August 2017

ESL Business Teacher Articles: Collaboration

Collaboration is essential in the office environment. If we only work in silos, we will not understand the needs of others and look for improvement in processes. It is common for individuals to focus on their career and doing the work put in front of them day in and day out. However, not taking the time out to continuing to enhance their skill, they hurt themselves. Furthermore, if you do not work with other departments, you miss many other opportunities of learning. They may be doing something different to which you could be applying..or vice versus.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • What collaboration is
  • Why should we¬†consider this
  • What can we do to enhance departmental/team collaboration
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher Articles: Poverty

Poverty, it is a terrible situation to be in. The world is unfair but does it have to be like this though? Looking at some maps of the US, we can see where the lines are drawn between who is doing well and who is not. It is quite mesmerizing to see all the colors and how when you cross the street you go from million dollar homes to shambles that should just be knocked down. How can this be?

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • What are the lines between classes
  • Why are there separations
  • What the impact of poverty
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher Articles: Failure

Failure. Nobody wants to bomb it. But. It happens. I think most parents get this and understand that it happens so we just move on. However, we treat our children like they are super stars and they can do no wrong! We want to protect them and tell them everything is ok! you are a winner! But is this a good approach to parenting? What is the impact then when they grow up and enter the office environment? Must the boss praise 8 times to every negative piece of feedback given? Hmm..

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • Why failure is important
  • What is the impact of helicopter parenting
  • What can we do to change this situation
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher Articles: Feedback

Feedback, it’s one of those things that you want to hear yet you have a hard time hearing, especially when it is not positive. People just want to hear what they want to and that’s usually just the good stuff.

However, we should remind ourselves that this is simply just information. In the end it is up to us to do something with that information. The least we can do is acknowledge the feedback and advice we receive.

When we give feedback, we hope the other person is listening and is willing to give it a try. There are various types of techniques on giving such advice to help create opportunities so the other person listens. Granted people have varying personalities such as one’s ego can hinder them from listening but our delivery of the message can help us get across to them.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • What is feedback
  • Why should we give and listen to it
  • Varying techniques
  • What should we do when employees do not acknowledge or try to change
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher Articles: Going Natural

Going natural sounds like a fine idea but what does that really mean? Organic has really grown in popularity over the years but does being only organic, really enough? Fast Company introduced a new linen company that indicates they have found a very natural way to manufacture bedding that is better than just being organic. It had a kick starter campaign that has achieved its goal with still a month left. Is it true though?

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • What makes something natural
  • Why should we¬†consider this
  • Would you invest in this company
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher Articles: Quitting

Quitters. Is it really a bad thing? One could argue that if you quit everything, how could you accomplish anything then? But if you are a yes person, then how could you really get anything done when your work continues to stack up endlessly. Ahh..the middle ground. It is about having a good sense of balance then, should you say? Well…

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • What kind of person are you – a quitter or yes person
  • When is it OK to say no and to say yes
  • What can we do to make better choices
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher Articles: Employee Benefits

Employee benefits is a very expensive item for companies but it is certainly something they must put a lot of attention towards because in this day and age, the more perks the more attractive the company appears. Take Google for example. I think everyone has a good rough idea about what they have to offer and what makes it so appealing to want to work for. This is tough for the small mom pop shop though. Are benefits really that important or is it just that sense of entitlement we seem to declare…

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • What are common benefits
  • What do folks care most and least for
  • Why does it matter
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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