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Work-life balance refers to the balance between a person’s career and his or her personal life. Many people work longer hours and have fewer holidays and days off, in part because of globalization, outsourcing, and a loss of job security. As a result, employees have less time for personal interests, friends and family. Such an imbalance can lead to reduced productivity, depression and high levels of stress. Although the employee makes the choice to work longer hours, the corporate culture is also responsible. Companies should educate their workers on the importance of a healthy work-life balance.
This is the preparation material for a Business English topic about doing business online. Getting a business online can provide new opportunities and benefits. There are many different ways to do business online. Depending on the products and customers, some may plan to run their entire business online. Others may decide to provide just some services online. Customers will expect you to have a website where they can find information about the business, such as contact details and what products or services are offered.
This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about dreams. Dreams are images, thoughts, sounds and voices, experienced when we sleep. They may include people you know, people you’ve never met, places you’ve been, and places you’ve never even heard of. Sometimes they’re as simple as recalling events that happened earlier in the day. At other times they can be strange and mysterious. Some people believe that dreams give us special messages, others believe they reveal our fears and worries. Most scientists believe that dreams are a way for our brains to consolidate all the information we accumulate in our day-to-day lives. read more
This is the preparation material for a Business English topic about Ambition. Ambition is a desire for personal or professional achievement, usually requiring determination and hard work to achieve success. For some people, ambition gives them a purpose or a goal to strive for. Many people think that a life without ambition is an empty life, while others think that inner happiness can be found without an ambition to achieve a high level career or a high paying job. Ambition is not just a desire to achieve, but it also involves the action or method of getting to that desire.
This is the preparation material for a Business English conversation topic about communication. Good communication skills are essential to the success of any organisation or company. The internal culture and the external image of an organisation determine what is communicated, by whom, and at what level in the organisation. Good business communication practices help the organisation to achieve its objectives. If organisations are to survive in the rapidly changing world of technology and globalisation, they must continually change the way communication processes are delivered. For example, nowadays businesses use teleconferencing, video conferences and even social networking as part of their day-to-day communications.
This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about sleep. When we sleep well, we wake up feeling refreshed and ready for our daily activities. Sleep affects how we look, feel and perform on a daily basis. Most people like to get about 8 hours of sleep a night but for some people this is not so easy! Some people have insomnia and are unable to sleep even if they are very tired. Other people work or party too hard and so they do not give themselves proper rest. For every person and animal, sleep has a major impact on our overall quality of life.
This is the preparation material for a Business English Conversation topic about Innovation. Innovation is the development and implementation of ideas that lead to more value for whatever business you are in. This is accomplished through more effective products, processes, services, or technologies. Innovation is different from invention in that innovation refers to the use of a better idea or method, whereas invention refers more directly to the creation of the idea or method itself.
In the IELTS exam, you receive a score, which is called a ‘band’, for each section of the exam – listening, reading, writing and speaking. You also receive an overall band score, which is the average score of the four sections. The band system is on a scale from 1 to 9, with each band corresponding to a level of English competence. Band 1 indicates that you have virtually no English at all, while band 9 is considered to be a high level of proficiency. It is also possible to get a half score, for example, 7.5.