Update 2017-02-16: Updated ESLPod links to Lizhi.fm. For more info, see this post: ESLPod Links Broken. Added ESL Podcast 1204 & vocab links.
Update 2015-06-27: Added "Keeping a meeting on track".
Here are some podcasts from ESL Pod on the topic of meetings, with a slow conversation or speech, then an explanation of words and ideas, then the conversation or speech again at a faster speed.
Types of and reasons for meetings
Planning and scheduling of meetings
Chairing and managing a meeting
Update 2015-10-24: Fixed a few vocabulary links and added a few more. Updated current Apple senior people image & info. Added Wikipedia & Investopedia links on corporate titles and structure.
In our class on job orientation, one of the topics is explaining the corporate structure and job titles to a new employee.
Unfortunately there are many, many ways of structuring an organization and many, many ways of giving and using job titles.
Some titles that can be at different levels in different situations:
Organizations will use different titles, or similar titles in different ways. It really does vary.
Here I'll try to give some explanation and examples of corporate structure, with org charts (also known as organograms) of different companies.
Click the images to enlarge them.
Company directors versus managers (or executives or officers)
There are usually two groups of people at the top of a company.
Company directors who are not also managers are non-executive directors (or outside directors).
See more info here:
Example: Apple Inc.
Here are a couple of links for a real company, Apple. The first is from 2011, when Steve Jobs was still CEO. (Source)
Update 2017-02-10: ESLPod links updated to Lizhi.fm. For more info, see this post: ESLPod Links Broken.
Update 2015-10-18: Added ESLpod 944 & 162.
Update 2015-10-26: Added ESLpod 728.
Re our classes on job orientation / induction (when you start working at a new company / organization) and your first day on the job, here are some useful MP3 podcasts for you to listen to about explaining things to new employees (or other visitors).
My student Yeping from China asks:
In the course named Training and Development Strategy (Part 1)，I can’t find the relationship between coaching and its explanation (developing a person's skills or knowledge so their job performance improves what does the word “coach” mean?
A good question. In fact, coaching (as a form of employee development) can be a little difficult to understand clearly even for native English speakers, as it is a new idea and not very clear yet.
Basically, in coaching one person helps another to achieve an improvement in their performance at work.
Update 2017-02-16: Added ESL Podcasts #360, 508, 660, 668, 688 & 752, with vocab links.
2017-01-05: Updated ESLPod links to Lizhi.fm. Added ESL Podcast 282, 320, 392, 412, 524. Added more vocab links. 2016-07-03: Added ESLPod 25, 328, 716, 820. Updated a few vocab links. 2013-09-24: Added "ESL Podcast 139 - Job Layoffs". Added more descriptions for other podcasts. Fixed link For "English at Work" Introduction.
We have a couple of classes on Workplace Problems, mostly about people problems and difficult people at work: bad bosses, bullies, gossip, demanding bosses, harassment, losing your job in a bad economy etc.
Here are some useful ESL podcasts you can listen to about these kinds of problems in office life: conversations, stories and advice.
Update 2017-01-22: Added V.QQ.com clip and links.
Update 2011-05-12: I'm sorry, I just realized/remembered that of course Youtube is blocked in China. I will research some way to upload this video to a video site accessible in China.
I'm teaching a course on writing e-mails for business, with the first class focusing on tone: formal, neutral or casual.
I've also just started watching a British comedy series called The IT Crowd, which has a funny scene directly related to this issue.
Here's the clip (or click here to see it bigger on Youtube):
For people in China, I have found the clip on V.QQ.com and have embedded it below. The part about e-mail starts at 1'54".
In fact, V.QQ.com offers viewers in China the chance to watch the whole series:
G.A.L.E.S.L. / joe3
Some tips and links on learning English.