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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  

“The Case for Embracing Linguistic Diversity”, Time Magazine

“The Singlish Language Reflects the Power of My People”, Time Magazine

“The Power of Language: How Words Shape People, Culture”, Stanford University

“Redefining Gender at Work: How Companies Are Evolving”, Wharton School

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

"The 10 Most Influential Subcultures of the Decade”, Highsniobiety

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

“How Gen Z Is Bringing A Fresh Perspective To The World of Work”, Forbes

“Harvard Professor Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are”, TedTalk

2. Experiences

“The Year Global Health Went Local”, Bill Gates Annual Letter

“What I Learned From A Teacher Of Refugees”, Bill Gates

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

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

“Tan Le: My Immigration Story”, TedTalk

“Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts”, TedTalk

“Angela Lee Duckworth: Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance”, TedTalk

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

“New Research: Rituals Make Us Value Things More”, Harvard Business Review

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

3. Human Ingenuity

“These Breakthroughs Will Make 2021 Better Than 2020”, Bill Gates

“Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2020”, Scientific American

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

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

“Sir Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity?”, TedTalk

“2020: The Year Human Ingenuity Prevailed”, Forbes

“Is Art Still Relevant In The Time of Coronavirus Pandemic?”, The Straits Times

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

4. Social Organisation

“The Hidden Social Forces That Guide Your Decisions”, The Scientific American Interview with Wharton Professor Jonah Berger

“Is Inequality Inevitable?”, Bill Gates Podcast

"We’re Finally Learning Why Countries Excel At Saving Lives”, Bill Gates

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

“Is Singapore Truly Multicultural?”, TODAY

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

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

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

The United Nations Global Gender Gap Report 2021

5. Sharing The Planet

“What You Can Do To Fight Climate Change”, Bill Gates

“A Warmer World Will Hurt This Group More Than Any Other”, Bill Gates

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

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

“Nature Can Help Us Prepare For The Next Pandemic”, Scientific American

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

“Governments Must Protect Those Who Help Torture Victims”, United Nations

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

“Will Coronavirus Reverse Globalization?”, BBC News

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