Saturday, May 28, 2011

ESL Podcast 688 – Ending a Business Relationship

ESL Podcast 688 – Ending a Business Relationship


If something isn’t working in any relationship, sometimes the best thing is just to end it. Learn more about how this might work for businesses in this episode. Download Podcast

Friday, May 27, 2011

California Economy Sees Improvement, Continuing Trouble



VOAVideo: California Economy Sees Improvement, Continuing Trouble

The economic recession hit California hard in 2008 and 2009, and parts of its economy remain dismal. The state's unemployment rate, at almost 12 percent, is nearly three points higher than the national average, and California's real estate market is one of the nation's worst. But as we hear from Mike O'Sullivan, there are areas of improvement in the nation's most populous state.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

California Economy Sees Improvement, Continuing Trouble

VOANews: California Economy Sees Improvement, Continuing Trouble

The economic recession hit California hard in 2008 and 2009, and parts of its economy remain dismal. The state's unemployment rate, at almost 12 percent, is nearly three points higher than the national average, and California's real estate market is one of the nation's worst. But there are areas of improvement in the nation's most populous state. (download mp3)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Smoking Joe's BBQ, American Small Business, Sees Future in Asia



VOAVideo: Smoking Joe's BBQ, American Small Business, Sees Future in Asia

As many countries in Asia continue to show steady economic growth, multinational corporations are not the only businesses looking for opportunities. The economic slowdown in the U.S. and Europe, and the growing middle class in countries like Indonesia, are motivating even some small businesses to expand their operations overseas.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Gold Keeps Shining, 40 Years After Nixon Ended Gold Standard



VOA Learning English Video: Gold Keeps Shining, 40 Years After Nixon Ended Gold Standard

The best example of something is often called the "gold standard." It sets the standard against which other things are measured. In economics, the term describes how major trading nations once used gold to set currency values and exchange rates. Many nations continued to use the gold standard until the last century. In the United States, people could exchange paper money for gold from the eighteen seventies until nineteen thirty-three. President Richard Nixon finally disconnected the dollar from the value of gold in nineteen seventy-one. Some politicians from time to time call for a return to the gold standard. (read more)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Business English Vocabulary Lesson for ESL - Project Management Vocabulary 2



Business English Vocabulary Lesson for ESL - Project Management Vocabulary 2

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This Business English video ESL lesson introduces English vocabulary for discussing projects and project management in English.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Using Social Media to Find a Job (Part 1 and 2)

VOA Learning English: Part 1: Using the Internet and Social Media to Search for a Job

A media-marketing CEO and a career adviser share ideas about job hunting online. First of two parts ECONOMICS REPORT(download mp3)


VOA Learning English: Part 2: 'You Are Your Brand:' Using Social Media to Find a Job

Advice for presenting a fuller picture of yourself and your skills. Second of two parts ECONOMICS REPORT (download mp3)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Microsoft Announces $8.5 Billion Deal to Buy Skype



VOAVideo: Microsoft Announces $8.5 Billion Deal to Buy Skype

In a move aimed at regaining some of the ground it has lost to rivals such as Google, Microsoft is hoping to make inroads into the lucrative smartphone and tablet communication business, announcing a multi-billion dollar deal this week to purchase Internet phone service Skype. Mil Arcega reports.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Friday, May 13, 2011

Obama Enters 2012 Race on Good News About Jobs



VOA Learning English Video: Obama Enters 2012 Race on Good News About Jobs

In early April, President Obama announced his plans to seek re-election in November of next year. In an e-mail to supporters, Mr. Obama said "the race may not reach full speed for a year or more." But he said the work of building the campaign "must start today."Some of that work will depend on how many jobs are created in the months ahead. Mr. Obama welcomed a report that the United States economy added two hundred sixteen thousand jobs in March. The unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of one percent for the second straight month. The unemployment rate edged down to 8.8 percent, the lowest in two years. And some economists say this spring may be the start of better news to come...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Commuting - English for Professionals - Lesson 1



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?

Monday, May 9, 2011

US Economy Gains More Jobs but Unemployment Rate Higher



VOAVideo: US Economy Gains More Jobs but Unemployment Rate Higher

The U.S. economy added 244,000 jobs in April - more than economists had expected, but not enough to lower the unemployment rate. The jobless rate rose two tenths of a percent, from 8.8 to 9 percent in April. (read more)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Universities Prepare Students for Socially-Conscious Careers



VOAVideo: Universities Prepare Students for Socially-Conscious Careers

The American economy has traditionally been divided into three sectors: government, for-profit businesses and non-profit charities. In more recent years, students of American business have begun talking about a fourth category, often called the "for-benefit" sector. Fitting in between traditional businesses and charitable groups, for-benefit organizations are moneymaking enterprises with a social agenda. As Mike Osborne reports, American universities are beginning to recognize this fourth sector of the economy, and to prepare students to enter it.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Using the Internet and Social Media to Search for a Job

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

A media-marketing CEO and a career adviser share ideas about job hunting online. First of two parts | ECONOMICS REPORT (download mp3)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

US Retailers Hope For Strong Mother's Day Sales



VOAVideo: US Retailers Hope For Strong Mother's Day Sales

Mother's Day is a popular spring holiday in the U.S., a time when families get together and honor mom with cards, flowers and gifts. It is also big business -- one of the biggest weekends for retail sales. After several years of stagnant sales, retailers have seen signs of growth in the last two quarters. They are counting on strong Mother's Day sales this year to bring more confidence to the overall economy. Jeff Swicord reports.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Business English Vocabulary for ESL - Project Management 1



Business English Vocabulary for ESL - Project Management 1

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This Business English video ESL lesson introduces English vocabulary for discussing projects and project management in English.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Oil Company Profits Surge

VOANews: Oil Company Profits Surge

ExxonMobil says it made nearly $11 billion, Shell reports more than $6 billion income in the first three months of this year


VOANews: Oil Price Rise Fueled by Investment Funds

Petroleum has become a favored asset for investors looking for future profits and their dollars sometimes distort market

Sunday, May 1, 2011

How High Will the Price of Oil Go This Time?



VOA Learning English: How High Will the Price of Oil Go This Time?

Unrest in North Africa and the Middle East pushed oil prices back into the news. Prices rose at their fastest level since two thousand eight.Libya is not among the ten largest oil exporters. But the rebellion against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi reduced production, affecting the global market.In March, oil prices rose above one hundred dollars a barrel. Prices went above one hundred forty-five dollars a barrel in two thousand eight. The price of oil affects prices and demand for energy, plastics, farm chemicals and many other products made with petroleum...