Saturday, December 31, 2011

Mom


On Tuesday, December 20, 2011, my mother passed away after a long illness. MilpitasVESL will resume its regular schedule in the new year. Thank you.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Bakery Cooks Up a Sweet Future



VOAVideo: Bakery Cooks Up a Sweet Future

A full-production bakery near Washington, DC has a special training program that helps people with various learning disabilities find jobs in the baking industry. But the young trainees are learning more than just how to make a cookie or frost a cake.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Vietnamese-American Nail Industry Hangs in the Balance

VOANews: Vietnamese-American Nail Industry Hangs in the Balance

Fashion nails have provided a tried and true path to the middle class for thousands of immigrants in the United States, but today the industry is at a crossroads. Low prices, which allowed Vietnamese-Americans to dominate the $6 billion industry, are proving unsustainable and forcing salon owners to innovate new ways of doing business.

Monday, November 21, 2011

A Closer Look at High-Frequency Trading



VOA Learning English: A Closer Look at High-Frequency Trading

Once, stocks were traded through the open outcry system. Today fast, interconnected computers have mostly replaced the traders shouting prices on the floors of stock exchanges. Joe Saluzzi is a head of equity trading at Themis Trading in New Jersey. "The equity market has changed. It's no longer what you see on TV, it's no longer guys with colored jackets running around the floor anymore. .... The equity market is a bunch of co-located computers strung together by a bunch of wires, everyone trying to race to zero. The speed of light is the goal."Computers can process stock trades in thousandths of a second.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

VOA60 Extra- Detroit Entrepreneurs



A full production bakery near Washington, DC has a special training program that helps people with various learning disabilities find jobs in the baking industry. But as VOA's Julie Taboh discovered, the young trainees are learning more than just how to make a cookie or frost a cake.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What It Takes to Become a Druggist


VOA Learning English: What It Takes to Become a Druggist
Becoming a pharmacist in the U.S. usually requires at least six years of study after high school SCIENCE IN THE NEWS (download mp3)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Moving

I am moving to a new home. I have limited access to the internet, so my posts will be infrequent. I hope to resume a regular daily posting schedule soon. Thanks--Teacher Jennifer

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Quick Lesson in Ways Businesses Are Organized



VOA Learning English: A Quick Lesson in Ways Businesses Are Organized

Businesses are structured in different ways to meet different needs. The simplest form of business is called an individual or sole proprietorship. The proprietor owns all of the property of the business and is responsible for everything. (read more)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Obama Makes His Case for Jobs Plan

VOA Learning English: Obama Makes His Case for Jobs Plan

President Obama and his wife Michelle traveled to the states of North Carolina and Virginia this week. The Obamas were seeking support for the president’s four hundred forty-seven billion dollar jobs plan (download mp3)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

US Budget Woes Put Teachers, Emergency Responders on Chopping Block



VOAVideo: US Budget Woes Put Teachers, Emergency Responders on Chopping Block

A proposal to send federal assistance to cash-strapped local governments across America has been defeated in the U.S. Senate, 50 to 50, short of the 60 votes needed for passage. The measure would have provided $35 billion to keep teachers, police officers, and fire fighters on payrolls as cities and counties grapple with continued budget shortfalls. The spending would have been offset by a slight boost in taxes paid by millionaires.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Investors Seek New Way to Predict Markets



VOAVideo: Investors Seek New Way to Predict Markets

Wild and unpredictable swings on financial markets are making investors seek better ways to gauge the future direction of the economy. Market participants have traditionally - and successfully - watched the changing price of copper for insight. But, that's changing

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Apple Unveils iPhone 4S to Tough Competition



VOAVideo: Apple Unveils iPhone 4S to Tough Competition

The high-tech company Apple has announced a new version of its popular iPhone, called the iPhone 4S. The new device offers some innovative features, but faces growing competition in a crowded market.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Apple's Key to Success: Turning Tech into Lifestyle



VOAVideo: Apple's Key to Success: Turning Tech into Lifestyle

From communications to entertainment, Apple computer products have profoundly changed the way people around the world obtain information and use technology. The man that led Apple through its evolution was Steve Jobs. Reporter Elizabeth Lee examines why Apple has been so successful in selling its products and what consumers can expect now that Jobs has died.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Pondering Apple's Future Without Steve Jobs



VOAVideo: Pondering Apple's Future Without Steve Jobs

When Steve Jobs died Wednesday, the business world lost a marketing genius - one of the world's most creative and successful innovators. Jobs, who is credited with rescuing the company he founded and turning it into one of the world's most valuable corporations, is considered one of this generation's great trailblazers. As the world mourns Job's death, though, some are wondering what will happen to Apple now that its iconic leader is gone.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Steve Jobs 1955-2011



NMAWorldEdition: Steve Jobs 1955-2011
Steve Jobs -- Apple's founder and innovator who revolutionized the way the world uses technology -- has died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 56.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs Dies


VOANews: Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs Dies

Apple Computer co-founder Steve Jobs has died at age 56 after a long illness. Tributes have been pouring in from around the world. Jobs was an entrepreneur and innovator who changed several industries. (read more, see the photo gallery, and watch videos)

Monday, October 10, 2011

World Reacts to Announcement of Steve Jobs Death



VOAVideo: World Reacts to Announcement of Steve Jobs Death

As news of Steve Jobs' death spreads, many are sharing their feelings about the life and innovations of the Apple Computer co-founder. From Washington, D.C., to Cupertino, and from Hong Kong to the Blogosphere, news that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs passed away at age 56 came as a jolt, and people spoke up about the impact.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

BusinessEnglishMaterials.com: APPLE

BusinessEnglishMaterials.com: APPLE
Apple Inc. is one of the world’s best-known and perhaps favourite companies....The company was started by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1976. (read more)

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Visionary Apple Computer Founder Steve Jobs Dies at 56



VOAVideo: Visionary Apple Computer Founder Steve Jobs Dies at 56

The founder of Apple Computers, Steve Jobs has died at the age of 56. Mariama Diallo reports about the life of a man being hailed as a visionary.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs Steps Down with Apple on Top

Steve Jobs passed away on October 5, 2011. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and the employees--past and present--of Apple, Pixar, and NeXT Computer.



VOA Learning English: Steve Jobs Steps Down with Apple on Top

The chief executive who presented the latest, and coolest, electronics to the world has stepped down. Steve Jobs announced his resignation as head of Apple in a letter. He wrote: "I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come." (read more)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Work Style (Part 1) - English for Professionals - Lesson 3



JenniferESL Work Style (Part 1) - English for Professionals - Lesson 3

Click here for PART 2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4oNn2ytBm0

Key words & expressions:
work style, work ethic, work ethics, proactive, fall into the trap of (doing something)

Series objective:
This series will help those preparing to use English in the workplace as well as those already in the workforce. This is NOT traditional Business English (negotiating, presenting, interviewing, etc.) The lessons in this series will help learners gain confidence in talking about work and work-related matters.

Target skills of series: listening, speaking, and vocabulary.

Levels: intermediate to advanced.

STUDENTS: Additional practice is available at EnglishCafe.

TEACHERS: A related blog post is on WordPress. See key #4 (work ethics handout).

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Obama, Republicans Clash on Jobs

VOANews: Obama, Republicans Clash on Jobs

U.S. President Barack Obama is calling on Congress to quickly pass his jobs bill...Republicans like some parts of the president's jobs bill, such as payroll tax cuts, but they have rejected any tax increases to pay for any spending proposals.

Monday, October 3, 2011

US Ports Take High-Tech Approach to Security



VOAVideo: US Ports Take High-Tech Approach to Security

Millions of cargo containers from around the world enter ports throughout the United States every year. The threat to U.S. national security at these ports has grown in the last decade, and so has security. In fact, security has become a big business -- with companies vying to show off their latest high-tech products. Our reporter looks at two of the busiest ports in the U.S. and tells us what port security looks like now and what may be coming in the future.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Small Businesses in N.J. Town Adapt to Survive



VOAVideo: Small Businesses in N.J. Town Adapt to Survive

Many small businesses in the United States are struggling these days because of the economic downturn, changes in technology, and competition from large national chains.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

T-Shirt Designer - a Young Entrepreneur to Watch



VOAVideo: T-Shirt Designer - a Young Entrepreneur to Watch

Micha Weinblatt is considered one of the 10 'Generation Next' entrepreneurs to watch. The 28-year-old T-shirt designer launched his Crooked Monkey company in 2005. Our reporter profiles the designer - whose shirts are playful and irreverent - and appeal to a younger generation. (read more)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Amazon Launches E-Book Lending for Libraries

VOA Special English: Amazon Launches E-Book Lending for Libraries

The new service in the US will let Kindle users download books from thousands of local libraries TECHNOLOGY REPORT (download mp3)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

NY Bookstore Survives Changes in Publishing Industry



VOAVideo: NY Bookstore Survives Changes in Publishing Industry

Books and bookstores, have been having a hard time in the United States in the last few years. Not long ago, large discount booksellers drove many small, independent book stores out of business. Now, those superstores are taking a hit from on-line and digital book sellers. Borders -- the country's number two book chain -- recently declared bankruptcy and Amazon says it is now selling more e-books than printed ones. But in New York City, there's a family-owned, independent book store that is still going strong.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

US Postal Service Warns of Default


VOA Learning English: US Postal Service Warns of Default

The post office has proposed cutting over 100 thousand workers and Saturday mail delivery ECONOMICS REPORT (download mp3)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Company Helps Home Gardeners



VOAVideo: Company Helps Home Gardeners

A growing number of Americans grow fruit and vegetables at home in their own gardens. These small plots let gardeners savor the flavor of fresh-picked produce and improve their diet. Our correspondent tells us about a company in Los Angeles that helps new gardeners get started.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Obama Proposes $3 Trillion Deficit, Debt Plan

VOANews: Obama Proposes $3 Trillion Deficit, Debt Plan

Saying all Americans, especially wealthy, need to help fix economy, President issues second set of key financial proposals in 10 days

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Stimulus Spending Creating Green Jobs in Rust Belt Town



VOAVideo: Stimulus Spending Creating Green Jobs in Rust Belt Town
As President Obama works to build support for his new jobs plan, Congress prepares to debate his bill. One portion of the bill proposes spending to create jobs -- much like an earlier stimulus plan put into effect in 2009. While there are differences of opinion about how effective that first round of stimulus spending was, VOA's Derek Henkle tells us about one company -- and one family -- that are now thriving because of it.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Stylist's Job Is to Make Food Look Pretty for the Camera



VOA Learning English: Stylist's Job Is to Make Food Look Pretty for the Camera

To Lisa Cherkasky, every detail makes a big difference. She is looking for just the right position for this topping on a salmon sandwich. Finally, everything seems picture perfect . . . Today, Cherkasky is styling bread from the Gold Crust Baking Company. Nausika Lyubinsky is a part owner of the company. Cherkasky prepares the food so that it is camera-ready. She often employs tricks or devices designed for other uses.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

America and the Struggle for Jobs

VOA Learning English: America and the Struggle for Jobs

Author Don Peck has one answer: "Young people need to be extremely aggressive ... and have humility" THIS IS AMERICA

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mobile Restaurant Redefines Green, Organic



VOAVideo: Mobile Restaurant Redefines Green, Organic

In major metropolitan areas across the United States, food-vending trucks have become a common sight. For the truck merchants selling everything from fresh vegetables to fast food to fancy meals, they are an easy, low-cost way to run a business, and cost a fraction of what it would take to start a restaurant. But how good are they for the environment? From Los Angeles, VOA's Monaliza Noormohammadi profiles one brand of food truck that was built to be "green." (download mp3)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Americans Focus on National Unity on September 11 Anniversary



VOAVideo: Americans Focus on National Unity on September 11 Anniversary

As Americans prepare to mark the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, public-opinion polls suggest the country is in a pessimistic mood, largely because of the domestic economy. A recent Time Magazine poll found 71 percent of Americans see the U.S. as worse off than it was a decade ago, and a recent Gallup poll found that 88 percent of those asked are dissatisfied with the direction of the country. But as VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone reports, there are Americans hoping to rally national unity as the country prepares to mark the anniversary of that terrible day in September.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

More US Companies Look Global as Domestic Demand Drops



VOAVideo: More US Companies Look Global as Domestic Demand Drops

The U.S. International Trade Administration recently formed a partnership with America's seaports to encourage U.S. businesses to export. It is part of an effort to double U.S. exports by 2014. Some U.S. companies that historically depend on the domestic market are starting to look elsewhere for business to boost their bottom line, especially since the 2008 economic recession. But as Elizabeth Lee reports from Los Angeles, there are reasons why most American businesses do not export their products.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Home Construction Industry Suffers in Dismal US Housing Market



VOAVideo: Home Construction Industry Suffers in Dismal US Housing Market
In 2010, about 323,000 new homes were sold in the United States. That's the worst year on record since 1963. The dismal housing market in the United States, flooded with abandoned properties and foreclosures, has forced many out of the home construction industry. As VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports, the building suppliers and construction workers who remain in the U.S. Midwest are trying to deal with the worst economic environment their industry has seen in decades.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

US Job Growth Grinds to a Halt in August



VOAVideo: US Job Growth Grinds to a Halt in August

US job growth ground to a halt in August as government layoffs erased meager gains in the private sector. The Labor Department says American businesses added only 17,000 jobs last month, far short of the 100,000 jobs analysts were expecting. To make matters worse, cuts in state and federal employment offset those gains. The net result - zero jobs added in August.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Three Stories for Labor Day


VOANews: In US, a Labor Day Short of Celebration
Americans welcome Labor Day with high unemployment, fears of new recession

VOANews: US Companies, Labor Unions Struggle Over Politics Profits, Wages
Relations between workers and employers have been contentious in the United States this year

VOANews: 'Radium Girls' Remembered for Role in Shaping US Labor Law
Case of women who painted clock faces in small town in Midwest state of Illinois helped raise awareness to dangers of radium

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Tough Labor Day for Workers, Labor Unions



VOANews: Tough Labor Day for Workers, Labor Unions

Some Americans will take an extra day off from work this week to celebrate the Labor Day Holiday. The annual celebration traditionally marks the end of summer but it's also a day to honor the contribution that workers have made to the economic and social well being of the country. But for millions of unemployed Americans on this Labor Day Holiday, there is precious little to celebrate. Mil Arcega takes a look at the state of work and workers in the United States.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Technological Icon Steve Jobs Has Global Impact



VOANews: Technological Icon Steve Jobs Has Global Impact

Steve Jobs' resignation as chief executive of the technology giant Apple has rattled the international technology community. VOA's Carolyn Presutti looks at how one man and his vision affected the world.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Work Style (Part 2) - English for Professionals - Lesson 3



JenniferESL: Work Style (Part 2) - English for Professionals - Lesson 3
Guest Teacher: Dave Sconda

Have you seen Part 1? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b77d7ebmkmQ

Key words & expressions:work style, work ethic, work ethics, proactive, fall into the trap of (doing something)

Series objective: This series will help those preparing to use English in the workplace as well as those already in the workforce. This is NOT traditional Business English (negotiating, presenting, interviewing, etc.) The lessons in this series will help learners gain confidence in talking about work and work-related matters. Target skills of series: listening, speaking, and vocabulary.

Levels: intermediate to advanced.

STUDENTS: Additional practice is available at EnglishCafe. The complete interactive lesson has the transcript of Dave's talk.

TEACHERS: A related blog post is on WordPress. See key #4 (work ethics handout).

MUSIC CREDIT:"Zx5" by Euglenu.

Retrieved from http://www.flashkit.com/loops/Techno-Dance/Dance/Zx5-Eugl... For more music by EUGLENU, visit http://www.designx.ro/

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Work Style (Part 1) - English for Professionals - Lesson 3



JenniferESL: Work Style (Part 1) - English for Professionals - Lesson 3 Guest Teacher: Dave Sconda (in Part 2)


Click here for PART 2.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4oNn2ytBm0


Key words & expressions:work style, work ethic, work ethics, proactive, fall into the trap of (doing something)


Series objective: This series will help those preparing to use English in the workplace as well as those already in the workforce. This is NOT traditional Business English (negotiating, presenting, interviewing, etc.) The lessons in this series will help learners gain confidence in talking about work and work-related matters. Target skills of series: listening, speaking, and vocabulary.


Levels: intermediate to advanced.


STUDENTS: Additional practice is available at EnglishCafe.


TEACHERS: A related blog post is on WordPress. See key #4 (work ethics handout).


MUSIC CREDIT:"Zx5" by Euglenu.


Retrieved from http://www.flashkit.com/loops/Techno-Dance/Dance/Zx5-Eugl... For more music by EUGLENU, visit http://www.designx.ro/

Monday, August 22, 2011

ESL Podcast 712 – Types of Business Entities

ESL Podcast 712 – Types of Business Entities

If you are starting a new business, you want to make sure you do it right. Learn about how businesses can be organized in this episode Download Podcast

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Global Stocks Fall on US Recession, European Debt Worries



VOAVideo: Global Stocks Fall on US Recession, European Debt Worries

Global Stocks ended the week lower as fresh worries over a possible U.S. recession and Europe's debt crisis roiled markets anew. The inability of political leaders on both continents to deal with the crisis is adding to the volatility.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

ESL Podcast 708 – Trademarks and Logos


ESL Podcast 708 – Trademarks and Logos

Think different. Make money the old-fashioned way: Earn it by improving your knowledge of trademarks and logos in this episode. Download Podcast

Friday, August 19, 2011

Second Recession, If It Hits, Could Hit Hard



VOAVideo: Second Recession, If It Hits, Could Hit Hard

Some economists are worried that the United States is poised for another recession. They warn that a so-called "double-dip," if it comes, could be more painful for average Americans than the 2007-2008 recession. Jobs, incomes, output and industrial production are all weaker now than they were then. One sector that has been hit especially hard is housing. VOA's Laurel Bowman met a real estate agent who suffered through the first economic downturn and ponders how he would do it again.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Train and Bus Travel: Commuting to Work

Daily ESL: Train and Bus Travel: Commuting to Work

How do you travel to work and/or school? How long does it take you to get there? Are the trains and buses packed during certain times of day?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

2011 Milpitas Adult School ESL and Citizenship Registration

Milpitas Adult School ESL and Citizenship Registration is August 8, 10, 12, 15 or 17. For more info, click here. For other schools see the Literacy Directory.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Job Interview Tips

DailyESL: Job Interview Tips

Suppose you are the owner of an English school, and you are hiring a new English teacher for a new position. What questions would you ask the person to see if he or she is a qualifed candidate for the job?

Monday, August 15, 2011

Lower Oil Price May Help Consumers, Volatility Remains Problem



VOAVideo: Lower Oil Price May Help Consumers, Volatility Remains Problem In recent months, crude oil prices have experienced their sharpest drop since the 2008 financial crisis, and now stand at around $80 a barrel. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky examines with that means for consumers and the U.S. economy.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Job Promotion: A New Position and a Raise

DailyESL: Job Promotion: A New Position and a Raise

What factors and personal qualities do you think companies consider when giving an employee a promotion? On the other hand, what behaviors and personality traits work against a employee who is seeking a promotion?

Saturday, August 13, 2011

World Stocks Rise As US Jobless Claims Fall



VOAVideo: World Stocks Rise As US Jobless Claims Fall

The daily peaks and valleys continued on Wall Street, as better-than-expected news on the U.S. job front helped lift stock prices Thursday. The government says 395,000 people applied for unemployment benefits last week, a decline of 7,000 from the previous week. That's the first time jobless claims have dropped below 400,000 in four months. The welcome news helped pull European stocks from earlier losses. Mil Arcega has more. (read more)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Obama Urges Passage of Job Creation Bills

VOANews: Obama Urges Passage of Job Creation Bills

US president urges Congress to pass bills extending tax reductions, funding road construction and authorizing free trade agreement

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Markets Erase Gains, Dow Loses 519 Points



VOAVideo: Markets Erase Gains, Dow Loses 519 Points

Stock volatility continued on Wall Street Wednesday as markets turned their attention once more to the weak global economy. After an impressive rally Tuesday, fears about high levels of public debt in the U.S. and Europe have erased all the gains and then some. As Mil Arcega reports, there is growing concern that the global economy may be heading toward another painful recession. (read more)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

US Stocks Tumble in Wake of Credit Downgrade



VOAVideo: US Stocks Tumble in Wake of Credit Downgrade

The stock sell-off continued Monday, as world markets absorbed the news that the U.S. credit rating has been downgraded for the first time in the country's history. President Barack Obama dismissed the rating downgrade and insisted the U.S. remains a safe bet. But many are not so sure. Mil Arcega reports.

Monday, August 8, 2011

2011 ESL Registration and Placement Testing at Milpitas Adult School


2011 ESL Registration and Placement Testing at Milpitas Adult School

August 8, 10, 12, 15 or 17

MORNING AND EVENING CLASSSES for Academic and Career Students
Registration 9 am - 12
Begins on time. No late entry!
eTest 1 - 4 pm

Bring a picture ID and a $40 non-refundable test fee. (Exact change
only)
Plan to be here approximately 3 hours for registration and 3 hours for
the eTest. No Children Please!

The next ESL Registration/Placement test will be August 8, 10, 12, 15 and 17. Please click one of the language version listed below for registration and testing times.


School starts on August 29th

MORNING ESL CLASSES
ESL - Career & College Students Mon - Fri 8:45 am - 12 noon

EVENING CLASSES
ESL - Career & College Students Tue/Thu 5:45 pm - 9 pm
ESL Citizenship Preparation Tue/Thu 5:45 pm - 9 pm
Next Registration/Test Date: Oct 25, 2011.
Check the website https://adulted.musd.org/ for ESL updates.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

US Reports Improved Job Market



VOAVideo: US Reports Improved Job Market

The U.S. economy had a net gain of 117,000 jobs in July, and the unemployment rate declined slightly to hit 9.1 percent.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Skills Set - English for Professionals - Lesson 2



JenniferESL: Skills Set - English for Professionals - Lesson 2
Guest Teacher: Dave Sconda

Key words & expressions:skill set, build job skills, attention to detail, mentor, rise to the top

Series objective: This series will help those preparing to use English in the workplace as well as those already in the workforce. This is NOT traditional Business English (negotiating, presenting, interviewing, etc.) The lessons in this series will help learners gain confidence in talking about work and work-related matters.

Target skills of series: listening, speaking, and vocabulary.
Levels: intermediate to advanced.

STUDENTS: Additional practice is available at EnglishCafe. The full lesson includes the transcript of Dave's talk.http://www.englishcafe.com/lessons/skill-set-english-professionals-lesson-2-145573

TEACHERS: A related classroom activity has been posted on my WordPress blog.http://englishwithjennifer.wordpress.com/2011/06/23/job-fair-a-communication-and-problem-solving-activity/

Also, consider using the following discussion questions as a post-viewing activity:1. Do you agree or disagree with Dave's views on job searches?2. Do you have a mentor? Have you ever mentored another?3. Describe your present skill set.

MUSIC CREDIT:"Zx5" by Euglenu. Retrieved from http://www.flashkit.com/loops/Techno-Dance/Dance/Zx5-Euglenu-5751/

For more music by EUGLENU, visit http://www.designx.ro/

Also see:

JenniferESL: Commuting - English for Professionals - Lesson 1

New series!
English for Professionals

Series objective:
This series will help those preparing to use English in the workplace as well as those already in the workforce. This is NOT traditional Business English (negotiating, presenting, interviewing, etc.) The lessons in this series will help learners gain confidence in talking about work and work-related matters.

Target skills of series: listening, speaking, and vocabulary.

Levels: intermediate to advanced.

LESSON 1 Topic: Commuting
Guest Teacher: Dave Sconda

Note: A downloadable version of this video is available on Vimeo under the name JenniferESL.

STUDENTS: Additional practice is available at EnglishCafe. The full lesson includes the transcript of Dave's talk.
http://www.englishcafe.com/lessons/commuting-english-professionals-lesson-1-136976

TEACHERS: Related classroom ideas are posted on my WordPress blog.
http://englishwithjennifer.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/collocation-links/
Also, consider using the following discussion questions as a post-viewing activity:
1. Do you agree or disagree with Dave's views on work? What's the most important thing about a job? What do you value most in your work?
2. Do you agree or disagree with Dave regarding the importance of a commute? Is there any job worth a long commute in your opinion?
3. Do you agree or disagree with Jennifer's views on telecommuting? Is it a good alternative to working in an office?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Debt Ceiling Plan Clears Both Houses of Congress



VOAVideo: Debt Ceiling Plan Clears Both Houses of Congress

Voting on a deficit reduction plan is over in the U.S. Congress. Legislation raising the debt ceiling and cutting spending passed the U.S. House of Representatives Monday night and the U.S. Senate Tuesday, just in time for the August 2 deadline. On that day, economists had warned the U.S. would no longer be able to service its debt payments. Meantime, global market analysts seem to be several paces ahead, pondering how far the agreement goes in saving a weak U.S. economy. VOA's Laurel Bowman explores.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Monday, August 1, 2011

US Debt Debate Worries Gold Buyers, Sellers in Asia



VOAVideo: US Debt Debate Worries Gold Buyers, Sellers in Asia

The political wrangling in the United States over the national debt ceiling has helped push the dollar to record lows, and the price of gold above $1,600 an ounce, double where it was two years ago. In Asia, where gold is not just an ornament, but also a trusted investment, demand remains brisk. But with prices expected to continue rising, especially if the U.S. debt fight drags on, consumers and gold sellers say sales are going to be affected. VOA's Kate Pound Dawson in Washington has more.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

MilpitasVESL Food Safety Series!

New California Law SB 602 says that food handlers must take food safety training course and passing an exam. During the month of July, MilpitasVESL will feature ESL resources about food and food safety. See: ESL Discussions.com Conversation Questions on Food Safety to get the conversation started!

Basic Food Safety - Part 6 of 6: Review



Basic Food Safety - Part 6 of 6: Review

Produced by the Central District Health Department, Boise, ID.
Basic Food Safety.
Part 6: Review
Review the information in Parts 1 through 6 on Basic Food Safety. Use this episode as a refresher course on everything you've learned about Basic Food Safety in Idaho.
More information www.cdhd.idaho.gov.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011

Basic Food Safety - Part 5 of 6: Adulterated Food



Basic Food Safety - Part 5 of 6: Adulterated Food

Produced by the Central District Health Department, Boise, ID. Basic Food Safety. Part 5: Adulterated Food
Learn about the 5th leading cause of foodborne illness; Adulterated Food. Purchase foods only from approved sources, rotate stock, and keep storage areas clean.
More information www.cdhd.idaho.gov.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Specialty Food Sales Surge in US

VOANews: Specialty Food Sales Surge in US


Despite nation's economic downturn, Americans show healthy appetite for gourmet foods from around globe (watch video)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Basic Food Safety - Part 4 of 6: Inadequate Cooking and Contamination



Basic Food Safety - Part 4 of 6: Inadequate Cooking and Contamination

Produced by the Central District Health Department, Boise, ID. Basic Food Safety. Part 4: Inadequate Cooking and Contamination.
Learn about 2 major causes of foodborne illness in the United States; inadequate cooking and contaminated equipment. Find the proper minimum cooking temperature ranges for meat, fish and poultry, and learn about proper washing and sanitization techniques. More information www.cdhd.idaho.gov.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Basic Food Safety - Part 3 of 6: Poor Personal Hygiene



Basic Food Safety - Part 3 of 6: Poor Personal Hygiene

Produced by the Central District Health Department, Boise, ID.
Basic Food Safety.
Part 3: Poor Personal Hygiene.
Poor personal hygiene is responsible for many foodborne illnesses in the United States. Learn about proper hand washing and personal grooming, illnesses that either restrict or exclude employees from working, and watch a lighthearted example of poor personal hygiene featuring "Harold the Cook".
More information www.cdhd.idaho.gov.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Basic Food Safety - Part 2 of 6: Holding Time and Temperatures



Basic Food Safety - Part 2 of 6: Holding Time and Temperatures

Produced by the Central District Health Department, Boise, ID.
Basic Food Safety.
Part 2: Holding Time and Temperature.
The top 5 current foodborne illnesses in the United States are introduced here. Learn about proper holding times and temperatures, and what qualifies potentially hazardous foods to fall into the "Danger Zone", where bacteria rapidly grow and become dangerous to customers.
More information www.cdhd.idaho.gov

Friday, July 22, 2011

Deadly E. coli strikes Europe

Breaking News English: Deadly E. coli strikes Europe

According to the WHO (Worl Health Organization) there is a new form of E. coli, a deadly bacteria that has killed 18 people in Europe.



Also watch VOA Learning English Video: Helping European Farmers After the E. Coli Outbreak

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Basic Food Safety - Part 1 of 6



Basic Food Safety part 1 of 6

Produced by the Central District Health Department (CDHD) in Boise, ID.
Foodborne illnesses are responsible for more than 75 million illnesses, more than 230,000 hospitalizations, and approximately 5000 deaths each year in the United States. In Part 1, we show you 3 types of contamination and how improper handling can allow them to become dangerous to your patrons.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Sweet & Sour: Smithsonian Celebrates History of Chinese-American Food



VOANews: Sweet & Sour: Smithsonian Celebrates History of Chinese-American Food

The Smithsonian’s Asian and Pacific American Initiatives has started an ongoing project called the 'Sweet and Sour Initiative' that attempts to gather together stories of the Chinese in America through Chinese food and restaurants. The Smithsonian Museum wants to celerate the importance of Chinese restaurants and how it has meant so much more to the community than just a place to eat, to make money and to be able to survive and make a living. (download mp3)

Friday, July 15, 2011

US Moves to Improve Food Safety



VOAVideo: US Moves to Improve Food Safety

More steps are being taken to improve U.S. food safety. The Agriculture Department unveiled new regulations (April 5th) that would force meat and poultry companies to delay shipments to consumers until government inspectors get results of products they have tested for E-coli bacteria and other contaminants. The move is an effort by the government to prevent outbreaks of food poisoning and reduce the number of costly product recalls. Chris Simkins reports.

Read the VOANews story: US Moves to Improve Food Safety

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

How to: Be Food Safe Canada



How to: Be Food Safe Canada

How to: Be Food Safe Canada is a 2 minute video that demonstrates 4 safe food handling practices for the home cook. This video is based on the Be Food Safe Canada campaign demonstrating the 4 core safe food handling messages, Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill. This video is brought to you by the Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Partnership for Food Safety Education E-Cards

The cards address safe food handling topics with simple reminders of what people can do to reduce risk of foodborne illness. Share them with family, friends, your community groups and students!


For more BAC Fighter E-cards , see Archived BAC Fighter E-cards

Monday, July 11, 2011

USDAFoodSafety: Chill


USDAFoodSafety: Chill

Bacteria spreads fastest at temperatures between 40 ºF - 140 ºF, so chilling food properly is one of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.Check your steps at http://foodsafety.gov

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Exam Content Outline

What's on the Food Handler Safety Test?

The National Registry of Food Safety Professionals Exam Content Outline

  • Preventing Contamination and Cross-Contamination--15 questions

  • Ensuring Personal Hygiene and Employee Health--14 questions

  • Actively Managing Controls in a Food Establishment--13 questions

  • Monitoring the Flow of Foods--10 questions

  • Ensuring Product Time and Temperature--11 questions

  • Conducting Cleaning and Sanitizing--9 questions

  • Managing the Physical Facility Design and Maintenance--5 questions

  • Preventing and Controlling Pests (Insects/Rodents)--3 questions

Saturday, July 9, 2011

USDAFoodSafety: Cook



USDAFoodSafety: Cook

Even for experienced cooks, the improper heating and preparation of food means bacteria can survive. Use a food thermometer. Check your steps at http://foodsafety.gov

Friday, July 8, 2011

Reducing Foodborne Illness Risk Factors in Food Service and Retail Establishments

New California Law SB 602 says that food handlers must take food safety training course and passing an exam. During the month of July, MilpitasVESL will feature ESL resources about food and food safety.

FDA.gov: Reducing Foodborne Illness Risk Factors in Food Service and Retail Establishments


This FDA PowerPoint Presentation (ppt)contains “food safety messages” provided for use in foodservice, retail food stores and retail regulatory programs for training, refresher sessions and inspection related activities.

The slides discuss risk facores that require priority attention and recommendations. The slide show is 100 slides, but is divided into the following sections so people can see the slides that are important to their jobs. Please study the pictures which clearly show what the text tries to describe.

  • 01-07 Introduction

  • 08-18 Institutions

  • 19-38 Fast Food Restaurants

  • 39-52 Restaurants

  • 53-64 Retail Food Sores

  • 65-74 Meat & Poultry

  • 75-88 Seafood

  • 89-98 Produce

Download the ppt presentation: Reducing Foodborne Illness Risk Factors in Food Service and Retail Establishments (PPT - 2577KB)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Food Safety

New California Law SB 602 says that food handlers must take food safety training course and passing an exam. During the month of July, MilpitasVESL will feature ESL resources about food and food safety.

ListenAMinute.com: Food Safety

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

USDAFoodSafety: Clean

New California Law SB 602 says that food handlers must take food safety training course and passing an exam. During the month of July, MilpitasVESL will feature ESL resources about food and food safety.


USDAFoodSafety: Clean


Bacteria can spread throughout the kitchen and get on hands, cutting boards, knives, and countertops. Frequent cleaning can keep that from happening. Check your steps at http://foodsafety.gov

Monday, July 4, 2011

5 easy food safety tips for your July Fourth cook-out

New California Law SB 602 says that food handlers must take food safety training course and passing an exam. During the month of July, MilpitasVESL will feature ESL resources about food and food safety.


5 easy food safety tips for your July Fourth cook-out Posted by Annika Stensson, restaurant.org
Follow these basic food safety tips will help keep meals safe for you and your family and friends:

1. Ask staff how to properly store and/or reheat items when purchasing takeout or delivery food from a restaurant to serve at your event.

2. Wash your hands before handling food. Use hot, soapy water and wash for about 20 seconds.

3. Keep hot foods hot, and cold foods cold. Food held in the “temperature danger zone” – between 41 degrees F and 135 degrees F – are at a higher risk for foodborne illness.

4. Don’t leave food out of temperature for more than four hours – any longer, and the food should be discarded. To avoid waste, serve small amounts of food at a time and put more out as needed.

5. Always wash hands, cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water after contact with raw meat, poultry and seafood to avoid cross-contamination.

For more information on food safety and food safety training for restaurant industry professionals, visit www.servsafe.com. The National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe program is the industry leader in food safety training.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

US Food Safety Hotline Works to Prevent Food-Borne Illness

New California Law SB 602 says that food handlers must take food safety training course and passing an exam. During the month of July, MilpitasVESL will feature ESL resources about food and food safety.



VOAVideo: US Food Safety Hotline Works to Prevent Food-Borne Illness

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about one-in-six Americans get sick from food poisoning every year and about 3,000 of them die. Health officials say those numbers usually rise during this time of year as more Americans take advantage of warm weather by cooking and eating outdoors. VOA's Chris Simkins has more on efforts to improve food safety and how a group of people near Washington, D.C. are working to educate consumers against food-borne illness.

VOA Learning English: Enjoying Outdoor Cooking, Without the Unwanted Visitors

A food safety hotline. Tom Hanks’ busy career. And new music from Death Cab for Cutie AMERICAN MOSAIC (download mp3)

Saturday, July 2, 2011

SB 602 - Food Handler Cards

New California Law SB 602 says that food handlers must take food safety training course and passing an exam. During the month of July, MilpitasVESL will feature ESL resources about food and food safety.



SCC.gov: SB 602 - Food Handler Cards

There continues to be many unresolved questions regarding California’s Food Handler Card Law (SB 602).

Therefore, between July 1, 2011 and January 1, 2012 enforcement of this law in Santa Clara County WILL BE LIMITED to education and notification of requirements for compliance; violations will NOT be marked on food facility inspection reports until 2012.

After January 1, 2012, during routine inspections and investigations in Santa Clara County the Department will work with facility operators to reach compliance with this new law.

Currently, there are only 3 companies approved to issue a California Food Handler Card; additional providers will be added to this list once approved:

Also see: Current Food Safety Schedule

Friday, July 1, 2011

New Law in US Aims to Increase Food Safety

New California Law SB 602 says that food handlers must take food safety training course and passing an exam. CA SB 602 supports the Food Safety Modernization Act (Jan 2011) which calls for more inspections and will let the government order recalls. During the month of July, MilpitasVESL will feature ESL resources about food and food safety.



VOA Learning English: New Law in US Aims to Increase Food Safety

The United States is making the first major changes in its food safety rules since the nineteen thirties. A new law called the Food Safety Modernization Act will govern all foods except meat, poultry and some egg products. It calls for increased government inspections of food processors. And it lets the Food and Drug Administration order the recall of unsafe foods. That agency has only been able to negotiate with manufacturers to remove products from the market. The new law also increases requirements for imported foods. (read more)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Job Hunting


Randall's ESL Lab: Job Hunting

Which factor is most crucial when looking for a new job? Rank the following points in terms of importance and then discuss your reasons:


opportunities for promotion or advancement, working hours, vacation days, pension plan, interest level, salary, benefits such as health and life insurance, sick or maternity leave

I. Pre-Listening Exercises

II. Listening Exercises

III. Vocabulary

IV. Post-Listening

V. Online Investigations

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Critical Role of Manufacturing



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wh.gov: The Critical Role of Manufacturing

President Obama visits the Alcoa Davenport Works in Bettendorf, Iowa and speaks about the critical role manufacturing plays in the American economy. June 28, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Immigrant Women Especially Vulnerable to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace



VOAVideo: Immigrant Women Especially Vulnerable to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Since the earliest days of the Dutch settlers, New York has been the first stop for many immigrants coming into the United States - and in recent years, that has included immigrants from Africa. More than half a million African migrants have come to the United States since 1980, and many have settled in New York, like other groups before them. But with them have come serious social issues, especially for young West African women working in the city. VOA's New York Bureau chief Bernie Shusman reports.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Using the Internet and Social Media to Search for a Job



VOA Learning English Video: Using the Internet and Social Media to Search for a Job

The job market is more competitive than ever for millions of workers around the world. In America, one reason for that right now is high unemployment after the worst recession since the nineteen thirties. But other reasons involve changes in the needs of the American and global economies. In big developing economies like India and China, high turnover rates mean workers often move from job to job. These days, many job seekers go online to connect with employers. (read more)