How did you choose your university or college?

It's a hard decision for many students - choosing a university or college, not to mention a degree! What factors influenced your decision on where you wanted to study? For myself, it was a campus that was not in the middle of the city (I'm a little crowd-a-phobic), but still in my home city of Melbourne, one that had a lot of park-like open … [Read more...]

Historical events

Explain what happened in these important years in history. Why are these years important? Who was affected by the events in these years? 1095 1452 1492 1517 1789 1898 1945 1969 1989 2001 2002 … [Read more...]

Are you an expert?

Think of something you are really good at, or really interested in - perhaps a hobby, a skill, or even an area of knowledge. Imagine you have just met someone who is interested in learning more about it. Give an overview first (general introduction), then describe your hobby/skill/knowledge in detail. If you can find someone to ask you … [Read more...]

A feathered conversation

The Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagles are endangered, and live in the beautiful, temperate rainforest of the Tarkine in Tasmania, Australia. Their habitat is at risk of destruction from logging and open-cut mining. Eagles usually mate for life, and their young live with them as a family for 5-9 years, until they are mature enough to find a mate … [Read more...]

Unexpected, or not?

Find out something new about a family member. Quiz them on their dreams, Christmas plans, or past experiences. Ask a lot of questions about their studies, a recent holiday, or even what their daily routine is in detail. Find out where they want to visit in the future, what the next book they want to read. Hunt for something new - a … [Read more...]

Important news

What were the five most important news stories that have happened in the last five years? Why did you choose these stories? Why were they important to you? If you can remember, what were you doing at the time when the news broke? Ask a friend or family member the first question. Were their five stories the same as … [Read more...]

Telling stories

In your family who tells the best stories? What is your favourite family story? Write about or explain the story. Storytelling tense tips Use the past tense to describe actions that happened in the past, or past habits. Use the past continuous tense to describe the background, or a long action that was interrupted by an event in … [Read more...]

Misbehaving

Imagine a mother and her child. The child is misbehaving very badly. How does the mother try to get the child to behave, to do homework, eat dinner, go to sleep, and get up for school? Write or role-play the dialogue between the mother and the misbehaving child. Be as creative and crazy as you want! I love the jizo statues around Nikko … [Read more...]

In the old days

What did you used to do when you were younger, that you don't do now? What did you used to eat or drink? What hobbies did you used to have? How did you used to spend your time? Did you reach any goals that you used to have, or have they changed over time? Write about or explain how your life and interests used to be, and how they … [Read more...]

Old dreams

Wishes and dreams change over time. I have hundreds of wishes and dreams that I used to wish would come true. Sometimes life moved in incompatible ways, sometimes I grew out of the wishes and dreams. Some of my childhood wishes were impossible to begin with - like finding a world full of magic and talking animals at the back of my wardrobe. I … [Read more...]