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ESL - 5 articles to spark conversation on social issues

From My English Kiosk - suggested readings for ESL/EFL conversation classes. Have the student read aloud and discuss. The articles on India and Rwanda can be cross-referenced, as can the articles on women, for max use.

These articles may be controversial. Consider the culture of your student.

Asian Century Institute - Britain’s shameful colonisation of India

In “An Era of Darkness”, Shashi Tharoor demolishes many myths harboured by a Britain which still wallows in “imperial nostalgia”, as John West reviews.

Rwanda: How the genocide happened - BBC News

In just three months, an estimated 800,000 people were massacred in the Rwandan genocide of 1994. BBC News Online examines the causes.

The History of the Rolling Suitcase Shows How Sexism Can Warp Economics

The Guardian's Katrine Marçal writes that rolling suitcases used to be seen as feminine, but that's just one example of systemic bias shaping markets.

We’re your colleagues—not your mothers

Gender stereotypes in the workplace pressure some women to take on maternal roles. The office “mothering effect” is an unfair burden that we must address, says this HR tech leader.

The female anchor who interviewed a Taliban official said he showed up at her studio uninvited, and she felt lucky to...

TOLO News' Beheshta Arghand was the first female TV host to conduct a live sit-down interview with a Taliban leader, but she's since fled Afghanistan.