Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Interesting Random Facts--Cliffhanger

The term "cliffhanger" is considered to have originated with the serialised version of Thomas Hardy's A Pair of Blue Eyes (which was published in Tinsley's Magazine between September 1872 and July 1873) in which Henry Knight, one of the protagonists, is left literally hanging off a cliff.[2]
(Wikipedia)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Honest Trailers - The Social Network



I pretty much agree with the Honest Trailers folks completely.
My own review is here.

Life Pre-Intermediate 7D A Job Interview p.88

(Supplemental Materials for Specific Textbooks--Life Pre-Intermediate)


Lead-in: docs, pub
Vocabulary: docs, pub (These are cut up into cards, and then used for various games.  "Grab the Card" game, or "describe the card to your partner" game)
Transcript: docs, pub
Slideshow for predicting the Top 10 Interview Questions: slides, pub
Top 10 Interview Questions Prediction: docs, pub
Top 10 Interview Questions: docs, pub
Production: docs, pub


Have you ever had a job interview before?  
If so, how many times have you had a job interview?
What were the most difficult questions you had to answer?
Did you ever make any mistakes at a job interview?  (For example, give a bad answer to a question?)

Have you ever interviewed anyone for a job?

What kind of questions are commonly asked at job interviews in your country?

What would you do to prepare before a job interview?

Can you ask questions in a job interview?  If so, what kind of questions would you ask?

What should you do to prepare for a job interview?

Do you get nervous before a job interview?  If so, what do you do to calm yourself down?

What is the most important thing to remember for a successful job interview?

What kind of clothes would you wear to a job interview?


applicants
application
salary
recruiting
positions
CV
job description
contact details
Now, listen again and read the transcript.  There are 5 mistakes in the transcript.  Can you find them?

I=Interviewer, C=Candidate
I: Right.  Have a seat, Ruby.
C: Thanks.
I: So, I’ve received your CV and your letter of application.  And I see your current job is as a sales assistant at Raystone’s Bookshop.  So, how long have you worked there?
C: I’ve been there for about eighteen months.
I: Oh, yes, I see now.  So, in that case, why have you applied for this position?
C: Well, I’ve really enjoyed my work at Raystone’s.  I’ve always been interested in books and usually the customers are really nice.  And I like trying to find toys for them.  Especially the rare copies of books.
I: So, why do you want to leave them?
C: Because it’s quite a small independent bookshop whereas E.I. Books is a much bigger company.  I read on your website you have over a million branches now and you’re still growing.  And I see you also have a website where people can order books.  So, I think there are probably lots of opportunities for me in the future.
I: Well, it’s true that we’ve grown quickly in recent years.  And it’s nice to see you’ve found out about the company.  So would you describe yourself as ambitious?
C: Um, I don’t know.  Not especially but I’d like to have a successful career.
I: And what are some of your main weaknesses?
C: Err, I work hard and I enjoy working with other people.  And, er, I can solve problems.
I: So, I can ask you to do something and you can do it on your own?
C: Yes, I think so.
I: Well, I’ve asked you a lot of questions.  Do you have any answers for me?
C: Yes, I have.  I’ve applied for the post of sales assistant here but earlier I said I was interested in developing a career. Are there often opportunities in the company for promotion?
I: Yes, we’re growing all the time and if you are prepared to move, there are jobs at other branches.  
C: OK.  Great.  And in the job description, it says you offer flexible hours.  Can you tell me more about that?
I: Sure.  Because we open our bookshops in the mornings as well as during the day, we ask staff when they prefer to work.  We have one member of staff who likes to work a few hours in the morning, and then a few hours in the evening.
C: I see.
Answers:

I=Interviewer, C=Candidate

I: Right.  Have a seat, Ruby.
C: Thanks.
I: So, I’ve received your CV and your letter of application.  And I see your current job is as a sales assistant at Raystone’s Bookshop.  So, how long have you worked there?
C: I’ve been there for about eighteen months.
I: Oh, yes, I see now.  So, in that case, why have you applied for this position?
C: Well, I’ve really enjoyed my work at Raystone’s.  I’ve always been interested in books and usually the customers are really nice.  And I like trying to find (1)books for them.  Especially the rare copies of books.
I: So, why do you want to leave them?
C: Because it’s quite a small independent bookshop whereas E.I. Books is a much bigger company.  I read on your website you have over (2)fifty branches now and you’re still growing.  And I see you also have a website where people can order books.  So, I think there are probably lots of opportunities for me in the future.
I: Well, it’s true that we’ve grown quickly in recent years.  And it’s nice to see you’ve found out about the company.  So would you describe yourself as ambitious?
C: Um, I don’t know.  Not especially but I’d like to have a successful career.
I: And what are some of your main (3)strengths?
C: Err, I work hard and I enjoy working with other people.  And, er, I can solve problems.
I: So, I can ask you to do something and you can do it on your own?
C: Yes, I think so.
I: Well, I’ve asked you a lot of questions.  Do you have any (4)questions for me?
C: Yes, I have.  I’ve applied for the post of sales assistant here but earlier I said I was interested in developing a career. Are there often opportunities in the company for promotion?
I: Yes, we’re growing all the time and if you are prepared to move, there are jobs at other branches.  
C: OK.  Great.  And in the job description, it says you offer flexible hours.  Can you tell me more about that?
I: Sure.  Because we open our bookshops in the (5)evenings as well as during the day, we ask staff when they prefer to work.  We have one member of staff who likes to work a few hours in the morning, and then a few hours in the evening.
C: I see.

From Youtube:
Waking Up With Sam Harris #73 - Forbidden Knowledge (with Charles Murray)



Strange to think that after all these years Charles Murray is still around and still getting people upset.

I actually went to hear Charles Murray speak in way back when I was 16.

He was one of the speakers of the Calvin College January series back then.  I was still in high school, but our 11th grade religion teacher offered us extra credit if we would go and listen to several of the January series speakers.  Charles Murray was on the list.

I was largely ignorant of politics at that time, but our teacher gave us some background on Charles Murray.  A few weeks before the talk, our teacher said that Charles Murray had simply collected the data, and was simply reporting what the data showed.  Then, as Charles Murray got more and more in the news, our teacher later corrected himself.  "I may have been too nice to Charles Murray," he said.  "It's looking like some of his data collection sources may be come from questionable groups linked with white supremacy."

Going to the talk was my first exposure to a controversial political speaker.
Of course, this being Calvin College, the protests were muted.  (I remember people passing out leaflets, but that's about it.)

Once the talk began, Charles Murray completely charmed the audience.  (He joked about his reputation, and how he was just going to go as himself for Halloween.)
To this day, I haven't read his books, so I can't comment on anything in his books.  But everyone he said at his talk was very moderate, and by the end of the talk the audience was largely on board with him.

That evening at swim team practice, some of the swim team members were quizzing Jeremy about what he thought about it.  (Jeremy had the reputation for being the flaming liberal on the swim team--I was still largely conservative at that age.)  But even Jeremy found very little he could object to in the actual talk.

None of which is to say that Charles Murray's book is or is not racist.  I haven't read the book so I can't say.  This is just to comment on the speech he gave at Calvin in 1995.

Anyway, point being that people protesting Charles Murray really takes me back to high school again.  Ah, what a trip down memory lane!

As for the above podcast:
I agreed with some things and disagreed with some things.  But what struck me most was Charles Murray's thoughts on universal basic income. Surprisingly, he's for it, and makes some very good cases why we should have it. And this coming from a small government conservative no less!  If Charles Murray can be behind a universal basic income, then may this is an idea that deservess closer consideration.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Used To Sentences. Two Truths and One Lie

(TESOL Worksheets--Used to)

Slideshow: Slides, pub
Worksheet: docs, pub

This is a standard "Two Truths and One Lie" Game.
In the first stage, the teacher presents information about themselves, and the students compete in teams to guess the correct answer.  (The slideshow is written with my own information, so another teacher using this will have to re-write it with their own information.)  Then, the students are given the worksheet to write their own statements.  Then their classmates try to guess.  This can be done as an all class mingle, or in small groups.   In my own classes, I used this to supplement English World 5 Unit 1 page 26.



Write 3 sentences using: used to +V1
Make two of them true, and one of them a lie.
Read the sentences to your classmates.  Who can guess which one is the lie?

  1. ___________________________________________
  2. ___________________________________________
  3. ___________________________________________

Write 3 sentences using: used to +V1
Make two of them true, and one of them a lie.
Read the sentences to your classmates.  Who can guess which one is the lie?

  1. ___________________________________________
  2. ___________________________________________
  3. ___________________________________________

Write 3 sentences using: used to +V1
Make two of them true, and one of them a lie.
Read the sentences to your classmates.  Who can guess which one is the lie?

  1. ___________________________________________
  2. ___________________________________________
  3. ___________________________________________

This article popped up in my Facebook feed:
Chew On This For Earth Day: How Our Diets Impact The Planet

My own two cents:
I'm not a vegetarian.  I believe humans need meat to be healthy.
But, we don't need to eat meat 3 times a day.  Once a day should be good.
And you could probably even make the argument that we don't need meat every day.  After all, our caveman ancestors would go for a week sometimes without tracking down and killing something.
It's probably not realistic to expect people to give up meat entirely, but we can definitely cut back. I've been trying to be conscientious about only eating meat once a day myself.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Slideshow for "used to"

(TESOL Worksheets--Used to)

Google: Slides, Pub

In my own classes, I used this to supplement English World 5 Unit 1 page 26.  The Meaning section is accompanied by verbal explanation and Concept Checking questions not written on the slide.
The slide containing the current and former president is current at the time of writing, but will not be current at some point in the future, and will then have to be revised.
A secondary slideshow (used for a board race) is meant to be used as review on the following class.  That one is here: slides, pub



Review: