Speaking – Useful Phrases

Speaking- useful phrases

Comparing and Contrasting
Comparing: Contrasting:
In the same way

Similarly 

Be similar to

Not only… but also

Likewise

Like

As…as…

More/less than

Both/ as well/ also/ too

On the one/ other hand

Instead of

Rather than

Unlike

In contrast to

As opposed to

But/ however

While/ whereas

Although/ though/ even though

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Paperman

Look at these pictures from the film.

What do you think that the film is about?

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Now watch the film.

 

Vocabulary

VERBS

try

go

fly

fall in love

meet

leave

make

NOUNS

love

woman

man

paper-plane

paper

job

boss

window

train

office

cooperation

work

ADJECTIVES

sad

alive

silent

late

angry

tall

determined

disappointed

bored

Role play the parts of the man and the woman.

Show what can happen after the last scene. 

Affirmative Action – Pros and Cons

Should affirmative action policies, which give preferential treatment based on minority status, be eliminated? 

Overview/Background

Affirmative action generally means giving preferential treatment to minorities in admission to universities or employment in government & businesses. The policies were originally developed to correct decades of discrimination and to give disadvantaged minorities a boost. The diversity of our current society as opposed to that of 50 years ago seem to indicate the programs have been a success. But now, many think the policies are no longer needed and that they lead to more problems than they solve.

One notable example is a case argued a few years back in the Supreme Court concerning admissions to the University of Michigan. The school had a policy of rating potential applicants on a point system. Being a minority student earned you more than twice as many points as achieving a perfect SAT score. Three white students sued citing this as raced-based discrimination. School officials said that diversity is desirable and affirmative action is the only way to achieve true diversity. Several other cases involving affirmative action have followed similar arguments.

The following sections explore the issue and show how things are much more complicated.  Continue reading