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Below are the topics and idioms for tomorrow's speaking club.😊

Level 3:

Topic: History 

1. How does knowledge of history help us understand and shape the present?

   - Idiom: "History repeats itself."

     Definition: Events tend to occur in cycles or patterns, often repeating similar outcomes.


2. In what ways has history shaped cultural and societal norms today?

   - Idiom: "On the shoulders of giants."

     Definition: Building upon the achievements and lessons of those who came before.

3. How can understanding historical events impact public policy and decision-making?

   - Idiom: "Hindsight is 20/20."

     Definition: It's easy to understand or judge an event after it has happened, as opposed to predicting it.

4. What role does the preservation of historical sites play in promoting cultural heritage?

   - Idiom: "A blast from the past."

     Definition: A sudden reminder or encounter with something from the past.

5. How does knowledge of historical conflicts help prevent future wars?

   - Idiom: "Make a peace offering."

     Definition: Taking steps or actions to reconcile and promote peace between conflicting parties.

6. How does the study of history contribute to personal identity and a sense of belonging?

   - Idiom: "Roots run deep."

     Definition: The importance and influence of ancestral connections and history in shaping one's identity.

7. How has the understanding of history helped prevent the repetition of past mistakes?

   - Idiom: "Learn from history or be doomed to repeat it."

     Definition: The importance of learning lessons from the past to avoid making similar mistakes in the future.

8. In what ways has technology revolutionized the study and preservation of history?

   - Idiom: "Turning over a new leaf."

     Definition: Embarking on a new beginning or starting fresh, often in reference to embracing technological advancements.

9. Why is it important for societies to confront and acknowledge their historical mistakes or atrocities?

   - Idiom: "To sweep something under the rug."

     Definition: Ignoring or hiding something unpleasant or embarrassing.

10. How does a lack of understanding history contribute to cultural misunderstandings and conflicts?

    - Idiom: "Lost in translation."

      Definition: Miscommunication or confusion arising from differences in language, culture, or historical knowledge.

Topic: Parents and Children Issues

1. How has the role of parents changed over the generations?

   - Idiom: "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree."

     Definition: Children often inherit similar traits, behaviors, or qualities from their parents.

2. What are some common challenges faced by parents in raising children today?

   - Idiom: "Wear multiple hats."

     Definition: Juggling multiple responsibilities or roles simultaneously.

3. What are the pros and cons of strict parenting versus more relaxed parenting styles?

   - Idiom: "Spare the rod, spoil the child."

     Definition: Belief that without discipline and punishment, a child will be unsuitable for society.

4. How does the relationship between parents and children change as they grow older?

   - Idiom: "Cut the apron strings."

     Definition: Becoming independent from parental control or influence.

5. What are effective strategies for fostering healthy communication between parents and children?

   - Idiom: "Speak the same language."

     Definition: Having a shared understanding or effective communication method.

6. How do societal and cultural expectations impact parental decisions and child-rearing practices?

   - Idiom: "Keeping up with the Joneses."

     Definition: Feeling pressured to match the social or material status of one's neighbors or peers.

7. What are some ethical dilemmas parents may face when deciding what's best for their children?

   - Idiom: "Between a rock and a hard place."

     Definition: Being in a difficult situation where there are no easy or favorable options.

8. How can parents encourage and support their children's individuality while still maintaining boundaries?

   - Idiom: "March to the beat of your own drum."

     Definition: Choosing to be different or unique in one's actions or beliefs.

9. How does parental involvement impact a child's academic success and overall development?

   - Idiom: "Catch someone red-handed."

     Definition: Witnessing or catching someone in the act of doing something wrong.

10. What are some strategies for resolving conflicts between parents and teenagers?

    - Idiom: "Bridge the generation gap."

      Definition: Finding common ground or mutual understanding between people from different age groups.

Topic: Marriage

1. How have societal norms and expectations regarding marriage evolved over time?

   - Idiom: "Tying the knot."

     Definition: Getting married or entering into a committed partnership.

2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of arranged marriages versus love marriages?

   - Idiom: "Love is blind."

     Definition: Love can make people overlook flaws or shortcomings in their partners.

3. How has technology affected modern-day relationships and marriages?

   - Idiom: "Love at first sight."

     Definition: Falling in love instantly or having strong feelings upon first meeting someone.

4. What are some common challenges faced by married couples in the modern era?

   - Idiom: "The grass is greener on the other side."

     Definition: The belief that something different or better exists elsewhere, often in reference to dissatisfaction within a marriage.

5. How does the concept of gender roles impact modern marriages?

   - Idiom: "Wear the pants in the relationship."

     Definition: Being the dominant or decision-making partner in a relationship.

Topic: Importance of Practical Skills

1. What are some practical skills that are essential for everyday life and self-sufficiency?

   - Idiom: "Learn the ropes."

     Definition: Acquiring the necessary skills or knowledge to be able to navigate a certain situation or task.

2. How do practical skills contribute to personal development and overall well-being?

   - Idiom: "Knowledge is power."

     Definition: Having knowledge or skills empowers individuals and equips them to thrive in various situations.

3. In what ways do practical skills enhance career prospects and professional success?

   - Idiom: "Put your best foot forward."

     Definition: Presenting oneself in the best possible way or making a good impression.

4. Why is it important to teach practical skills to children and young adults?

   - Idiom: "Give someone a fish and you feed them for a day; teach someone how to fish and you feed them for a lifetime."

     Definition: It is more beneficial to teach someone a skill rather than just providing them with temporary assistance.

5. How do practical skills contribute to problem-solving and critical thinking abilities?

   - Idiom: "Think outside the box."

     Definition: Approaching a problem or situation in an innovative or unconventional way.

Level 2:

Topic 1: Practical Skills

• What practical skill do you find the most useful in your daily life? Idiom: "Practice makes perfect." Definition: Regularly doing something will improve your abilities. Example: If you want to get better at cooking, keep trying new recipes. Practice makes perfect!

• Have you ever learned a new practical skill, like fixing a bicycle or sewing? How did you feel about it? Idiom: "Learn the ropes." Definition: To learn the basic skills or procedures of something. Example: When I started my new job, it took some time to learn the ropes, but now I feel confident.

• Why do you think it's essential for people to have practical skills, such as gardening or basic carpentry? Idiom: "Jack of all trades, master of none." Definition: Someone who has some ability in many different things but is not an expert in any one of them. Example: He can fix a car and paint a house, but he's a jack of all trades, master of none.

• How can practical skills help someone in their career or profession? Idiom: "Put your skills to good use." Definition: To make use of your abilities effectively. Example: With his engineering background, he put his skills to good use and developed innovative solutions.

• Do you think practical skills should be taught in schools alongside academic subjects? Why or why not?Idiom: "Get the hang of something." Definition: To learn or understand how to do something. Example: After a few tries, I finally got the hang of playing the guitar.

• Share an experience where your practical skills helped you solve a problem or complete a task. Idiom: "In the nick of time." Definition: Just in time or at the last moment. Example: We finished the project in the nick of time before the deadline.

• Which practical skill do you wish you were better at and would like to improve? Idiom: "Step up your game." Definition: To improve your performance or skills in a particular area.Example: If you want to get a promotion, you'll need to step up your game at work.

• How can practical skills, such as cooking or DIY repairs, save you money in daily life? Idiom: "Penny-wise and pound-foolish." Definition: Being careful with small expenses while wasting money on larger, unnecessary things. Example: He's always saving money on little things, but then he buys an expensive car. Penny-wise and pound-foolish.

• Do you think learning practical skills can also improve a person's creativity? How so? Idiom: "Think outside the box." Definition: To think creatively, using innovative and unconventional approaches. Example: To solve this problem, we need to think outside the box and consider new solutions.

• Share a story about someone who used their practical skills to make a positive impact on their community. Idiom: "Actions speak louder than words." Definition: What someone does is more important and has a greater impact than what they say. Example: He always talked about helping others, but when he started volunteering at the local shelter, actions speak louder than words.

Topic 2: Robots

• What comes to mind when you hear the word "robot"? How do you feel about robots? Idiom: "The rise of the machines." Definition: A humorous or dramatic way to talk about the increasing influence of technology in society.Example: Some people worry about the rise of the machines, but others embrace technological advancements.

• Would you like to have a robot helper at home? Why or why not? Idiom: "A blessing in disguise." Definition: Something that seems unfortunate but actually has a positive outcome. Example: The robot vacuum cleaner breaking down turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as it led to a better model.

• How do you think robots will change our lives in the future? Idiom: "The sky's the limit." Definition: There is no limit to what can be achieved or how far someone can go. Example: With advancements in AI, the sky's the limit for what robots can do.

• Do you think robots can ever have emotions or consciousness like humans? Idiom: "The stuff dreams are made of." Definition: Something that is idealized or imagined but may not be possible. Example: Creating robots with emotions is still the stuff dreams are made of in the field of AI.

• What are some potential advantages and disadvantages of using robots in industries and daily life? Idiom: "Double-edged sword." Definition: Something that has both favorable and unfavorable consequences. Example: The internet is a double-edged sword, providing information but also exposing us to risks.

• Share a story or movie you've seen about robots. What did you learn from it? Idiom: "Food for thought." Definition: Something that makes you think seriously and consider different perspectives. Example: The movie about AI and robots was indeed food for thought, making us question the future.

• How can we ensure that robots are programmed to prioritize safety and ethics? Idiom: "Put something on the back burner." Definition: To postpone something temporarily. Example: We need to address the ethical concerns now instead of putting them on the back burner.

• Do you think robots can replace human jobs entirely in the future? Why or why not? Idiom: "The writing on the wall." Definition: A sign or indication that something is about to happen or change.Example: With the increasing use of robots in factories, the writing on the wall suggests some jobs might be at risk.

• Share an example of a famous robot character from a book, movie, or TV show. What makes them memorable? Idiom: "A household name." Definition: Something or someone that is very well known and recognized by most people. Example: R2-D2 from Star Wars is a household name, known and loved by fans worldwide.

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