How I created a skillset before covid19 shattered jobs

The language school where I have been teaching since May last year had to close on the 18th March. I am owed three weeks pay, which should have arrived by 11th April at the latest. There are 8 other teachers in the same boat and we have all been unable to contact the owner. He isn’t answering his phone, e-mails or Line messages (but the messages are being read) I need my money!

Anonymous Teacher in Thailand

I’m fortunate enough to have built up my skillsets over the course of 5 years. However, the comment above, which I found on a website, shows a plead from an individual who works at a language center (like me) that sadly fell into the grim reality of a corrupted owner. He was supposed to get paid but the owner has literally went AWOL, or so it seems (because line messages are being read). I have empathy for these teachers, including the rest around the world, who have had their jobs completely slashed away. 36 million English speakers in America have lost their jobs and that toll will continue climbing because the spread of the virus will amplify.

In the past here in Thailand, there have been floods that wiped up a large portion of the country, inundating homes and districts for up to a half-a-year, coups that ran rampantly on the streets of Thailand, disrupting an entire nation. Riots between two political parties that saw dozens of lives lost, but this certainly trumps them all, doesn’t it?

The company that hires and sends us to teach in Thai public schools refuses to tell the teachers when our contracts will officially begin. Meaning we don’t know if they will begin in May or July. If our contracts don’t begin until July, it means we will have gone from March to the end of July with little or no pay. The fact the company refuses to be upfront with teachers, only highlights the poor character of this Thai-run company. 

They assume that they can string the foreign teachers along and we will be there when school starts. But they assume wrong. When the school term starts again, I suspect the companies and schools that have ignored and not looked after the foreign teachers will be left with giant holes to fill. Loyalty is a two way street.

Anonymous Teacher

I think you guys get the point. Because this gentleman is a 1 in 2,000 foreigner teachers (give or take a couple thousand) here in Thailand, he can be disposed of, just like most Americans who have lost their jobs to COVID.

However, because I’m a podcaster, online trainer, teacher, have proven my capabilities and have gotten results, I’m probably a 1 in 3 here in Thailand, putting me in a category that’s hard to get into.

“Arsenio, do you have a lot of work here in Thailand?” Absolutely NOT. There are forces beyond my power that play a pivotal role in this white-ocracy, but because I’m well-known online because the videos, and worldwide because my podcast….there are people inquiring from all corners of the world for my services. How did I do this?

  • Become an asset; not a number
  • Learn skills that others don’t know
  • Build an online persona
  • Strengthen your four cores of credibility
  • Content creation

Whether you’re at home and stuck — or wondering what you can do with all the free time, this is the best way you can start strengthening skills that can provide you with extra income…not waiting on others to open their doors.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 61 – Grammar – Modal Verbs of Speculation & Deduction (Present)

Oh! Back into the modal verbs! Love these like no tomorrow and of course, so happy to be back at them. Let’s dive into it.

  1. This must be a conspiracy theory.
  2. It might explain the words in his most famous speech ‘I have a dream.’
  3. It could explain why she always wore lots of makeup.
  4. Some scientists are indicating that global warming can’t happen this quickly.
  5. Some people think it may be true.
  6. It might not be just a story.

Task – Country Flags & General

1. It’s a republic.

It must/can’t be the UK because they have a royal family.

2. They speak Spanish there.

It must/might be Mexico because they speak Spanish there.

3. The capital city is Lima.

It must/may be Peru.

 

4. The currency is the Euro.

It could/can’t be lots of countries because 18 countries or more use Euros.

5. It’s a republic which has a president and a prime minister.

It may/can’t be a France or Italy because they both have a president and a prime minister.

6. Their national anthem is sometimes called “Fratelli d’Italia.’

It could/must be Italy.

 

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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: Additional Relative Clauses Exercise

Hello, everyone! As promised, here’s the second installment of the podcast/blog I did WAYYYY earlier today. I wanted to go more in-depth with clauses because I know a few of you may have not understood.

Extreme ironing is an unusual sport which was invented in 1997 by an Englishman whose name is Phil Shaw. He had to do ironing at home, but he preferred to go rock climbing. So he decided to combine the two things. Of course, ironing and climbing are two activities that don’t have a lot in common. but now people do it all over the world. When Phil was in New Zealand, he started an organization called Extreme Ironing International. Diving, skiing, skating, and parachuting are some of the other sports which people have combined with ironing. Underwater, in the air and on top of the mountains are just some of the strange places where people have done this sport. Ben Gibbons and John Roberts are two Englishmen whose adventure with extreme ironing became a short film, Extreme Ironing to Mount Everest.

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Second Task

Use the following relative pronouns to complete the sentences: who, which, whose, when, where, that

  1. The winner of the 100m dash in the olympics is the person ________ finishes first.
  2. A referee is the person ___________ job is the control the game.
  3. 2016 is the year ___________ Euro was played.
  4. A Tatami is the place __________ you do Judo.

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: Weekend Special – IELTS – Speaking Part I

We’ve got IELTS speaking back! Since these were some great podcasts/blogs, I decided to bring them back on weekends that I don’t have a special. Super excited about going over some of these questions and giving you a couple sentences that follow, but it’s really up to you to write your feedback and examples. Post them on my Facebook page.

Questions

How popular are bicycles in your hometown?

Let’s understand this question. Figure out, within a split second, how popular bicycles are in your hometown. Now, I’m from America. If you’re middle-upper class, you will have bought a bicycle by now and you ride it with other enthusiasts. Remember, America has the most obese human beings on planet Earth.

However, in Australia….bicycles are very popular because it’s one of the fittest nations on the planet.

In Thailand, bicycles are somewhat popular, but also extremely dangerous, due to motorcycle/vehicles on the road that don’t pay mind to pedestrians.

  • Bicycles are somewhat popular because…..
  • Bicycles are ridden on a consistent basis by……
  • Bicycles are hardly popular because people would much rather……

 

How often do you ride bicycles?

In this question, give me an adverb of frequency, quickly! Pick an adverb of frequency and go from there in explaining why you do it _____________(insert the frequency).

 

Do you think bicycles are suitable for all ages? Why or why not?

Now, state your stance and then go on with the explanation.

  • I absolutely think they’re suitable.
  • To a certain extent I believe that….
  • I somewhat feel that it’s not suitable for all ages…..

 

What are the advantages of a bicycle compared to a car?

Give me three reasons and give me examples for each one.

 

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 43 – Vocabulary – Collocations with Get

We’re going over get collocations today! Lots of words are paired with “get,” and here are some of them.

  • Get angry
  • Get in trouble
  • Get behind you
  • Get started
  • Get good grades
  • Get help
  • Get the message
  • Get upset
  • Get in shape
  • Get wet

Complete the sentences with an expression from the Vocabulary skill box.

  1. I think this woman has been hurt. Can you ________________?
  2. If you can’t help her, just say no. She’ll _______________.
  3. Please don’t ________________. I didn’t mean to drop your phone.
  4. I need to join a gym so I can _______________.
  5. Those two always ______________ when they play together.
  6. Let’s __________________ soon. I want to finish by 7 p.m.

Complete the opinions with an expression from the box.

Vocabulary: get a job, get engaged, get home, get lost, get married, get permission, get ready, get the impression.

  1. I think when you ________________, it’s important to have a big wedding.
  2. I think it’s impossible to _________________ with maps and Google maps on our phones.
  3. It shouldn’t take anyone more than 20 minutes to ________________ for the game.
  4. I usually _________________ around 6pm on weekdays by train.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – TOEIC – Review + Mini Test

Welcome back to another live coaching, everyone! I’m excited to bring you the follow up of last week’s video.  Today is the mini-test, which is compiled of 6 questions.  You will have to look at the questions first, but I do advise you to do them before I go over them.  Nonetheless, for people on my podcast (listening), they’re going to have to follow each question and each answer as I go.  So, I’ll repeat these questions out loud with the answers, and then I’ll go over the potential answers. I was thinking of doing 12 questions, but I think that would be far too much for my viewers out there. I, instead, decided to go with 6.

The Tei Kai region is famous for its towering mountains to the north, and its desert plains to the south.  Long known as a dry and barren region, it has undergone a transformation ___________(1) the last fifty years.

A. while

B. since

C. at

D. in

During this time, visitors ____________(2) a major change in the landscape.

A. will see

B. have seen

C. had seen

D. see

The constructions of the Wan Hei dam enabled engineers to channel the waters of the Gang River for agricultural purposes.  The result has been a narrow but expanding corridor of greenery spreading __________(3) the once barren land.  There has also been a subsequent rise in the population and wealth of the region.

A. through

B. out

C. between

D. without

A major goal in the coming year is to maximize the effectiveness of our recruiting decisions.  Managers should use the following guidelines _____________(4) they begin the recruitment process.

A. since

B. during

C. through

D. before

First, have a clear job description.  This should form a checklist of requirements needed by the people we wish to bring __________(5) the company.

A. for

B. at

C. into

D. with

Answers will be in the YouTube video down below.

Arsenio’s TOEIC Coaching – Episode 007

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 33 – Pronunciation – Suffixes with I

Welcome back, everyone! Here are some suffixed with -i. It’s been a while since uploading, but i took three days off to see what was and wasn’t working. So, here I am again

Here are some suffixes beginning with -i

ion, -tion, sion

location

condition

conclusion

-ic

realistic

academic

antibiotic

-ical

psychological

technical

political

-ity

diversity

minority

publicity

-ian, -sian, -cian

physician

electrician

indonesian

ial, -cial, -tial

initial

artificial

essential

Practice: say the words and write them in the correct columns down below.

o O o

o  o O o

O oo

o O o o

authority, automatic, correction, critical, diplomatic, chemical, humidity, objection, physical, prediction, priority, energetic

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 2 – Episode 57 – Full Lesson – Discussion (Freewriting) & Vocab

Air Traffic

What job is the man doing in the picture above? Would you like to do that job? Why or why not? 

Freewrite for 15 minutes about why or why you wouldn’t like to have the job in the photo above. 

What job would you love to do in the future? Why? What knowledge and skills are necessary for that job?

Vocabulary Preview

Use the following words in sentences: confidence, stressful, frightening, strenuous, relaxed, passion, bored

  1. To be a policeman in America, you have to have a lot of passion.  The amount of hours and days on you have could be very exhausting.

 

Developing Critical Thinking

Imagine that you’re organizing a job/career fair of some sort.  If you can choose any professionals to come give a talk, which ones would you choose and why?

Example: Entrepreneurs.  Because you can’t learn to become an entrepreneur (although universities do have the courses around the world), it can’t be taught.  Therefore, I would love for this specific individual to speak about the practicality behind the actual curriculum.

What are the most important factors for you in choosing a career? Think about the following vocabulary: travel, holiday, salary, colleagues, challenges, languages

Example: Colleagues.  Colleagues and being in a supportive environment is extremely important.  Job satisfaction, to this day, is something of the past.  I believe the majority human beings working paycheck-to-paycheck have very low satisfaction on the job because the environment isn’t positive.

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