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How to Make a Presentation in English Sound Good

Posted by Glennon Kiernan-Lahti on 11/04/17 08:59

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, where you are routinely giving engaging, memorable presentations in English? Content, obviously, plays a key role in making a great presentation, and as I outlined in a previous post, you need an aim in order for the audience to follow you. However, I’m willing to argue that content alone is not enough to make a great presentation. For me, the one component that elevates a good presentation to one that is memorable is how it sounds. And, for me, it must sound good.

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Topics: Language skills, Working life, Presentation skills, Business English

Think People Follow Your Presentations? Think Again.

Posted by Glennon Kiernan-Lahti on 07/04/17 09:08

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 “The Magic Washing Machine,” but they also put the idea of great presentation skills front and center again.

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Topics: Language skills, Working life, Presentation skills, Business English

Dyslexia and language learning

Posted by Tuulevi Meri on 17/01/17 07:28

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?”

After nearly twenty years as a language instructor, this is an easy question for me to answer:

“Yes, they do have something in common – every one of them is different as a learner and has an individual learning style.”

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Topics: Dyslexia, Language training, Working life, Dyslexic, Reading disorder, Learning difficulties, English language course

Mind your Ps and Qs

Posted by Glennon Kiernan-Lahti on 30/12/16 09:20

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 to be on your best behaviour in the company of other people. And it’s usually thought of as a reminder to be careful with the way you speak.

MINDFULNESS IN THE WORKPLACE

So, if for example your auntie was heading off to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen (the lady, not the rock band), someone might call out, “Mind your Ps and Qs, dear”, as she was being waved out the door. The good advice being don’t drop your aitches, don’t slur your words, say “Really?”, not “What?”; in other words, talk posh.

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Topics: Cultural differences, Communication, Working life, Politeness

Imagination Sharing

Posted by Blake Schumacher on 24/11/16 08:11

“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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Topics: Working life, Learning style, Imagination, careers

Dyslexia is no barrier to professional success

Posted by Tuulevi Meri on 11/11/16 12:39

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 have changed and assumed a more global orientation, consequently increasing the importance of – and demands on – his language skills. Finally, Teppo was faced with the fact that he had to learn English or change jobs.

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Topics: Dyslexia, Language training, Working life, Dyslexic, Reading disorder, Learning difficulties, English language course

Language Used to Engage

Posted by Blake Schumacher on 28/09/16 10:43

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 character redeem themselves after a tragic fall from grace?

Looking back, these stories helped me learn to dream, raised my awareness to the positive tension of mystery and instilled a curious desire to search for answers. It made me aware that obstacles were opportunities, not burdens. All of these lessons from those youthful stories created an exciting and charged atmosphere that has continually kept me engaged and curious throughout my life.

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Topics: Storytelling, Language skills, Language training, Working life

May we present: AAC’s new interpreters

Posted by AAC Global news on 17/05/16 11:44

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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Topics: Working life, Recruiting, Interpreting, Interpreters, Interpretation

Summer is the time to focus on yourself

Posted by Heikki Siltala on 16/05/16 10:45

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 in working life.

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Topics: Language skills, Language training, Working life, Language course, Summer, Summer vacation

A day in the life of a translator

Posted by Sami Hurmerinta on 11/02/16 09:35

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 project managers for more information, and I download the translatable files to my computer from the Vendor Portal of AAC’s translation management system.

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Topics: Localization, Translation, Working life

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