ESL Business Teacher – People: Umeko Tsuda

Umeko Tsuda was born in 1864 in Tokyo as the second daughter of Sen Tsuda and Hatsuko Tsuda. She was born during a transitional period in Japan’s history, as the country moved from the feudal government of the Edo era (1603-1867) to that of the Meiji era (1868-1912). She spent a number of years at a young age living in the United States only to return to Japan feeling like a foreigner. Yet she continued to persevere to help improve Japan making it a better and strong country. She still carries a strong name in Japan to this day.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • Who is Umeko Tsuda
  • What impact she had on society
  • What can we learn from her that we can apply in our own life
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher – People: Clara Barton

Clara Barton, according to Biography.com  was born on December 25, 1821, in Oxford, Massachusetts. She became a teacher, worked in the U.S. Patent Office and was an independent nurse during the Civil War. While visiting Europe, she worked with a relief organization known as the International Red Cross, and lobbied for an American branch when she returned home. The American Red Cross was founded in 1881, and Barton served as its first president.

As an amazing woman in American history and help founded one of the greatest humanitarian organizations, we have much to thank her for and also learn from.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • Who is Clara Barton
  • What impact she had on society
  • What can we learn from her that we can apply in our own life
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher – People: Viktor Frankl

Viktor Frankl was a survivor. Perhaps it was luck. But he believe there is a lot more to than just luck. He survived through a Nazi concentration camp when so many didn’t. Why? Frankl spent many years after his life studying just this and sharing his philosophy to help people who have depression and make one’s life better.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • Who is Viktor Frankl
  • What impact he had on society
  • What can we learn from him that we can apply in our own life
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher – People: Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt, according to Biography.com  was born in New York City on October 11, 1884, Eleanor Roosevelt—the niece of Theodore Roosevelt—was one of the most outspoken women in the White House. She married Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1905. During her husband’s presidency, Eleanor gave press conferences and wrote a newspaper column. After his death, she served at the United Nations, focusing on human rights and women’s issues.

She was an amazing woman who helped shift America and the world in a better direction. I am a personal huge fan of her as I have read many of her books and have learned a great deal from her.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • Who is Eleanor Roosevelt
  • What impact she had on society
  • What can we learn from her that we can apply in our own life
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher – People: Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius, according to Biography.com  was born on April 26, 121, in Italy, and was chosen by Emporer Hadrian to be his eventual successor. In 161, Aurelius took control of the Roman Empire along with his brother Verus. War and disease threatened Rome on all sides. Aurelius held his territory, but was weakened as a ruler after the death of his brother Verus. His son Commodus later became co-ruler in 177, only three years before Aurelius died on March 17, 180.

One of his most famous writings is “Meditations” and it is a worthwhile read as there are many ideas and experiences there taken from his own life. My understanding is this book has been so famous since it was written that is why we still speak so highly of him. Here we discuss some quotes and ideas from that book.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • Who is Marcus Aurelius
  • What impact he had on society
  • What can we learn from him that we can apply in our own life
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher – People: John Muir

John Muir, according to Biography.com, was born April 21, 1838, in Dunbar, Scotland. As early as 1876, he urged the federal government to adopt a forest conservation policy through articles published in popular periodicals. In 1892 he founded the Sierra Club. He served as its first president, a position he held until his death in 1914. He was largely responsible for the establishment of Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks.

John Muir was another amazing person in American history and I think he is not often talked about or widely recognized but thanks to him, we are able to enjoy many of our national parks today. I personally have visited many of these parks and I truly appreciate his actions to having made them what they are. Nature is so important to preserve as the human population continues to grow and expand.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • Who is John Muir
  • What impact he had on society
  • What can we learn from him that we can apply in our own life
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher – People: Voltaire

Voltaire, according to biography.com, was an author who wrote the satirical novella Candide and, despite controversy during his lifetime, is widely considered one of France’s greatest Enlightenment writers. Born on November 21, 1694, in Paris, France, Voltaire was exiled to Tulle in 1715. Two years later, in 1717, he returned to Paris, only to be arrested and exiled to the Bastille for a year. He was sent to the Bastille again in 1726, before being shipped off to England. In 1733, he fled to Lorraine, and in 1759, he wrote the satirical novella Candide. In 1778, Voltaire returned to Paris, where he died there on May 30 of that year. He was an amazing person with an interesting philosophy. One of my favorite quotes from his is “Common sense is anything but common.” Check him out if you don’t know.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • Who is Voltaire
  • What impact he had on society
  • What can we learn from him that we can apply in our own life
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher – People: Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was an amazing person. Most people have heard of her and the impact she has had on society. Recently she has been in the news as she will be replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. How amazing is that?

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • Who is Harriet Tubman
  • What impact she had on society
  • What can we learn from her that we can apply in our own life
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher Articles: Common Core

Common Core is the new standard for education in many state schools. However, the program has been receiving a lot of negative feedback about being too complicated and hard for children and parents as well. Being a parent myself, I have had to read the instructions and figure out what they are trying to accomplish in the homework many times but have found myself quite confused and frustrated. I worry later down the road I will not be able to teach my own child because the approach is very different from the way I was taught so I too need to be re-educated! Oh boy.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • What is common core
  • Why are parents in an uproar
  • What are some of the comments and jokes people are making
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher Articles: Agile

Agile project management has become really popular in the software development world over the past decade. The so called founders are now pushing agile to other areas of project management highlighting that it can be used for anything and even for your own personal life to drive you towards your dreams and goals. In ages past and still commonly used is the waterfall methodology and still has merits but is it dying out to this new breed of project management?

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • What is the Agile methodology
  • What is the difference between Agile and Waterfall
  • What are the benefits to using Agile
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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