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.