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We all know by now the cardinal sins of presentations: slides with too much text, or a presenter whose idea of presenting is to merely read aloud the text on the slides, or a presenter who gazes at their shoes… The list goes on. But, assuming you’re experienced enough to not be making those mistakes, what’s next? How do you get to the next level, ...
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We have much to thanks the TED talks series for: not only did they provide us with excellent topics like Cameron Russell’s “Looks Aren’t Everything. Believe Me, I’m a Model,” or Hans Rosling’s “
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In discussions about dyslexia and how it affects language learning – which is of course close to my heart as a language teacher – I am often asked: “If a student is dyslexic, how should it be taken into account in language learning? Is there something that all dyslexics share in a learning context?” ...
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My New Year’s resolutions take the usual form of promising to go to the gym, or to watch what I eat, or to be ridiculously positive in my outlook on life. But, for this new year I’m planning on another form of mindfulness -  minding my Ps and Qs. Mind your Ps and Qs is an old expression in English that means to mind your manners, or ...
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Nov 24

Imagination Sharing

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Working life, Learning style, Imagination, careers

by Blake Schumacher November 24, 2016 at 8:11 AM
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” I asked my son. My parents and teachers asked me this same question from when I was his age until the day I graduated from university and began my first career. I can’t really recall what I answered. Maybe it was a fireman, maybe a doctor, an ad man was on the list. I’m not sure if the answers were ever really important.
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Although a common phenomenon, dyslexia (also known as “reading disorder”) has not been much written about. At AAC, we encounter an increasing number of pupils who struggle with learning due to dyslexia. One of our most successful students is Teppo, who works in high-end product development in a major Finnish corporation operating in international markets. Over the years, Teppo’s duties ...
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Sep 28

Language Used to Engage

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Storytelling, Language skills, Language training, Working life

by Blake Schumacher September 28, 2016 at 10:43 AM
When I was young, my mother took me to libraries and museums to listen to stories. The biggest thrill I had wasn’t at the end of the stories; it was the journey, the optimism, the promise that by committing to this voyage, you may receive big payoff at the end. I loved the tension created by the trek. Would the hero slay the villain? How will the hero go from rags to riches? How will a certain ...
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AAC’s newest interpreting recruits met up at AAC’s head office. The program included induction to AAC operations and a discussion about matters related to interpreters’ work and code of ethics. The discussion about interpreting experiences was lively, and the evening was over almost before it had begun.
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New year’s resolutions are made at the wrong time of the year. The busy start of the year and even busier late spring ruin these lofty decisions and the measures arising from them. So why not make a summer resolution? Make a resolution that will benefit you in your free time but also after summer ...
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Feb 11

A day in the life of a translator

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Localization, Translation, Working life

by Sami Hurmerinta February 11, 2016 at 9:35 AM
9:00 am I arrive at the office, sign in to the system and open my e-mail. Today shouldn’t be too busy, but I have to finish a short text that I started the day before and deliver it to the customer by the end of the day. When I open my e-mail, I see that there are a few other jobs waiting, some of which have to be delivered today. I accept the jobs and ask the relevant ...
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