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

Note

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 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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International Guest Speaker | Isaiah of the Bahamas | Impact is Legacy

WOW! The power of Instagram! I had a like from Isaiah about a month ago, so I decided to reach out to him because of the energy that was attracting me.  Boy, was that an amazing choice to make! Born and raised in the Bahamas, he went to school in Cuba (international school) where he was exposed to dozens of nationalities, ideologies, accents, and cultures….and then university in Canada.  The impactful rules, principles, and oaths he stands by and developed along the way (and he’s only 22!) is better than most individuals in the world.  This man, Isaiah, is a representation of the future of the Bahamas. Here’s the podcast!

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Questions & Answers | How to Remember Vocabulary

First time having a Q & A in a long time and I’m very excited about this one because of what I’m going to be talking about.  When it comes to remembering vocabulary, you can tell a story with the syllables, visual imagery, and even word of association.  I’ve listed quite a few examples in this text that hopefully will help you.  If you have any other questions that you would like me to answer in a podcast, please let me know!

ARSENIO’S ESL PODCAST | SEASON 5 EPISODE 141 | Listening SKILL | People Talking About Their Childhood

Welcome to a great listening today. What we’re going to hear today is people talking about their childhoods. The tasks will be down below (if you’re looking at the blog) if you want to know some of the answers, make sure you’re enrolled on my free Patreon.

Exam Success: In this type of activity, the terms listed on the question paper are paraphrased in the listening excerpts — making IELTS and other tests extremely difficult. So before you listen, it’s a good idea to quickly think about how some of the terms used could be paraphrased. This will help you locate the answers when you hear the audio recording.

TOEFL iBT | Independent Essay | 1 on 1 Coaching | Tips on Constructing your ESSAY

BOOM! We’re here with the writing segment! I’m excited to debut this because I know a lot of you are have troubles with getting grades on your writing. A student of mine had submitted is independent essay, so it’s time to break it down, little by little, and give tips and techniques on how to construct your essay and evaluate how he did on his.

Independent Essay

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? In the past, young people depended too much on their parents to make decisions for them; today young people are better able to make decisions about their own lives. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

No one can deny that there are both positive and negative aspects of the parents presence and their effect on their children. If I were asked to choose, I would definitely agree. It is my firm belief that in the past children relied on their parents but nowadays they are capable of making their own decisions for 2 reasons, and I will develop these ideas in the subsequent paragraphs.

To begin with, in the past there were no sources of information besides our parents so it was very hard to get advice which will help you make a decision. Children had to rely on their parents and their experiences to help them decide on what they want. I have to admit that my opinion on this matter has been profoundly influenced by my own personal experience. You see, about 15 years ago, I was debating about which college to join so I needed my parents advice to help me decide on which college I would choose, my father started to ask me a lot of questions to discover my interests and potentials and as a result, he helped me to choose my college. For this reason, children in the past needed their parents and depended on them in making their decisions.

Secondly, nowadays the internet is the key to solving a lot of problems and helping almost everyone in different aspects of their lives. Children today are capable of using such technology and they have a huge database that they can search and get information from. Drawing from my own experience, my younger brother after finishing his high school decided that he doesn’t wanna join college and will start his own private business so he and his friends started a small business as they have done their research and decided that joining college will be a waste for their time. Moreover, children today influence one another more than their parents as they spend most of their time together and come up with solutions for whatever they might encounter in their lives. It is certainly clear that children now can be self reliant and depend on themselves.

In light of the above-mentioned reasons, I strongly believe that children in the past depended mostly on their parents but now they make their own decisions.

Anonymous student

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ARSENIO’S ESL PODCAST | SEASON 5 EPISODE 128 | Close LISTENING | Identifying Patterns in Lectures

Academic lectures often contain facts and statistical data that can be included in descriptions of patterns, as well as of trends and static numbers.

A pattern is series of repeated events or actions that describe things how things really are. A trend is a change or development, and a static number describes a single event.

  • When money is invested, the overall prices comes down. – Patterns
  • This number is increasing on a monthly basis. – Trend
  • It cost more than 1.5 million USD. – Static Number

Presenters often use terms to make the statistical data approximate. This happens when the exact numbers are unknown or unclear, and also to simplify figures for the audience.

approximately          just under             just over          almost          more than 
about

Listen to the extracts from the discussion and fill in each blank with one to three words or a number.

TOEFL ITP | LISTENING PART B | Haircut

We’re back! So, because I’ve realized some of the TOEFL iTP segments have hit 500 plays (and big shout out to the country of Mexico because you make the majority of plays), I decided to go the coaching route (without the student) and help you out with one of these. Again, if you’re tuning into this on IG or Facebook, make sure you go to my website (thearseniobuckshow.com) to check out my notes, questions and answers to the podcast/video. With that being said, let’s dive into this one!

TOEFL iBT | Reading | 1 on 1 Coaching | Guide to Answering Questions

In this podcast, I discuss with a student from Afghanistan HOW to answer questions. The majority of students out there in the world are unsure how to answer — if they should take two sides or how long they should spend on the reading versus the material they listen to. Regardless of what task it is, here’s a 1 on 1 coaching with me explaining the details in the podcast down below.

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