miércoles, 30 de diciembre de 2015

ISE II CONVERSATION 1: SOCIETY AND LIVING STANDARDS

SOCIETY AND LIVING STANDARDS


First of all, you must learn some more advanced vocabulary related to the conversation topics for ISE II. Click here to have access to a list of useful expressions for words related to society, politics and economy.



VIDEOS ABOUT THE STANDARDS OF LIVING








LESSON PLANNED BY OUR ASSISTANT NIKKI

If you were setting out to make a country rich, what kind of mindsets and ideas would be most likely to achieve your goals? Watch this video about “Richland” and look into the psychology of its inhabitants…


QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION AND DEBATE

  1. According to the video, what are the main components of making a country rich? 
  2. What is your opinion about Richland? 
  3. What would you change about Richland that could make it better? 
  4. Which facet of this lifestyle do you agree with, if any? 
  5. Do you think that most countries have at least one of the traits explained in Richland society? 

MORE QUESTIONS TO DISCUSS FROM esldiscussions.com

  1. What comes to mind when you hear the term ‘standard of living’?
  2. What’s your standard of living like?
  3. Has your standard of living gone up or down over the years?
  4. What is the standard of living like in your country compared to its neighbours?
  5. Do you think standard of living is more important than quality of life?
  6. Bhutan measures Gross Domestic Happiness, pretty much all other countries measure standard of living. Which is best?
  7. What do we measure to find the standard of living?
  8. Would you include issues like the climate and crime in measuring the standard of living?
  9. What do you think your standard of living will be like when you retire?
  10. Do you think the standard of living is a cultural or economic measurement?
  11. How do countries increase the standard of living for citizens?
  12. Is it possible for all countries to enjoy the same standard of living?
  13. Why don’t countries copy the economic policies of the countries with the highest standard of living?
  14. Would you like to move to the country with the highest standard of living?
  15. Is the standard of living related to the cost of living?
  16. Do you think your town has a high standard of living?
  17. Is the standard of living or the standard of loving most important?
  18. What part does the Internet play in the standard of living?
  19. Could you cope with the standard of living in the developing world?
  20. An Indian spiritual leader said: "It is not the standard of living that is important, but the manner of living." Do you agree?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FROM teflpedia

   1. Which of the following items do you consider are key factors in measuring a country's standard of living? Discuss:
  • Salary/wages
  • Access to health care (private/public)
  • Social services
  • Poverty rate
  • Life expectancy
  • Transport (private/public)
  • Access to education (private/public)
  • Literacy rates
  • Taxes (direct/indirect)
  • Public services: police, fire brigades, civil protection, etc.
  • Civil rights
  • Human rights
  • National levels of corruption
  • Employment (working hours, flexibility, paid holidays, etc.)
  • Research & Development
  • Culture
  • Housing
  • Political (form of government, etc.)
  • Political and religious freedom
  • Economics (inflation rate, GDP)
  • Infrastucture (road/railway networks, airports, etc.)
  • Environmental quality/climate
  • Others (which?)
  2. Which of the above items do you think could be improved in your country?
  3. Has your standard of living changed over the years? For the better/worse?
  4. In what ways?
  5. Has it been due to a change in your own, personal standard of living or has there been a nationwide change?


Read this article about the meaning and factors of standard of living and answer these questions:
  1. Give a definition for the term standard of living.
  2. What is the distinction between standard of living and standard of life?
  3. According to the article, which are the main factors determining the standard of living in a country?
  4. What are the main factors determining the standard of living in an individual or a family?
  5. What are the causes of low standard of living in India?
  6. What are the measures adopted?

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