Monday, July 20, 2015

CBD oil, Fact or Fiction - Decide for yourself - Medical English Lesson

Many people are turning away from traditional medicine.  They feel that traditional medicine can hurt more than cure. Yoga, homeopathy, Naturalpaths are all the rage now.  But should this attitude also include cancer treatment?  Read these two articles and decide for yourself.

Key Terms 
hemp oil
eternal life
don’t translate well 
meaningful impact
 CBD Oil 

Which article do you think is the most accurate? 
Which one is actually an advertisement?
Why would someone want to take this type of oil? 
How does it affect the body? 
 Should it be legal in all 50 states of the United States? 
Is it legal in your country? 
Would you take this type of oil based on the available evidence? 
What do you think about this issue? 
Has your opinion changed as a result of reading these articles? 

Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach - Professional English Teacher 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Want to see pictures from Pluto? Go to New York! - English Conversation Lesson

I have always been interested in Astronomy.  Instead of rock stars on my wall, as a child, I had a poster with all the stats on the solar system, this was before any amount about Pluto was discovered.  Now, the New Horizons spacecraft is beaming back pictures, I might have to upgrade my poster!

Go to this link and enjoy!

Key Terms
 galactic treat
bustling focal point
 strangely mountainous
to trickle in

What did you know about Pluto before this mission? 
Why should mankind travel to Pluto? 
What can be learned about this planet? 
Why is it now called a dwarf planet? 
Would you look at the photos on the side of the building? 
Why did the scientists want the pictures displayed there? 
Where would you go for more information? 

Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach - Professional English teacher 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Cutting Edge Technology developed in Israel - English Conversation Lesson

I just saw this video, and it is reallly amazing! This is a holographic representational image of parts of the body, or even a fetus in the mother's womb.  This allows the doctor to manuplate the image before the operation!

This video is in Hebrew and English

Where did this idea come from?
How long has it been in production?
What hospital is assocated with it?
Where were the two founders employed before this venture?
What kinds of operations will benefit from this type of image?

Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach - Professional English Teacher 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Are Exotic pets worth it? English Conversation lesson

I have always had cats and dogs for pets.  Actually I have had more cats than dogs, and since I live in a quiet part of Jerusalem, having a dog would get the neighbors upset.  But there is nothing like the excited yelp of your dog when you come home.  The ears flapping, the happy barks ah,. . . But would you like a zebra?  

Baron Walter Rothschild and his team of zibras 
Read this article and discuss it with your English teacher

Key Terms 
exotic animal auction
Zebra-Zorse-Zonkey Association (IZZZA )
tracks zebra ownership
 an easy trot
gazillion -slang word
exotify-slang word
hard to break in
training montage
the norm
the allure

What are the pros and cons of owning a zebra? 
Is there a law in your country about owning exotic animals?
Why do people love zebras? 
Why are zebras hard to train? 
Why do zebras bite and kick? 
Have you ever had a pet? 
If you have had a pet, What pets have you had? 
How long did you have the pet? 

Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach - Professional English teacher

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Passivhaus Rental site to be built in England - English Conversation Lesson

Are your electric bills through the roof?  Do you like to grow your own food? Well this might be the place for you!  The Passivhaus project will do both, lower the energy bill and sustainability!

Read this article and prepare it to speak to your English teacher
Key Terms
urban oasis
annual running costs
Procedure software calculations 
oriented to face south 
 minimized building surface-to-volume area

What does Passivhaus mean? 
 Why is it important?
What is the most important part of the project? 
Would you want to rent in this project?  Why or why not? 
Do you like to grow your own food? 
Could this project be duplicated in other places in the world? 

Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach - Professional English Teacher 

A Video A Day Helps You Learn English - Bucket List

What is a bucket list?  Well, you have to watch the video to find out, Don't worry, it will only take a MINUTE!  Well, three minutes be...