English Lessons Online

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With so many free English lessons online, is there any value in English lessons with a teacher?

That’s a question asked regularly, not only by EFL students, but also by EFL teachers who can see that their role is changing – and even fear that they may become obsolete altogether.

My answer is that a teacher’s job is so much more than just to present information – otherwise we could have learned Mathematics by reading a book, rather than attending school.

Language, like mathematics, is a skill, and needs to be practiced and refined to get it right. The teacher’s role is like a coach- she takes the student who has the ability and the theoretical knowledge, and she helps him to use it.

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A football coach may not play as well as their professional clients, but their job is not to teach football, but rather to alert their student to where they can improve and to hold them accountable to training and dietary goals they may have set. In the absence of a coach, the athlete finds it easier to skip training sessions or break their preparation discipline. The payment made to the coach actually ensures that the player will follow their coach’s advice – not to do so would involve throwing away a service already paid for!

The payment factor is also relevant to learning. If we pay a week’s salary for a course of lessons we are much more likely to follow them than we are to complete a free online course. Again – the payment ensures our success.

In the EFL classroom, the paying student learns more when there is more at stake, and the paid teacher is committed to making the student accountable and motivated to reach their goals.

Another factor to consider is that the professional EFL teacher is qualified (TEFL qualifications) to analyze the students ability, assign them to the level of study best suited to their capability, and to address their questions and problems. Anyone can set themselves up as an EFL guru online and, while there are many great teachers offering great free online lessons, there are also some mediocre –and downright bad- teachers out there too. It is difficult for the student to determine the quality – or even the accuracy- of the material.

The main message is that EFL teaching is not dead – it is merely undergoing a metamorphosis, in which the many advantages of the Internet may be incorporated. The good teacher cannot ignore the changes in learning and the profusion of information available – but he would be wrong to regard it as competition. While there are many who reject the idea of online teaching, and prefer to continue with the traditional classroom approach, they are still able to use online lessons and material to enhance their teaching techniques. The really exciting development is the new opportunities that online teaching presents for those who embrace the technology and use it to build highly-lucrative online teaching businesses. There will be a generation of English language teachers with the ability to earn salaries that pre-internet teachers could only dream about, and offer the potential for English teachers to be financially rewarded for their English lessons online.

If you don’t believe me, have a look at the millionaire tutors in Hong Kong!

Help with Panic and Anxiety

Do you have a friend or family member who suffers from irrational anxiety, debilitating panic attacks or deep depressive moods?

Has your normally upbeat friend, son or daughter become a victim to moodiness and overwhelming sadness – black moods which can hit without warning and which don’t seem to have a rational explanation?

It’s really frustrating to stand and watch a loved one, who was once so grounded and rational, undergo a complete personality change to become sad, introverted, moody or downright terrified of getting up in the morning.

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No amount of persuasion or reassurance seems to have any effect, and doctors and counselors have no answer to reversing the condition.

As a society, we have come to use the word ‘depression’, and apply it to when we have a temporary setback or are just feeling sad – usually for a justifiable reason, such as missing a loved one who’s away on business, miserable weather on a holiday weekend etc. These feelings can be reversed by simple therapies like phoning a friend, going to the gym, watching a fun movie. But what happens when the mood can’t be lifted and clinical depression takes hold – and begins to define the life of the sufferer?

What can you do when you see someone spiral into depression, experience panic attacks and gnawing anxiety about trivial matters, become reclusive and even undergo personality change?

For those of us observing these changes, we feel helpless and put our faith in the medical services to offer a solution. But what practical therapies are actually available for anxiety and panic?

Standard Medical Advice- What is on offer?

Currently, the health services can offer counseling for anxiety – but irrational panic comes from the subconscious mind and doesn’t understand words, despite the conscious mind being aware of their logical reasoning.

Failing the attempt to reason with the sufferer, the second approach is to prescribe calming drugs, to alter the state of the brain. If the fault has arisen in the subconscious mind, the obvious result of introducing chemicals to the brain is simply to make matters worse. In fact, anyone who has gone through this experience will tell you that, although they felt temporary relief on the prescription drugs, the long-term effect was to worsen the symptoms of anxiety and neither counseling nor medication offered a satisfactory answer to how to deal with panic attacks.

A Real and Practical Solution

Although we may try to SAY something helpful, we have learned to appreciate that words are fairly useless under the circumstances.

When someone is under attack from anxiety symptoms, we feel powerless to DO anything.

We can’t stand by helplessly – we feel instinctively that we need to take action.

The 60 Second Panic Solution

The 60 Second Panic Solution

That is exactly why Anna Gibson Steel’s 60 Second Panic Solution is so powerful. It is a short, easy to master, one minute technique which can be implemented anywhere to bring instant relief and finally gives us an answer to the question of how to deal with panic attacks.

I strongly recommend anyone to acquire this technique – whether you need it for yourself or for a family member now- or to be prepared for it happening to you or anyone you know in future.

 

Fear of Public Speaking

Confessions of a Teacher!

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Even though I stand up in front of 25 young adults every working day of my life, I admit to having a debilitating phobia : my fear of public speaking

To an extent, I have had to confront my fears in order to perform my job – and I had some terrifying moments in the past, especially at college where I had to teach in front of a class – and be observed by teaching assessors for my final exams.

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I can hardly describe the wave of anxiety that overpowered me that day. Even though I knew my subject and had prepared really well, even though I was calm and composed about half an hour prior to the class, when my name was called, fingers of icy terror gripped my stomach and I could feel the blood rush to my face. Great. Now I was blushing, hot and flustered and my palms were sweating profusely just when I had to shake hands with the examiners. Both examiners had cool, dry palms and my perspiration must have been so obvious- I’m blushing even remembering it to this day!

So what’s going on? What is this physical sensation that takes me over and reduces a poised, professional adult to a hot, out-of-control teenager again!

I’ve read every article I could find on fear of speaking in public, and I can analyse it logically and acknowledge it as a phobia – an irrational fear. I’ve tried holding ice cubes, running cold water over my wrists, green foundation on my cheeks to neutralize the redness….

But I guess I know when anyone is nervous – we can sense the animal fear and fluster- and I am not fooled when anyone else tries to mask the symptoms.

Breakthrough

I was explaining my fear of speaking in public to the Assistant Head Teacher, and I was taken aback when she shared that she had suffered from the same performance anxiety – to the extent that she had almost dropped out of college. Her panic attacks had started to take over her life and she obsessed about them every waking moment. The turning point came when she was offered a promotion – but the new post would involve addressing school assembly; not just 400 pupils, but also her peers, colleagues and the headmaster.

So how did she get over it? She discovered The 60 Second Panic Solution by Anna Gibson Steel. The method was straightforward and easy to pick up and, as the name suggests, it could be used quickly before any life experience, and, most importantly, could be relied upon to eradicate the irritating panic symptoms which distract you from giving your best performance.

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In fact, it’s so effective and universal that it could mean an end to all fear of public speaking.

The 60-Second Panic Solution

What is a Panic Attack?

It is commonly thought that panic and anxiety are just feelings of overwhelm and inability to deal calmly with the situation at hand. While most would not be fazed by the issue to be dealt with, some people are less robust and allow their feelings to spiral out of control – at least that’s frequently the conclusion of those who have never experienced panic attacks or extreme anxiety first-hand.

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So, how can someone who has never felt the wave of fear and lack of control that panic causes ever expect to help someone who is being controlled by anxiety that can paralyze them and their social life at any time, without warning?

Even doctors have little understanding of the condition, and resort to prescribing tranquillizers to numb the symptoms, since they have no knowledge of how to help the sufferer conquer their attacks in a positive manner that achieves real results.

For anyone who is undergoing the debilitating effects of uncontrolled panic and anxiety attacks which may render them house-bound and reclusive, the most important first step is to understand what is happening to them and why. In his presentation of The 60 second panic solution, Dan Alexander recounts his personal trauma of a panic attack on a flight. By an extremely fortunate chance, a lady who witnessed his attack on-board left him her card and pointed him in the direction of Dr Anna Gibson-Steel,

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an Irish physician who really understands panic and who has had massive success in turning around the lives of the patients she sees – teaching them how they can defuse the power of overwhelming panic with a simple 60-second technique they can use anywhere, without assistance and without drugs. In her native Ireland, doctors routinely refer patients to her when thay report symptoms of irrational panic and anxiety, and can testify to her high success rate.

Of course, not everyone has the resources to hop on a plane to Ireland to work with Dr Gibson Steel personally, but the 60 Second Panic Solution is the next best thing and guides you through exactly what you need to know.

There really is nothing to lose, as the results are guaranteed. Here is real action you can take today to take control of your anxiety and take back your life.

It’s Raining Men

Finding your Inner Man Magnet

Discover an amazing abundance of eligible men when you change you mindset from lack and despair, to simply accepting that there is an overwhelming number of suitable, eligible and wealthy men out there. Let this be your mantra:

Just give it a few days to sink in until you retrain your subconscious to acknowledge the truth.

So how much time have you wasted up to now, bemoaning your luck and sending negative, unhealthy messages to your inner self? From now on in, there’s no excuse – you can no longer say, hand on heart, that no-one told you how to change your thoughts to seriously change your success with men. Be prepared to discover your natural siren instinct, and open your arms to welcome your ideal man into your arms. You are now in command of how to get the guy.

The Millionaire Magnet

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The Millionaire Magnet method was designed to show any woman how she could attract and keep a rich man – for some women this seems like a step too far, an impossible task- but the program works just as well for drawing your ideal mate to you, regardless of his financial status.

The presentation is given by a guy – and he knows how a guy’s mind works! He also knows the secrets of those self-assured man magnets who always seem to have men mesmerised and wrapped around their little finger.

However, the purpose of the system is not to reverse the tables and become a player – giving back the perceived qualities of men who don’t commit. It is expected that you will use the knowledge responsibly to seek out your life partner and form a long-term bond.

By using the step-by-step advice of the program writers, you will feel the power of the system and feel safe in the knowledge that you know how to get the guy. Don’t waste any more evenings trying to interpret what he said or did, and don’t suffer in the agonising frustration of analyzing ‘what went wrong’. The confidence of knowing that the man you want is crazy about you gives you security and freedom to pursue your romance without the doubts and fears that something-anything!-is out of your control.

Controlling Blood Pressure with Diet

That’s not a very exciting title, but the alternative is far worse!

Millions choose to ignore nutrition, eat whatever they want and whatever the manufacturers create for them, and, when the body reacts with obesity and elevated pressure, they accept the lazy route of popping pills such as beta blockers as a blood pressure solution. But do they stop to think of the side effects of the ‘solution’ they happily swallow as a substitute for natural food?

Hypertension is a disease of the modern era; it’s not a given for the human species, and it can easily be avoided if we eat food designed for our bodies.

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So how have over one third of the population of the Western World managed to develop the symptoms in an environment of plenty.

Even though Mother Nature provides us with a bountiful harvest of natural foods of all varieties, we still hanker after the ‘new’ and ‘modern’.

Yes, steak and salad tastes great, but what’s this new combination in the shiny packet on the supermarket shelves? It’s labeled ‘low fat’ and ‘a rich source of fiber’, so it must be good for me, right?

How easily we are sold synthetic processed food in place of the mundane, but healthy options so widely available to us!

In order to stay fit and healthy, and avoid inflammation and strain on our systems, we should actively seek food that has not been tampered with. The bottom line is that the ‘processing’ converts the food into a substance the body doesn’t recognize. What can the body do when confronted with alien matter? It hasn’t chosen to consume this pseudo-food as fuel, so the only course left to it is to deal with it as a poison. All toxins are treated in the liver – so the more bad stuff you ingest, the harder the liver has to work to neutralize and attempt to protect the rest of the body.

So, continue to eat artificial food and you continue to have a liver slavishly working overtime to cope with the unrecognized material. The biggest filter in your body is now under stress constantly. If you’re smart, you’ll soon see that the way to make your body run at optimum performance is to feed it the right fuel. You wouldn’t put benzine in the diesel engine of your car!

That means it’s time to wake up and take responsibility for what goes into your mouth. Here are some clues :

1. Real food is living – it will have a shelf life of a few days, maybe even hours, so it will be found in the refrigerator cabinets or among the other fruit and vegetables with a shelf life of one or two days.

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2. No food found encased in shiny labels and found in the cookies, cereal and cakes rows can possibly be natural.

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3. Real food doesn’t need marketing and advertising – we already know that carrots, broccoli, beef and eggs are good for us!

4. Ignore the weasel words of the clever marketing people.

5. Remember ‘low fat’ usually means ‘high sugar’ and ‘added vitamins’ are meaningless if they are not available from the natural make-up of the food.

If it’s living and you know where it came from (without any knowledge of the chemical industry), you are doing yourself a massive favor.

I urge you to get the facts first-hand from Ken Burge. He watched his father pile on pounds and come close to fatal hypertension, but, fortunately managed to completely reverse his condition and give him back a new lease of life, using nothing more than wholesome, tasty food available from the local market. Let Ken tell the story of The Blood Pressure Solution here.