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)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

US Hiring Slows, Unemployment Rate Hits 9.1%



VOAVideo: US Hiring Slows, Unemployment Rate Hits 9.1%

The US economy is showing signs of slowing down, adding only 54,000 jobs in May - the smallest increase in eight months. The nation's unemployment rate inched higher last month to 9.1 percent, raising fears the US recovery already may have peaked. Hiring in May fell far short of the 150,000 jobs that Wall Street was expecting, sending stock prices sharply lower on Friday.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Investing in the Arab Spring

VOANews: Investing in the Arab Spring

International support can speed progress, says the head of the World Bank, "but only if coupled with real reform" ECONOMICS REPORT (download mp3)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Business Apps



VOAVideo: Business Apps
Technology bridges the gap between big business and the start up entrepreneur. VOA's Philip Alexiou reports.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Immigrants in US Take Job Training



VOAVideo; Immigrants in US Take Job Training

Many Americans donate items, especially clothing, to Goodwill Industries. The non-profit organization sells the items at lower prices in their stores in the United States, and other countries. The money is used to provide job training for the disabled and disadvantaged, including immigrants in the U.S. VOAs Deborah Block visited a Goodwill store and training center in Arlington, Virginia, where some immigrants are learning how to search for a job.