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ESL Trailblazer Episode 34

In this episode the focus is on intercultural competence once again and specifically manners and etiquette.
As ESL teachers it is our responsibility to teach our students about cultural differences and manners are a critical aspect in this. Whether it be table manners when we eat, or with regards to in situation, being courteous is especially important for English speaking people in general. Nevertheless we should be aware of other cultural etiquette rules in other nations as to avoid situations of awkwardness or misunderstanding.
The words we can use for this are as follows: courteous, in poor taste, impeccable, exemplary, frowned upon, disrespectful, offensive, disgraceful, take exception to, customary, viewed as, perceived as, regarded as, etiquette, cheeky, insolent
This language can be useful to students and the topic itself can raise some interesting questions about how to approach certain situations when traveling or being around people from different countries. Great for conversation and vocabulary.

Episode 34: Culture lesson: Good manners

ESL Trailblazer Episode 35

This episode is a follow-up to the previous episode on ‘Interpersonal skills’. In this episode the focus is on two more areas that I have encountered as a teacher of English.
The first is the OVERuse of ‘It depends’ in conversation when talking about preferences or giving opinions on an issue/topic.
The second is the question ‘why?’ which is asked too frequently in ESL classrooms by students to their partners when doing a speaking activity or having a conversation lesson.
I discuss in the episode how these two things are BIG no, no’s and how they can be avoided.
The reality is that overuse of ‘it depends’ shows a lack of knowledge or opinion, or simply an unwillingness to take a side on an issue. When this happens we listeners are unable to determine what kind of person you are and therefore can’t really get to know you, which is how we establish a friendship or simply a working relationship with you. As a result this phrase is a conversation ‘killer’! I offer some alternatives : is contingent on, relies on, hinges on etc. but these are more formal and used in a different context (watch video)
The ‘why’ question is an easy question to ask but for lower level English learners can be harder to answer. It has the added drawback that it can stall a conversation because of the difficult in explaining your reasoning for certain preferences or opinion. It’s much better to ask specific questions that show a listeners interest and that they are paying attention to what the speaker is saying.

Episode 32: Interpersonal skills- Conversation part 2

ESL Trailblazer Episode 36

IThis episode focuses on intercultural competence and the role us ESL teachers play in teaching this to our students as well as how important it is for teachers to be aware of the cultural differences.
We teach all around the world and being aware of the differences is important for anyone and everyone, whether it be school, professional business or making friendships and traveling.
I focused on some areas that are worth exploring in an ESL lesson and how teachers can adapt lessons with vocabulary and speaking on the topics. Of course we should make sure it’s appropriate for age and maturity but definitely even teenagers should be exposed to such important cultural differences and recognize that the way we think and behave is not the only way. This appreciation and understanding is essential in the Global world we live in and so I believe an essential video and talk to make and raise awareness of our responsibility as teachers to cover these topics appropriately.
The topics are: Open disagreement vs. Subtle disagreement, open to Risk vs. Avoiding Risk, Order vs. Flexibility, live to work vs. work to live, Hierarchical vs. Democratic.

Episode 33: Cultural Awareness

ESL Trailblazer Episode 31

When teachers are preparing for a conversation lesson or a speaking activity they must be prepared accordingly. Too often we teachers treat a conversation class or a speaking activity as a time to relax and catch our breath and not work and teach. That’s a big mistake.
Interpersonal skills are essential these days and it’s up to language teachers to really hone these skills because regular school very often neglects this area.
It starts with preparing sufficiently for the speaking task and providing students with a demonstration of how to do the task properly. It requires teachers to pay close attention to students and correct the errors related to the language focused on. It means explaining to students what having a conversation means.
Too often students simply don’t know what having a conversation entails. Listening and asking questions are vital in a conversation, and too often our students don’t know how to do this properly, so show them.
In this episode I focus on this issue, lesson preparation and tips for having an effective conversation class and/or speaking activity. Remember, that teachers need to be consistent with what they expect from students in this type of activity. It takes practice, again and again to become a competent conversationalist. Please let me know what you think would love your feedback and sign up for the newsletter if you want to know more. This channel is about building a community of trailblazers, teachers, students and native speaker professionals so that we can focus on the skills we need in today and in the future.

Episode 31: Conversation lessons – Interpersonal skills

ESL Trailblazer Episode 32

This episode is a follow-up to the previous episode on ‘Interpersonal skills’. In this episode the focus is on two more areas that I have encountered as a teacher of English.
The first is the OVERuse of ‘It depends’ in conversation when talking about preferences or giving opinions on an issue/topic.
The second is the question ‘why?’ which is asked too frequently in ESL classrooms by students to their partners when doing a speaking activity or having a conversation lesson.
I discuss in the episode how these two things are BIG no, no’s and how they can be avoided.
The reality is that overuse of ‘it depends’ shows a lack of knowledge or opinion, or simply an unwillingness to take a side on an issue. When this happens we listeners are unable to determine what kind of person you are and therefore can’t really get to know you, which is how we establish a friendship or simply a working relationship with you. As a result this phrase is a conversation ‘killer’! I offer some alternatives : is contingent on, relies on, hinges on etc. but these are more formal and used in a different context (watch video)
The ‘why’ question is an easy question to ask but for lower level English learners can be harder to answer. It has the added drawback that it can stall a conversation because of the difficult in explaining your reasoning for certain preferences or opinion. It’s much better to ask specific questions that show a listeners interest and that they are paying attention to what the speaker is saying.

Episode 32: Interpersonal skills- Conversation part 2

ESL Trailblazer Episode 33

IThis episode focuses on intercultural competence and the role us ESL teachers play in teaching this to our students as well as how important it is for teachers to be aware of the cultural differences.
We teach all around the world and being aware of the differences is important for anyone and everyone, whether it be school, professional business or making friendships and traveling.
I focused on some areas that are worth exploring in an ESL lesson and how teachers can adapt lessons with vocabulary and speaking on the topics. Of course we should make sure it’s appropriate for age and maturity but definitely even teenagers should be exposed to such important cultural differences and recognize that the way we think and behave is not the only way. This appreciation and understanding is essential in the Global world we live in and so I believe an essential video and talk to make and raise awareness of our responsibility as teachers to cover these topics appropriately.
The topics are: Open disagreement vs. Subtle disagreement, open to Risk vs. Avoiding Risk, Order vs. Flexibility, live to work vs. work to live, Hierarchical vs. Democratic.

Episode 33: Cultural Awareness

ESL Trailblazer Episode 28

This episode was completely improvised and recorded with only one take. The focus is how teachers can improvise more in their classes and avoid the grind of regimented, planned, step by step lessons. Hope you enjoy this very special episode.

Episode 28: Teaching tips- Improvisation

ESL Trailblazer Episode 29

This episode covers vocabulary words for feelings but I also go over some teaching and conversation tips as well.
This topic is nothing new and is covered in most ESL classes early on and repeated but English language learners don’t give the language. Probably because there is a vulnerability issue related to expressing feelings, especially for men. Nevertheless I chose to offer some advanced words that can describe how we might be feeling at work, home or school.
Two-way conversation can really engage both parties and that can be done by talking about your feelings because it shows that you’re opening up to the person you are speaking with, when you are vulnerable in this way a trust is created and that gives the opportunity to the other person to reciprocate. From then, a relationship and engaging conversation can ensue.
Vocabulary for this lesson: Distraction, Disillusioned, well-supported, intimidated, engaged, motivated, overwhelmed, apprehensive, perplexed, relieved
Hope you enjoy the episode, please provide feedback if you know of other tips or useful practical words worth remembering on this topic.

Episode 29: Conversation tips- Feelings

ESL Trailblazer Episode 30

This episode covers teaching tips for teachers and there is no language for students here. It’s about how we can be better teachers to our students and discussing certain aspects of teaching. Improvising is important to incorporate as well as challenging students by introducing challenges in your class. Introduce an analogy that clearly reflects how you see the cooperation between you and the students being during the semester/school year etc.
Obviously correction is a big one, but it needs to be done more vigilantly and specific on the language covered not just pronunciation and simple grammar mistakes. Finally, students need to know from you what you expect and and the importance of using the new language taught, again and again for practice. Check out the video and see if you have other ideas. Would love to hear from teachers who have been through this and have experience.
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Episode 30: How to teach

ESL Trailblazer Episode 25

This week’s episode focuses on culture and specifically ‘Greetings’. These are my favorite kind of episodes because culture is such an integral part of learning a language and most language courses don’t cover it properly.
There is not much language in this episode and that is on purpose. With culture it’s about raising awareness with certain communication made in the language that culture speaks. The most important factor is not only how English speakers greet but also how it can vary from country to country and even regions within those countries. I have provided the examples I have come across in my time travelling and working as a teacher of English.
The essence here is that ‘How are you?’ in English is not a real question like it may be in other languages and cultures. In Poland for example, this is a real question that requires coffee and a sit down chat to answer. While in English this question simply means ‘Hi’. The same applies to other greetings.
What’s up? How are ya? You alright?(Br) How ya going? (Australia) Yo, Hey, How ya doing? Etc.
This awareness is important because my students have expressed frustration with this when initiating a conversation with someone or just simply acknowledging them. So I thought it would be important to cover it. I hope you find it valuable and share your thought on other cultural differences you have encountered in the comments section.

Episode 25:Culture Lesson- Greetings

ESL Trailblazer Episode 26

This week’s episode focuses on the art of conversation and how it can be done better and more effectively. There is no specific context for the language you can use to sound more natural when speaking to people in English. I have tried to specify if there is formality involved or not.
This is a topic that actually needs more time to be discussed because it is simply vital for achieving success in speaking.
Unfortunately students of English and people in general, regardless of intellect, seem to lack conversation skills. That’s a well-known fact and it’s sad. Hopefully with a little awareness we can try to remedy this situation. Here’s the vocabulary from the lesson:
Sorry to keep you waiting, Do you have anyone in mind? my mind goes blank, go in one ear and out the other, it’s no good moaning about it, not off the top of my head, You’ve got nothing to lose.

Episode 26: Speaking Fluency- Conversation Expressions

ESL Trailblazer Episode 27

This episode covers alternatives to ‘maybe’ or ‘it’s possible’. They are both overused and show a lack of fluency. It’s important to emphasize that variety in the language you use is crucial when improving fluency. With that said, there are some easy basic substitutes to ‘maybe’ as well as some more sophisticated and complex structures/ words. Either way these alternatives will make a huge difference because we speculate on a daily basis, multiple times and so the language is vital.
Here is the language from the episode:
Perhaps, likely, likelihood, viable, feasible, plausible,I’d hazard a guess, I suppose/I reckon/ I guess, I’d say, It’s likely that…,

Episode 27: Speaking basics- Speculating

ESL Trailblazer Episode 22

This week’s episode is on Risk. I’ve focused on common collocations, verbs used with risk or to talk about risk as well some common adjectives to describe risk. There’s a lot of vocabulary in this episode. I’ve hammered you because this is just the tip of the iceberg, there’s actually much more.
The point is twofold, to show you how versatile this word can be and also to give the teacher-viewers out there some material that they can potential use for a lesson. Obviously there are many questions to create a discussion with, starting with “Are you a risk-taker?” from there you can give different scenarios where risk is involved: everyday situations, travel, investment, extreme sport and/or lifestyle.
Vocabulary in this lesson: take a risk, run the risk of, take a calculated risk, pose a risk, potential risk, imminent or immediate risk, tremendous/substantial/considerable risk, remote/negligible risk, jeopardy, peril, menace, threat and hazard
Evaluate, anticipate risk, Foresee risk
Financial/environmental/security/fire/health risk

Episode 22: Vocabulary-Speaking about Risk

ESL Trailblazer Episode 23

This episode focuses on the word ‘friend’ and the different cultural use in Polish and English. Living in Poland I’ve noticed how the word colleague is used for friends and workmates and words for best/close friend are used rarely. With that said, I wanted to address this and it’s effect on communications when discussing relations.
This leads into worthwhile vocabulary when describing relations. There are some lovely adjectives and verbs that collocate with the word relations or relationship and also numerous synonyms for friend.
I also give some advice on how to check meanings of new words. Essentially, you got to stop looking at the Polish translation of a word from English, it’s an ineffective way of improving your vocabulary. Check out the tip and language in this episode for an explanation why.
Vocabulary: close/true/best/old/good friend, acquaintance, mate, bud, pal, co-worker, associate contact, collaborator, comrade, workmate, teammate,
Amicable/stormy/ strained/ close/ excellent/ friendly relations
build up/cement/ encourage/ establish/ maintain/ break off/ sever/ spoil, sour/ strengthen/ restore/ resume/ improve/ jeopardize Relations. Some can go with the word ‘relationship.

Episode 23: Essential words- Relations

ESL Trailblazer Episode 24

In this episode the focus is making plans for future events. This can be professionally at work, your workweek/workday in general or when planning family events, vacation or retirement for the long-term.
Depending on which circumstances you are referring to you can you use a variety of phrasal verbs and/or verb/adjective combinations to express your plans.
This is a versatile topic with lot’s of vocabulary so don’t aim to learn all of it but be selective in choosing which language is most suitable for you.
That brings me to the final stretch which I cover synonym words to aims, which are also plentiful and useful depending on your situation. The language is not advanced but can be used in a formal context whether it be email, presentation, meetings and conferences. With that said, plenty of this language can also be used informally and in everyday situations, probably even more so and that is why you can find the video in the general/everyday English playlist.
the vocabulary covered in this lesson:
Aims, Goals, targets, intentions, ambitions, aspirations, dreams, hopes, objectives
make preparations/arrangements, stick to a plan, go according to plan, envision, foresee, devise, formulate, plot/chart a course of action, work out, set up, map out, schedule, have in mind,

Episode 24: Speaking fluency: Making plans

ESL Trailblazer Episode 19

The devil is in the details, they say. That holds true in foreign language learning as well. When you reach a high level of any skill in particular, the details matter more and more, because it’s those details that distinguish you from others and takes you to a higher level above the rest. With that said, I decided to focus on Polish mistakes made when speaking English. Some are common, while others might not be so obvious, and that is the point. Whatever the skill we are trying to improve in, it’s paying attention to the little things that will make the difference, it’s hard but worth it in the end.

Episode 19: Jak Wyglada? Polish-isms and more

ESL Trailblazer Episode 20

This episode continuous on the theme of Polish errors in English. In this episode I cover: Cheap, Akcja, Give me as well as the difference between learn and study. Pronunciation errors are also discussed briefly. Vocabulary: To study vs to learn, Receipt, Recipe, Urge, Recommend, Advise, suggest, insist, business partners

Episode 20: Taniocha: Polish English

ESL Trailblazer Episode 21

This episode focuses on alternatives to ‘GET” acquire, obtain and gain as well as two idioms (pull some strings, mark my words). I also discuss an important communication tip when speaking to students or an audience and alternatives for checking or confirming what was said. Avoid saying to your audience ‘Do you understand?’ this questions people’s intellect and so makes them hesitate to answer. It’s better to use ‘ Do I need to clarify anything? Is it clear? or Is there anything I need to repeat?

Episode 21: Do you understand?

ESL Trailblazer Episode 16

Effective presentations are an essential aspect of our personal and professional development. In this first episode of the 3-part series I discuss two different presentation styles and how to find the right balance between the two. With a few tips you should be well on your way to improve your delivery and at the same time your confidence. There is also some worthwhile language I tried to include regarding ‘adding information’ and ‘contrasting ideas’.

Episode 16: How to give presentations- styles and structure

ESL Trailblazer Episode 17

In part 2 of the three-part presentation series I cover essential linking words you need to incorporate in your presentation while you speak in order to give your speech a natural rhythm and flow. This makes it surprisingly easier for you to move from topic to topic and easier for your audience to follow you.  This is a continuation from episode 16 where I discussed the style and structure (BOMBER B!). Whether you are a student or adult professional giving a presentation is a vital skill and making sure you don’t sound robotic while delivering your ‘message’ is key.

Episode 17: How to give presentations- linking words

ESL Trailblazer Episode 18

This episode is the final part of the three-part series on presentations. To be as effective as possible you need to watch all three videos but in this one we wrap up things nicely by looking at expressions that can add that extra dimension to your talk. Remember, you get what you put in. Great tips at the end of this one.

Language: Dealing with difficult questions: That’s a very good/interesting question, I’m glad you asked that. Well, it’s a complex issue, and much more.

Episode 18: How to give a presentation part 3

ESL Trailblazer Episode 13

In this episode the focus is on a fantastic word that can transform the way we learn, work and live – Change. It’s very versatile and when we want to express changes we can be as specific/general as we wish. Here are a some examples: Vocabulary: Sweeping/radical/major/wholesale changes welcoming/refreshing change to implement or facilitate (change) transformation, transition, adapt, adjust

Episode 13: Synonyms and expressions for ‘Change’

ESL Trailblazer Episode 14

This week’s episode focuses on language we can use when describing ‘choices’ as well as some common American words and expressions versus the British stuff. Also focus on word combos with ‘example’

Episode 14: Americanisms & expressions for ‘choices’

ESL Trailblazer Episode 15

So many phrasal verbs so little time. I understand the frustration with learners. This episode is for you. Practical phrasal verbs, idioms and a few Americanisms that can be used on a daily basis, are straightforward and easy to incorporate in your vocabulary. The key with this is using practical and useful phrasal verbs and idioms, here you go…..

Episode 15: 12 Practical idioms and phrasal verbs

ESL Trailblazer Episode 10

2018 is fast approaching, so what better time than to make some decisions and plans for it. Got you covered with some fresh language that you should find useful and hopefully practical. Vocabulary: Itinerary – detailed schedule of trip sleep on it, weigh up the pros and cons, run it by someone, think it over, think it through, plan ahead, opt for/out, chicken out

Episode 10: Decisions and plans

ESL Trailblazer Episode 11

Understanding cultures is a major aspect of learning language. Too many educators and schools ignore it and that’s a monstrous mistake. Here I discuss specifically criticism and praise and it’s impact on our communication at work in a global world.

Episode 11: Praising and Criticism (culture)

ESL Trailblazer Episode 12

Some language to incentivize your 2018. You’re going to kill it with a sense of purpose and whatever your rationale may be, just have thick skin, keep the doubters at arm’s length and you’ll be accomplished at the end. It boils down to this: Be genuine, be legitimate, ignore your poor track record, pull no punches and don’t throw in the towel. If you need a spot, I’m here to help! Enjoy the episode and share if you find it valuable.

Episode 12: The Motivation lesson

ESL Trailblazer Episode 7

Episode 7 covers language related to describing causes and effects and synonyms for ‘Good’. Language for the lesson: Good: Exceptional, Worthy, Marvelous, Admirable, Of the highest quality Opinion adjectives: Justifiable, Sensible, Inevitable, Appalling, Dreadful, Upsetting, Irresponsible. Cause and Effect idioms: boils down to, one thing leads to another, the bottom line is, what goes around comes around, track record. To attract criticism/support/interest Repercussions, Consequences, incident unforeseen/unexpected outcome, inevitable result/outcome

Episode 7: Cause and Effect

ESL Trailblazer Episode 8

In episode 8 I’ve focused on emailing this week. The structure, a bit of language we can incorporate as well how we make it readable to our recipients. Organize, is my word for the vocabulary segment. Organize: Arrange, Mobilize, Sort out, run, coordinate Emailing language: I’m writing to enquire about/whether, Further to our meeting, Following our conversation, With reference to your email, In reply to your

Episode 8: Writing emails and being organized

ESL Trailblazer Episode 9

This holiday season make sure you use the proper expressions when a guest at someone’s home or hosting a party. Also I cover some worthwhile idioms related to food and drink. Vocabulary: Make it a double, On the rocks, Be my guest, Help yourself, Make yourself at home, By all means, all the trimmings, spice things up

Episode 9: Winter is Coming

ESL Trailblazer Episode 4

Here are some language tips to avoid using ‘problem’ too much. There are many alternatives to this word that can add a lot of variety to your vocabulary and most of them you know but don’t use. (Challenges, Issues, setbacks, obstacles, questions etc.) There are also verb collocations here so listen up! Idioms: tie up a few loose ends, wave a magic wand, answer to my prayers,

Episode 4: Describing problems

ESL Trailblazer Episode 5

This episode covers practical language tips for expressing your opinion, supporting your viewpoint as well as opinion adjectives. I’ve also included idioms related to ‘getting out of our comfort zone’ and for practical speaking situations. Scroll down to find the language used: opinions: I believe, It seems to me that, In my personal opinion, I’m for/against it, I’m in favor of it Supporting viewpoints: According to, Apparently, it’s been shown that, it’s a well-known fact that, Idioms: get your hopes up, the sky’s the limit, get cold feet, beat about the bush, get straight to the point, to keep someone in the loop

Episode 5 Speaking: Just what I was thinking

ESL Trailblazer Episode 6

In thinking about our lessons, teachers should always try to be unconventional in the topics they cover in their ESL classes. Students study English for years and therefore should be exposed to a variety of topics that will hopefully also be meaningful to them. Success and Failure language: Alternatives to good: splendid, terrific, superb, up to scratch, outstanding, adequate success and failure: it pays off, to keep up with, to stay ahead of, works like magic, does the trick, blessing in disguise, makes all the difference Brainstorming: Would you consider… How about… Let’s go with/I’d go for, I think we are on the wrong track, I’m torn between…, It’d be great if we could

Episode 6: Success and Failure

ESL Trailblazer Episode 1

In this, the first episode of the series, we discuss ‘politeness and softening’ and it’s importance in English-speaking cultures.  This is directly related to intercultural competence, which is a crucial aspect of language learning, often ignored in most language learning classrooms.  More than just vocabulary and grammar exercises these tips can help improve your speaking and writing when communicating with global clients or friends.

Episode 1: Politeness and Softening

ESL Trailblazer Episode 2

Episode 2 is something close to my heart.  We practice speaking in language classes and our students ask for it but the reality is that we miss some important aspects of conversation that are vital.  Most people forget that having a conversation is a skill that needs to be practice and mastered like any other skill.  Here are some tips on how to improve all conversation we have, regardless of the language we use.

Episode 2: Having a Good Conversation

ESL Trailblazer Episode 3

This episode covers language tips when you are on the phone. Business professionals will find this helpful but so should anyone who has suffered from communication breakdown over the phone.  This is helpful language for anyone who gets frustrates with phone conversations in general.  Idioms of the week: Get to the bottom of it, it slipped my mind.

Episode 3 Speaking tips: Telephoning

Mark Cuban, American entrepreneur and NBA team owner has some tips from his experience on running a business.

Tips for starting a business


John Green gives a fun talk on how learning can be fun, now that’s something we don’t feel most of the time. It starts with the internet…

The nerd’s guide to learning online


The Teenage Brain Explained

Teenagers what’s going on in that head of yours?

Some answers to the never-ending questions that we can’t seem to answer.  So here is a great video for the head shaking parents, head-scratching teacher or just the plain curious.

The Teenage Brain Explained

Sir Ken Robinson gives us the facts about our education system and how it needs to radically change if we want to help future generations be more successful.  Worth watching for anyone, insightful and informative.

Changing education Paradigms

The world of statistics when utilized well can help us explain and consequently understand how the world works.  It’s liberating and can be an extremely effective and fun way to learn.  In this video, Hans Rosling, world famous statistician shares some insight with us about the world.

How stats can change our view of the world

200 countries, 200 years, 4 minutes

Poland's post Berlin wall generation

This euronews perspectives report takes a look at how rapid changes since the fall of the Berlin wall have effected Poland and its young generation.  While the older generations have vivid memories of a communist Poland, the teenagers of today and Poland’s tourists can barely see traces of that past.  Some have made an effort to help the young and the old relive that past.

Reliving a communist past

The urgency of not reforming our education but transforming it. Sir Ken Robinson gives a TED talk on how important education is for all of us and how creating the right circumstances can make all the difference. Revolution!

Transforming education


Fixed vs Growth Mindset

In this fascinating RSA Animate video, research proves what consequences a fixed mindset can have on our children and how to encourage a growth mindset.  It’s a discovery worth sharing and adapting.

How to fullfil every child’s potential

Dustin from “Getting Smarter Everyday” reveals how riding a bike backwards can reveal a profound truth about how our brains work and how we learn.  Unlearning is harder than you could imagine.

Riding a bike backwards


Ever wonder why you sometimes are so indecisive when shopping?  Do you get stressed because you have difficulty making a choice?  Well there is a reason for it – TOO MANY choices.  In this TED talk Barry Schwartz discusses the reasons and evidence that prove too many choices in our lives isn’t great.

The paradox of choice

Success and Failure

The author of Eat, Play and Love gives her perspective on how to deal with success or failure and how both have a more similar impact on us then we think.  Inspirational stuff!

The drive to keep creating

Amy Cuddy gives a heartfelt talk at TED to tell us about how body language is more important than people think.  Regardless of what you think your body language says or doesn’t say, Mr. Cuddy might manage to change your mind.

Body Language Shapes who you are


What motivates us?  The surprising truth, the freaky science!

What drives us to succeed


How Architecture can Change the Way we Feel

We don’t tend to think much about the buildings around us.  Nevertheless, they have a significant impact on how we feel and in this Ted talk, Marc Kushner tells us why in the near future we will have a much bigger say in how the buildings around us look.

How architecture effects us

Having a genuine conversation with someone is actually quite difficult for many people.  It doesn’t matter if it’s your native language or second one.  In this TED talk Celeste Headlee offers some REAL advice: try listening more plus 9 more…

10 Ways to have a better conversation

Inequality in the world keep growing yet most are unaware of it.  Here is a video that demonstrates how serious the problem has become.  Food for thought?

Wealth distribution: perception vs. reality

Articles

A selection of reading options on a variety of topics

Cultural differences

Cultural differences are more complicated then we think

How to handle awkward relationships with coworkers

Sometimes coworkers might misinterpret our intentions or commons. It can happen with friends, family and of course at work. Here is some advice on how to defuse the situation using the appropriate English expressions.

The geniuses of computer code

IT code writers take their skills to the highest competition. Are you game?

Film Reviews - The Martian

Read some critics' and audience reviews on this popular 2015 film. Great vocabulary opportunity!

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The upside of procrastination - finally!

When do you do your best work? Are you a procrastinator? or do you get your work done early?

League of Legends and beyond

What happens when real sports money moves into the video game industry

Working and learning

Having trouble finding time in your day? Here is a way to fit in some learning while working

Changing mindsets when learning

Carol Dweck gives an insightful talk on RSA animate about how we can help our children learn and grow better with the right mindset

Job Interviews - get an edge on the competition

Struggling to ace that interview? Here are some ideas on how to improve and get the odds of landing that job in your favor.

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How self-fulfiling prophesies can wreck havoc in the workplace

There are all kinds of factors that effect how productive we are at work, and the way we feel about are other coworkers. If we are a boss or manager there are consequences to how positively, we regard those we are responsible for, or work with. The same applies to us teachers and the way we regard our students. An insightful article by the Harvard Daily Review that raises awareness in our workplace.

The Numbers

Numbers don't lie, or do they?
How the media and corporations use statistics to fool us

The danger of theme parks

They are set up to take your money and serve you unhealthy food, but what are the consequences?

Indoor rock climbing revolution

A new sport that is growing faster each year.

Seek your Adventure: Travel the world

For some of us, the daily grind can be deadly. For others it's about finding something we are passionate about and love and doing it for as long as possible. Here are an idea....

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Second chance at a first impression

If you feel like your job interview didn't go so well, keep your head up. Here's an article about getting a second chance at a first impression.

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