Thursday, September 30, 2010

ESL Podcast 382 – Types of Hotels and Accommodations

ESL Podcast 382 – Types of Hotels and Accommodations

Jamal: Have you found a place for us to stay in Chicago?

Erin: I’m still exploring the options. Instead of a run-of-the-mill chain hotel, I thought we could do something different...... Download Podcast

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Obama Signs Small Business Jobs Act



VOAVideo: Obama Signs Small Business Jobs Act

President Barack Obama on Monday signed into law a bill that he says will cut taxes and help small businesses to prosper. The measure narrowly passed along mostly party lines last week, and provides a minor but much needed political victory for Mr. Obama with mid-term elections just five weeks away. Mil Arcega reports.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Sunday, September 26, 2010

ESLPodcast 83 - Planning a Business Luncheon

After day-long meetings, conference attendees go to formal (yet fun) banquets in the same hotel.

ESLPodcast 83 - Planning a Business Luncheon

Learn about how to plan a business luncheon in English in this podcast. Download Podcast

Saturday, September 25, 2010

US Hotels, Resorts Catering to Hindu Couples



VOAVideo: US Hotels, Resorts Catering to Hindu Couples

Some hotels and resorts in the United States are reporting a large increase in bookings by Hindu couples who are looking to hold lavish weddings. Some Indian-style weddings can involve hundreds of guests attending multiple ceremonies over several days, so such events are highly profitable for the hospitality industry. (read more)

Friday, September 24, 2010

ESL Podcast 583 – Going to a Spa

The spa is one of the most popular areas in a hotel!

ESL Podcast 583 – Going to a Spa

It’s time to relax, and there’s no better place than a spa. Learn how to talk about it in English in this episode. Download Podcast

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

ESL Podcast 616 – Having a Business Mentor

Teresa's mentor helped Teresa to become a successful assistant manager.
Now Teresa is a director of Human Resources at Baker Hotel
and is read to help others to become successful, too.

ESL Podcast 616 – Having a Business Mentor

If you want to become successful in business, there’s no better place to start than talking to someone who has already achieved success. Learn more about mentoring in this episode. Download Podcast

On the Job 5


ESL Podcast 560 – Learning Work Rules and Routines

Sometimes our jobs don’t give us much independence, but require following the rules exactly. Learn more in this episode. Download Podcast

ESL Podcast 464 – Talking About Inventory

Every company needs to know what they have available to sell. Learn about discussing inventory in this episode. Download Podcast

Sunday, September 19, 2010

On the Job 4


ESL Podcast 548 – Working for an Impossible Boss

Is your boss impossible to work with? I know mine is. Learn how to fight back in this episode. Download Podcast


ESL Podcast 452 – Dealing with Unhappy Employees

Having problems at work? Learn how to talk about it in English in this episode. Download Podcast

Friday, September 17, 2010

Constitution Day!



Here is a slide show of the US Constituion.

Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is an American federal holiday that recognizes the ratification of the United States Constitution. Citizenship Day also recognizes all who have become citizens due to either coming of age or naturalization. It is celebrated on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.

Before Constution Day, students study the US Constitution, focusing on the rights and responsibilites of American Citizenship. On Constitution Day, students sign a large copy of the Constitution and are given pocket-sized copies of the Constitution. Many Adult Schools honor the students who were naturalized as American citizen during the previous school year. The school also encourages the students who are preparing for naturalization during the upcoming school year.

For more info, see:

ELCivics.com: The US Constitution
Learn about the US Constituion with Pictures, Easy Lessons, and Fun Activities

ESLPOD English 92
LISTEN to the Preamble to the US Constitution.

National Constitution Center: Home
The National Constitution Center, located on Philadelphia's Independence Mall, is the worlds only museum devoted to the US Constitution.

US Citizenship Podcast
Check back every day for updated materials for Constitution Day. Here are some pictures from last year's celebration.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

EASY at Work


On Wednesday, we began to watch EASY at Work, which has 15 units, with three to five lessons per unit. The 67 lessons include drills and vocabulary and are from 30 to 50 minutes long. The videos are not available online, but you can watch three video demos, and watch the EASY the ESL series Channel on YouTube--mini-lessons about how to use the series. You can also read the scripts (see below). The Unit Titles are:

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

On the Job 3



Working hard or hardly working? Find out about performance evaluations at work in this episode. Download Podcast

ESL Podcast 528 – Negotiating Salary

How much are you worth? Find out how to talk about getting a higher salary in this episode. Download Podcast

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

On the Job 2

Chau is going to Florida for six weeks
for advanced Beauty Salon training.

Kazuko: I really appreciate you helping with the training of the newbies. I couldn't have done it without you. Martin: Don't mention it. Download Podcast

ESL Podcast 162 - Training a New Employee

Even though I’ve only been on the job for six months, my manager asked me to train the new hire. She was starting today and when she arrived, we got down to business. Download Podcast

Monday, September 13, 2010

On the Job 1

Thanks to Mai Trang & Kim for decorating the Hall Display Case.
Also thanks to Julie for the calendar & Celine for the Tigers!

ESL Podcast 312 – Different Work Styles

What kind of employee are you at your job? Find out how to describe different work styles in this episode. Download Podcast

ESLPodcast 59 - Teamwork

At school and at work, you have to be able to work with others. Find out how to talk about it in this podcast. Download Podcast

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Designer Burgers Becoming the New Steak in Tough US Economy



VOAVideo: Designer Burgers Becoming the New Steak in Tough US Economy

Long a staple of the American fast food diet, the hamburger is getting a makeover as cash-strapped consumers turn to less expensive dining options. In Las Vegas, designer burgers are the latest rage, with top chefs adding their own flourishes to come up with a new twist on an American classic.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Interview Skills 5

Minire has hired and trained many salespeople.

ListenAMinute: Job Interviews: Job interviews are always hit and miss for me.
Get off your couch and get a job! Learn about how employers review job applications in this episode. Download Podcast

Friday, September 10, 2010

Interview Skills 4

The best way to get a job is through a friend of a friend...

Learn how to ask about someone's job in this podcast. Download Podcast



Learn how to make a business call in English to someone you don’t know in this episode. Download Podcast

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Interview Skills 3

Ivy Wei is an efficient, yet friendly, cashier
at Mayflower, Great Mall, Milpitas.
I was on my way to an interview and there was a lot of traffic on the road. I got to the office in the nick of time for my appointment. Download Podcast



I was just in time for my interview and I was very nervous. Download Podcast

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Interview Skills 2

Dai Yanchun is the sole proprietor of Hair Dimension, Milpitas.

ESLPodcast 56 - Hiring for a Job

Find out how to talk about hiring someone for a job in this podcast. Download Podcast

ESLPodcast 59 - Teamwork

At school and at work, you have to be able to work with others. Find out how to talk about it in this podcast. Download Podcast

List of Characteristics that employers look for in good employees. Which ones describe you?

  • active
  • attentive
  • careful
  • caring
  • civic-minded
  • creative
  • dependable
  • detail-oriented
  • efficient
  • encouraging
  • enterprising
  • family-oriented
  • flexible
  • friendly
  • gentle
  • good concentration
  • good with numbers
  • great with people
  • hard-working
  • helpful
  • honest
  • independent
  • nice
  • obedient
  • open-minded
  • optimistic
  • patient
  • polite
  • positive
  • a problem solver
  • punctual
  • a quick learner
  • reliable
  • respectful
  • responsible
  • self-motivated
  • talented
  • a team player
  • well-groomed
  • well-organized
  • willing to accept responsibility
  • works well under pressure

Monday, September 6, 2010

Labor Day Holiday in US Sets Stage For Ideological Debate



VOAVideo: Labor Day Holiday in US Sets Stage For Ideological Debate

As the Labor Day (September 6) holiday approaches in the US, two widely differing views arethe subjects of an intense debate about the state of American workers. The US Chamber of Commerce claims the Obama administration's economic policies have created barriers to job creation. But prominent labor groups blame corporate greed and lax regulations for hurting the prospects of middle class Americans. Mil Arcega reports.

VOANews: Domestic, Global Economic Shifts Force US Organized Labor to Change
Monday is Labor Day in the United States, a day set aside to honor American workers and the dignity of labor. The organized labor movement of the late-19th century that spawned the national holiday has waxed and waned over the years. (read more)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

US Private Sector Adds Jobs

This video seems to contradict yesterday's VOAVideo. However, I glad that it is GOOD NEWS: small businesses are starting to hire new employees.



VOANews: US Private Sector Adds Jobs

The U.S. government reported Friday that the unemployment rate rose slightly, to 9.6 percent in August. However, the private sector posted a net gain of 67,000 jobs. On Friday, after the Labor Department released the figures, markets rallied with the Dow Jones Industrial Average rising more than a percent. VOA's Robert Raffaele has more.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Survey Shows Uncertainty Slowing Job Recovery



VOAVideo: Survey Shows Uncertainty Slowing Job Recovery

A new survey by business economists paints a mixed picture of the US recovery. In the poll by the National Association of Business Economists (NABE), the nation's leading economists give high marks to the Federal Reserve's monetary policy but says the lack of clarity on taxation and on new government regulations is making companies less willing to hire. The survey comes as investors await a key report on US employment. Mil Arcega reports.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Everyday English: NAIL CARE

Question: Can you do manicures and pedicures?
Answer: Yes, we can!
This post is dedicated to the many manicurists in our class. Enjoy!



JenniferESL Everyday English: NAIL CARE

ESL Discussions: Convesation Questions on Nails

Listen a Minute: Nails

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

ESL Podcast 428 – Getting a Dream Job

ESL Podcast 428 – Getting a Dream Job

Tandia: Do you want these want ads after I’m finished with them?

Hank: No, I’m not going to find my dream job in the classifieds. I’m going to have to get more creative with my job search.