Wednesday, 21 November 2012

The drivers' market - "A car is a potentially lethal weapon"

According to The Telegraph, Young drivers face a ban on carrying anyone other than family members as passengers under proposals being considered by the Government to cut the number of road accidents involving teenagers.

According to the Association of British Insurers, which submitted the proposals to the Department for Transport, one in eight drivers is under 25, but they account for one third of the number of people who die on the country’s roads. It estimates that an 18-year old driver is three times more likely to be involved in a crash than a motorist 30 years older.

In 2011, drivers between 17 and 19 were involved in 12,000 crashes of which more than half resulted in serious or fatal injuries. “I read regular reports where three or four young people have been killed in a car and it’s a new driver and you wonder what happened,” Mr McLoughlin said. Naimo Jones, 19, was jailed for six months after killing her best friend in a car crash in Blackpool. The court heard she was showing off when she lost control of her Vauxhall Corsa as it hurtled into a blind left-hand bend.

"We know from research that young drivers are far more likely to crash when they have passengers of their age in the car. Placing this restriction makes sense."

1. Do you agree with the suggestions being made?
2. What are your own suggestions in order to combat failure in the driving market?

3. Would you like to drive a car whose speed can be controlled by your parents? Read the news below:

Parents will be able to control how fast their children drive thanks to technology being fitted on Britain’s top selling car, the Ford Fiesta. Read the article here


Many people in our country and abroad face a tough battle to find a job. Watch this BBC News example about a man who's been jobless for 10 years. 1. Why did he lose his job? What are some other reasons people you know have lost their own? Give an example. Then watch the video below and answer the question: What does it take to create a job?

Monday, 19 November 2012


Are women discriminated against in the workplace? Express your opinion and exemplify.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Consumer behaviour

Some of the following questions regarding consumer behaviour were drawn from several sources including Robert Frank's book "The Economic Naturalist" and Tutor2u Business blog

Consumer Behaviour
1. What determines how much people tip? Who should get tips and who should not?
2. Usually found in convenience stores, why are some ATMs paid-for cash machines and others are free to use?
3. Theatres, cinemas and sports stadiums rarely charge to use public toilets but many of the larger railway stations in cities do – why?
4. When a printer can be bought relatively cheaply, why is the ink so expensive?
5. Explain this "Was £7.99, now £3.99." Why is this a common pricing tactic?
6. Why do many computer manufacturers offer free software whose market value exceeds the price of the computer itself?
7. Why do many photo processing stores give you a second set of prints for free?
8. Why does Transport for London charge way more for a tube or bus journey if you buy a paper ticket than it does if you use an Oyster card?
9. WiFi use is often free in budget hotels but charged at a high price in luxury hotels – why?
10. Why do most UK cinemas choose open seating whereas theatres and sports stadia usually use reserved seating?
11. Why do women’s clothes usually button from the left while men’s clothes button from the right?
12. Why does a light come on when you open the refrigerator but not when you open the freezer compartment?

Looking forward to your opinions.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Doing business in...... with The Economist

Listen to the following podcast about Doing business in Moscow. Try to bear in mind specific details as we will be discussing in class about it. Now pick up at least one aspect in the presentation and compare and contrast it with our country. What similarities and differences can you find?

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Vocabulary check - for second year students

I have created a bonus exercise for you to check the last lesson's vocabulary. Can you try it without peeking into your course-book? Click here

Our next grammar point is If clauses. For this you can either speak or write on one of the slides "If.... would" in the VoiceThread below (11 answers all in all)
Likewise, you may want to see the 5th April 2011 post: If I had a million dollars.... what would you do?

Tuesday, 6 November 2012


Read the following three success stories. To continue on the next page, just click on the edge of the page:
Such success stories can be eye-openers for people intending to start their own business. What have YOU learnt from these stories? Write a few lines. What other success story do you know? Can you share it?

Monday, 5 November 2012


It's time for you to find a YouTube advertising clip that has something sensible to say. In not more than 50 words re-express that message in writing. Finally, share with us the link. The ad below is my message to you all: For 2nd year students who have already learned something about advertising: What are the techniques/approaches that make the following commercials memorable? Explain
Find more videos like this on EFL CLASSROOM 2.0

And this is a BONUS QUIZ to help you prepare the advertising vocabulary for the exam:

Advertising quiz on PhotoPeach