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:
This is the second part of a two-part activity! The first part is available here. Continue reading
Read about how to read a scientific paper, and pick up ten new vocabulary items along the way. Test your new vocab using the flashcards on this page! 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
These days more women are entering technical professions but they are still far outnumbered by men. Computing scientist Talia Gershon believes this is partly due to unconscious biases. Watch the video and then reconstruct what Talia says. Continue reading
Simply reading and re-reading the things you need to remember for an exam may not be the best way to retain information. Match headings to more tried-and-tested methods of exam preparation! Continue reading
It looks as though people are soon going to be living longer lives thanks to advances in medicine and healthier lifestyles. Discuss the questions with a friend and decide whether you agree or disagree. Then match the ideas with their owners. Continue reading
Scientists fear that Antarctica is melting. But did you know that Antarctica was once warm enough to support forests, and that Dinosaurs lived there? Read and find out all about it, and at the same time try some IELTS reading summary completion! Continue reading