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Do you end your workday at 6:00pm Really? Business English

The French really do end their workday at 6:00pm. They don't look at their business e-mails, and go out and enjoy themselves.  Do you?  Can you?  I know that I can't.  I have to always be on the lookout for a new lesson to confirm.

Read this article and discuss it with your English teacher
http://www.theguardian.com/money/shortcuts/2014/apr/09/french-6pm-labour-agreement-work-emails-out-of-office

Key Terms
clock off
 workers' unions
consultancy sectors
malevolent intrusion
pallid
cowering
scurry about
recession-based
continentals
cowed
staring down the barrel
sipping


Questions
What is the main idea of this text?
How many hours do the French work a week?
What has to happen after 6pm? 
How much power does the boss to get his workers to work overtime? 
What is the minimum work week in your country? 
How do you deal with the pressure to always stay connected to work? 
What type of work-related duties do you do at home? 
How often do you take work home?
Are you as efficient when you take the work …

One good turn deserves another English Conversation Lesson

We all want to do acts of kindness, but how many of us really act on it in a positive way?  I have many people come to my door asking for charity.  Sometimes I give with a smile, but sometimes I have to admit I don't.  This story warmed my heart as I hope that it will warm yours. 


Read this story and discuss it with your English teacher 
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/03/20/custard-kindness/25077959/

Key Terms
eatery 
dessert
It's on me
gratitude
 brightened it up
gift cards
 franchise

Questions
What did Travis Sattler do that was so unusual?
How did the boy feel? 
How did the cashier feel?
What did the boy do as they were leaving? 
What was wrapped up in the note?
What does the manager of the restaurant want to give the boy's family?
What are they going to give Sattler?
Why is this also unusual?
What does Travis Sattler want to save his tip for? 
Why do you think he might be very good in that future job?
What would you do if you were in a similar situation? 
Would your reaction …

Review Exercise for the Book TEN from Eric Cohen Books

I use this for a review for the test on Unit Reaching for the Stars.  This is for a 5 point English class, I hope that it is helpful for you.






Name________________________________ Date_____________________

Review for the Test: Reaching for the Stars.

Write sentences with the following words:

benefit purchase

encounter colleague issue regular select conversation

 Use connectors such as: although, and, because, but, in order to, moreover, so, thus

yet.

1._______________________________________________________________

2._______________________________________________________________

3._______________________________________________________________

4._______________________________________________________________

5._______________________________________________________________

6._______________________________________________________________







Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach - Professional English Teacher

Inspriational 570 pound man does a 5K! English Conversation Lesson

We all need to do more exercise, and that's what Derek Mitchell is doing.  He's has a medical condition that causes him to gain weight, but he's not taking it sitting down.  He's going out there every month and doing a 5K race.  It takes a lot of effort for him, but he is determined to show the world!

Read this article and prepare the questions to discuss with your English teacher
http://www.cosmopolitan.com/health-fitness/news/a38160/this-570-pound-man-finished-a-5k/

Key Terms
diagnosed
benign tumor on his pituitary gland
 inconvenient
debilitating
taking to the couch
he booked it
finish line
 knock at least five minutes off 
 inspire others
get your butt off the couch

Questions
What is Derek's motivation to start doing 5K races? 
What disease does he have?
What effects does it have on him? 
What is he doing to combat his medical condition?
How long did it take him to complete the race? 
What place did he come in?
Why did he choose to walk a 5K? 
What is inspirational about his acc…

The benefits of Zumba Dancing! - English Conversation Lesson

English conversation lesson about the benefits of Zumba Dancing.

Zumba dancing is more than just a dance.  It is an exercise too!  There are many reasons why you should take Zumba rather than just for the exercise.  This article is on three pages, but don't let that scare you from not reading to the end!  Here is the perfect Zumba song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7X8eftN2mv0&spfreload=10

Listen to the song, and then read the article and prepare to talk about with your English Teacher 
http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/zumba-fun-is-secret-ingredient-of-latin-dance-workout

Key Terms
Latin rhythms
 packed 
salsa
meringue
flamenco
aerobic dance class
 everywhere in between
 tends
 recharge
a cha cha
Zumba (Spanish slang for buzz like a bee or move fast)
 ditch the workout
a training manual
to feed the frenzy
born from an accident
 infomercial
geared to 
Barring any doctor's limitations
can be modified
 very low-impact
simplicity
 to forego complex cueing
complicated choreography
freer inhibition…

New Age of SEO - English conversation lesson

English Conversation lesson about SEO.

If you have a website or a blog, you have to be concerned about SEO- Search Engine Optimization. This is the main way that you can attract new users to your website.  Which keywords do you use?  Where do you put them?  These were the questions that you had to answer in the past, now, this article gives us new ideas for attracting that all important "traffic."



Read this article and discuss it with your English teacher
http://www.inc.com/adam-heitzman/the-new-age-of-seo-why-your-approach-must-change.html

Key Terms
SEO best practises
current strategy
 evolve
compartmentalizing
 infographic
keywords
 brand's reputation
keyword intent
long tail searches
relevance
white hat rules
 build relationships
 influencer of purchases


Questions
What was the dominant strategy in the past?
Why was focusing on a keyword so important?
How could you build links?
What is the strategy now? 
How can you build more traffic to your website?
How do you know if you have enough visito…

Can Microsoft do away with the password? English Conversation Lesson

English Conversation lesson IT English

Passwords.  We love them or we hate them.  How many nonsense words and phrases we have to remember?  They are necessary,, and insecure. Hackers can find out your passwords, and use them to get at your sensitive information.  Well Microsoft has jumped into the Future to do away with passwords.  

Read this article and see for yourself!
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2999244/Can-Microsoft-kill-password-Firm-unveils-new-using-face-iris-fingerprint-unlock-Windows-10-phone-computer.html

Key Terms
kill off\
fingerprint
launches
opt-in
biometric authentication
verify
iris
hit out
authenticate 
hackable
lousy odds


Questions 
How many different sites you remember the passwords? 
Do you make your password simple or complicated?
How often do you change your passwords?
What do you do to remember your passwords?
Will this new way of authentication really work? 
Face recognition change the way that we access the Internet? 
How long do you think it will take …

Money Management Unit for 5 point classes High School

Unit on Money Management:

One of the subjects that teens need to learn is money management.  The banks all fall over themselves to offer bank accounts to college students.  They offer credit cards and free mp3’s to teens who open up a bank account.  But do they also offer instruction about sound financial money management?   
This unit will explore how to manage your money, a skill that you will need throughout your life.

Lesson 1

Vocabulary terms:

Goals  Savings Income Expense

Liability SalaryAssetCash Flow