Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 167 | Discussion Point | Top 5 Challenges Facing Humanity

Here you go with another discussion point! What we’ll be talking about today are the top 5 challenges that face humanity: lack of freshwater, food production, invasive technology, increasing economic divide, climate change.

Here are the discussion points.

  1. Of the threats listed in the infographic, which do you think poses the greatest challenge? Why?
  2. Which sectors do you think will be the most affected by increased automation?
  3. What practical measures could be implemented to address the growing economic divide.

The audio of “The CO2 Forest” will be in the podcast down below!

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 166 | Listening | Surfing and Interpreting Idioms

We’ve got a fascinating podcast today. We’re going to be listening and matching sentence parts to complete a summary of the program. After that, we’re going to listen and interpret idioms, which are fixed expressions that use images and metaphor to describe things.

In saying that, here’s the first part.

  1. The host introduces
  2. The writer identifies
  3. The writer outlines
  4. The host introduces
  5. The surfer describes
  6. The surfer explains
  7. The surfer identifies
  8. The surfer describes
  9. The host introduces
  10. The critic provides

a. how she became interested in the sport.

b. an error of thought.

c. the history of surfing.

d. a surfer.

e. a writer.

f. specific benefits of being a surfer.

g. how surfers feel about the sport.

h. a theory about the popularization of surfing.

i. a critic.

j. features of the equipment used.

Listening to Interpret Idioms

They must have had nerves of steel, given the size of the waves and the design of the boards, which were actually made to be difficult to maneuver.

Idioms can be difficult for language learners because the connections between image and idea may not be immediately obvious. Idioms in the learner’s own language may use different ideas and images. However, despite these differences, it is often possible to deduce the meaning of the expression.

– Think about the context the idiom was used in.

– Consider the actual meaning of words in the idiom.

– Look for connections and relationships with the context.

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Listen to extracts from the interviews and complete the idioms.

  1. Dicing with _______ was an important part of the activity.
  2. The town ________ to bursting with surfers from all over the world.
  3. I loved to watch them and I suppose that’s when the bug __________.
  4. …. only a ________ of surfers ever strike it
  5. ….. but we don’t ________ over spilled _________.
  6. They can ________ an arm and a leg for professionals.
  7. ….using artificial materials was a quantum __________ in surfboard construction.
  8. To be honest, your _______ is as good as mine! Part of it is just the luck of the _______.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Real Discussions | Exxon Mobil’s Global Destruction

Pfft, I was thinking for so long that these companies such as PTT, Exxon Mobil and Shell were GREAT. The word Exxon Mobil just sounds like an amazing company, right? When you think Exxon you think hat-wearing people who are “pro-environment,” BOY WAS I WRONG!

Simply put, Exxon Mobil is a greenhouse gas emitting juggernaut the Donald Trump supports. They knew about climate change back in the late 70s and stopped everyone from making it happen. They’re responsible for over 10k oil spills around the world, including the dumping grounds in Nigeria where there are constant battles of “black-market oil” because the constant spills that have now inundated food supply, further worsening the already bleak food supply in the region. The Niger Delta’s mangrove populations have been completely slashed, and with Exxon Mobil infiltrating poor-black countries, it’s happening back home in America, too.

Welcome to real discussions, a now-new series on my ESL podcast the features a range of vocabulary and things that are happening around the world that must be brought to our attention.

TOEFL iBT | Part 2 Question | Speaking | New Tutoring System

Welcome back to another TOEFL iBT speaking question, everyone! And in today’s TOEFL iBT practice, we have the part II speaking question break down that will help you pick up the main ideas so you can include it in your speaking. Watch my note-taking on the video (notes down below) and look at what to include in your speaking question. Now remember, the reading portion should be a brief summary (no more than 7 seconds long) and the rest should be focused on what you hear. Don’t waste too much time on the reading aspect.

Reading – Starting next term, our school will begin a new tutoring system, where all first-year students will be assigned a senior tutor. The main goal for the tutor is to help their student to understand what it takes to be successful at school. This is mandatory for all freshmen, so we are looking for motivated senior students to sign up. On January 15th, there will be an assembly for all senior students interested in becoming a first-year student’s tutor.

Notes

Wonderful idea

Helping people

Assigned one senior student and all aspect of school

how can that help?

Key facts: how to take notes effectively, could use that advice, succeeding at school

selecting courses, inexperienced, benefit from senior students

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Listening –

Listening – Female: Did you hear about the new tutoring system? I think it is a wonderful idea and I am thinking of joining it as a tutor.

Male: Great idea. You are always helping people with their school work so I think you will make a great tutor.

Female: Actually! There is more to the tutoring system than just helping people with the school work. Each first-year student is assigned one senior tutor that helps with all aspects of school.

Male: That sounds interesting, but I don’t think I want that if I was a first-year student. I don’t see how that could help anyone.

Female: Well, there are some key facts about school that I think a senior student can really help a first-year with, like how to take notes effectively. Many first-year students can really use that advice because taking notes is very important to succeeding at school.

Male: That’s true but other than that, what else can you help them with?

Female: Okay! There is also selecting courses. Many first-year students are inexperienced in selecting courses and can benefit from the senior student’s experiences.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 165 | Discussion Point | Why Are Oceans Important?

We’re back with a totally new segment and we’re now getting into sun, sea, energy, and all things economy. So, what I’ll be discussing in an infographic in my podcast down below is about food, jobs, economy, and climate. Also, these are the discussion points.

  • Which of the categories is most important in your region of the world?
  • What negative effects might some of the points have on world’s oceans?
  • How should we prioritize the uses of the ocean?
  • What are the most important future considerations for the ocean?

Then we’ll be listening to an audio about sun, sea, and energy.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 162 | Life Skills Reading and Listening | Part II | One-Minute Interview

We have an entrepreneur and a networking expert who’s going to talk about a networking website to help people find the work opportunities they really want. No, this isn’t a personal interview, but an audio. The script is down below (or in the podcast), as well as a breakdown of the audio and a listening in regards to two people meeting for the first time.

Many young people don’t go to conferences and presentations. How should they start network?

For start, I’d recommend making the effort to join a club where you can find people with the same interests. I’d also suggest looking for voluntary work or helping out at community events for the same reason. Both these kinds of activities can potentially introduce you to useful contacts who might be impressed by your attitude and initiative. Even if you’re naturally shy, you should be able to make small talk about the things you have in common. Ask questions and listen attentively to the answers: you might be able to use any personal information to restart a conversation when you make contact again. And when you’re at an event, set yourself a target: decide how many people to talk to, and how many email addresses you’re planning to ask for. Even if you later decide that the contact isn’t worth following up, be courteous and email to say how it was a pleasure to meet that person. You never know — further down the line — an opening in their company may come up and you want them to retain a positive impression of you.

Is it worth taking a different approach and emailing someone at a company directly?

Yes, but make sure you approach the right person in the hierarchy. One way to do this is by searching for their LinkedIn profile; it’ll tell you what their current responsibilities are; and what they’ve done previously. it may even say what they feel passionate about — a good hook if you’re trying to find common ground. if you’re still not sure who you should be talking to, call the company, and ask them to point you in the right direction.

How can you make sure your email gets read?

No matter who you’re writing to, remember that everyone is busy. Therefore be specific about what you want. A vague ‘I’d like your help’ will see your email swiftly deleted. So decide before you reach for the keyboard what you’re asking for; perhaps a week’s work experience or an internship or a useful academic program. Keep things concise: you can always attach a ‘Further details can be provided on request’ line if you think it’s necessary.

How can you make sure you get a reply?

It’s human nature to want to feel important, so a bit of flattery can sometimes work. Explain to the person why you’ve selected them: admit you’ve researched their LinkedIn profile and been impressed by their awards, or you’ve noticed a recent project success. After you’ve sent the email, wait for a few days before following up by phone. Chances are you won’t be offered any immediate work, but it’s a chance to make a good impression. Some one-to-one live conversation will always do this more effectively than a chat between avatars. You can ask politely if they’d mind you staying in touch.

And what if things are going well — and the other person does want to extend the conversation?

I can’t stress enough that trust is vital, so however tempting it may be, do not inflate and embellish your achievements and qualifications, or you will risk destroying this. Show you’ve done research and impress the other person with your knowledge at the company and its products. A bit of enthusiasm can go a long way. At the end of the conversation, thank them for taking time out to talk to you. Most people will have some empathy for your situation: after all, they’ve probably been there themselves.

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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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