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Conversation class - possible topics

I come across lots of articles, videos and podcasts that I think would be interesting for some of you. If you want to discuss the text in conversation class then let me know and I will add it to the schedule.


Here's the list of possible topics:


Let's start with a series of videos about linguistics available on YouTube by archaeology student, Simon Roper. This is the first one I came across but I'm sure you'll find lots of them interesting - particularly as he spends a lot of time explaining the northern accent (an accent you're all slightly familiar with 😉).


This is an intriguing article about two people who disappeared in the Australian outback.


I'm no fan of boxing but think there would be plenty to talk about based on this obituary of 'Marvelous' Marvin Hagler.


I loved the book 'One Day' by David Nicholls, I'm sure that you can remember the orange and white cover. In this article, the author explains the inspiration behind the story and reminds us that good ideas can take a long time to germinate.


Fame and addiction are the themes of this interview with former Wet Wet Wet singer, Marti Pellow.


Fans of tennis, Chinese medicine, yoga and philosophy will find lots to discuss after reading this article about ambidextrous tennis prodigy, Teo Davidov.


If you are looking for ideas about which reality television programmes you should watch and like a bit of a love story then try this article from The Guardian about people who found love on dating shows.


This is a serious article about genocide. It's an interesting read providing an insight into how words evolve and about the importance of choosing the right word. Definitely worth reading.


Loneliness is something that affects many people but who does it affect the most - young people or the older generation? There isn't a definitive answer to this question in this thought-provoking article but it is something that we can discuss in conversation class.


My students know that I'm not a big follower of fashion but I am drawn to the idea of finding clothes that make the wearer feel confident. This is an issue touched upon (discussed) in this obituary of fashion designer Alber Elbaz.


Moving to architecture; you can read about the first 3D printed house here. I must admit to not really getting what 3D printing is all about so this article has helped me to comprehend just what can be done. Quite eye-opening indeed.


Finally, following our recent discussions about updating our CVs, here is some great advice about writing an effective LinkedIn profile.


As you all know, I get a lot of my articles from The Guardian. The articles are available for free but you can take out a subscription if you want to support journalism.


Bonus points for anyone who finds an article or podcast to discuss in class!


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