Sunday, November 30, 2014

Greetings in English - English lesson

It is very important to vary how you say hello in English. Most English speakers don't use the same phrase all the time, unconsciously they change according to the situation, or the person they are speaking to.

Read this article and discus it with  your English teacher

Key Terms
slang expressions

Which phrase do you use most often?  Wny?
Which phrase was new to you?
Will you use this new phrase more now that you have learned it?
Do you use formal English or slang most of the time? Why?
When you speak, do you plan out your speech ahead of time?
Do you usually "think on your feet?"
How do you practice speaking with a teacher or a friend? Why?
How far ahead do you plan what to day when you are in a business meeting?
Is this different when you are with friends?

Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach - Professional English teacher

Thursday, November 27, 2014

IELTS, TOEFL. and Bagrut Spelling Tips! When to write on L and when to write 2 LL

If you are preparing for any type of writing test, then you have to know how to spell very well.  This can be difficult to prepare at the last moment, so take time before the test to go over all types of spelling rules.  It can be very difficult to remember when to write one l or two, so here are some spelling tips for you.

If you have a word, that ends in the l sound, and it is one syllable, then you need to put two ll

full, all, bell, tall, till, ill, still

But if you add another syllable to the word, and the l sound is at the end, then you only put one l

careful, cheerful, until

If you have a word that usually has two ll  like all and well  and you add another syllable after it, then one l is dropped

already, also, although, always, welfare, welcome,

Some words with one l get another when an additional syllable is added:
cancelled, cancelling, signalling, metallic.

But there is always an exception in English:  signaled has only one l

One word that has a   difference between American usage and British usage is

traveller, is the UK spelling with two ll and traveler is the USA spelling.

Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach - Professional English teacher

Friday, November 21, 2014

Couple 'fined" 100 Sterling for bad review on a website! Business English

Business runs on good referrals and satisfied customers.  I even heard in a store here in Jerusalem yesterday the maxim "The customer is king!"   This was very heartwarming, as I come from a business background of customer service at JCPenney, where I trained sales people to give good customer service.  But this incident of bad service shocked and surprised me. 

Read this article and discuss it with your English teacher 
Watch the video as well. 

Key Terms 
to charge
booking document 
scrap the policy 
public protection 
come across
out of the ark 
run a hoover
didn't expect the Ritz


What is your definition of good customer service? 
Does this vary according to which industry?
How could this hotel have provided better customer service, without spending lots of money? 
What do you think about their policy of adding 100 Pounds if people write a negative review? 
What happens if you receive faulty goods or bad service?
Do you complain or write a negative review?

Tell me about a time that you wrote a complaint letter about bad goods or services.  What happened? 
What did you mention in your complaint?
Do you feel we all have the right to complain without reprisals?

What do you think about this couple who went to the business websites to advertise the bad service that they received? 
How should have the hotel respond to this complaint? 
What is Trip Advisors'  policy about bad service? 
Have you used Trip Advisor's to see hotel ratings? 
Do you feel that the comments are fair? 
How do you deal with an angry customer? 
Has the level of customer service risen or fallen since the economic crisis?
Has the quality of goods risen or fallen recently? 
Are there still "Premium" customers?  Do they care about price? 
What do you think about price controls? 

Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach - Professional English teacher 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Super- Commuters? How long is your drive to work? English lesson

Many people live in the city, sort of close to their jobs, while others live far away, but rent a room or a studio apartment near their jobs, and on the weekends fly home.  This is a trend that is growing, and believe it or not can be cheaper than the daily commute!

Read this article and discuss it with your English teacher

Key Terms
traffic fumes
 leisurely lunch 
faraway homes
 cost of living 
 maintain residency 
work-life balance

According to the text, why do some people choose to "super commute?"
How do they organize their work week? 
How many "super commuters" are there in the world? 
What is the average number of kilometers that people commute? 
What happens to the income when you super-commute? 
What would make you want to super commute?
Would it be worth it for you? 
Is there a typical job that people super commute to? 

Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach - Professional English Teacher 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

European Space Agency - Probe lands on a comet! - English Lesson

The European Space Agency has succeeded to land an unmanned probe on a comet!  The comet is on its way toward the sun, so the probe will be able to document all the chemical and physical changes that will occur as the comet comes close to the sun. This is a historic landmark moment, or is it?

Read the article and discuss it with your English teacher

Key Terms
ground controllers
joint effort
icy treasure chest


What is the goal of this space flight?
Why is it important?
Which countries contributed to the mission?
How far away is the comet from Earth?
How close will the comet come to the sun?
How much money did the mission cost?
Is the cost worth the knowledge that will be gained?
Have you ever seen a comet?
Which scientific advances have been made because of space exploration?

Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach - Professional English Teacher

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Remembering the Berlin Wall - 25 years later

The only thing that I remember about the Berlin Wall coming down was the Pink Floyd Rock Concert and the song The Wall.

Key Terms
“part of the folklore”
"iron curtain" 
 “complete surprise” 
 bear the consequences
 “for the overall setting” 
“won against all those 'isms'


What was it like living in Germany for the author while the Berlin Wall stood? 
What was the feeling when the Wall came down? 
How did people view each other after the Wall came down?
Do you live in a country where there is a wall? 
How do you feel about the Wall in your country? 
Does it help the political situation? 
Does the wall have economic effects?
Does the Wall affect you personally? 
Should the Wall in your country come down?  
What would happen if it didn't? 
What would be the immediate effects? 
What would be the long term effects?

Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach - Professional English Teacher

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Science of Wearing the same thing everyday- Business English

Wearing the same thing every day can sound boring. Or can it be a uniform?   There are a variety of reasons why people would choose to wear the same thing everyday. For me, it is useful that my daughter has to wear her school uniform.  All the girls have the same clothes, it takes away one item of competition that can be devastating to the image of a young girl in school if her family doesn't have the money to keep up with the Jones' with the latest fashion.

Key Terms
 have in common
 pare down 
 business perspective
blew up the Internet
 famed writer 
 convincing science
 brain power
decision-making process 
tires you out
 a brand
 trademark look
 overall mystique


Why do Obama, Steve Jobs and Homer Price all wear the same thing?
What does it add to their lives? 
Does it detract anything?
What does the research say about wearing the same thing?
What do you wear to work everyday? 
Do you change into different clothes when you come home? 
Do you wear different clothes for different activities?
Does wearing a uniform make a person feel more in a "role?" 

Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach - Professional English teacher

Sunday, November 9, 2014

General Strike on the Way in Belgium? English lesson

It took the Belgians a while but they finally woke up and on Thursday Nov. 6th they staged a General Strike.  The strike turned out to be violent, a number of policemen are in the hospital, there were over 100,000 people in the center of Brussels.  They are protesting the right wing government, that there are not enough jobs, and unemployment is high.   I was told that there will be another strike in December.

Read this article and discuss it with your English teacher.

Key Terms
little publicity
ambitious reforms
programme- UK spelling , USA spelling program

What is the strike about?
Why did it take so long for a government to form?
What is the main aim of the government?
Why does the government want to raise the retirement age?
Which competences should be transferred to the regions?
Which ones should be kept for the Federal government?
What is significant about the fact that the new government does not include socialists?
Do you think that Charles Michel will be able to negotiate with the strikers?
What was his last job?
What experience does he have in government?

Lesson Plan  by Rachael Alice Orbach - Professional English teacher

Monday, November 3, 2014

How to enjoy your trip while stuck in the Airport - English Lesson

Have you ever been stuck in the Airport?  Some people are able to take the delay in stride, while others get very upset.  In fact, if you are stuck for more than eight hours going to or from Israel, or your flight was cancelled, you may be able to get compensation!  Go to this link and check it out!  For the rest of us, who are stuck only for a short period of time, read more here:

Key Terms
 scan down 
 serious torture and agony
make the best of it
down time
required documents
 window shopping
deadly project
front to back
packing strategically
cozy jumper

When was the last time you were stuck in an airport? 
What happened with the plane? 
How long were you waiting in the airport?
How did you pass the time? 
Which of the strategies given in the text, have you followed in the past? 
Which one would you want to take advantage of in the future? 
Which one is the least convenient for you? 
Which one is the most exciting for you? 
How often do you travel? 
Which do you do more, traveling for business or pleasure?
In your opinion, are planes delayed or cancelled more now or in the past? 
Do the airlines really pay compensation? 
If your flight were delayed more than eight hours would you try to get compensation from the airline? 

Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach - Professional English Teacher 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

What do successful people do at the end of the workday? Business English

When does your workday end? If you work in a company in a 9-5 job, what you do at the end of the day can have a big impact upon what the next day will look like.  Let's peak inside a successful person's end of the day and compare to how you end your own day.

Read this blog post and discuss it with your English Teacher:

Key Terms
set the stage 
 mitigate tasks 
down to the wire 
defer   deferral 
 core foundation
 upbeat vibe

How do you end your workday?
How many hours do you work? 
Do you take work home with you? 
Do make a to do list every day? 
When do you write your To Do List? 
How do you keep your office desk?  
Do you clean it up at the end of the day?
How do you measure if you had a successful day? 

What do you do if you get a last minute phone call and you don't have time to deal with it in a good manner? 
When you are off from work, do you still answer e-mails and phone calls? Why or why not? 
When do you usually have meetings, first thing in the morning or later in the day?  Are the meetings productive? 
What happens when the meeting goes too late and you need to go home?
What do you do when you go out the door? 
What time do you actually leave the office?  It is usually on time? 
How do you say goodbye to your co-workers?
Does everyone leave at the same time? 

Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach - Professional English Teacher 

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