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Business English – Leadership

Thursday, January 3, 2013 @ 11:01 AM
posted by Jo

This is the preparation material for a Business English lesson about Leadership.  Leadership is organising a group of people to achieve a common goal. It is very important for businesses to be run by effective leaders. Good leaders motivate, encourage and inspire their staff to work to their best potential.  Leadership involves making decisions about many different things, but it is special compared to any other role because it has a unique responsibility for people.  Some believe that people are born to be either leaders or followers, while others believe that leadership is a skill we can learn. read more

English Conversation – Conflict

Friday, September 28, 2012 @ 02:09 PM
posted by Jo

This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about conflict.  The word conflict means ‘to come together for a battle’. A conflict is a struggle between people. The struggle may be physical or verbal. Conflicts can either be within one person, or they can involve several people or groups or even whole countries. Conflicts arise because there are needs, values or ideas that are seen to be different and there is difficulty finding a solution to the dispute.  read more

English Conversation – Manners and Etiquette

Thursday, September 27, 2012 @ 03:09 PM
posted by Jo

This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about manners and etiquette.  Etiquette is a code that rules how everyone is expected to behave, according to the social conventions and norms in society. Because they are a product of the society's culture and history, the rules of etiquette are very different from one place and social group to another. Many people believe that manners and etiquette have deteriorated over time and that people are not as polite as they used to be.  read more

English Conversation – Beauty

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 @ 03:08 PM
posted by Jo

Beauty

This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about beauty and physical attractiveness.

Beauty is a characteristic of a person, animal, place, object, or idea that provides a perceptual experience of pleasure or satisfaction.  Something is beautiful if it is nice to look at it, hear it, feel it, taste it, smell it or think about it. The characterization of a person as “beautiful” is often based on some combination of inner beauty, which includes psychological factors such as personality, intelligence, politeness, charisma, integrity and elegance, and outer beauty (i.e. physical attractiveness) which includes physical attributes.  Standards of beauty have changed over time, based on changing cultural values. Historically, paintings show a wide range of different standards for beauty. However, humans who are relatively young, with smooth skin, well-proportioned bodies, and regular features, have traditionally been considered the most beautiful throughout history.  read more

English Conversation – Royal Families

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 @ 07:07 PM
posted by Jo

Royal Families

This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about Monarchies and Royal Families.

A monarchy is a kind of government where a monarch, a kind of hereditary ruler is the head of state. Monarchs usually rule until they die or resign (when a monarch resigns it is called abdication). Most monarchies are hereditary, but some are elected. Some common titles for monarchs are King, Queen, Emperor, Empress, Czar, Kaiser, Shah, Emir and Sultan.  One of the most famous Monarchs is Queen Elizabeth II.

 

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English Conversation – Honesty & Lies

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 01:05 PM
posted by Jo

Honesty and Lies

This is an English preparation lesson about honesty, lies and deception.

Most people tell white lies, small untruths that help to save trouble or avoid upsetting someone. How often do we tell white lies? It depends in part on our age, education, and even where we live. According to one study, honesty increases as we get older. While most people use little white lies to make life easier, the majority of people care about honesty in both public and personal life. They believe that ‘honesty is the best policy’.

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English Conversation – Fears

Sunday, May 6, 2012 @ 05:05 PM
posted by Jo

Fear

This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about fear and being afraid. There are many different words we can use to describe the feeling of being afraid. In this lesson, you can learn nine of the most common adjectives that describe this feeling. You can also discover some of the phrasal verbs and idioms that we use to talk about fear. Finally, learn how to respond to some of the most frequently asked conversation questions on this topic.

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English Idiom of the Day – To Get Caught Red-Handed

Monday, April 2, 2012 @ 08:04 AM
posted by Jo

To Get Caught Red Handed

A person who is caught red-handed is discovered in the middle of committing a crime or doing something wrong. It is usually related to stealing but can also be used by a parent who finds their child eating their way through a box of chocolates.

Example: He tried to steal from the shop but he was caught red-handed.

Did you know...? This idiom originated in the 14th century when the act of killing another man's animal and selling the meat was a common crime. If a person was caught with the blood of a freshly killed animal on their hands this was considered proof of their guilt.

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