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ESL Debate – Child Performers

Monday, July 30, 2012 @ 06:07 AM
posted by Jo

Should young children be allowed to work in the performing arts or professional sports?


Child performers (actors, singers, figure-skaters, gymnasts etc.) often form an exception on the ban on child labour existing in most countries. Provided with on-set or on-pitch tutors they can train or perform for many hours each week on top of their schoolwork. For some this results in Olympic medals or multi-million dollar movies before they reach adulthood. Others are less lucky, gaining little success for their hard work and suffering physical or emotional damage that hampers their later life. There are many high profile cases of child actors, like Drew Barrymore who go off the rails with drink and drugs and equally high profile are the dancers, gymnasts and skaters who struggle with eating disorders. However, successful young football players like Wayne Rooney often attribute their prowess to training from an early age. Some say removing payment or limiting hours would provide a means to limit the pressure on child performers while others argue that only an outright ban can truly protect their rights.

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English Conversation – Youth & Old Age

Saturday, August 27, 2011 @ 01:08 PM
posted by Jo

Youth & Old Age

This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson on youth and old age. Listen to an audio discussion between a girl and her grandmother about the advantages and disadvantages of old age, learn some common collocations and idioms relating to age and ageing, and discover how to answer some of the most common conversation questions about this subject.

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