Introduction To Teaching English As A Foreign Language (TEFL)

It isn’t that difficult understanding what TEFL is all about. Just from the acronym itself, Teaching English as a Foreign Language or TEFL, you’d be able to know what TEFL is for. TEFL, TESOL, ELT, ESOL, ESP, EAP, EAL, the list of acronyms can go on and on and terms may vary country by country but at the end of the day, the goal is still the same: to teach non-speakers and non-native speakers the English language.

If you would think about it, English is currently the lingua franca of many aspects. From international business, science, education, technology, DIPLOMACY, music, entertainment, radio and even aviation, all of these make use of the English language as a standard or common language.

English isn’t just a ‘foreign’ language. It is an international language that people use all over the world to communicate with other people of different tongues and languages. In fact, English is one of the widely known and widely accepted lingua franca. If you don’t know what a lingua franca is, it is basically a common language that people of different mother tongues use to communicate and understand each other. While there are also other popular lingua franca like Spanish, French and Mandarin, English stands out because when people travel to other countries or places with a different language, they mostly use English to communicate with the locals.

English is so widespread and is so widely used that it only makes sense why people from non-English speaking countries would want to learn it.

For most students, the best way they would be able to learn English is from a native speaker and that is what happens with TEFL. Native English speakers are trained so that they could travel to different countries and teach non-speakers the language.

There could be many reasons why non-speakers would want to learn the language. Some people learn English so that they could integrate to a society where English is the widely used tongue. There are also people who learn the language to become more competent, improve their studies and even widen their business opportunities.

But no matter what the reason, TEFL teachers are sure to help you in the most effective way possible. TEFL also provides numerous opportunities to English teachers when they want to teach in Thailand, South Korea or any country.

A Brief Recall Of How Holiday Sweaters And Parties Came About

There are some unique traditions that will never fade. One of these is the ugly sweater party every holiday season. This trendy tradition started decades ago and has picked up its pace once more. There are several business owners that are profiting from the ugly Christmas sweater craze. Thrift stores and high end retail stores alike are selling ugly Christmas sweaters. If you visit UglyChristmasSweater.com, you will find assorted ugly sweaters for you.

History of holiday sweaters

It is difficult to pinpoint where the holiday sweater and parties began. There are only a few garments that are exposed to so much critiquing and scorn yet remained very popular. As to the origin of the sweater, one writer said that knitting patterns were already popular even before the 1950s. It was also during those years when the commercialization of Christmas took place. It would be safe then to say that the sweaters were already around since then.

As the sweaters become more and more ornamented and bedazzled, some people decided to celebrate its gaucheness. The first ever festivity held in honor of the ugly sweaters was in Vancouver and was thrown in the early 2000. The party was organized by Chris Boyd and Jordan Birch. The ugly Christmas sweater party has become a hit and has since become an annual event. It continues to attract large crowds. The creators and starters of the party are thrilled with their idea booming and they are now considered as the official trend setter of the ugly sweater party.

In 2007, a group of esteemed gentlemen who were inspired by the holiday trend of ugly sweaters launched a website on Christmas sweater party. The founders of the website have since been gathering sweaters and selling them online and have been raking in lofty profits. They even published a book on the topic of ugly sweaters. In the book they explained in detail to the readers everyone has to know about ugly Christmas sweaters. The book also consisted of photos of some of the worst Christmas sweaters that they have come across with.

You perhaps have watched how this trend grew and become popular, it is not too late to jump into the bandwagon and start your own thrift store.

How Unique Packaging Can Influence A Purchasing Decision

A friend suggested Paper Mart when I was searching the web for packaging boxes for my homemade brownies, cakes and banana bread. I wanted my products to standout and eye-catching bakery boxes will surely help sell my products. Since I have been a customer myself of many bakeries and bread shops, I know for a fact, that good packaging not only enhances aesthetics, it can whet the appetite.

The good thing with Paper Mart is the large selection of packaging supplies including affordable rolls of multi-colored ribbons and gift wrapping when my products are given away as gifts. In most instances, customers prefer their packaging to be personalized to make the product different from those that are available in the market. Customers can find brownies and cakes everywhere but most prefer products that are homemade because they taste different from those that are mass produced in thousands. I had this idea to give them something unique by making packaging different from what the others offer.

I have had nice labels designed for my boxes. This is a technique I learned to distinguish my packaging from others. Since I am still in the initial stage my small business, my retail outlet is the internet. I also make it a point to sell my products at fairs, city events and festivals. At first, I actually though that Paper Mart will overlook my orders considering I was only starting with a few dozen boxes. Fortunately, they deliver very quickly no matter the size of the order.

First impressions always make a difference. A few years ago when I went to visit New York, there were impressive packaging designs that caught my eye. Creative packaging designs help make a product noticeable from any view angle. It is very easy for creative packaging to catch the attention of consumers and make them decide that it is a “must buy”. There are also packaging designs online that gave me inspiration with own packaging.

It is important to pay attention to packaging because it is the first thing that a customer will notice. Even before the customer tastes the product, the packaging should already influence a purchasing decision.

Death Toll Increases In Bangladesh Due To Political Unrest

Dhaka, Bangladesh- At least 7,000 people were arrested and thirty one are confirmed dead in weeks following political violence in the country.

Most of those who died were victims of arson attacks made by militant groups in buses and cars. There were also a number of people who died in bomb blasts.

The Reason For The Violent Protests

On January 5, Bangladesh National Party (BNP), the opposition to the ruling government called for a nationwide strike and road blockade. BNP has 19 political party allies and they have a growing number of supporters from the private sector.

January 5 marked the anniversary of the disputed Bangladesh elections. According to the opposing party, there was deception during elections and the votes casted were rigged by the incumbent party. Bangladesh National Party and their allies boycotted the elections as they lost trust in their government.

Thousands of civilians wounded and killed

Several incidents of bus torching took place in the capital city of Bangladesh and neighboring towns. The Communication Minister said that at least seven people from the transport group were killed in the recent violent attacks. A total of 200 buses were torched.

The government banned the use of social media applications so protest leaders could not campaign for their activity. The head of law and order in Bangladesh said in a statement that 7,015 people are held in prison because they participated in the violent protest and bus torching.

There are thousands of innocent civilians caught in between the violence of the opposing party and the government’s military effort to restore peace.

Industry Minister Amir Hossain Amu said that the government is offering a $1,300 reward for anyone who can give information regarding to the whereabouts of the masterminds of the series of attacks.

How business industries faired in light of recent attacks

The economy of Bangladesh is down for several weeks following the political unrest. This effect is expected of a nation that is torn in an internal warfare. BPO industry, packaging industry, manufacturing and service sectors took a strong hit from the tug of war of power in politics. If the situation in Bangladesh worsens, the economy will dip further and the ordinary people will suffer the most.

IT Consultant A Self-Confessed Brony

Rob Harrison, a 34-year-old self-confessed Brony is obsessed with the magical ponies and has spent thousands on articles and items associated with My Little Pony. Rob, a male IT consultant, from Vancouver, Canada is one of the members of adult male fans who adore the make-believe horses. The group has their own name “Bronies” which is derived from the two words “Bro” and “ponies”.

He confessed that he enjoys watching My Little Pony especially the characters Fluttershy, Twilight Sparkle and Applejack in his TV screen. He even filled his house with memorabilia from the said TV show. He owns My Little Pony plush toys and even full body costumes which he and fellow bronies wear to their conventions.

Rob is currently single and proudly admits that he is not bothered with people who laugh at his preferred obsession. He confessed that at first he did not pay any attention to the show because he thought it was meant for girls but was amazed when he found out that the target audience is the general public.

Rob loves anything related to cartoons ever since and owns a lot of things that his closest friends and relatives are already aware of his hobby.

He is used to people making fun of him and instead of bothering, he just laughs with them. He considers his obsession just like any other hobby and his fellow bronies as guys who shares the same interest.

Rob discovered his interest in the show last 2013 when he helped out with BronyCAN, Canada’s biggest My Little Pony Convention for males. After the event, he felt at home with all the males who share the same interest and realised that the group is a lot of fun.

After the convention, Rob realised how much he liked the show and everything about the brand. The bronies started out as an internet community and then they scheduled meet-ups which are mostly drinking parties. My Little Pony paved the way for them to find each other and have some fun over a common interest.

The IT consultant even revealed that he travels for My Little Pony meetings. Seattle, USA, UK and Germany are just some of the places he have been to because of the conventions planned by bronies all around the globe.

An ex-girlfriend tried introducing my Little Pony to Rob but failed to take interest at that time. He shares how his new hobby does not hinder his social life.

World Leaders To Gather In London To Discuss Islamic State Conflict

January 22, 2015- London reports that top officials from 21 nations will gather in London to discuss how to combat the growing militants in the Middle East.

The one day meeting which will happen in London will be participated by John Kerry, United States Secretary of State and Iraq’s Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi. They will be part of the 21 delegates across the globe to discuss on the current state of the jihadist militant group and how they will fight the terror that the group has spread over Iraq and Syria.

The agenda will include how to strengthen the ground military force that is fighting against the terrorists. Humanitarian efforts will also be discussed.

According to an insider, the coalition of nations is now even more under pressure to carry out results in light of the recent attacks by the jihadists in France. The Secretary of State of the United States expressed that they are now very determined to end the heinous massacres in the Middle East and Asia.

Shedding light to who IS is

The Islamic State was formed in 2013. It is a group that separated from al-Qaeda that was based in Iraq. It attacked and captured Raqqa in Eastern Syria then went on to Iraq to stir up mayhem and inject fear to the Iraqis.

Members of the Islamic State are Sunni extremists who believe that non Muslims must be punished. They consider the Christians, Yazidis, Shia Muslims (heretics according to them) as their enemies. This brutal group is known for its vicious way of dealing with their enemies. They beheaded soldiers, journalists and killed humanitarian workers.

Bringing hope to children

The turmoil in the Middle East has been going on for quite some time. Families are devastated and children are especially affected. Thousands of children die and are displaced daily because of the terror attacks. Being part of the free world, you could help put a smile in their faces. You can let them feel that you care for them by giving toys or t-shirts with their favorite super hero on it. To order these items, you can go to TV store online. Giving them these trivial things will surely brighten up their spirits.