July 2015

ESL Business Teacher Articles: Presentations – Part 2

In this article, we continue on the topic of presentations. As in part 1, we focused on some challenges such as with public speaking and what are some ways we can improve our skills to give a better presentation so we can keep our audience awake and alert throughout it. We continue to look at some advice provided from Ted Talks analysis to see how we can turn our own presentation into a master piece.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • How do we not kill people with power point
  • How do we entertain our audience further
  • How can we improve your speaking skills
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher Articles: Presentations – Part 1

Presentations for no easy feat. The biggest and probably first hurdle to get over for many is actually standing in front of a large audience. Even if you are comfortable with standing in front of your audience, additional challenges quickly follow such as equipment failure, loosing the attention of your audience, content under/overload, and the list just seems to go on.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • Why people are afraid to speak in front of an audience
  • What are the challenges you have faced personally
  • How did you overcome your challenges
  • How can we improve your speaking skills
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher Articles: Omotenashi

“Omotenashi” is a noun that comes from the Japanese which means “to entertain guests wholeheartedly” and the verb for it is “motenasu” (u-verb.) Upon the decision to hold the Olympic Games in Tokyo, this word has been picked up to show the world the essence of Japanese hospitality that it stands for.

Customer service is a big business and getting it right never seems to come easily since people want different things and different experiences. However, if you have ever visited or lived in Japan, you would probably think otherwise as they seem to have gotten it down pretty good.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • What motenashi means
  • Why customer service is important
  • How we can improve an user experience (UX)
  • Is motenashi important in our work place
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher Articles: Common Errors

Common errors are clearly often made but are we really aware of them? Your student probably struggles a lot with being more confident with their own ability thinking that they need to be perfectly fluent in a foreign language before they can get out there. Perhaps there is some truth to that but on the other hand, native speakers often make mistake too. Perhaps through this discussion, your student will realize that they don’t need to be perfect to get communication across and achieve their goals.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • Are native speakers really fluent
  • How languages evolve over time
  • Common grammar errors made by native speakers
  • What does it mean to be fluent
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher Articles: Stay Hungry

“Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish” said Steve Jobs. Who hasn’t heard this quote? Perhaps there are still a few who haven’t but in this lesson you will discuss with your client on what it means. Learning should be a never ending pastime. Even if we don’t have our head buried in a book, we are obtaining some sort of hands on experience to give us new views of the world we live in.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • What is life learning
  • How can we continue to improve ourselves
  • Who is Steve Jobs
  • What words of wisdom did Jobs share with us from his own experience
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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