Friday, October 29, 2010

US Economy Grows Two Percent in Third Quarter



VOAVideo: US Economy Grows Two Percent in Third Quarter

The US economy is growing. That's the good news. The bad news is that economic growth remains sluggish. The US Commerce Department says GDP (Gross Domestic Product), the broadest measure of the US economy, grew 2 percent, at an annual rate, between July and September - a slight increase from the previous quarter. The White House says the government report is more evidence that the economy has weathered the worst downturn since the 1930's. But the numbers are of little help for Democrats who face steep losses in next week's mid-term elections.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

15 Months Out of Recession, but Not Feeling Like It



VOA Learning English Video: 15 Months Out of Recession, but Not Feeling Like It

American businesses are still slow to hire and unemployment remains near ten percent. But an economic research group reported in September that the recession in the United States ended in June of last year. It was the longest recession since the nineteen thirties.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Listening Test Level C

SOURCE: Level C Level C Audio (SEE BELOW)

You will practice one time. First, you will hear a question. Next, listen carefully to what is said. You will hear the question again. Then choose the correct answer: A, B, or C. You will hear everything one time. Listen.

Practice

What’s the problem?

􀂃 Joe, where’s your hard hat?
􀃠 Oh…sorry! I forgot to wear it.

What’s the problem?


  • A
  • B
  • C
Listen to the MP3 for Questions 1 & 2

1. What problem does the woman have?

􀂃 I need to talk to Payroll about my pay statement.
􀃠 What’s wrong?
􀂃 They used vacation time for the days I was sick.

What problem does the woman have?


  • A
  • B
  • C
2. What is the man asking about?

􀂃 Hi, I’m interested in your summer soccer camp program for kids. Can you give me some information?
􀃠 Sure! It’s a half day program and…let’s see… it starts next week…no, sorry…next month. You need to register by this Friday. It’s really popular. Last year we had to turn alot of kids away.

What is the man asking about?


  • A
  • B
  • C
You will practice one time. You will hear the first part of a conversation. To finish the conversation, listen and choose the correct answer: A, B, or C. You will hear everything one time. Listen.

Practice
􀂃 Hi, Sonia! How’s it goin’?
􀃠 Great! How about you?
􀂃 Oh, fine. Whaddaya doin’ this week-end?


  • A
  • B
  • C
Listen to the MP3 for Questions 3 & 4

3.
􀂃 Sammy’s Pizza.

􀃠 Where are you located?
􀂃 We’re on Third Avenue just west of Imperial.
􀃠 Did you say Third Avenue?


  • A
  • B
  • C
4.
􀂃 Andrew, the printer keeps jamming again. Could you get someone to come and repair it right away?

􀃠 Again? We had a guy out here last week to fix it!


  • A
  • B
  • C

You will practice one time. Listen to what is said. When you hear the question, Which is correct?, listen and choose the correct answer: A, B, or C. You will hear everything only one time.

Practice:

􀂃 Do we need onions?
􀃠 Yeah…get five or six.
􀂃 Well then…let’s buy a whole bag. It’s less expensive.
􀃠 OK.

Which is correct?


  • A
  • B
  • C
Listen to the MP3 for Questions 5 & 6

5.
􀂃 When was the last time you visited your sister?
􀃠 I saw her in June.

Which is correct?


  • A
  • B
  • C
6.
􀂃 Your lab results will be ready in about 3 days. You can call this number to find out if they’ve come in.


Which is correct?


  • A
  • B
  • C

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Listening Test Level B

Source: CASAS Level B Level B Audio (SEE BELOW)

First, you will hear a question. Next, listen carefully to what is said. You will hear the question again. Then choose the correct answer: A, B, or C. Listen to the MP3 for Questions 1 & 2

1. What does the woman say?

.....Let’s go for a walk at lunchtime.
.....I can’t go today. I have too much work to do.

What does the woman say?

  • A
  • B
  • C


2. What button should you press for your credit card balance?

You have reached Town & Country Bank.
For your current checking or savings balance press “1”.
For your credit card balance, press “2”.
To report a lost or stolen ATM card orcredit card, press “3”.
For information about other services, or to speak to a representative, press “zero” at any time.

What button should you press for your credit card balance?

  • A
  • B
  • C

You will hear the first part of a conversation. To finish the conversation, listen and choose the correct answer: A, B, or C. You will hear everything two times. Listen to the MP3 for Questions 3 & 4.

3. Doctor Khan says I need to lose weight.


  • A
  • B
  • C

4. What’s wrong with Lupe?

  • A
  • B
  • C

Listen to what is said. When you hear the question, Which is correct? Listen and choose the correct answer: A, B, or C. You will hear everything only one time. Listen to the MP3 for Questions 5 & 6

5. Where’s Nancy?
.....She’s on vacation. She won’t be back until the 10th.
.....Oh, really. Where’d she go?
.....She went to Wisconsin to see her family.

Which is correct?


  • A
  • B
  • C

6. .....Hello. I’m Dr. Meade. What brings you here today?
........I’m feeling very run down. I’m getting a lot of sleep, but when I get up to go to work, I still
feel tired.

Which is correct?

  • A
  • B
  • C

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Listening Test Level A

Source: CASAS Level A Level A Audio (SEE BELOW)

Look at the Practice pictures and listen. Choose the correct answer: A, B, or C. Listen to the MP3 for Questions 1 & 2

1. How do you like your new apartment? I really like it. It has big windows.

Pictures:
  • A. apartment bldg w/big windows
  • B. apartment bldg w/very small windows
  • C. house with big trees

2. I like this shirt but the sleeves are too long.
Pictures:

  • A. woman wearing a long dress
  • B. woman wearing a short-sleeved shirt
  • C. woman wearing a shirt with sleeves too long


First, you will hear a question. Next, listen carefully to what is said. You will hear the question again. Then choose the correct answer: A, B, or C. You will hear everything two times. Listen to the MP3 for Questions 3 & 4

3. What time will the man get home?

.....What time will you be home?
.....5:00.

What time will the man get home?
  • A
  • B
  • C

4. What does the man want to do?

.....I’m moving next week, can I borrow your truck?
.....Sure, no problem.

What does the man want to do?
  • A
  • B
  • C

You will hear part of a conversation. To finish the conversation, listen and choose the correct answer: A, B, or C. You will hear everything two times. Listen to the MP3 for Questions 5 & 6

5. I’ve lived here for 6 years. How do you like it?
  • A
  • B
  • C

6. Look out! There’s broken glass on the floor.

  • A
  • B
  • C

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

CASAS Test Prep Activities for the Reading and Listening Tests


On Monday 11/01, VESL will take the CASAS Reading Test.

On Friday 11/05, VESL will take the CASAS Listening test.

Here are some exercises to help you prepare for the CASAS TESTS.

CASAS Test Prep Activities for the Reading Test
CASAS Test Prep Activities for the Listening Test

Milpitas Adult School ESL Computer Lab

Monday, October 18, 2010

BEP 167 ADV – Interviewing for your First Job (Part 1)

BEP 167 ADV – Interviewing for your First Job (Part 1)

On July 11, 2010, in Advanced, Business English, ESL Podcast, Job Interviews, by BEP

This Business English Pod lesson is the first in a three-part series on first job interviews.Job interviews can make anyone nervous. After all, you want to make the best impression you can. But as a new graduate, you have an added challenge: little formal job experience. You need to prove to [...]
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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Miners in Chile Raised to Freedom after More Than Two Months Underground



VOAVideo: Miners in Chile Raised to Freedom after More Than Two Months Underground

Those 33 trapped miners in Chile are being pulled to freedom one by one after being underground since early August. VOA's Elizabeth Lee tells us about the rescue operations and the celebrations at the mine site.








VOANews: Chile Completes Rescue of All 33 Miners

The flawless operation to bring the miners to the surface ended earlier than expected

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Obama Urges Steps to Strengthen Economy



VOANews: Obama Urges Steps to Strengthen Economy

In September, President Obama proposed new measures to lift the economy. The central bank in its latest report said there was continued growth in the past several weeks, but with "widespread signs" of slowing. President Obama gave a speech near Cleveland, Ohio. He proposed a tax plan for businesses that make capital improvements, like buying new equipment.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

ESL Podcast 444 – Planning for Retirement

In EASY AT WORK Episode 2, Sophia and Teresa chat about retirement benefits.

ESL Podcast 444 – Planning for Retirement

If I keep working at this rate for the next 20 years, between Social Security and my savings, I should be sitting pretty for retirement. ... Download Podcast

Friday, October 8, 2010

US Unemployment Stays at 9.6 Percent



VOAVideo: US Unemployment Stays at 9.6 Percent

The latest US unemployment report shows the economy shed 95,000 jobs in September. Although the private sector added 64,000 jobs last month, the gains were not enough to offset the loss of more than 150,000 jobs due to government layoffs. Despite the net loss, the national unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.6 percent, as some Americans gave up looking for work. Mil Arcega has more.

VOANews: US Economy Sheds 95,000 Jobs

Loses came in government work, while private employers added positions

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Business English Pod 44 and 45 – Socializing

Today’s Business English Pod lesson is the first in a two-part series on the basics of social English: starting a conversation, keeping it going, and finishing it appropriately. Successful conversation is an important part of networking – the skill of building up a network of contacts and relationships.

You’ll hear two dialogues. In the first, Penny, an HR officer from Malaysia, strikes up a conversation with George, the Asia-Pacific learning and development manager. “To strike up a conversation” means to start a conversation, usually with someone you don’t know too well.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Jobview Bay Area

JobView BayArea

Find daily updated local, regional and national jobs. Users can apply on-line to any job, or email and/or text message job descriptions to themselves. Access Jobview Bay Area at the Library or at home.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Job Interview Video by Milpitas Adult School


Job Interview Video by Milpitas Adult School

This is a video created by Ann Taguchi, Reva Larson, and Hongyan Zheng at Milpitas Adult Education center. The two actors in the video are current ESL students at the school, one from level 3 and the other from level 4.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Housekeeping: Laundry Operations

On Friday, we watched the first episode of EASY at Work Unit 2: A Tour of the Hotel. First stop on the Hotel Tour--the Laundry Room. Here is a short training video about Laundry operations from the American Hotel & Lodging Association Education Institute. What are the job tasks demonstrated on the video below?



EducationalInstitute: Housekeeping: Laundry Operations

The best techniques and laundry procedures save time, money, and potential injuries. This video provides a comprehensive, narrated training program covering all aspects of laundry operations, including preparation, gathering dirty laundry, sorting, washing, drying, folding and storing.

More info: American Hotel & Lodging Association Education Institute provides quality hospitality education, training and professional certification that serves the needs of hospitality schools and industries worldwide.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

ESL Podcast 331 – Washing Clothes

On Friday, we took EASY at Work Unit 1 test, then watched the first episode of Unit 2: A Tour of the Hotel during which Teresa is introduced to the different departments and staff members. First stop on the Hotel Tour--the Laundry Room.

ESL Podcast 331 – Washing Clothes

Mina: Didn’t anyone teach you how to do laundry? You’re supposed to separate your whites from your colors and wash them separately. Download Podcast

Friday, October 1, 2010

Unemployed Americans Search for 'Lifeline' Until Jobs Return



VOAVideo: Unemployed Americans Search for 'Lifeline' Until Jobs Return

Unemployed workers in the United States are eligible for up to 99 weeks of government-provided financial assistance. Those who have used up their benefits call themselves "99ers" in reference to this limit. VOA's Carla Babb reports on how one 99er is struggling to survive with absolutely no income. (read more)