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.

IELTS | Speaking | 1 on 1 Coaching | Speaking Part 1 – Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely grateful for bringing on my first ever podcastee from Yemen! This ambitious student is now living in Jordan and will soon do his PhD in Europe.  In today’s podcast, I’ve gone over the most frequently asked questions and provided feedback at the end of the session. So, if you want to hear some critiquing in regards to speaking, here it is!

ARSENIO’S ESL PODCAST | SEASON 5 EPISODE 158 | Grammar | Participle Clauses

Participle clauses are used to make academic writing more succinct. The present participle (-ing) has an active meaning. The past participle (-ed) has a passive meaning. In this podcast, we’ll be discussing examples and I’ll have some exercises for you available on my website!

  • We use participle clauses to express cause, effect, and condition. Introduced effectively, change can be positive. (= if it is introduced)
  • We can use participle clauses with on, while, after, and before to describe time. On/While facing reduced sales, the company implemented change. (= When they were facing)
  • We use the present particle (having + -ed verb) to say that an action finished before another action. Having found his feet, he accepted the change. (= because he had found his feet).

Rewrite the sentences using a participle clause. Use the prompts to help you.

  1. Because they wanted to create a change strategy, senior managers brought in a consultant.

Wanting______________________________________________________________________________________.

2. When they were reading the consultant’s report, they realize they needed to organize a meeting.

While ______________________________________________________________________________________.

3. The meeting took place in the boardroom and was attended by all management.

Attended ______________________________________________________________________________________.

4. When they heard about the report, the managers had a lot of question.

On ______________________________________________________________________________________.

5. Employees were known to dislike change and so managers thought they may reject the proposals.

Known ______________________________________________________________________________________.

Rewrite the sentences, replacing the underlined section with a participle clause.

  1. As some staff members heard about the changes, they became angry.
  2. Some staff members resigned because they did not welcome change.
  3. After they outlined the need for change, managers received positive feedback from the staff.
  4. All staff received training and successfully coped with the changes.
  5. If they are implemented appropriately, change strategies can succeed.

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ARSENIO’S ESL PODCAST | SEASON 5 EPISODE 157 | Critical Thinking | Inferring Criticism

Although most academic writing strives for balance and “impartiality,” some authors may criticize an idea or argument that they are discussing without specifically saying they dislike it. Be aware of your own and / or an author’s personal opinions on a topic, which may not be objective. For example, in the excerpt below (or in the podcast), the underlined words suggest the author is critical of businesses that do not try to keep up with a changing market.

The need for change is obvious and yet businesses around the world fail to actively work toward change, unnecessarily suffering the consequences as a result.

Read the following excerpt from Leadership and change management. Underline the sentence which shows criticism.

Like a climber reaching a mountain peak, leading businesses must not spend too long standing and admiring the view or they may find themselves swiftly overtaken by leaner and more adaptable mountaineers. Successful companies such as Apple, Google, and Amazon are all examples of industry leaders which understand that they still have a mountain to climb; while other companies have mistakenly spent far too long looking at the scenery, not appreciating that further heights were there to be scaled.

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ARSENIO’S ESL PODCAST | SEASON 5 EPISODE 153 | VOCABULARY DEVELOPMENT | Academic Phrases

We’re back with academic phrases today! This is going to be real good for you guys in terms of phrase-building, academic texts, etc.

  • Nominal phrases, e.g., a sense of urgency, a fast-moving market
  • Verb phrases, e.g., drive through the changes, become apparent
  • Adjective phrases, e.g., blatantly obvious, aware of the need for change.
  • Adverbial phrases, e.g., behind the times, as a way of

Note that in some less formal content, phrases may have an idiomatic meaning, e.g., follow suit, go hand in hand, find your feet.

Complete each question with a phrase from Exercise 1. Change the form if necessary.

  1. Two-way communication can be _____________ when it comes to empowering staff.
  2. Flexibility and adaptability can give one company a ____________ over another.
  3. Adopting a change in strategy can be a long, _______________ for any company.
  4. When market changes occur, a company must swiftly agree on an appropriate _____________.
  5. It is imperative that staff ____________ be consulted prior to any drastic change in strategy.
  6. Transforming a company’s culture may come ____________ some staff who choose to resign.
  7. Any contentious issues with regards to a strategy will ____________ during staff meetings.
  8. Even just the notion of change can ____________ to feelings of panic among staff.

ARSENIO’S ESL PODCAST | SEASON 5 EPISODE 152 | CRITICAL THINKING | PERSONAL INCREDULITY

So, let’s talk about this fallacy. This occurs when people find something difficult to understand. In this situation, people say that the thing they cannot understand must be untrue or not the case, because they personally are unable to understand it. the basic idea is as follows:

  • I cannot believe X or imagine how it could be true, therefore X must be false.

The fallacy can also work in the other direction.

  • I cannot believe X is false, so it must be true.

Read the extracts from the discussion. What does each person believe or not believe? What reason does the person give?

  1. Why change something that’s working perfectly well for some system that’s too complicated to even understand. Am I alone in thinking that this is just change for change’s sake?
  2. You know as well as I do that clients want to meet face to face, to feel that someone actually cares about them! I don’t believe they’ll want to give that up. Online meetings just don’t work.
  3. When I’ve been in online meetings, there are always technical problems — I can see the client, but they can’t see me, that kind of thing. It just never works like it’s supposed to!
  4. That’s absolutely right, Rashid! How can we guarantee security if everything is going online? And i have all my files. I’ve spent the last two years improving my paper-based systems.
  5. I have my doubts. We read about security breaches at the highest government level almost every day….so, how are we going to protect ourselves? It will be impossible.
  6. How can we do our work on a tablet? They’re good for simple tasks and some fun — I know, my children use one at home — but they simply aren’t designed for sophisticated work!

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 150 | Listening | Understanding Non-standard Accents

English is spoken by millions of people worldwide, sometimes as a first language and often as a learned second or third language. As users of English in today’s world, we need to be prepared to deal with different accents and interact with different varieties of English.

Gain exposure to different accents through listening to and watching programs from media channels around the world. As well as exposing you to different accents, this will also provide you with different perspectives on the world.

When listening to different accents, practice identifying the key features of the accent. If you are going to a context where one accent is dominant, spend time familiarizing yourself with the accent before you arrive. Remember, varieties of English can also differ in the specific vocabulary used. Research differences and ask for clarification.

Task 1 in Podcast – Decide if the sentences down below are true or false.

  1. Chris argues that though a system works now, it might not in the future. T/F
  2. Hailey agrees that clients are no longer interested in face-to-face meetings. T/F
  3. Chris suggests that recording meetings may be a negative action. T/F
  4. Rashid mentions a colleague who would have worked effectively in this situation. T/F
  5. Chandini explains the strength of her views on this issue. T/F
  6. Rashid is concerned about competitors accessing confidential information. T/F
  7. Chris explains that an outside company will be totally responsible for all levels of security. T/F
  8. Hailey suggests that even top-level organizations face issues with security. T/F
  9. Chandini knows about working on tablets from her domestic situations. T/F
  10. Rashid agrees Chris’s final point is a good idea. T/F

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 149 | Study Skills | Checking your Reading Speed

Welcome back to another podcast and today we’re going to talk about reading speed. Now, I do think this is completely irrelevant because if you don’t pick up what you’re actually reading, the speed doesn’t matter. However, smart reading is more like it. So let’s go over some techniques that can help you.

  • Find something familiar to read.
  • Set the alarm for ten minutes.
  • Read for ten minutes at a speed that allows you to understand what you ready.
  • Count how many words you read.
  • Divide this number by ten, to find out how many words you read in one minute.
  • Do this using different texts. If you read fewer than 200-250 words per minute, even with material that is clear and interesting, it is worth trying to increase your speed.

Tips for improving your reading speed.

  • Keep your eyes moving forward to avoid re-reading parts of the text
  • Avoid moving your mouth or using your fingers to follow the lines.
  • Read with a clear purpose to keep you motivated and on track.
  • Practice reading academic material more often.
  • Actively improve your reading speed through practice.
  • Change your reading speed according to what you are reading. Slow down for sections with unknown technical words and speed up for sections with more familiar language.

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Study Skills – Reading Speed

STEPHEN COVEY’S 8TH HABIT | SEASON 6 – EPISODE 2 | The Pain

We’re here with the first episode! Well, technically the second, but let’s talk about PAIN. Let’s be honest! TELL ME YOUR PAIN! You don’t? Let me give you a list of what you might feel.

“I’m stuck, in a rut.”
“I have no life. I’m burned out—exhausted.”
“No one really values or appreciates me. My boss doesn’t have a clue of all I’m capable of.”
“I don’t feel especially needed—not at work, not by my teenage and grown children, not by my neighbors and community, not by my spouse—except to pay the bills.”
“I’m frustrated and discouraged.”
“I’m just not making enough to make ends meet. I never seem to get ahead.”
“Maybe I just don’t have what it takes.”
“I’m not making a difference.”
“I feel empty inside. My life lacks meaning; something’s missing.”
“I’m angry. I’m scared. I can’t afford to lose my job.”
“I’m lonely.”
“I’m stressed out; everything’s urgent.”
“I’m micromanaged and suffocating.”
“I’m sick of all the backstabbing politics and kissing up.”
“I’m bored—just putting in my time. Most of my satisfactions come off the job.”
“I’m beat up to get the numbers. The pressure to produce is unbelievable. I simply don’t have the time or resources to do it all.”
“With a spouse who doesn’t understand and kids who don’t listen or obey, home is no better than work.”
“I can’t change things.”

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

Come on, do you fit the description? Be honest with yourself. I mean, how many times have I felt this? Loneliness? Australia and Chanthaburi circa 2011-2013. Stressed out? The dawn of COVID. Micromanaged? 2016 and quit that part time job. I’m frustrated and discouraged? NOW!

“THESE ARE THE VOICES of people at work and at home—voices of literally millions of parents, laborers, service providers, managers, professionals and executives all over the world who are fighting to make it in the new reality. The pain is personal, and it’s deep. You may relate with many of the statements yourself. ” – Stephen Covey

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 148 | Reading | Adapt or Die

We’re back with another reading today! Adapting or dying. This comes at a time where industrial-aged workers are at a loss of what to do next, due to the pandemic. We have to scale back and see what’s working and what’s not working. If you listen to my personal development podcast, this will coincide with it, as well as the interview I did this last March with a real-estate / teacher from San Diego (coming tomorrow). So, make sure you listen to the podcast and answer some of these question down below!

Six sentences have been removed from the article. In the listening, you will hear a “beep,” and this is where you’re going to place the sentences down below. Listen closely because I will only write four paragraphs down below, forcing you to listen to the podcast for the additional four sentences. 😉

a. Its main rival on the other hand, decided to take an alternative approach

b. The brand’s outlook was further darkened by the credit crunch.

c. However, in retrospect, this was too little, too late.

d. This challenging situation was not taken lightly by senior management.

e. In fact, this was likely a convenient tale used to explain the business model.

f. Yet despite this success, the company has had its fair share of failure.

g. It had also successful expanded into several international markets.