Update 2016-08-16: Updated & changed a few of the vocabulary links.
Update 2015-12-02: Updated & changed a few of the vocabulary links.
Here are some podcasts from Business English Pod on learning, training and development for employees.
They discuss some of the different types / approaches / models of training.
Discussing Training Plans
Here's some vocabulary from those podcasts.
Australia Network is the free overseas satellite TV channel operated by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. They also have many videos for ESL students online (and not on Youtube, so they can be watched in China).
Here are a couple of videos from them for students of English, especially those preparing for the IELTS exam.
Australia Network >Study English > IELTS Preparation > Series 1
These videos are great for helping students learn and practise a few issues in English:
The videos are accompanied by transcripts, study notes and further activities (extra exercises to practise these topics), all in PDF format.
After the great Bing English-Chinese online dictionary disaster, there are still some broken Bing links in articles on my website.
Today I have eliminated Bing links from several articles and replaced them with working links to other online dictionaries and encyclopedias.
I hope these articles, now with working links, prove useful to students of English.
My student Maggie from China has a question (which I've edited):
In career management, what is the meaning of "managing upwards"?
Most of the time, the direction of managing is downwards: a person in a higher position controls the person in the lower position; the boss gets the employees to do what the boss wants or needs.
But "managing upwards"* or "managing up"* is the idea of a person in a lower position getting the person in a higher position to do what the lower person wants or need.
* With links to Netspeak, click on the + to see example sentences, then click on the small arrow at the end of the sentence to see the web page where that sentence comes from.
Using their intelligence, skills and their understanding of their boss's personality, the employee creates a productive relationship with the boss and, when the employee needs it, the employee can get the boss do what the employee wants or needs. So the employee "manages" the boss; the employee is "managing upwards".
Managing upwards can help an employee become more successful.
For example: the boss gives an employee a task but only a few resources (time, money, staff etc) to complete the task. The employee uses their understanding of the boss's personality to persuade the boss to agree to giving more resources for the task. The employee managed upwards.
The employee then uses the resources and completes the task well. The boss is happy and the employee has a good record (3rd definition) for completing tasks, which could lead to a promotion for the employee.
More info on managing upwards:
G.A.L.E.S.L. / joe3
Some tips and links on learning English.