Does Money Equal Happiness?

If I had a million dollars, I’d be happy. Or would I?

Are you tired of using The Bare Naked Ladies’ song “If I had a Million Dollars” to practise conditionals? What about reading or summarizing a few parts of this CNN article: Winning the lottery: Does it guarantee happiness? Use of the conditionals will surely emerge in your discussion. Here are some questions to get your students talking:

1. What does “big money comes with big costs” mean?
2. What do you think the documentary “Curse of the Lottery” is about? (You can even invite them to do some research.)
3. What surprises you about how Lee McDaniel used her lottery winnings. What would you do differently if you were her?
4. What does “be a giver not a lender” mean?
5. Why do you think earning $75, 000/year is the “happiness” marker?

While our Something to Talk About suggestions are useful for getting your students involved in a group or pair discussion, the topics, articles, and videos can also be used if you are looking for something for your students to blog/Skype/or write an opinion essay about.

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  1. ESL Library Staff says:

    May 12, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Great! Thanks for sharing Sandra. I must experiment with Voki again. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Sandra Rogers says:

    May 12, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Hi Tara,

    Teachers can also use my lesson on unreal conditions with Vokis on my PLE. Here’s my blog article with the details:


    Sandra Rogers

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