I used to be shy. Speaking in public was a bit scary, too, so I took a course in acting when I started teaching. My confidence improved, as well as my listening and speaking skills. In my class of 12 people, there were three ESL students!
The instructors are all professional actors, and the class was a lot of fun. If you are ready to upgrade your public speaking, conversation, and listening, check out the Vancouver Theatersports League on Granville Island. The course is called Level 100, and takes two weekends to complete.
Have you run into problems with business vocabulary? Perhaps you can’t think of the right word, or maybe you’re not sure if an expression is formal or not. I discovered these three word lists that can make your writing or interviewing easier.
The first one is is a list of 94 business verbs. Use them in your resume or cover letter to tell an employer exactly what you did at your last job.
Second is a list of 97 business nouns. You could use them to describe job duties, transactions, or responsibilities at your last company.
The last is a list of over 200 action verbs, and it includes both business vocab and general English. These will also help you add detail to your cover letter or resume.
The Burnaby Velodrome is hosting four days of bike racing at the end of December, and they’re looking for volunteers to help out. Some of the jobs include selling tickets or drinks, setup and takedown, and traffic control. If you’re interested, connect with Galen through the Facebook page or with an email. The link is in the newest edition of the Paceline. See you there!