Grammar & Vocabulary Review | Prospecting & Planning | Patreon Special

For those of you who want some grammar review (lower levels will only be introduced on Patreon), it’s now available on my Business English Podcast Badge on my Patreon! The link is down below and it covers the basics. Remember, lots more is coming your way soon, so get ready because you guys are going to love it! $20 a month gets you all the templates and exclusivity!

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{Patreon Special} Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 6 | Sales | Push & Pull Communication

Another amazing Patreon special. The write up is exclusive to my Business English Podcast Badge down below in my Patreon link — and the podcast is available on both the Early Access Badge and the Business Badge. So, tune in down below!

Have you ever been in a meeting where someone is trying to push their point of view on another person? What’s the result of this? Going round in circles, getting angry, then storming off after the meeting.

So, how could you avoid this? Well, next time you disagree with someone, why not try pulling them towards you? In today’s podcast, I’m going to teach you how to encourage people to help them re-evaluate their position and think about your position in a different light.

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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

My Best Test

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

  

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. 

1. According to Jane Cooper of Unicef UK, celebrities have a unique ability to reach huge numbers of people, many of whom might not otherwise be engaged in charitable causes. When asked about their relevance, she pointed out that famous faces had played a significant role in raising funds in recent years, and their energy had produced concrete results, such as enabling millions of children in poorer countries to attend school. 

2. When shown a list of well-known organizations and famous people who represent them, over half of respondents were unable to match the celebrity with the cause. What’s more, three quarters claimed that they didn’t respond to celebrity advocacy in any way. That’s not to say that all endorsements were ineffective. The survey also showed that a few names did stand out as being associated with particular charities, but the presence of a celebrity in a campaign, was not a significant factor when it came to a decision to donate time or money. 

3. This seems to contradict the general assumption that teenagers are particularly influenced by famous people. One possible explanation is that there is a general fatigue with celebrity culture. There is also a suspicion that the stars are the ones who benefit most when they offer to do charity work. Some critics have accused celebrities of using charity events as promotional opportunities to further their own careers, which might have the effect of actually discouraging potential donors. And even when their commitment is evident, there is always the danger that celebrities might actually take attention away from issues by attracting more attention than the causes they represent. 

4. While Jane Cooper agrees that the celebrity touch isn’t everything, she insists that the support of an impassioned celebrity for a cause can still have an impact. Though every campaign, whether big or small, must have a convincing message, she says, the fact remains that millions of people are inspired by music, sports, and film. And by tapping into that inspiration, charities are able to engage new supporters. 

5. However, she concedes that the choice of celebrity to front a campaign is crucial. Celebrity advocacy has been shown to produce the best results when there is a personal connection between the famous individual and the cause they represent. 

6. Whichever point of view you favor, there seems to be scope for more research into how charity campaigns might cultivate relationships with celebrities to maximize their potential. This in turn will open up more engagements, and better targeted campaigns – which can only benefit those who really matter – the people and animals that are in need of assistance. 

A. So taking all these issues into account, is it time for charities to rethink their campaign strategies and look for alternative ways to reach new audiences?

B. The widespread attention that Angelina Jolie receives for her humanitarian efforts, for example, is due in part to her high-profile celebrity, but this helped by the fact that she publicizes issues that affect her personally. 

C. They also act as ambassadors for non-profit organizations. Their widely publicized visits to troubled areas of the world help to raise awareness of issues such as famine and poverty. Given their ability to attract attention, it seems to make sense for charities to seek out celebrities to support their causes. But how difference do they actually make?

D. Many celebrities are also instrumental in furthering causes away from public attention. In the case of Natasha Kaplinksy, another ambassador for Unicef, for example, she was successful in lobbying behind the scenes for vaccines that could prevent diseases and save the lives of up to four million people. 

E. What’s more, for many people working in charities, the benefits outweigh the potential drawbacks in order to achieve the changes that are needed. Whether it’s partnering with judges from music competitions on TV, or posting a message on social media, celebrities are a way for charities to get their message across. 

F. Instead, the majority of people contribute, it seems, because of personal connections in their lives and families which make a charity important to them. In another study aimed at young people, most participants cited a compelling mission as their main motivation to give. The second most important incentive was if a friend or peer recommended supporting a particular cause. Campaigns that leveraged the community aspects of social media were also shown to be successful. Only two per cent of respondents said they were motivated by endorsement. 

G. But in spite of these successes, there is evidence to suggest that celebrity endorsement may be overrated. In a survey of members of the public to ascertain if celebrity involvement would encourage people to donate, researchers found that the impact was not as great as previously thought. 

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 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.