As I’ve told you guys before, I’m going to go over every individual category in the Wheel of Life over the course of this month until Christmas. Today, I’m beginning with Romantic Relationships because it’s the easiest category. I must say that I made a number of mistakes at the beginning of the year. To … Read more Wheel of Life | Year In Review | Romantic Relationships | 2
What a journey. April and May were significant hits and some of the most worrying times of my life. Thai officials threatening to ban me from the country because “I didn’t have a visa, and a lot of other things that culminated in regards to a Singaporean trip and work-related stress, such as lack of … Read more Wheel of Life: June 2019 Edition – Back on my Feet
Perhaps the storm of the century? After being stopped, for whatever reason it may have been (of course — it’s Thailand) at immigration, it threw my life into a whirlwind. I was scrambling to set up what should’ve been done last year. If it had fallen through, my time in Thailand would’ve been up. With … Read more Wheel of Life: May 2019 Edition – Weathering the STORM
Being from America, the country that has the most constipated citizens in the world (close to 60 million of the population), I seriously through rice was good for digestive health. When I first started living in Thailand, my diet was absolutely horrid — consistent of fizzy drinks, 7-11 food, and constant KFC. I was afraid … Read more High Fiber Foods & Why White Rice Doesn’t Work
Welcome back to the final installment with my wonderful student, and in this episode, you’re going to hear me implement structure in her talk. See, the problem with a lot of students is if they fail to use any kind of structure, they end up giving a baseless thesis with sporadic examples that don’t contribute or flow. That’s surely detrimental to your score.
Early access (general patreon badge = $5) is now available on my Patreon! If you’re learning TOEFL iTP, this is going to be a two-part series (free to the public over two weeks but now available on Patreon if you subscribe to my badge), as well as exercise (exclusive to Patreon only) for you guys to practice! Link down below!
After so many years of being on this planet, I’ve finally met my first ever student from Tibet, the autonomous region of China. This 20-year-old girl had moved to India, learned for several years, and moved back to Nepal where she’s preparing her IELTS test to go overseas. I’ve had the special privilege of coaching her, so I know this will inspire a lot of people. Here we go!
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Welcome back to a full listening Part A test (number two) from the Longman book. I’ve done test #4 and the plays have been ASTOUNDING, thanks for Indonesia and my folks in Jakarta. So, here’s another one for you guys!
Key words: why class move, couldn’t get in,
they were in the regular room.
the key was misplaced
he’s taking a different class
he has the key to the classroom
2. Have book? no, returned it to Jim
she will lend it to the man
she never lent the book to Jim
Jim wants to borrow the book
Jim has the book
3. writing checks? yes, I’ve written ____ and ____ and i still need to write _____.
talking to the landlord
turning the lights off
looking for an apartment
4. should we leave now? Not time for class.
she has no time to go to class
they are already late for class
it’s too early to go to class
she has to be on time for class
5. class difficult? not difficult, time consuming
he is resuming his duties one more time
he is assuming the class is difficult
the class is terrible all the time
the class takes a lot of time
6. dorm rooms new paint, I’ll say
she needs a new coat
she likes the paint in the dorm rooms
she has the same opinion as the man
she left her coat in the dorm room
7. ready? couple of minutes, math problems first
he needs to complete the math assignment first
He’ll be ready in a couple of hours
he is going to history class now
he was ready a few minutes ago
8. file folders? No, they were moved.
she’s sorry she moved them.
She really knows where they are
they haven’t been moved
someone else moved them
9. difficult problem, not unrepairable
a solution is not apparent
the problem can be fixed
there is really a pair of problems
the problem is difficult to solve
10. hope no quiz, we won’t, professors doesn’t give
the professor gives quizzes regularly
the woman is really quite prepared
it is unusual for this professor to give quizzes
he doesn’t think there’s a class today
11. look at problem? impossible to comprehend
she could not comprehend the chemistry lecture
she has not had time to look at the assignment
it was possible for her to complete the problem
she could not understand the problem
12. pay fee? Not as far as I know.
he doesn’t know how far away the exhibit is.
he’s uncertain about the fee.
the exhibit is not very far away
he’s sure the exhibit is free
13. can’t take, wait to take it next semester
not taking it at all
taking it along with chemistry
taking it later
taking it instead of chemistry
15. expecting gift? Couldn’t have surprised her more
nothing could surprise her
the gift really astonished her
she couldn’t have gotten more gifts
she was expecting the gift
she’s wearing a new dress
she’s ready to study for hours
she has studied about the war for hours
he’s really tall
he’s the best
he’s got a good head on his shoulders
he always uses his head
He’s already talked to the professor about the assignment
there is no assignment for tomorrow
He’s not sure what the professor will talk about
The professor discussed the assignment only briefly
he went to it
he knew about it
he didn’t know about it
he gave it
it’s hard to lock the room
the cloak was delivered on time
someone struck the crockery and broke it
it is now midday
that she wouldn’t take the trip
that she would go to the beach
that she really liked the beach
that she would take a break from her studies
they were disappointed
they didn’t get any gifts
they were unexcited
they were really pleased
she believes she can succeed
she’s decided to pull out of it
she wants to put off the speech for a while
she thinks the speech is too long
she’d like to offer the man a scholarship
the documents were returned to her with a signature
Welcome back! Today we’re going to listen to a debate about proactive and yielding methods of dealing with conflict. There are also some techniques in regards to listening to confirm predictions and anticipating information to come. This is great for IELTS students. So, let’s go over some methods.
What methods do people use to deal with conflict? Make a list.
Which methods confront conflict and which attempt to prevent it?
Read the list of methods for managing conflict. Predict which may be suggested by a proactive style, and which by a yielding style. You will have to listen to the podcast down below to do the exercise.
__ Offer positive reasons for the other side to change their position.
__ Make the effort to understand your opponents’ viewpoint.
__ Cooperate with your opponents by doing some, but not all, of what they want.
__ Do what the other side wants you to do in order to maintain a good relationship.
__ Avoid situations in which the stronger side is able to dominate.
__ Do nothing and wait for the situation to resolve itself.
Skillful listeners use all the available information to predict information the speaker will give. Anticipating in this way supports the listeners: as the speaker continues, the listeners confirm their predictions and/or identify new themes in the communication.
Read through the information available about the lecture or discussion, e.g., handouts, notes, etc.
Review titles and visuals and consider their connection to the topic.
Anticipate missing information, e.g.:
What kind of information is missing?
What has the speaker not discussed yet?
What stage of the argument is missing?
Proactive Conflict Managements
Yielding Conflict Management
Speaker 1 Cooperative methods are 1__________ Results are 2_________ Provides a positive 3_________ for those involved Difficult due to high levels of 4___________ May require training and 5___________
Speaker 4 It is irresponsible to …… 11 ____________ Positive rewards….. 12___________
Speaker 2 Conflict situations often __________6 if we just wait Loss of face in a conflict situation can damage 7________
Speaker 3 The proactive style ……. 8__________ In reality, in most relationships one side 9__________ Stronger sides …….. 10 __________
Welcome back to another live coaching, everyone! Whether you’re reading this particular blog before tomorrow’s live or at the time of the live….I’m grateful to be bringing you a number of different segments today.
So, I want to make a quick point of order. Today we’ll be going over complex vocabulary terms, driving, transportation in different countries, etc. In next week’s live, we’ll be talking about why we go on holiday and I’m hoping to bring on a student for the live episode.
The Patreon special, which I’ve mentioned before (link down below), will be about listening, how to describe a country you would like to visit and a place you’ve been on holiday. You will hear a student explain Malaysia, along with some pronunciation cues. Exam listening will be the follow-up on Patreon, too, so if you’re not already on my Patreon, I suggest you reach out to me ASAP!
How many different forms of transport can you see in the photo?
2. Which form of transport do you most often use on a daily basis?
3. Which form of transport is th emost popular in your town/city?
4. Which of these forms of transport has the most benefits?
Complete the sentences with the words in the box.
breakdown collision congestion overtake cycle lanes overtake park and ride pedestrian crossings rush hour subsidized traffic calming measures
Parking in the city is a nightmare but the local council is planning to introduce a ________ scheme next year.
My city has recently introduced special _______ for us which makes the journey so much quicker as we don’t have to worry about cars or pedestrians.
It can be quite difficult and dangerous as there are no _______ and it’s a very busy road.
Last month I had a _______ on that busy roundabout. I had to call someone out to recover my vehicle.
Car drivers can be so selfish; they always try to _______ and rarely give you enough room — I was knocked off once!
I find it very frustrating when there’s a lot of ______ I can get quite impatient.
The downside is it can get very crowded during the _____ and it’s difficult to get a seat.
It’s quick and reliable and because Io’m a student I get a _________ fare.
It can be quite dangerous as so many cars speed on the main road; they need to introduce some _________.