Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 160 | Speaking Model | Past Modals in Conditionals, Catenation and Elision

You are going to learn about using past modals in conditionals when you speak, catenation, and elision, and preparing and asking questions.

  1. What changes are being discussed?
  2. Why does the management want them?
  3. Who is running the discussion: a lecturer, a member of the management team, or a student?

As you know, the college is proposing some major changes in the coming year. We’re here today to discuss one of these — that is, changes to the courses offered by the college. The college has always offered the more traditional courses in language, business, and math. However, the thinking now is to move to more up-to-date, 21st century courses. You’ve all read the information about these changes, so let’s start the ball rolling.. First question, please.

I have one — a fairly basic one…What exactly is the college planning to change?

Well, the idea is to offer courses that will appeal to employers and students alike. And remember, students are changing…..you and I are already “old.” To plan for future changes, we need to consider our younger brothers and sisters. What will they want to study? What jobs will they do in the future? The college has done that before. Just think, we would never have had our amazing technology courses if the college had focused on the present and the past. But we need to remember, change, by definition, never stops. these courses are already outdated.

So, can you give us some examples of specific courses the college wants to offer?

At this early stage, there is no list. The management wants to go through a period of consultation, with each party involved sharing their thoughts in an open and positive way. So these “parties” are obviously us, the students, but also the lecturers, the local employers, and even schools and, as I mentioned, the younger generation. However, the management doesn’t want to restrict the discussion by always being involved. They learned that lesson from the discussions about changing college schedules. They acknowledge they shouldn’t have tried to control the agenda. The whole process would have been a lot more positive if they had allowed student-centered discussion groups. But anyways….that’s history now.

Why does the management think these changes are necessary now? Couldn’t they wait until next year…the year after?

If education hadn’t changed over the past few thousand years, we would still be counting with stones now. We have to move with the times. and those times are now.

When do you see the first of these courses being offered?

Well, off the record, I think it won’t be until….

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Developing Speaking Task | Pim of Thailand | Rebelling Against The System, Found Her ‘Why’

WOW! Unbelievably grateful for this one! I met her literally through a work assistant upcountry where I had just begun teaching.  Pim, a girl who was embattled and estranged living here in Thailand, had the opportunity to go abroad (to America)….and then she was able to live outside the box rather than tied down in Thai society.  Getting ready to go on a mission with her church, she joins me today to destroy the BRULES (bulls*** rules of society) and give everyone, of all ages, some profound wisdom. 

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ARSENIO’S ESL PODCAST | SEASON 5 EPISODE 159 | Writing Skill | Report Writing

In business science, technical courses, or even at work, you may be required to write a report. A good report is clear, concise, and divided into sections which will always include an introduction, a main body, and a conclusion. Each section will have a heading.

A report may also include:

  • an abstract/executive summary (the essential elements of the report)
  • method and materials (related to an experiment ore research)
  • recommendations (things that arise from your conclusions)
  • a bibliography (references you source in your report)
  • appendices (information that is too big to go in the main body).

Report writers often use numbering or bullet points (as you see above) to present information simply.

The report below has been written by an HR director of a small company. What problems does the company face?

Coles is a long-standing family grocery store located locally. Because sales have been dropping slowly for the last ten years, research has been conducted to find out the underlying reasons for this. The research involved face-to-face interviews with 30 Coles’ customers and 30 customers of Coles’ closest rival supermarket, Shop Mart. The results of the research established that customers are purchasing less due to long lines at the check-out, no Internet presence, and no delivery service. The results also revealed that customers believe Coles’ goods to be of premium quality, especially their freshly baked goods. Several customers said, “They make the best cakes in town.” Customers believe the staff to be friendly and helpful. Overall analysis of the results suggests that customers would be happy to pay Coles’ prices if they were able to benefit from faster check-out service and home delivery via their website. It is strongly recommended that Coles’ invest in faster scanners to avoid long lines at the check-out, develop a shopping app, purchase delivery vans, and implement a delivery service. In addition, a strategy should be implemented to ensure that current staff members are able to adapt to the new changes.

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Rewrite the report to make it clearer and easier to read. Include bulleted lists and appropriate punctuation, and insert the following headings: conclusions, introductions, recommendations, research method, results.

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TOEFL iTP | Listening Part C | Everglades National Park

We’re back with another TOEFL iTP Listening, and today is the first day that we’ll be diving into Part C. This is a talk, not between two people, but it could be tour guides, lecturers, or presenters. Just know it’s just one person speaking, so you’ll need to guide yourself along with the talk. Because of the changes in the test format this year, you’ll be able to see the questions down below, so make sure you just follow the conversation. Watch my video and listen to the podcast down below to develop the technique.

Question: Where does this talk take place?

39. A) In a car.

B) On a hike.

C) On a tram.

D) In a lecture hall.

Question: What does the expression “crying crocodile tears” mean to humans?

40. A) It means they have big tears.

B) It means they like to swim.

C) It means they look like crocodiles.

D) It means they are pretending to be sad.

Question: Why do crocodiles have tears in their eyes?

41. A) They are sad.

B) They are warming themselves.

C) They are getting rid of salt.

D) They regret their actions.

Question: What does the tour guide recommend?

42. A) Taking photographs.

B) Getting closer to crocodiles.

C) Exploring the water’s edge.

D) Getting off the tram.

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Stephen Covey’s 8th Habit | Season 6 – Episode 13 | How to Withstand Cultural Provocations

“Where does a person get such internal strength to swim against the current and to withstand negative cultural provocations, subordinate selfish interests and develop and sustain such vision and determination?

They learn of their true nature and gifts. They use them to develop a vision of great things they want to accomplish. With wisdom they take initiative and cultivate great understanding of the needs and opportunities around them. They meet those needs that match their unique talents, that tap their higher motivations and that make a difference. In short, they find and use their voice. They serve and inspire others. They apply PRINCIPLES that govern growth and prosperity in human beings AND in organizations—principles that draw the highest and best from a “whole person”—body, mind, heart and spirit. Equally significant, they also choose to influence and inspire others to find their voice through these principles as well.”

Excerpt From: Stephen R. Covey. “The 8th Habit.”

This is an excellent example of what I’ve overcome at my last job. I literally ignored the noise; just as I ignored the noise with my family from 2012-2013.  This was a critical moment in my life because I could’ve been sucked into a bloodsucking abyss with no way out – although I felt like I was in it and suffocating as is. However, just like my family and my last full-time job from three years ago, I kept that vision strong and the why powerful enough that nothing could blow it down. My voice was always number one over everyone else, and this is how I was able to stave off the monsters from the outside.

This two-part solution—Find Your Voice and Inspire Others to Find Theirs—is a road map for individuals at ANY level of an organization to maximize their fulfillment and influence, become an irreplaceable contributor,* and inspire their team and the broader organization to do the same. Accordingly, the book is organized into two main sections:

1. Find Your Voice

2. Inspire Others to Find Their Voice”

IELTS | Speaking | 1 on 1 Coaching | Speaking Part 2 – A Website You Have Bought Something From

We’re here with the follow-up today from yesterday’s podcast, so I want you guys to listen very closely. At the end of the podcast, I detailed how rambling can run up the time and force you to leave out key information towards the end.  This is a great one for a lot of IELTS takers out there!

Stephen Covey’s 8th Habit | Season 6 – Episode 12 | The Solution

“HENRY DAVID THOREAU once wrote, “There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.”1 This book is dedicated to striking at the root of the significant problems we face.
We’ve started with the pain; we’ve explored the underlying problem—one that has personal roots and that involves a deeply imbedded paradigm and set of traditions in the workplace. Now let’s set the context for the solution and give an overview of how it will be unfolded in the remainder of the book.”

Excerpt From: Stephen R. Covey. “The 8th Habit.”

Most of the great cultural shifts—ones that have built great organizations that sustain long-term growth, prosperity and contribution to the world—started with the choice of one person. Sometimes that one person was the formal leader—the CEO or president. Very often it started with someone else—a professional, a line manager, someone’s assistant. Regardless of their position, these people first changed themselves from the inside out.

Their character, competence, initiative and positive energy—in short, their moral authority—inspired and lifted others. They possessed an anchored sense of identity, discovered their strengths and talents, and used them to meet needs and produce results. People noticed. They were given more responsibility. They magnified the new responsibility and again produced results. More and more people sat up and noticed. Top people wanted to learn of their ideas—how they accomplished so much. The culture was drawn to their vision and to them.
People like this just don’t get sucked into or pulled down for long by all the negative, demoralizing, insulting forces in the organization. And interestingly, their organizations are no better than most organizations. To some degree, they’re all a mess. These people just realize that they can’t wait for their boss or the organization to change. They become an island of excellence in a sea of mediocrity. And it’s contagious.”

Topic: These People Are Not Friends!

DAMN! Like, forreal? I need to take off my professional hat and go six-shooter on this one. If you come to me, asking for my help, sit on a video call with me for an hour while I try to come up with a master-plan so you can stay your ass in another country or be pushed into quarantine facilities in Thailand — only for you to be so irresponsible, stay out late, and never contact me again? Oh, I’ve had enough of this…I’ve had enough of timey people. Another podcast will debut later on tonight.

Patreon Silver Badge Special | Reading | Should Celebrities Promote Charities?

We’re back after a half-a-year with a Patreon Special! I’m going to start promoting my Patreon heavily so that I have a more exclusive podcasting group that I can communicate routinely with, do Q & A’s, live videos, and more! If you have any questions about my Patreon, feel free to link up with me on social media!

If you have been a long-time follower who has read my blog posts and viewed my podcasts, this Patreon Silver Badge would be a great way to donate to my work, as well as get exclusive content (for ESLers only).

Personal Development Patreon could come in the near future, but I want to focus jus ton the Bronze and Silver Badges as of today.

Here are some of the things you get with the Silver Badge.

This is the second badge of the three, and it will feature the same things from the Bronze badge +

– Personalize lessons that cater to Patrons

– Writing

– Vocabulary

– Reading

– Worksheets

– PDF’s

– Academic Writing (once a week)

– Audios for each lesson

– Additional audiocasts on a weekly basis

– Speaking Task

– A video a week.

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Here’s an excerpt of what will be discussed in this episode.

Regardless of how famous they are, and despite the star treatment the receive, many celebrities make it a point to give back to charities. Every year, musicians, actors, authors and top athletes share a proportion of their fortunate to help those in need, amount to millions in total. Some have even set up their own private foundations.