Nomophobia (B1/ B2)


  • Look at the following cartoons. What do they have in common? 

  • How do you think your smatphone affects your life?
  • What are the pros and cons of using smartphones? Do you think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, or the other way about?
  • Do you feel like you have to keep checking your phone when you're out?
  • When you are out and your phone dies, what is your reaction?
  • How disruptive are smartphones to a young person's social life?
  • What is the biggest disadvatage of smartphones on society and social interaction?
  • What makes smartphones so addictive in your opinion?
  • Have you ever heard of the term "Nomophobia"? If so, share what you know about it with the class. 


  •  What exactly is nomophobia? Do any of the people in the video mention any of the ideas discussed above?
  • What can be done to overcome nomophobia?
  • Do you think you might be nomophobic? Take this quiz and find out!   


  1. Change                                                highly disruptive/ part and parcel of today’s life
  2. Coin                                                     instantly
  3. Be attached                                         the phone away
  4. Suffer                                                  with people
  5. Plan                                                    your phone 24/7
  6. Hinder                                                face-to-face communication
  7. Put                                                      from nomophobia
  8. Acknowledge                                     to your phone
  9. Fight the urge                                     your dependence
  10. Have a negative effect/ impact          drastically
  11. Do                                                      things on the spot
  12. Get feedback                                      to check your phone
  13. Check                                                a term
  14. Be                                                      research
  15. Interact                                              on relationships 

  • How do the collocations above refer to the ideas expressed in the video?


In what ways have smartphones affected our lives? Has this been a positive or negative development?" (Write your essay 140-190 words)


  • Access to information
  • Relationships
  • ____________ (Your own idea)


How Music Saved Venezuela's Children (B2/C1)

Before you watch

Look at the photos above and discuss the questions.

  • Do you play any musical instrument? How long have you played it for?
  • How did you start playing it?
  • What are the advantages of teaching children to play musical instruments? Are there any disadvantages?
  • What is the best age to learn an instrument?
  • Have you ever heard about the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra? If so, what do you know about it?

Reading & speaking

Cut these slips of papers on the different benefits of learning music and give out one to each student. They should read it and try to memorize the main idea.  Play a song and let them move around the class sharing what they've read with their classmates. Then, ask them to go back to their seats and take turn to say what benefits they remember.


Look at the mindmap below. What information do you expect to learn from the video?


A. Watch and make connections with the images and information in the mindmap. Then, share your findings with the class.


Focus on Language

Match up and provide examples related to the video

Group 1

Be made up                      AS one of the most exciting conductors in the world
Be credited                       AT everything
Live IN/ Fight                  a scheme
Keep kids                         IN CHARGE
Have a big effect              poverty
Be acclaimed                   WITH transforming the lives of a generation
Set                                    OFF the street/ AWAY from drugs & gangs
Turn the community        INTO artists
Get better                         OF kids from shantytown
BE                                    ON somebody

Group 2

An ambitious                   setting
Excluded                          results
An unlikely                      music
Amazing                           children
Classical                           scheme

Now, write a short summary of the video, using the collocations above.