ARSENIO’S ESL PODCAST | SEASON 5 EPISODE 154 | SPEAKING SKILL | PREPARING & ASKING QUESTIONS

When preparing questions for a Q&A session, consider asking questions from different angles.

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Who…..? What……? Where….? When…? How…?

Elicit Justifications

  • Why do you think…..?
  • Why should…..?

Ask for illustration of points made

  • Can you give an example of that?
  • What evidence is there for…..?

Explore time frames

  • What do you see happening next year?
  • What has been the biggest lesson learned so far?
  • When did this trend begin?

Avoid loaded questions and question that may be perceived as hostile. Make sure you interactions actually includes a question the speaker can answer. When you ask a question, consider your tone of voice, body language, and facial expression to ensure effective, open communication.

Read and listen to the way the questions were asked from listening.

  1. Identify the potential problems with each one of the vocabulary terms in the box down below.
hostile           loaded             no question
  1. ……but anyway, what can we actually change? Do we have any concrete ideas?
  2. ….but isn’t the technology a little bit clumsy?
  3. …..if I may ask a question. Sorry, Rashid,…..what you’re saying is really worrying me. I don’t see how we can be giving presentations about our campaigns online! It just isn’t feasible, at all. I hear what you’re saying, but I can’t see how it will actually work in practice.
  4. I’m completely lost for words. How can we do our work on a tablet?

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 94 | Reading | Suburbs of The Future

Here we are with a long reading (listening) that’s going to help you in a number of ways. The most important aspect of this podcast is understanding and identifying similarities and differences between multiple viewpoints. This can help you form a broader understanding of the topic being discussed.

Despite the lure of bright city lights, it is the suburbs which account for the highest percentage of population growth. We asked four leading futurists to give their opinions on the changing face of suburbia.

Sarah Kalensky, regular contributor to The Forecaster

As suburban populations grow, so too does suburban sprawl, leading to more and more people commuting into the city for work, shopping, and entertainment. However, the future looks different. Sprawl is making way for density as an approach to suburbanization. Developments aim to provide housing, offices, shops, and other facilities in one area so that residents are no longer required to use their own vehicles to get around and commuting hours are reduced. As a result, the cost of maintaining infrastructure, including roads, could fall by up to 50% per capita according to some.

New developments are likely to provide apartments and houses of varying sizes in the same area, which will allow single people, couples, and families all to reside there. However, properties will need to be affordable, a task which developers have struggled to accomplish in recent years. People on lower incomes have regularly been priced out of the market, making predictions in this area difficult. Even if housing is affordable at first, the longer-term impact may not be quite as desired. Once first-time buyers sell their property on, the price — determined by market forces — may be considerably higher than the original purchase price. The types of people who were originally able to live there are priced out of the market and the area becomes middle-class, with people from similar backgrounds and with similar incomes levels. Those on lower incomes or from different backgrounds are excluded. As well as price, construction companies must also consider the local geography before they commence with the construction of buildings, to ensure they are as ecologically sustainably as possible. Homes no longer need to rely on unsustainable energy to run — they can even be carbon-neutral, although this of course depends on sun and wind levels in the area. Companies must be aware that what works in one area may not necessarily be successful in another.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 64 | Phrasal Verbs | Academic Collocations

Welcome back to some more collocations! Always excited to bring you guys more phrasal verbs, so let’s get into it before we do the reading!

Complete the table down below with the words in the box.

ample  beyond   growing    hold(v)   hypothetical    in
into   lend    of   on   pose   prevailing   provide   voice(v)   wholehearted
Verb + nounprepositions + nounadjective + noun
to _______
evidence
_________ the evidence
of
ample
evidence
to _________ the
view that
in view _________ the fact
that
the __________
view
to ______
some doubt
to prove beyond doubt that________ doubt
to ___________
support to
to come out _________ support of________ support
to pose a
question
to call ___________ questiona __________
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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 111 – Reading – Australian Survives Fall (Patreon Special)

Here’s a Patreon reading for all of you, and of course, we have to talk about the second half of the story (which will be found on my Patreon Silver Badge). So make sure you tune in!

Eric Langworth, a 22-year-old student from Australia, miraculously survived when her bungee cord snapped and she fell into a crocodile-infested river.

The thrill seeker from Perth had never done a bungee jump before, but decided to give it a go while traveling in Zambia. Having just finished university, she wanted a big adventure, so she’d set off for Africa. She was traveling alone but joined a tour group when she heard they were heading to Victoria Falls to go bungee jumping. Known as the adrenalin capital of Africa, Victoria Falls is the ultimate destination for extreme sports enthusiasts looking for mind-blowing experiences. The idea of jumping from 111 metre-high bridge over the gorge with the thunder of the falls behind sounded too good to miss.

She remembers the spectacular views as she looked out over the Zambezi River. Then she spread her arms and fell forward. ‘Everything sped by in a blue-green blue,’ she says. ‘The rush was amazing.’

On the platform above, Erin’s friend Rebecca Johnson filmed the heart-stopping moment. ‘She was supposed to come right back out and she never did,’ Rebecca said. ‘Everybody on the bridge just panicked.’

Feeling as though she had been slapped all over, and hardly able to breathe, Erin floated along with the south of the falls roaring in her ears. tied to her bungee cord and with her ankles still strapped together, she was pulled downriver and underwater into whirlpools. At one point, the cord got caught and she was dragged beneath the surface. Running out of air, and with her vision starting to fade, she managed to dive down and free the rope. Eventually, she was able to wedge her arm between two rocks on the side of the river. All she could think about was clinging on.

Although she’d jumped at 5.30 in the afternoon, Erin didn’t get to the hospital 11pm. The paramedics got lost on the way and she’d ended up on the Zimbabwean side of the river without a passport, so she was essentially an illegal immigrant.

Erin was visited in the hospital by the people from the bungee company, who were astounded that she was still alive. Friends she had met while traveling helped her to get her belongings and passport and she was then flown to South Africa for medical treatment. Two weeks later, she traveled home to Australia.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 105 – Study Skills – Overcoming Writer’s Block

Writer’s block. Luckily, I’ve never been through a situation (even in school) where I was completely stuck. However, most writers have this happen all the time. Entrepreneur Tim Ferriss says “write just one bad page a day.” If that’s not a good enough technique for you to at least have a foundation, here are three other ways.

  • Scribble: scribble ideas fast, in any order — whatever comes to your mind. Then rearrange what you have written and rewrite it.
  • Write by talking: if you find it hard to express yourself in writing, say it out loud and record yourself. Then copy this out and redraft it.
  • Write on a loose paper — not in a book: if you don’t like what you have written, you can throw it away. Alternatively, you can cut it up and rearrange it.

Let’s practice.

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New technology has unexpected negative effects on the environment. Why do you think this is?

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: International Guest Speaker: Veronika of Russia on Cultural Exchange & Humble

Finally! For the first time in my life, I’ve got myself a charismatic, driven, personable Russian friend! I’ve been wanting to get some awesome Russian folks on my podcast for the longest, so this is going to be a doozy! Veronika, who’s from Russia but living in Vancouver, does a wide-variety of things. Here are some of the things she talked about on the podcast!

International Guest Speaker Veronika Zaytseva of Russia

Get in touch with Veronika Zaytseva from Russia

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Things we discussed:

Cultural differences and the learning process in Thailand.

Different energy bubbles and places of influence in Thailand, plus its extremes.

Sharing about growing up in Northeast China, city of Harbin which borders Russian border.

Learned about how to trade and sell across the border.

Her trip in Colombo, Sri Lanka and the guest’s feelings.

What made her move to Canada and her overall purpose.

Why she never chose to go back to medical school.

What her current work is.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 34 – Close Listening – Listening for Rhetorical Questions

Rhetorical questions are common in academic discussions and debates. They sound like normal questions, sometimes with stronger intonation, but they are not real questions, and the speaker does not expect an answer. Rhetorical questions are used to state a point the speaker believes is obvious, and to express attitudes such as surprise, doubt, and agreement.

Normal question: Does anyone care? (maybe some people care; I want to know the answer to this.)

Rhetorical question: Who cares? (no one cares)

1. Professor: Who can tell me what these inventions are?

2. Ling: Wow, who knows?

3. Professor: What golfer hasn’t had that happen?

4. Brian: So who is Arthur Pedrick?

5. Professor: Sorry, your name is….?

6. Marco: Why patent them? I mean, what’s the point?

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TOEIC Reading: Agendas and Letters + YouTube

Welcome back to another TOEIC, everyone! So the target today is to go over this on the YouTube down below. So, what you can do is of course figure out what the answers are first and then watch my YouTube video, or you can go straight to the YouTube. The choice is yours.

Question 10 -12 refer to the following agenda and letter.

Walken Student Empowerment Conference

Schedule of Events

Thursday, November 10

2.00 P.M.    Open Registration – Walken University Park

3.30 P.M.    Welcome and Introduction by Dean Alison Murret – Griffen Hall

4.15 P.M.    First speaker: Harry Lothian – St. Exupery Auditorium

                  Chair of Economics, Senior Student Advisor

                  “Transition from lecture hall to boardroom”

5.00 P.M.    Main speaker: horst Van Buren – St. Exupery Auditorium

                  Chairman of Alliance Department Stores

                  “Making your way in the real world – struggles and successes”

6.00 P.M.    Reception with Horst Van Burren – Vimy Atrium

7.00 P.M.    Dinner at the Brownsville Inn

 

Dear Mr. Van Buren,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the very interesting and motivational talk at our conference last Thursday. I am sure the students found it particularly inspirational as they prepare to make their way in the working world.

Thank you also for the generous award donation that you made and for agreeing to present the grand price during the reception after your talk.

I am sure I speak for the rest of the faculty and the student council when I say we would be honored if you would consider speaking at future conferences.

With sincerest appreciation and best wishes.

Yours,

Alison Murrett

Alison Murrett

10.     For whom was the conference probably intended?

         (A) High school students applying for university

         (B) Students who will soon graduate from university

         (C) Former university students who are now working

         (D) Company workers taking university night school courses

11.     What is suggested about Mr Van Burren?

         (A) He has spoken at the university before.

         (B) He is a teacher of economics.

         (C) He attended Walken University as a student.

         (D) He has given some money to the university.

12.     In the letter, the word ‘rest’ in paragraph 3, line 1 is closest in meaning to

         (A) relaxation

         (B) gathering

         (C) remainder

         (D) excess

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 52 – Grammar – Defining Relative Clauses

Defining relative clauses are finally here! These types of sentence variations are my absolute favorite, so I wanted to take some time uploading it to ensure you understand fully.

Read the sentences. The words in bold are relative pronouns. Use them to complete the rules 1-5.

A. He’s the player who has the world record for scoring the most goals.

B. He needed the lucky shirt which he had given away.

C. There are players whose egos have stopped them from winning a championship.

D. 2002 was the year when South Korea and Japan hosted the World Cup.

E. That wasn’t the only superstition (that) my parents had.

F. Arsenio is the teacher that is better known as AJ.

G. That’s the place where we had our first date.

 

  1. We use who and that with people.
  2. We use which and that with things.
  3. We use whose to talk about possessions.
  4. We use where with places.
  5. We use when with times.

Choose the correct alternative. If you think both are correct, choose both.

  1. American Football is a game which/- many people play.
  2. A stadium is a place that/where you can watch sports like rugby and baseball.
  3. The people who/- do sports are called athletes.
  4. She is the person who/- walked across the street.
  5. January is the month when/which pollution is very high in Bangkok.
  6. A Quarterback is a person who/that throws the football.
  7. Brazil is a country where/which beaches are very popular.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 35 – Vocabulary – Word Families (Round II)

Who loves word families?! Oh, yes! I just can’t get enough of them! Seriously, a lot of you can benefit considerably by knowing what part of speech a word is.  Prefixes + suffixes change it all — most times.  So, here’s another table and more grammar to go over!

So, if you guys don’t already know, word families have a common base word.  To extend your range of vocabulary, think about how a new word would be formed as a noun, verb, adjective, or adverb when you first see it.

Verb                      Noun                Adjectives               Adverbs 

Compare        Comparison        Comparative       Comparatively

Complete these word families.

Verb                      Noun                Adjectives                Adverbs

Nationalize                                  

Generalize

                                                              Real

                              Origin

Perceive                                                                          Perceptively

                        Simplification                                          Simplify

2. Correct the six mistakes in the paragraph below. 

I realization that Liu knows a lot about cars.  She told me that Japan and the USA are large car manufacturing countries.  Also, Japan is a national that exports a lot of cars.  She also said that some people think the first car origin in Germany.  Liu is very perception because he figured out that Brazil will one day be a big influence in the automotive industry. I asked her about how much fuel cars use.  She said it is not simplicity to determine how much fuel cars use every years.  One thing is certain, though.  Demand for cars is general very high. 

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