s opinion? 

  17. What does the specific symbol on Shanghai buildings mean?

  18. What happens to the old inhabitants of that part of the city?

  19. How many new houses are built on the edge of the city every month?

  20. Tokyo struggles with ___? 

  21. What would it do to Andrew to live in such a “flat”?

  22. Tokyo is a city with very high ___ [not buildings!]?

  23. What can Tokyo do to some people, like it did to Ugo?

  24. Which type of events are rented people rented for the most?
  25. How is it that so many people get killed in Mexico city?

  26. What is the “up side” to the city?

  27. What is the purpose for some people to go to taco stands?

  28. Sunday is ___? And Andrew calls Mexico City a ___ place.

  29. Even London is now getting friendlier. How?

  30. London is more open, more ___?

  31. Sometimes you have to go far to know what __? 
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Drinking to Oblivion

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Louis Theroux | Drinking to Oblivion

Louis follows a few alcoholics around in their attempt to get cleaned up. Gripping report!

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Discussion Topics

You might want to use one or more of these topics for class discussions

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Heineken | The Candidate

This is a wonderful, small clip which I use a lot when we talk about how to apply for a job. Fun music, footie, humour: this viral has it all.


General discussion in twos, groups or as a class [or think, pair, share]


1. How should someone present themselves in a job interview?

2. What clothing should be worn to an interview? Describe a suitable outfit [male and female].

3. What about your CV or resume? What should you list on it? Mention 4 different categories.

4. Try to get into the role of employer. What is the first thing you pay attention to when the

candidate walks in?

5. Try to convince the employer why it is that they need to hire you. You are the best

suitable candidate because ...

6. Back to being the candidate. How can you make sure you stand out from other people?


Let's watch the clip and have a look now.


Answer the following questions while watching the viral:


01. How many applicants wanted to become an intern at Heineken?


02. What "weird" thing do they do during phase 1?


03. How does the interviewer "surprise" the candidates in the office?


04. Why is it important that they leave the office?


05. Where is the final test?


06. How does the music help the general feeling you get?



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Seeds of Freedom | Ethics

The environment is hot! Sustainability is trending. Well, there's nothing sustainable about Monsanto. Watch how they changed farmers' lives forever, and not for the better.


Watch the movie and while watching try to explain the following new vocabulary from the context:

Intro - 1'45"


Arisen =


Poignant =


Sacred =


Commodity =


Genetically engineered =


Tackling = 


Quote: "Diversity is key to our survival". Please explain.





Ancestral =


Forebears =


Inheritors = 


Breeding = 


Resilience = 


Nutritional =



The Road To Industry

While watching this part try to deduct what the farmers all say has happened to their line of work.


Embroiled = 


Hybrid = 


Indigenous = 


Purchased = 


Sustainable = 


Detrimental = 


Corporate = 


Yield = 


Maturation = 


Patented = 


Resistance = 



In conclusion watch the rest of the film and talk together about what this means. Is this the way to  

go? Should something be done? If so, what?


Or write an essay about this topic, using the movie as a basis. 

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Wealth Inequality In America | What Is Ideal, Perception or Actual?

Money, money, money. And US dollars, for that matter. Or rather, how ill-divided it all is. But that's not what we think!

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A Kinder, Gentler Philosophy of Success | Alain de Botton

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Vice | Addiction

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Food Inc | How our food is made

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Fast Bucks | How Porsche Made Millions

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