Readings for English B Themes

To boost your general knowledge, we have compiled a list of relevant articles and videos for each theme tested in English B! 

1. Identities

“How Social Media Shapes Our Identity”, The New Yorker
https://www.newyorker.com/books/under-review/how-social-media-shapes-our-identity  

“The Case for Embracing Linguistic Diversity”, Time Magazine
https://time.com/5607433/the-case-for-embracing-linguistic-identities/

“The Singlish Language Reflects the Power of My People”, Time Magazine
https://time.com/4441078/singlish-language/

“The Power of Language: How Words Shape People, Culture”, Stanford University
https://news.stanford.edu/2019/08/22/the-power-of-language-how-words-shape-people-culture/

“Redefining Gender at Work: How Companies Are Evolving”, Wharton School
https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/redefining-gender-at-work/

“Finding Your Voice: The Advantages of Using Nonverbal Communication in Persuasion”, Wharton School Interview

https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/nonverbal-communication-in-persuasion/

"The 10 Most Influential Subcultures of the Decade”, Highsniobiety
https://www.highsnobiety.com/p/ten-influential-subcultures-2010s/

“The Rise of the Millennial, and Why They’re Changing Work For The Better”, Forbes

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2018/11/08/the-rise-of-the-millennial-and-why-theyre-changing-work-for-the-better/?sh=2d86aa05e12e

“How Gen Z Is Bringing A Fresh Perspective To The World of Work”, Forbes
https://www.forbes.com/sites/ashleystahl/2021/05/04/how-gen-z-is-bringing-a-fresh-perspective-to-the-world-of-work/?sh=4ddae47210c2


“Harvard Professor Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are”, TedTalk
https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_may_shape_who_you_are?referrer=playlist-the_most_popular_talks_of_all

2. Experiences

“The Year Global Health Went Local”, Bill Gates Annual Letter
https://www.gatesnotes.com/2021-Annual-Letter

“What I Learned From A Teacher Of Refugees”, Bill Gates
https://www.gatesnotes.com/Education/Heroes-in-the-Field-Mandy-Manning

“5 Scientifically Proven Health Benefits of Traveling Abroad”, NBC News

https://www.nbcnews.com/better/wellness/5-scientifically-proven-health-benefits-traveling-abroad-n759631

“Why Exercise Is So Good For You”, Scientific American Podcast

https://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/why-exercise-is-so-good-for-you/

“Tan Le: My Immigration Story”, TedTalk

https://www.ted.com/talks/tan_le_my_immigration_story?language=en

“Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts”, TedTalk

https://www.ted.com/talks/susan_cain_the_power_of_introverts?referrer=playlist-the_most_popular_talks_of_all

“Angela Lee Duckworth: Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance”, TedTalk
https://www.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_grit_the_power_of_passion_and_perseverance?referrer=playlist-the_most_popular_talks_of_all

“Our Lives Are Changing, Again, And So Must Our Rituals That Give It Meaning”, CNN News

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/05/06/health/rituals-pandemic-kerner-wellness/index.html

“New Research: Rituals Make Us Value Things More”, Harvard Business Review
https://hbr.org/2013/12/new-research-rituals-make-us-value-things-more

“Kids Still Need Holiday Traditions - No Matter How Untraditional This Year Is”, National Geographic

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/family/article/kids-need-holiday-traditions-coronavirus

3. Human Ingenuity

“These Breakthroughs Will Make 2021 Better Than 2020”, Bill Gates
https://www.gatesnotes.com/About-Bill-Gates/Year-in-Review-2020

“Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2020”, Scientific American
https://www.scientificamerican.com/report/top-10-emerging-technologies-of-20202/

“The A to Z of How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing The World”, BBC News

https://www.bbc.com/future/gallery/20181115-a-guide-to-how-artificial-intelligence-is-changing-the-world

“Artificial Intelligence Is Changing The World, And Humankind Must Adapt”, Wired

https://www.wired.com/insights/2014/07/artificial-intelligence-changing-world-humankind-must-adapt/

“Sir Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity?”, TedTalk
https://www.ted.com/talks/sir_ken_robinson_do_schools_kill_creativity?referrer=playlist-the_most_popular_talks_of_all&language=en

“2020: The Year Human Ingenuity Prevailed”, Forbes
https://www.forbes.com/sites/neerajain/2021/12/28/2020-the-year-human-ingenuity-prevailed/?sh=4424c11f7b2a

“Is Art Still Relevant In The Time of Coronavirus Pandemic?”, The Straits Times
https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/arts/is-art-still-relevant-in-the-time-of-pandemic-ips-forum-discusses-this

“Are Art Workers Essential?”, The Straits Times, Opinion by Former Ambassador Tommy Koh

https://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/are-art-workers-non-essential

4. Social Organisation

“The Hidden Social Forces That Guide Your Decisions”, The Scientific American Interview with Wharton Professor Jonah Berger
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-hidden-social-forces-that-guide-your-decisions/

“Is Inequality Inevitable?”, Bill Gates Podcast
https://www.gatesnotes.com/Podcast/Is-inequality-inevitable

"We’re Finally Learning Why Countries Excel At Saving Lives”, Bill Gates
https://www.gatesnotes.com/Health/Exemplars-in-Global-Health

“Harvard Professor Robert Waldinger: What Makes A Good Life? Lessons From The Longest Study On Happiness”, TedTalk

https://www.ted.com/talks/robert_waldinger_what_makes_a_good_life_lessons_from_the_longest_study_on_happiness?referrer=playlist-the_most_popular_talks_of_all

“Is Singapore Truly Multicultural?”, TODAY
https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/singapore-truly-multicultural

“Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong: Singapore’s Approach To Diversity Has Created a Distinctive Identity Across Ethnic Groups”, The Straits Times

https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/singapolitics/pm-whether-chinese-malay-or-indian-a-singaporean-can-spot-a-fellow-citizen

“Can Education Fix Inequality In Singapore?”, Channel News Asia Commentary

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/can-education-fix-growing-inequality-in-singapore-10308796

“Gender Gap Will Take An Estimated 135 Years To Close After The Covid-19 Pandemic”, Time Magazine

https://time.com/5951101/global-gender-gap-135-years/?fbclid=IwAR1jziJE6vC4GYbC3ecrm5o1EjApkJNgTnn-8h25NWTZa9Oa8oYVyhwuUZY 

The United Nations Global Gender Gap Report 2021

https://www.weforum.org/reports/global-gender-gap-report-2021/digest

5. Sharing The Planet

“What You Can Do To Fight Climate Change”, Bill Gates
https://www.gatesnotes.com/Energy/What-you-can-do-to-fight-climate-change

“A Warmer World Will Hurt This Group More Than Any Other”, Bill Gates
https://www.gatesnotes.com/Energy/Helping-the-worlds-poorest-adapt-to-climate-change

“How The Race For Renewable Energy Is Reshaping Global Politics”, The Financial Times

https://www.ft.com/content/a37d0ddf-8fb1-4b47-9fba-7ebde29fc510

“Germany Could Be A Model For How We’ll Get Power In The Future”, National Geographic

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/article/germany-renewable-energy-revolution

“Nature Can Help Us Prepare For The Next Pandemic”, Scientific American
https://www.scientificamerican.com/video/nature-can-help-us-prepare-for-the-next-pandemic/

“Bill Gates: The Next Outbreak? We’re Not Ready”, TedTalk

https://www.ted.com/talks/bill_gates_the_next_outbreak_we_re_not_ready?language=en

“Governments Must Protect Those Who Help Torture Victims”, United Nations
https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/06/1094742

“A New Social Contract For A New Era”, United Nations, Transcript of Speech by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/a-new-social-contract-for-a-new-era/

“Will Coronavirus Reverse Globalization?”, BBC News

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-52104978