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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Conversation Plus: Debt and Stress

Get your students Talking About Debt
and how it can Cause Stress!

*Download QMI Agency Dept. Graphic: Stressed By Debt?
*Download Conversation worksheet by ESL  Made Easy

(see related ESL links for suggestions on using the worksheet with multi-level students)
*Watch episodes of Til Debt Do Us Part (A Canadian series)
Money is the number one cause of failed marriages. Rare is the couple that agrees on how the pot should be divided and the bills paid. Most families are in debt, and with debt come family arguments, tears, tantrums and marriages on the verge of divorce. To save families from the doldrums of debt, each episode of Til Debt Do Us Part follows financial wizard Gail Vaz-Oxlade as she helps families go from red to black by getting to the root of their destructive spending habits.

*Note: The Conversation Plus worksheet is designed for an intermediate/advanced class, but can be modified for high beginners using the suggested activities below.

With any conversation exercise worksheet, give your students time to complete some of the suggested activities and then take up the answers and discuss as a class. Your high beginners can listen and hopefully understand some of the new vocabulary words in this lesson. They might even have the confidence to participate!

Intermediate/Advanced: (With a partner or in a small group)
1. Discuss the warm-up questions with your partner or group. 
2. Using the infographic, work together on the vocabulary matching exercise.
3. Discuss questions 1-10.
Write out the answers to questions 8-10.

High Beginner: (With a partner or alone)
1. Think about the warm up questions and see if you understand them. Use the dictionary to help you with the words.
2. Find the vocabulary bank words in the left column in the infographic. Write out the definitions of the words using a dictionary. Make sure the correct definition is used so that it makes sense in how it is used in the infographic.
3. Try to find the answers in the infographic for questions 1-7.


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