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20
FEB
2018

Riding Life’s Waves: Confronting Procrastination – The Surfer’s Way

“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?” – Hillel the Elder (110 BC-10 AD), Jewish religious leader Why do we procrastinate? Whether the tasks be large or small, it’s all too easy to put off unpleasant tasks – and even...
13
FEB
2018

Job Interviews: How to Answer Authentically to the Toughest Questions

“Strong waves make strong sailors.” – English proverb Why do so many hiring managers ask open-ended questions in job interviews? What possibilities – and perils – do these questions present? How can job-seekers prepare for ten tough, yet common, interview questions? When...
06
FEB
2018

Job Interviews: Why Authentic Conversation is Key to Success

  “Hiring is a manager’s most important job.” – Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005), American management consultant and author How do many job seekers self-sabotage during interviews? What qualities often make a successful job interview? Liz Ryan, founder and CEO of Human...
18
JAN
2018

Now Available: An eBook of essentials from Compelling Conversations – Japan!

  “No art or learning is to be pursued halfheartedly…and any art worth learning will certainly reward more or less generously the effort made to study it.” —Murasaki Shikibu (c. 973-1014), Japanese author, The Tale of Genji Teachers and tutors of English: do you...
16
JAN
2018
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Now available: Compelling Conversations Vietnam bilingual supplement comes to Amazon Kindle!

“The mind is not a vessel that needs filling but wood that needs igniting.” —Plutarch (45-120), ancient Greek biographer and essayist Learn, work and dream in English! We are proud to release Compelling Conversations – Vietnam: Supplementary Bilingual English-Vietnamese...
26
DEC
2017

Worksheet: Express Opinions and Improve Critical Thinking with Consumer Product Reviews

“A man’s most valuable trait is a judicious sense of what not to believe.” — Euripides (485-406 B.C.E.), ancient Greek playwright Why use consumer product reviews as a teaching tool? How does this exercise benefit English language learners? Which skillsets are strengthened as a...
19
DEC
2017

Worksheet: Reviewing TED Talks to Create Compelling Conversations

“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” —Malcolm Forbes (1919-1990), American entrepreneur and publisher How can you encourage your advanced ESL students to develop their speaking skills and tap into their interest in our rapidly changing world? By...
30
NOV
2017

Sharing is Caring: Substituting Connectivity for Communication

“Technology is a word that describes something that doesn’t work yet.”  –Douglas Adams (1952-2001), English author and satirist   Is the cult of oversharing online preventing us from establishing genuine connections? Do we expect more from our phones than our...
28
NOV
2017

Teaching Matters: Correcting Error in the Classroom

  “I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.” -Socrates (c. 470-399 BCE), Ancient Greek philosopher   What are “good mistakes?” How can we – as teachers of English – encourage students to make more of them? When can we use error as an...
22
JUL
2017

Job Interviews: Asking Better Questions – from the Hiring Seat

“Hiring is a manager’s most important job.” –Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005), American management consultant Can you put yourself in the shoes of a manager looking to hire two new staff members? What qualities are employers looking for in a new hire? What kinds of interview...