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Unemployment in France jumps to 3.43 million people last month

The Government of France has given up with Unemployment. The most recent figures are very disappointing.  If you have ever been unemployed and had to ask for benefits you know how feels.  I, frankly, would rather just get another job, but what happens when the economy is so slow and there are not jobs?  You go to the unemployment line.

Read this article and be prepared to discus it with your English teacher

Key Terms
dramatic leap
worst jobless figures
unemployment line 
troubled mandate
 has swelled
grave error
alarming confession
parlous state
budget deficit
to deviate
last warning
humiliating decision
full-fledged query
biting European sanctions
“tsar system” 
 issue a negative

Why are so many people unemployed? 
What is President Holland doing about this problem?
Why did the Labour Minister François Rebsamen use the word "facelift" to…

Ebola Protocols have to change after nurse gets infection from patient.

Ebola is the most communicable disease of the 21st century.  Doctors and nurses who come in contact with sufferers of Ebola run the risk of catching the disease even if they follow current protocols.  This makes if next to impossible to treat Ebola patients.  

Read this article and discuss it with your English teacher

Key Terms
 first transmission “substantially” change  ramp up trainingfront-line
 no margin for error
succumbed to the virus 
had tracked down
 insidious disease
 breach in protocol 

What did you know about Ebola before reading this article? 
In your opinion, what needs to change in the treatment of Ebola patients?
How did the nurse get the infection? 
What was done with the room and his belongings after the first patient d…

If you have been hit by the Cryptolocker then you can get your files back for free! IT English

There has been a lot of talk and scare tactics going around by PC professionals to have people backup their data off line.  But I don't plan to go back to the time-consuming backup the computer on CD's.  OK, I'll think about it.  If you have been hit by the Cryptolocker, you could have saved your data before hand by having physical backups.   But thanks to security experts you can get your files back!

Read this webpage and discuss it with your English teacher.

Key Terms
online portal
concerted action
able to grab data
racked up
the keys
unlock files

What was the difference between Cryptolocker and other computer viruses?
How many people actually paid the thieves?
How much money did the thieves get? 
When did the virus first appear?
How much time did the victims have before 
How could you prevent the thieves from getting your data?
How can you get your files back if y…

How to learn New Vocabulary in English, with French and Hebrew translations. English lesson

These are words that are very useful in English.  When you are learning new words, the best way to remember them is to work with a low number of words each day.  It is like memorizing a phone number.  In the past phone numbers were 7 digits.  But now most phone numbers in the USA are 10 digits.  So we are used to memorizing 10 different things every day.  So work with 10 new words each day and at the end of a week you will have learned between 60 and 70 new words!

In order to work with the new vocabulary, you need to engage yourself with the words 7 times.   Draw the word.  say the word. Sing the word. Use the word in a sentence. Associate the word with a sound, a picture or a smell.  If it is a word related to food, then imagine tasting the food.

Here is a list of words that you can work on today:

EnglishFrenchעבריתempireאימפריהa blow coupמכהwinwinקפטןeffaçableeraseמחיקabandonnerto fell out לנשורil pusmellsמסריחfrontforeheadמצחpenchébentכפוףutilehelpful יעילsuccursalesbranchesסניפים…

How does the Ebola virsus affect the body? English lesson

The news that the second diagnosis of Ebola has been identified in Texas. This news has caused a lot of concern that the virus could spread from Western Africa to other countries.  I was speaking to a medical doctor from Italy recently, and he said that 60-90% of people who catch Ebola die from the disease.  The health care system in Israel is even preparing drills  on October 17th at the Ben Gurion Airport to help airport workers identify Ebola victims as they either might be coming into the country from outside.

This article that I am suggesting you read is not very long and is very technical, but as this is a health issue that could potentially affect us all, I feel that it is very important for everyone to be informed.

Key Terms
fatal disease
humans and primates
emerged sporadically
are prone to get infected
 virus transmission
 systemic, meaning that it attacks every organ and tissue of the human body
 blood clott…

Ultraviolet light disinfection in Your local Hospital Ask for it NOW! Medical English

It is really science fiction come true, and I really hope that this machine would come to Israel and disinfect all the hospitals here.Maybe it won't kill the virus once a person has been infected, but it might prevent the hospital from being an infection center.    Maybe the company can make a portable model that can be rented out to schools, medical clinics and even private homes. 

Read this webpage and discuss it with your English teacher and then get on the phone to get one YOUR local hospital

Key Terms
medical interventions quarantine centers  viable lifesaving invention  xenon-generated UV light destroys the integrity RNA that viruses are made of nonviable "vampire" virus  noble gases toxic mercury secondary risk chemical residue specific frequencies  touted bacterial superbugs viral strains
Questions What is…

Comet Sliding Spring coming Today to visit Mars! English lesson

This comet is a visitor to Mars and the inner Solar System from the Oort Cloud, that is far away from the sun, but still a part of our solar system.  The comet started is sunward journey about a million years ago.  On Sunday night it will make a close call on Mars, where Nasa has three orbiters, and two rovers in place to observe and analyze the event.   There are also two more orbiters one from the European Space agency and one from India on hand as well. 

Read this article and discuss it with your English teacher

Key Terms
the best seats in the house
have fingers crossed
farther afield
a sharp lookout
gaseous coma
recorded history
composition and structure
fry electronics
puncture fuel lines
deemed minimal
duck and cover
prudentWhicomplex beasts

What is su…

Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi win the Nobel Peace Prize

Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban two years ago, is sharing the Nobel Peace Prize with Kailash Satyarthi.  She wanted to go back to school, she wanted to learn and to be who "I can be." She had wanted to become a doctor, but now she wants to become a politician. She advocates every child to go to school, and stand up for their rights. 

Listen to the first part, it was very emotional for me, I was very moved.  If you have time, also listen to the second part, where Malala is speaking with more details.

Key Terms
vocal segment
global recognition
prone to conspiracy
preteen years
public activism

What happened to Malala?
Where was she hospitalized?
What is Malala's position about education?
What did Malala do when she found about winning the Nobel Peace Prize?
Why did Malala say she did…

The New Age is here! Seal and Heal your Aura - English lesson

It seems as if you see this kind of thing in many surprising places.  Many people go to alternative medicine to get relief for symptoms that Western Medicine can't just seem to heal.  I'm not saying that this works, but as an exercise, it can't hurt.

Read this article and discuss it with your English teacher

Key Terms

seal your aurastorehousealternative therapiesaccumulatingcuring and healingphenomenonallopathyhencealternative therapiesmoodboutssecuritiesmorning sicknessinsecuritiesfaintedhollowattributedreluctanthomeopathout-of-the-world experienceastrologerzero-thought stateaura scannedunworthyhyperthyroidismpenetrateperceptual abilityfoul energiesoptimum approachpranaprobedvulnerabledeployedreluctantspiritually evolvedhealth rayselectromagnetic energypranayamainner strengthdiminishedperforationailmentauric bodymanifestation
Questions Do you believe in Alternative Health therapies? Have you ever been to a holistic health practitioner? Do…

Traveling to Philadelphia - Travel English

Traveling to different places in the United States is a good way to improve your English.  Philadelphia is a historical city on the Eastern seaboard in the United States. There are many places to visit, museums, and other attractions. 

Read this article and prepare it to speak about Philadelphia with your English teacher.

Key terms
 main port
Philadelphia means: The City of Brotherly Love.
the capital
loaded with character
quaint stores
to behold
glory of nature
specialty markets
 very hip and upscale
pulse race
 a stop over

Where is Philadelphia?
Who founded Philadelphia?
What does the name Philadelphia mean in English?
What was signed in Philadelphia during the American Revolution?
Which is the most famous museum in Philadelphia?
Which sporting events would you like to go to? 
Where can you go shopping at a hip store?
Which famous movie was filmed in …

Over 50 years old Job Market does exist! Business English

The adage that the job goes to the young and fit may be true, but there are still jobs out there for the older and more experienced crowd.  Don't give up hope to find your dream job even if you are looking at a job change not by choice and you are over 50.  

Read this article and discuss it or write out the answers and review with your English teacher.
Key Terms
versus  tight job market take stock reflecting on the question gainfully employed rigorous gone overboard staggering marked to market who you know what you know scouring a source differentiate yourself renewed effort pay off embracing technological change  imperative a resume germane genuine interest
Questions Why are you having difficulty in finding a new job? How many years experience do you have?  According to the webpage, which questions do you need to answer in before going out on interviews?  Why do you want to continue to work? Is is because of job satisfac…

How to get a higher score on the Toefl Speaking

You have taken the plunge and signed up for the TOEFL test.  Now you have to study but How? 
This blog post gives you practical advice about how to study so you can raise your speaking score.

Key Terms
go blank
speech patterns
stressed out

What part of the TOEFL is the most difficult for you? 
Which part of English grammar is your weak point?
Which part of English grammar is your strong point?
How much time do you plan to study for the test?
How much time do you spend speaking English during a typical day?
How long have you been studying English? 
Why do you need to take this test?
What English tests have you taken in the past? 
Were you satisfied with your score?
Which strategy that your read about in the article is new to you? 
Would you try to apply this strategy?

Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Otbach - Professional English Teacher  

Research the company that you are interviewing for Before the Interview! Job Interview

Back in the old days, if you wanted to research a company, you had to go to the Library!  During my last year at UCLA, it became clear to me that a BA in  Anthropology was not going to get me very far, and I would have had to go all the way to a Ph.D.  Well, I did an about face and started interviewing for work in business.

That year the department stores were doing well  this was in the 1980's and they were hiring for First Level Managers.  I got interviews with Sears and JCPenney.  I found books about both.  When I went to the interviews, I was able to tell about the history of the company.

What I liked about JCPenney was that he was a "go getter."   He started in the "Old West" of the United States.  When he wanted to hire a new store manager, he would take the man out to dinner. If the potential job candidate put salt on his food before tasting, then James Cash Penney wouldn't hire him.  He would end the dinner on a nice note, but continue looking.  W…