July 21, 2011 12:53 AM Subscribe
I live and work in China and, in addition to my regular job, help a fierociously intelligent nineteen-year-old girl with her English twice a week. I don't so much teach her as talk to her and attempt to develop her debating skills. Though not perfect, her English is very good so discussion is often deep with a tendency to take unpredictable twists and turns. We've taken to reading thoughtful articles together and then discussing the main points in addition to noting down any unfamiliar vocabulary. I'd be grateful if Hivemind could suggest some provocative, not overly academic articles that could serve this purpose. I'm running out of ideas.
posted by Zé Pequeno to human relations (15 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
A previous lesson where we discussed the now-famous Tiger Mothers article from the Wall Street Journal provided ample discussion for our two-hour meets. The article was, however, a little too long and, in some places, a little too complex. Something that, ideally, can be read by a non-native speaker in ten to fifteen minutes MAX would be great.