Articles are useful homework assignments, which can then be turned into a speaking activity the following lesson.

In this post we have searched for interesting, funny, inspiring and poignant articles from around the internet, which should stand the test of time and provoke an interesting conversation.

As always, we would like to thank the contributors to #sharingmaterials on Slack for their additions to this post.


Adventure

National Geographic: How Alex Honnold made the ‘ultimate climb’ – without a rope

Link: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2019/02/alex-honnold-made-ultimate-climb-el-capitan-without-rope/#preparingEmail

On a November morning in 2016 climber Alex Honnold climbed the 2,307-metre granite face in Yosemite Valley known as El Capitan – without a rope. This is his story.

Outside Online: My Drowning (and other inconveniences)

Link: https://www.outsideonline.com/2237326/my-drowning-and-other-inconveniences

An adventure writer’s story of almost dying after being thrown from a raft in Grand Canyon’s Lava falls.


Technology and science

Wired: ‘I Forgot My PIN’: An Epic Tale of Losing $30,000 in Bitcoin

Link: https://www.wired.com/story/i-forgot-my-pin-an-epic-tale-of-losing-dollar30000-in-bitcoin/

How a tech journalist tries everything to recover a small fortune in Bitcoin.

Vox: Why I gave my kidney to a stranger — and why you should consider doing it too

Link: https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/4/11/12716978/kidney-donation-dylan-matthews

Would you give an organ to a stranger? Dylan Matthews explains his reasons why.

BLDGBlog: The Coming Amnesia

Link: http://www.bldgblog.com/2017/02/the-coming-amnesia/

A mind-blowing article about a point, in the very far future, at which all galaxies will be so far apart that they will no longer be visible from one another.


Business and work

Inc: Richard Branson to Young Entrepreneurs: ‘Just Do It’

Link: https://www.inc.com/oscar-raymundo/richard-branson-young-entrepeneurs.html

Advice from one veteran entrepreneur to the next generation.

Forbes: Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid

Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/cherylsnappconner/2013/11/18/mentally-strong-people-the-13-things-they-avoid/#5a7df8e13934

There is plenty of advice out there for what you should do to be successful, but how about exploring what you shouldn’t do?

Inc: 25 Tips for Perfecting Your E-mail Etiquette

Link: https://www.inc.com/guides/2010/06/email-etiquette.html

The things that no one tells you about writing work emails, that you really need to know.  

Forbes: Here’s why business leaders don’t want to support remote working

Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/benjaminlaker/2020/06/24/heres-why-leaders-dont-want-to-support-remote-working/#158f77eb1bbd

The argument for and against remote working in clear points.


3 Harvard Business Review Articles

Work advice and insights from the best thinkers and researchers in the field.

How to Disagree with Someone More Powerful than You

Link: https://hbr.org/2016/03/how-to-disagree-with-someone-more-powerful-than-you

How to nail a job interview remotely

Link: https://hbr.org/2020/06/how-to-nail-a-job-interview-remotely

Will the Pandemic Reshape Notions of Female Leadership?

Link: https://hbr.org/2020/06/will-the-pandemic-reshape-notions-of-female-leadership


History

Atlas Obscura: In 14th Century Florence, some residents socially distanced while others hit the bars

Link: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/did-people-social-distancing-during-bubonic-plague

So, what would you do when faced with a deadly plague? For some the answer was to spend time with their friends in the pub.

History Today: K Syndrome, the Disease that Saved

Link: https://www.historytoday.com/history-matters/k-syndrome-disease-saved

How an Italian hospital invented a disease to stop the occupying Nazis searching the wards for Jews, anti-fascists and partisans.


Language and Culture

GP Magazine: Why Netflix is the death of cinema – and the saviour of film

Link: https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/netflix-death-of-cinemas

How the streaming giant has changed the cinema industry for the worse and why films made for the small-screen are now better than the big-screen.

Behemoth, bully, thief: how the English language is taking over the planet

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/jul/27/english-language-global-dominance

An article charting the rise of English as the global language and what we can expect in the future.


World

Atlas Obscura: The strange saga of Kowloon Walled City

Link: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/kowloon-walled-city

Inside of Hong Kong there is a 1-mile square city which has become one of the most densely populated places on earth as it exists independently of Hong Kong and China.


Funny

The Guardian: Loo with a view: transparent public toilets installed in Tokyo parks

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/18/loo-with-a-view-transparent-public-toilets-installed-in-tokyo-parks

Worried about the cleanliness and safety of public toilets? No problem, Tokyo has solved that problem by making the cubicles transparent.

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