Some topics that I've proposed and books and films that I've read since early 2014. (There are bound to be a few spelling errors, etc. here.)
Economist: Obituary of Chinese revolutionary Jia Jinglong, Treasure Hunting with Forrest Fenn.
No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State. Film: Snowden. Docu: Citizenfour. Snowden on TED.
Grapes of Wrath - Film and book. Steinbeck.
Cell by Stephen King - film and book.
Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People
Economist: Trump: How it Happened. A couple of Trevor Noah and Stephen Colbert videos. Michael Moore's Trumpland.
Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future
Hitler: Ascent. WWI docu series The Great War.
All I want - Upper int graded reader.
proficiency - Freedom and democracy. Why democracy matters - TED.com
proficiency - Strange happenings, Ghosts, etc., The Lottery - Shirley Jackson. (Scary story for Halloween.) Economist: More on Brexit, Canada's example to the world with CETA free-trade agreement.
proficiency - Relationships - Trump's groping. Sexual Assault (in America). Docu: The Hunting Ground. VICE Doc: Burundanga - Scopolamine - World's Scariest Drug-
The Pearl - Steinbeck.
proficiency - Globalization and from Economist - Anti-globalists.
Sleep: Scary Health Effects Of Sleep Deprivation During The Teen Years, luke's guided sleep meditation....
Short Story - In the forest of Villefére by Robert E. Howard. Book of Horror Stories.
Trump Hilary debates.
Can we trust our own predictions? (The Future SA), Isaac Asimov's 1964 article Visit to the World's Fair of 2014.
Short Story: Uncle Fred Flits By - PG Wodehouse
Economist Adoption articles - The desire for children
advanced Travel. advanced holidays. Yes-Mag Dream tour. Economist: Politicians and Lying, Spanish politics. Self-Driving Cars - interesting points, proficiency Travel.
Sept. 2016 : advanced Intelligence, proficiency Clothes
Angels and Demon -- Dan Brown. (read 4 books)
Sports - Olympics 2016 - Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup. olympic sports SAMind 2016. Russia's Olympian drug habit.
Economist: Angola Prison rodeo; Forest Fires in U.S.
Short Story: Curious Case of Benjamin Button and film.
advanced News and views
Economist: Brexit aftermath.
Book: No One Would Listen - Bernie Maddoff.
Economist: Brexit or Bremain. Luke's podcast.
proficiency Changes, advanced Persuasion.
Nuclear War - Book: On The Beach. Alas Babylon. Bunkers. Survivalists.
Economist - The Bathroom Wars (transexual toilets), Facebook and politics (neo-cons complain to Mark Zuck)
More Tales of Shakespeare- Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Othello. And Yes-mag special.
Economist: Yellow Fever, Infectious diseases, Education in Finland.
Upper intermediate food and
Game of Thrones season 6.
Economist: Harriet Tubman, The Future of English.
Upper intermediate: Endangered Animals. Dogs and Oxytocin
Economist: Crow War Chief obituary, Intelligent maps, the music industry.
David Bowie - Luke's Podcast - 2 of them.
Economist: Business in America, Artifical Intelligence and Go, Team Spirit, Tesla's mass-market ambitions, Religion ethics and the workplace.
Last of Mohicans – comic and movie
Economist: Gogglebox, Financing divorces, Mexico open for business.
Upper intermediate: Books. proficiency: Reading. Upper intermediatebooks vocab.
The Revenant - Di Caprio - other films.Trump by Paul Krugman.
proficiency Consumer Society, Shopping, Advertising; Upper intermediate Business English - Advertising. Truth in digital advertising (SA).
Scientific American: Conquer yourself, conquer the world. Self-control, willpower, Let's get motivated. Am I normal? Distracted - Wired. advanced: Decisions.
The Willpower Instinct - How Self-Control Works. Upper intermediate Decisions.
Economist: Trump anti-christ. Apple's Encryption problem. Supreme Court Scalia. Trump, inc. Grexit of Companies from Greece.
Luke: Are you a good learner of English?
Upper intermediate: Hobbies, Living Life to the Full or Hobbies, proficiency: Happiness.
Upper intermediate: Crime. Fake Crime report Scott Johnson. Upper intermediate Questions.
Reading books in English - Luke's podcast.
Sherlock Abominable Bride. Book: Hound of Baskervilles. TMS - Detective Fiction - From Victorian Sleuths to the Present. The Maltese Falcon - Film. Humphrey Bogart documentary.
High price of oil.
Luke's English podcast - How to Learn English.
Star Wars The Force Awakens, Upper intermediate - Space.
(Around the world in 72 days article.) Round the World in Eighty Days (Penguin Readers (Graded Readers)) Jules Verne
advanced: Topic: Climate, Global warming, weather.
Documentary: Merchants of Doubt. Years of living dangerously - 9 episodes of environmental. Economist:
Global Warming Special Report.
Upper intermediate: environment, overpopulation, population.
Upper intermediate/advanced: Education, Further study.
Upper intermediate/advanced: Technology and inventions. Book: Inventions that Changed the World.
Explorers: Marco Polo, Ibn Batuta. Holiday logistics from Yes-mag.
Phantom of the Opera. Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Upper intermediate/advanced: Working life, jobs, work & business. Yes-Mag: Job interviews.
Economist: repair the damaged american democracy, how spain deals with migrants.
Monuments Men on art theft. Art Crimes against creativity, etc. BBC the art that hitler hated. Dustin Yellin artist Vanity Fair- Vanity Fair article.
All arts issue of yes-mag
Best songs and lyrics. Beatles documentary.
The Beatles Anthology Tune In.
Upper intermediate Music and Topic.
Volkswagen - emissions test defeat device scandal - how air pollution is killing us.
Book: The Body Graded reader. Film Stand By Me. Also, Stephen King and The Shining. Yes-Mag article.
Best way to learn English. d 3.
Book: Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.
Gangsters - prohibition.
Book: The Godfather.
Book: Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34.
Book: Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana - Medical, Recreational and Scientific.
Terminator franchise, 80s movies, Artificial intelligence.
Gay marriage law of the land. Bruce Caytlin Brenner. Transgender. Gender stereotypes.
Guns, Confederate flag, American Charleston Massacre, Once Again, Americans Debate Gun Violence:
Starbucks gun ban, Guns and Ammo documentary, An American gun magazine for kids, Rolling Stone gun-industry, more guns to save people,
More guns, bigger safes, Obituary - Mikhail Kalashnikov.
Dinosaurs. Jurassic World.
Upper intermediate/advanced: Family. Adoption, parenting.
Book: Business leaders graded reader - see above. Steve Jobs, Elon Musk.
Women in Business - Anita Roddick, Madonna, Oprah, Coco Chanel, Hanae Mori. Management Gurus.
Vanity Fair recording. The new establishment about "disrupters", etc..
Upper intermediate Sport, Vocab: sports and risk, gender issues. FIFA corruption..
Upper intermediate growing up. advanced language. Childhood. Age. Ageism.
Earthquakes, Upper intermediate: Natural disasters "Unexpected Events", Nepal earthquake. San Andreas film article.
Ted: 8 secrets of success. Why we do what we do: The puzzle of motivation.
The surprising science of happiness. The happy secret to better work.
Upper intermediate: Mixed emotions. Avengers Age of Ultron.
Melville - Moby Dick graded reader. Stress, relaxation, self-hypnosis.
Upper intermediate/advanced Celebrity Culture. Illegal immigration. Economist: Reforming Islam and Illegal Immigration. Book: Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Southern fried chicken. Apple sauce. Oatmeal/Banana/applesauce cookies.
Writing essays. Yes-mag: Free-speech debate. Economist: American Power, Jews, Europe's recovery, Obama's popular in South America, Hillary Clinton, Rand Paul.
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King.
War of Art - Steven Pressfield.
- advanced - Arts, Colour.
Tom Merritt's book - Citadel.
Charles Dickens. Great Expectations, Signal Man, To Be Read At Dusk.
Upper intermediate/advanced Travel. Hotel Vocabulary and an article about tourism in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Economist: Apple Watch, Vatican Museums.
Led Zeppelin book When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin and docu: It Might Get Loud.
Upper intermediate Computer games, internet - VR and mobile.
Steinbeck - East of Eden.
Upper intermediate and advanced lessons - Upper intermediate advanced - Fashion.
Writing neutral emails and messages. Practical English - Favours, making excuses, politeness, expressing thanks, asking for permission, being assertive, expressing concern
John F. Kennedy.
11/22/63 by Stephen King.
Cuba Bay of Pigs. Doc series: The Men Who Killed Kennedy.
Film: JFK 1991 (Kevin Costner). Doc series: The Sixties. Articles on assassination.
Wang Jianlin -
Business - Alibaba - largest companies in the world.
Charlie Hebdo and news vocabulary.
Women - yes mag articles: Book: America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines. When everything changed.
Emily Bronte - Wuthering Heights.
Holiday - Christmas
The Adventures of The Speckled Band, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The real-life sherlock holmes, Cumberbatch, how sherlock holmes changed the world,
Dr. Joseph Bell.
The Stolen Letter.
Neville - Sherlock Holmes mystery. The Murders in the Rue Morgue. Poe.
Business: bank, numbers, statistics, graphs, charts, globalization, homelessness, alternatives to money, free market for labour, financial inclusion, end of the american dream, understanding balance sheets.
Crime - Crime vocabulary and Economist articles on capital punishment, race relations, etc.
Bad TV programmes - yes-mag.
Penny Dreadful, Constantine. Halloween stories - The Unlucky Theatre, The Mezzotint (both level 5 from Stories of detection and mystery)
El Mexicano - About boxing - The Game. Sea Wolf - The Call of The Wild..
Also - I am Ali, Hurricane.
Poetry and metaphor.
Robin Williams, Dead Poets Society, Rolling Stone article.
Way with Words 3 Poetry by Prof. Drout. Robert Herrick.
Dylan (No Direction Home)
Bob Dylan Chronicles
Grammar - verb + to +infinitives and ing
Ebola and Pandemics
Expressing Anger - Taboo language.
Grammar Book - Taboo English, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue Fry's English Delight
Joseph Conrad - The Black Mate - Secret Agent.
Scotland Independence - Easier articles:
Scotland - self-determination, Things I find hard to do.
Difficult articles and videos:
Scotland For Richer or Poorer BBC Documentary,
Time For Scottish Independence?
A History of Scotland BBC documentary series.
Basketball (and sports) Easier
- Sports basketball,
Upper intermediate sports speaking,
- Banning basketball.
History of the English Language. Documentary series on same subject on Youtube.
History of English Language graded reader.
Books and films.
Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat
Docu: Sea the Truth
Food & Restaurant.
Electric cars, Google Car – connected cars.
Docu: Tesla Motors - The Future of Electric Cars http://youtu.be/i7J-tlrkVEE
Car Technology of the Future
Uber, Airbnb, Sharing Economy, Trust, Reputation, Age of context.
Age, aging. Docu: " Up" Series
Great Gatsby film and book
Lost Fleet Steadfast Jack Campbell.
Economist's Guide to the European Union
Docu: Legalize Democracy
Docu: After Democracy
Democracy and Europe
Gurtel articles, corruption in Spain, vocabulary for talking about politics.
The Glass Lake by Maeve Binchy narrated by Fionnula Flanagan .
In the Name of the Father
The Wind that Shakes the Barley
Docu: The Story of Ireland five parts on youtube
* Flash Boys – Michael Lewis.
Wolf of Wall Street
"60 Minute Interview"
Is the U.S. stock market rigged?
Drift - Rachel Maddow.
Harry Potter 7 – About the movies.
House of Cards.
DIY - Upper intermediate.
Bionics (prosthetic devices) Robocop, Elysium
Economist: Plagiarism in science, The disappearing
Robots - The Second Machine Age.
Scarlett Johansson, poss best female actresses
. Her – premieres
February 21 - Romance – Artificial Intelligence AI.
Ukraine and Russia.
Advertising, Upper intermediate.
Facebook, What’s Up and MobilePhone articles