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English Conversation – Stereotypes

Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 11:07 AM
posted by Jo

This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about stereotypes.  A stereotype is an over generalized belief about a particular group of people.  There are many kinds of stereotypes but the most common ones are those to do with nationality, religion, age and gender.  Using stereotypes is a way to simplify our social world and they can help us to respond quickly to situations because we may have had a similar experience before. But one disadvantage is that it makes us ignore differences between individuals and we may judge a person without even knowing anything about them.

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English Conversation – Superstitions

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 @ 02:07 AM
posted by Jo

This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about superstitions.  Superstitions are irrational or unscientific beliefs about things that happen in daily life.  They cause us to act in strange ways or believe in unusual things. They have existed for thousands of years and even though many superstitions might seem silly to us today, they continue to influence our behaviour.  Superstitions vary from country to country and are usually related to things that are thought to bring us either good luck or bad luck.

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English Conversation – Body Language

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 @ 06:07 AM
posted by Jo

This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about Body Language.  Body language is a form of non-verbal communication used between animals and humans and consists of postures, gestures, facial expressions, and eye movements.  Body language can tell us about the attitude or state of mind of a person. For example, it may indicate anger, depression, pleasure, confidence or nervousness.   Learning about body language is helpful in relationships, business, in family settings and parenting.  Although it is non-verbal, it can reveal a lot about your feelings and meaning to others and also how other others reveal their feelings toward you.  read more

English Conversation – Stress

Saturday, June 29, 2013 @ 12:06 PM
posted by Jo

 

Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure and makes us feel unable to cope with something.  Many things can cause stress, particularly work, relationships and financial problems. Stress can affect how we think, feel, and behave, and can even affect our health. Common signs of stress include sleeping problems, loss of appetite and having difficulty concentrating. Luckily, there are many things we can do to help relieve stress, such as getting exercise, talking with friends, starting a new hobby, or owning a pet.

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Business English – Work-Life Balance

Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 12:04 PM
posted by Jo

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.

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Business English – Doing Business Online

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 @ 10:03 AM
posted by Jo

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.

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English Conversation – Dreams

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 @ 10:03 AM
posted by Jo

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

Business English – Ambition

Monday, March 4, 2013 @ 01:03 PM
posted by Jo

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.

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