July 2016

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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