Friday, February 10, 2017

Attention ESL students: Free advice for immigrants

(1) Keep with you AT ALL TIMES  evidence that you have been present for at least two years.
(Ex. utility bills, receipts, Facebook posts, mail or any other documentation with your name going back two years)

(2)Be very careful of using pay stubs if you have used false documents or information to get your job, as those are prosecutable offenses.

(3)Keep this information at home so that it is accessible to someone who can help you.  (photocopy at home.)

(4)Make sure you have a family plan in place to call for legal assistance if you fail to return home as usual. -

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Inmigrantes indocumentados en los EU

(1) Mantenga con usted EN TODO MOMENTO evidencia de que ha estado presente al menos por dos años. (Ej. recibos de la utilidades, correspondencia, o cualquier otro documento con su nombre por los pasado dos años.)

(2)Tenga cuidado si usa los talonarios de pago de su trabajo.

(3)Mantenga una copia de esta info en su casa.

(4)Tenga un plan para contactar asistencia legal en caso de que usted no regrese a case como de costumbre.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Dvclub Fort Collins - networking!

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Fwd: DVCon U.S. 2017: Conference Highlights

I enjoyed attending this conference when I was between jobs to network and figure out how to market/retrain myself.  YMMV.  If you see Harry Foster, Tom Fitzpatrick, or anyone from Doulos, be sure to say hi for me.  When I went, it was cheapest to stay at or near the conference hotel and not rent a car, as it's all pretty close to the San Jose airport.




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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Fixing flaky USB ports on Windows 10, thanks to WindowsReport!

"Change Power Management settings for USB Controller
  1. Open Device Manager.
  2. Find Universal Serial Bus controllers section and expand it.
  3. Right click each driver named USB Root Hub and select Properties.
  4. Go to Power Management tab.
  5. Make sure that Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power is not checked. If it’s checked uncheck it. Click OK"
This sounds promising to me for the problem I see with my Windows 10 USB flakiness, the power setting was on by default after a fresh install.  I'm going to try it !  Just to clarify, I have had problems with USB drives where the drive says it cannot be used after being plugged in, and needs to be reformatted.  Then I will safely remove it, and plug it into a different USB port on the same port, and it works fine.  Then I will plug it back into the original port, and it may either work fine now, or not.  Really annoying and had be wondering if Windows 10 was just too buggy about USB drives.  But now I am hoping this fixes it.  The webpage I found this on below has more suggestions also.  Best of luck to us all !  ;-)

Fix: USB Not Working in Windows 10

Sunday, December 18, 2016

ESL Doctors Vocabulary, thanks to ExcellentEsl4U !

ESL Doctors Vocabulary List with Definitions

The following ESL doctors vocabulary will help you if you ever need to get medical help.  It shows both American and British English.

  • Accident and emergency - A department in a hospital to treat urgent cases. (British English) (noun)
  • Ache - A pain that is often at a low level but constant, often in a joint. (noun)
  • Allergy - A reaction to something that causes a rash or other symptoms, e.g. peanut allergy. (noun)
  • Antibiotics - A type of medicine that is used to treat infections by bacteria. (noun)
  • Appointment - The specific time and place of a meeting between people, e.g. with a doctor. (noun)
  • Bacteria - Very small organisms that can cause illnesses. (noun)
  • Bed rest - To stay in bed until better. (noun)
  • Better - To have stopped being ill, to have recovered. (adjective)
  • Casualty - A department in a hospital to treat urgent cases. (British English) (noun)
  • Chemist - A place, or shop, where medicines are kept, prepared and sold. (British English) (noun)
  • Cold - An illness of the nose and throat that is caused by a virus. (noun)
  • Consulting room - The room where a doctor meets with patients in private. (noun)
  • Cough - To empty the lungs of air quickly and often noisily. (verb)
  • Cure - To make a person better when they have an illness. (verb)
  • Cut - Damage to the skin, often not deep or serious. (noun)
  • Dehydrated - To not have enough water in the body. (adjective)
  • Diagnosis - To look at the patient's symptoms and decide what is wrong with them. (noun)
  • Disease - Something that causes a person's health to be bad. (noun)
  • Doctor - A person trained to treat ill people. (noun)
  • Emergency room (ER) - A department in a hospital to treat urgent cases. (American English) (noun)
  • Examine - The process of studying a patient to see what is wrong. (verb)
  • Fever - To have a high temperature. (noun)
  • Flu - A viral disease that causes a high temperature. (noun)
  • Food poisoning - An infection in the stomach from eating food that was not properly prepared (often not cooked enough). (noun)
  • General Practitioner (GP) - A doctor that works in a surgery in the local community and not a hospital. Is not a specialist in one area but can treat all illnesses. (noun)
  • Headache - A pain in the head. (noun)
  • Health - The concept of how a person's body is. (noun)
  • Health center - A building where GPs and nurses work. (noun)
  • Hospital - A place where patients go when they are too ill to stay at home so they can have 24 hour a day care. (noun)
  • House call - When a doctor visits patients in their home rather than them going to see the doctor in the surgery. (noun)
  • Ill - To have a disease or health problem. (adjective)
  • Illness - Something that causes a person's health to be bad. (noun)
  • Infection - When the body is being attacked by a bacteria, fungus or virus. (noun)
  • Joint - Where two bones join and there is movement, e.g. elbow, knee, wrist.  (noun)
  • Medicine - Something to make an ill person better. (noun)
  • Nurse - A person who looks after people who are ill. (noun)
  • On-call - When a doctor has to be available to see patients, often at nighttime.  (adjective)
  • Patient - Someone who is being treated by a doctor or is in a hospital. (noun)
  • Pharmacy - A place, or shop, where medicines are kept, prepared and sold. (noun)
  • Poorly - To have a disease or health problem. (adjective)
  • Practice - A local doctor's place of work. (noun)
  • Prescription - A written note from a doctor saying what medicine is to be given to the patient. (noun)
  • Rash - Red marks on the skin, often caused by an allergy. (noun)
  • Receptionist - A person who answers telephones and makes appointments. (noun)
  • Recover - To stop feeling ill. (verb)
  • Refer - When a doctor sends a patient to see a different doctor, often a specialist. (verb)
  • Registered - A person who is listed as being allowed to treat sick people. (adjective)
  • Sneezing - To send air out of the nose often in a violent and loud way. (noun)
  • Specialist - A doctor that only treats one type of illness or problem, e.g. heart specialist. (noun)
  • Surgery (UK) - A building where a GP works and patients can visit them. (noun)
  • Symptoms - The signs of an illness, e.g. fever, cough, sneezing. (noun)
  • Test results - Detailed information about a patient's illness. (noun)
  • Treat - To try to cure an illness. (verb)
  • Treatment - What is done to try to make a person better. (noun)
  • Unwell - To have a disease or health problem. (adjective)
  • Virus - A very small organism that can cause illnesses. (noun)
  • Vomit - To empty the stomach through the mouth. (verb)
  • Waiting room - A room in a surgery or hospital where patients wait before seeing the doctor. (noun)
  • Well - To not be ill. (adjective)
  • Wheelchair - A chair with wheels used to move a person who is too ill to walk. (noun)
  • Wound - Damage to the body, often a cut. (noun)

Friday, December 16, 2016

ESL: Classroom English, thanks to BogglesWorldESL !

Classroom English

I found this ESL/Conversations in English lesson very useful, as it helps give the students the tools they need to better understand other English speakers, even on technical topics, but it's also helpful in daily life and travel.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

100 Warm-Up Questions for ESL Students, thanks to RoadToGrammar !

How to use these questions
...For most of the questions here, three to five
minutes is recommended, plus another minute or two for the teacher to do a
round-up. The questions here are suited to discussions in pairs or groups.

What-If Questions
If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would you choose?
If money was no problem, where would you like to travel on holiday?
If you could address the whole world, what would you say?
Would you rather be a big fish in a small pond or a small fish in a big pond?
What would you do if a genie gave you three wishes?
What would you do differently if there were 30 hours in a day?
Would you like to live in America?
Would you like to live in Japan?
Would you like to travel in space?
If an alien came to Earth, where would you show it around?

Learning English
Do you enjoy speaking English?
What is the best way to improve your speaking?
What is the best way to improve your listening?
What is the best way to improve your vocabulary?
What is the best way to improve your writing?
What is the most difficult part of learning English?
How is English different from your language?
How can you be a good conversationalist?

Which person in your life has motivated you the most?
Who do you admire the most?
What is your definition of happiness?
Name three things that make you happy.
What are your strengths?
Think up three ways to spice up your life and share them with your partner.
What is your favorite saying?

Superlatives and Comparatives
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen?
Who is the rudest person you have ever met?
Who was the best teacher that you have ever had?
Do you think life was better or worse in the past?
Do you think that computers will be smarter than humans one day?
Who do you think is the greatest person in history?
What is the greatest problem facing the world today?
Are men better than women in any way?

Likes and Dislikes
What Western dishes do you like to eat?
What is your dream job?
Tell your partner about your dream car.
What phobias do you have?
What is your favorite song?
What is the best modern invention?
Which is more important: love, money or health?
Describe your ideal partner.
Are you a pet lover?
Would you like to be a celebrity?
Who is your favorite celebrity?
What was your favorite subject at school?
What is your favorite time of the day?
Are you a romantic person?
What gets you really angry?
Tell your partner about your dream house.

Business English
Talk about a company that offers good customer service.
Talk about a company that has poor customer service.
How can you do well at an interview?
What do you like most about your job?
What do you like least about your job?
Describe the ideal boss.
What is your idea of a good work environment?
Are you able to read the business pages in the newspaper?
Do you think we should have a four-day work week?
Would you like to own your own business one day?
Do you think it is safe to buy things online?
Do you enjoy traveling on business?
Is it better to work in a large or small company?
What makes a good boss?
What makes a good presentation?

Social Issues and Opinions
Do you think life is too fast-paced today?
Are you an optimist or a pessimist?
How has the Internet changed our lives?
Do you agree that money is the root of all evil?
What is the biggest threat to the environment in your country?
What can we do to help the environment?
Are you afraid of ghosts?
Do you believe in the supernatural?
Do you think people are basically cruel or kind?
Do you believe that war is ever justified?
Do you believe in the use of capital punishment?
Is there justice in the world?
Why do so many people stay single these days?
What problems do celebrities face?
Do you think smoking should be totally banned?
Why do you think people smoke?
Why do you think people gamble?
In what cases is divorce justified?
Is there ever an excuse for crime?
Why do you think people carry out acts of terrorism?
What stories have been in the news recently?
Would you marry someone from another culture?
Are you knowledgeable about other cultures?

Health and Fitness
Do you consider yourself to be healthy?
How often do you exercise?
Are you scared of going to the doctor?
How long would you like to live to?
Name some healthy foods and some unhealthy foods.

Tell your partner about a time something good happened to you.
Tell your partner about a time something terrible happened to you.
Tell your partner about the last movie that you saw.
Give some tips on how to save money.
What do you think the world will be like in 100 years?
Tell your partner about your country/hometown.
Tell your partner about the last time you went on holiday.
If you found a wallet on the street, would you return it to its rightful owner?
What are your plans for the weekend?
Tell your partner about a time you were surprised.
What personality trait do you respect in others?
What is your country famous for?

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