ARSENIO’S ESL PODCAST | SEASON 5 EPISODE 156 | VOCABULARY | ACADEMIC Words

Because I’ve been teaching a lot of IELTS students, I decided to do some academic words vocabulary for you guys. Again, my storytelling is always the funnest, so make sure you tune into the podcast down below. If not, do the matching and the sentence completions.

  1. accumulation (n)
  2. compile (v)
  3. discretion
  4. enforce
  5. persistent
  6. mutual
  7. restrict
  8. rigid

a. the right or ability to make a judgement or decision

b. not easily changed

c. the process by which something increases in amount

d. to keep something within strict limits

e. to make sure that a law or rule is obeyed by people

f. felt or done in the same way by each of two or more people

g. continuing to do something in a determined way

h. to make something by bringing together information from different places

Complete each sentence with a word in bold from Exercise 1.

  1. The government should _____________ tighter controls on news channels.
  2. Broadcasting companies should ___________ content more to protect children.
  3. Definition of “news” are too ___________ in the era of social media.
  4. You need to be ________ if you want to bring about major changes at work.
  5. The ____________ of online information will lead to problems for us all in the future.
  6. To make big changes, you need to ___________ evidence to show these changes are needed
  7. ____________ is needed when posting online because what is private now could be public in the future.
  8. Changes in news delivery have been of _____________ benefit for those involved.

Podcast

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.

Find out details

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 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 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.

Podcast

Study Skills – Reading Speed

International Guest Speaker | Paz of Chile | Her English Language Learning Journey & NGO

Such an amazing conversation I had with Paz.  At the dawn of her teenage years, she began watching American hit TV shows like Friends and others, creating not just an intrinsic motivation to learn English, but loved it. She echoed the accents in TV shows and just had such a great enthusiasm to learn. However, when it comes to public schools and private schools, there are a number of things that need to be dealt with, and that’s why she’s further developing and pursuing a life-passion NGO that will aim to make education not only affordable but also for everyone.  Here’s the podcast!

Her link

Podcast

TOEIC | Grammar | Part 5 | Incomplete Sentences | Improving your Knowledge with Phrasal/Academic Verbs

There’s a bit of a delay, but I’m back with the blog! Here’s a rundown of what I talked about on my podcast (which will be down below) and the questions, too.

Becoming familiar with the correct use of gerunds and infinitives and understanding phrasal verbs is helpful for many parts of the TOEIC test. This unit will make you more aware of how they are used.

Language building: Gerunds and Infinitives

Gerunds are verbs in their base form + -ing, e.g. doing. Infinitives are verbs in their base form.

Test Tactic: Familiarize yourself with phrasal verbs

  • to arrange
  • to complete a blank area in a form
  • to support
  • to review or check something
  • to stop using something gradually
  • to fail to stay on schedule
  • to investigate
  • to continue
  • to delay or reschedule something
  • to consider carefully

Choose to correct phrasal verbs and match them with the academic verbs (answers in podcast at the bottom).

  • set up / call up
  • fill out / bring about
  • fall through / back up
  • go over / take over
  • buy out / phase out
  • fall behind / back out of
  • look into / fill in for
  • keep on / go through
  • shut off / put off
  • run out of / think over
  1. Despite working overtime every day for two weeks, he still ________ with his work.
  • went through
  • backed up
  • fell behind

2. The customer called three times this morning to ________ a meeting.

  • set up
  • call up
  • take over

3. It was decided to _________ buying the new equipment until next year.

  • put off
  • fill out
  • take over

4. The judge promised to __________ any new evidence as soon as possible.

  • look out of
  • look into
  • look after

5. Visitors to the United States are required to ________ an immigration questionnaire.

  • bring about
  • think over
  • fill out

6. The planned merger between the companies ____________ because the couldn’t agree on the price.

  • took over
  • fell through
  • backed out of

7. When color televisions became popular, black and white sets were gradually ___________.

  • Phased out
  • bought out
  • set up

8. A temporary worker was hired to ___________ Mary while she was on vacation.

  • take over
  • fill in for
  • fall behind

Podcast

TOEFL iTP | Listening Part B | A Man’s Great-Grandmother

We’re back with a great TOEFL iTP podcast/video today! In today’s episode, I’m going to go over this structurally easy talk, but also emphasize how important it is to figure out a suitable technique for you to follow the questions.  Remember, tests this year are extremely difficult, so what you see me go over on today’s podcast/video is completely different from what you’ll experience. Tune in!

How often does the man usually talk to his great-grandmother?

  • Every evening.
  • Every week.
  • Every Sunday.
  • Every month.

What did the man’s great-grandmother tell him on the phone this morning?

  • That she was eighty-five years old.
  • That a storm was coming.
  • That she was under a great deal of pressure.
  • That she wanted to become a weather forecaster.

Where does the man’s great-grandmother say when she feels a storm coming?

  • In her bones.
  • In her ears.
  • In her legs.
  • In her head.

What will the man probably do in the future?

  • Call his great-grandmother less often.
  • Watch the weather forecasts with his great-grandmother.
  • Help his great-grandmother relieve some of her pressures.
  • Believe his great-grandmother’s predictions about the weather.

Podcast