Teaching English as a Second Language is More Important Than Ever

A few months ago, I covered an event on immigration reform for a local newspaper in which one of the topics discussed was the language barrier that many immigrants face and the isolation that they feel as a result. The discussion looked at various ways to deal with this issue, and a nun stood up and told the audience that she had been teaching English as a second language.

She told us that she came from a relatively large congregation, with a sizable Asian and Latino population that could either not speak English at all or did not speak it well enough to feel confident when communicating with English speakers.

She pointed out that teaching English as a second language helped break down a lot of the barriers between the people of different cultures. The reality is, she said, that language is the most important way to communicate and understand different groups of people.

At her church, she had started with three ESL classes, and said that within two years they were up to 17 classes, including several for both adults and children. The classes had been quite successful in bridging the communication gap at her church and in the community in which she lived.

She said that she believed everyone was called to do something in life, and said she believed that this was what she was meant to do. She had been teaching English as a second language for several years prior to doing so at the parish in which she currently resides, and said the classes always proved to be beneficial to the communities in which she lived.

Another speaker got up and said that he thought teaching English as a second language was something that, in his experience, was something for which non-English speakers were extremely grateful. He said the people he worked with in the classes he taught desperately wanted to learn how to speak the language.

I think this issue goes beyond the boundaries of the church, as well, as the foreign-born population of the United States continues to grow.

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Career Planning Is Just Something You Do in High School

Most people see career planning as something they do when they have to come out of high school or college. Once they are in a job of some description, they see no reason to continue to flog it. The best way would be to plan your career several times throughout your life – at least once every couple of years.

It’s a healthy thing to constantly think about your career because it’s becoming apparent these days that a career for life is no longer a given. It used to be that you could just not have a job for life. These days, you can’t even count on a career. It’s likely that before the decade is out, you’ll find that your industry has been made obsolete.

There’s really no reason why should disregard it or put it off. Finding new goals to achieve in your life and going after then should be considered a fulfilling thing. Most people who do make themselves do it, come away feeling that it’s been a great, rewarding experience.

If you don’t really know how to go about doing any career planning when you’re ready in a job, here’s a great way to kick-start it. Visit a career planning event in your neighborhood. And do it once every year. You will go there, you’ll find everyone pitching different career options to you, talking about the possibilities and the talents needed and so on, and you’ll find that you keep getting new ideas all the time.

This way, should you one day be forced to look for something new, you’ll have an array of options to think about right away.

Career planning isn’t just about draining of the few possibilities. You need to actually map it out. You need to map it out with pen and paper in hand. Every year, you need to write out a report card for how you’ve done in your current position, and you need to see how what you’ve done can help you find your way forward. Put this together with the knowledge you gain going to a career planning … Read the rest

The Benefits Of Being A Career Confidence Coach

Do people tell you you’re encouraging? Do you find that you enjoy giving people helpful advice and boosting their confidence? Then you might consider becoming a career confidence coach.

This profitable and ever-changing business comes in many forms. Some people choose to only coach a specific type of people (like the clumsy dater or the stressed new mother), a certain age group (like teenagers), or certain genders. But no matter what they teach, the career confidence coach is able to help people tremendously and make a good amount of money doing it.

A Career Confidence Coach – What Is It?

Basically a career confidence coach is just that – someone who can teach you how to be more confident in changing, or even just appreciating your own career path. It might not seem like much, but just a few changes in the way that you talk to yourself can dramatically change your life.

A career confidence coach can teach you how to talk to yourself differently, how to look at yourself differently, and how to find the value in yourself.

And just like everyone can use a boost of self-confidence in some area, everyone has what it takes to be a confidence coach in one area or another.

So let’s say that you were a confidence coach, what would you do? First, you would give advice, training, and tips to your clients that will help them to overcome their self-confidence issues. A coach would start by helping their client to identify the real reasons that they are struggling with low self-confidence and they will help them to overcome that low self-confidence.
A coach will also help clients to identify both short-term and long-term goals so that the client is set up for the success they are looking for.

How Can Confidence Coaches Do Their Jobs?

Let’s say that you are a confidence coach. There would be many different tools you could use to help someone to build their confidence.
Some examples include:

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