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English Conversation – Books & Literature

Sunday, December 1, 2013 @ 11:12 PM
posted by Jo

This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about books, literature and reading. Literature is the art of written work and means “things made from letters”.  There are two main forms – fiction (text based on imagination) and non-fiction (text based on factual information).  A love of reading can reduce stress, encourage positive thinking and improve your creativity and imagination. Nowadays, going to a library to read or borrow a book has become a rare event because many people prefer to use the internet to find information or they download an ebook instead.

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How to Calculate your IELTS Band Score

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 08:02 AM
posted by Jo

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.

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Business English – Motivation

Saturday, December 22, 2012 @ 12:12 PM
posted by Jo

This is the preparation material for a Business English conversation lesson about motivation.  Motivation in business is about the ways a company can encourage staff to give their best.  Motivated staff care about the success of the business and work better.  Understanding what motivates individuals is important in the workplace. Research suggests that motivated employees are happier at work. They get more satisfaction from their work, are absent less often, tend to be more loyal and work with more enthusiasm.  read more

English Conversation – Making Decisions

Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 04:11 PM
posted by Jo

This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about making decisions. A decision is the selection between two or more possible choices.  Decision-making is a very important skill, both in the workplace and in our everyday lives. Some decisions are very easy to make, while others seem almost impossible. Some professional business trainers suggest a very clear process for making decisions. It can be helpful to follow these strategies. However, some people prefer to decide based on what feels right or wrong.  read more

English Conversation – Problems & Accidents

Thursday, November 15, 2012 @ 12:11 PM
posted by Jo

This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about problems and accidents experienced in the home, office or in everyday life.  There are many problems we can experience such as our car breaking down, our phone running out of battery, spilling a coffee, dropping something, burning our hand, losing our keys or forgetting an important document. Fortunately, we can avoid many of these situations but sometimes, when we are having a really bad day, we can experience all of these problems at once!  read more

English Conversation – Socialising

Thursday, October 4, 2012 @ 07:10 AM
posted by Jo

This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about Socialising.  Socialising is spending leisure time with other people and it enables an individual to learn important skills and habits for participating in his or her own society. There are many different ways to socialise, for example, going to a party, joining a club, playing team sports or doing volunteer work. Some people think that social networking online is a good way to socialise because you can communicate with others from all over the world. However, others believe that social networking causes people to lose the ability to communicate with other people in the ‘real’ situations of everyday life.   read more

English Conversation – Banking

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 @ 02:09 PM
posted by Jo

This is the preparation material for an english conversation lesson about banks and banking. A bank is a place where money can be saved or loaned out from. Someone's money can be placed in the bank for safe keeping. Or the bank can give out loans to people for an agreement to pay the bank back at a later time, usually with interest. The people who run a bank are called bankers. Banks also can use the money they have from deposits to invest in businesses in order to make more money. Many people are not happy with the banking industry at the moment.  They believe that the banks are greedy and do not care about their customers.   read more

Phrasal Verb – Crowd Around

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 @ 08:08 AM
posted by Jo

Crowd Around

The phrasal verb 'crowd around' describes when people surround someone or something, especially because they want to see what is happening.

People usually 'crowd around' when someone has been injured, if there is something interesting or exciting to see, or if they are trying to hear someone speak.

Here are some example sentences:

The children were crowding around the small mouse, trying to see whether it was still alive or not.

The followers crowded around their leader to hear him speak.

The noun 'crowd' is a group of people who have gathered together to do something.

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