Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Advanced 1&2: Silly Job Interview.

Monty Python were a British comedy group who created many sketches and starred in some famous films as well. On this occasion, I would like you to watch this funny sketch about an interview for a job management course that goes terribly wrong (English subtitles are available, just turn them on by clicking on the first button). Watch the video here and enjoy!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Advanced 2. Job Interview.

Click here and listen to the conversation. Answer the questions based on the information you hear. When you finish, press the "final score" button to check your quiz. 

Advanced 2. Job Hunting.

Click here and listen to the conversation. Answer the questions based on the information you hear. When you finish, press the "final score" button to check your quiz. 

Advanced 2. Work-life balance.

Click here and watch the video. Listen again, this time read the transcript below and fill in the blanks with one or two words (select the gaps to see the answers).

This is the Audi R8. It’s a highly efficient and compelling car. Its engine produces an astonishing 199 kw at 6500 rpm, and a torque of 330nm at 4000 rpm. Now part of the reason that it’s so efficient and part of what makes us human beings comparatively inefficient is that this car has only one goal and that goal is exceptionally clear. It has to go very fast down tarmac roads.
As a general principle, no machine can be optimally efficient at more than one thing. A robot that has to both climb stairs and make pancakes will be far less efficient than two distinct machines, each of which can focus exclusively on a single task. The more limited the goals, the higher one’s chances of efficiency.
Now, unlike the Audi sports car, our brains are not designed or evolved to be maximally efficient at any one thing. This amazing cognitive and emotional machine is a profound generalist. It comes moderately well-equipped  for a huge range of possible activities: to write a novel, spear a fish, bring up a child, drive very fast up Fifth Avenue, sit in a highrise office writing reports, live in a hut in New Guinea, marry, plot an assassination, live in an ice cave, go into politics, stay single or expand a small business into the Asia market.
Now the price we pay for being generalists is that we’ll be less good at any one of the many activities we perform than someone who did only one thing their whole lifelong.  We might not be the very best at inflating party balloons, our house will be a bit dirty, we might be a bit late for the meeting, we’ll not be perfect patient and interested dinner companions, we’ll mess up the public presentation again, someone will probably be better than we are at helping a child to paint. This might be quite depressing at moments, perhaps late at night as we look back across the day, but before we get to sad, we should realize that our less than completely optimal performance is down to one very understandable thing: That we’ve chosen breadth and variety over total focus and narrow perfection, and that’s a very wise choice. Focusing on one thing to the exclusion of all others has its costs, as anyone who has ever spoken to an athlete who trains ten hours a day, tends to find out. There’s a cost to being the human equivalent of a sports car.

Unfortunately, our society has set up an absurd idea that it will be possible to do many things and do them all completely well, that’s why we hear so much talk about an illusive thing called work-life balance: A perfectly optimal career and a perfectly optimal home life. This is a mad idea. Work-life balance is impossible because everything worth fighting for unbalances your life. We’re not gonna be at once the ideal domestic chef, child carer and CEO. If we strung out across multiple roles, all will suffer, but that’s ok. That you’re doing too much and none of it without mistakes isn’t a sign that your life has gone wrong, it’s a sign of a very wise and understandable position; that you’ve opted for imperfect variety over flawless focus.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Advanced 1: Health Care.

Click here and listen to six people talking about health care. Answer the questions on the right.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Advanced 1. Health. Videos.

Dealing with burns. Click here.
Dealing with choking. Click here.
(Special thanks to Marcos at EOI Coruña)

Advanced 1. So and neither responses.

Remember the rule:
So + auxiliary verb + subject  (affirmative addition to affirmative remarks).
E.g. Bill likes golf / So does Peter.
Neither / nor + auxiliary verb + subject (negative addition to negative remarks).
E.g. Bill doesn't like golf / Neither does Peter.
Now practise what you would say in these situations. Click here.

Advanced 2. Listening comprehension: Work (Outsourcing)

What`s the meaning of "outsourcing"? Well, if you own a company and decide to outsource, basically you begin to hire people outside your company / country to do specific tasks.
Now, listen to Todd and Julia talking about this topic and answer the questions (The "comprehension quiz" is on the right side of the page). Click here.
If you need extra practice, you can also check out the "related links" section below (it's on the right side of the page as well) 

-To place a bid: To make an offer.
-To crop: To trim a picture.
-Freelancers: Self-employed people who are not employed continuously but hired to do specific assignments.
-To cobble something together: To put together roughly or clumsily.
- Convenient: suitable to the purpose // happening to be near and useful at a particular moment