Research suggets that even when people are faced with strong evidence that challenges their beliefs, they are usually reluctant to change their minds. This can be relatively harmless, for example there are those who still believe that the Earth is flat. At the same time it can have catastrophic consequences, as for example in the US with Trump’s denial of climate change.
Before you read, discuss with a friend the following questions:
You will hear a researcher talking about the importance of ‘creative thinking’, both in the workplace and in our personal lives. Continue reading
This is the second part of a two-part activity! The first part is available here. Continue reading
IELTS Listening tests (Section 1) always feature ambiguous sounding numbers. Here’s a practice activity focusing on teens and tens! Continue reading
A social scientist believes that although being alone can make people feel lonely, it can also have some positive effects! Continue reading
You will hear a researcher talking about how studying the beds made by chimpanzees can help us to understand how modern humans evolved. Continue reading
You will hear a university professor talking about Artificial Intelligence and making predictions about how AI might make us smarter in the future. Continue reading
Scientists have discovered a link between food and sleep that may explain why we sleep either well or not so well. Complete the summary with reference to the text! Continue reading
At the time of writing, the UK Government has appointed a Minister of Loneliness. This is in response to a perceived increase in loneliness, thought by some to result in part from social media use. Match headings to the text below which looks at some of the myths surrounding loneliness.
Don’t be lonely! First discuss with a friend why you think people sometimes feel lonely. Continue reading
Do you find studying stressful? Match the headings and read tips about how to control stress as a student!
The text features the word stress 23 times. Indonesians should pay careful attention to the words surrounding stress, or words that ‘collocate‘ with stress. You might also want to take a look at this earlier post dealing with stress. Continue reading