Practise your English Skills

 

Hello, I’m Sharon.

I’m a native English speaker and an ex English teacher TEFL ESL.

Many people around the world are staying at home at the moment.

I want to help by providing opportunities to practise English reading comprehension for free.

I have just started a blog.

Read the blog posts and decide if the 10 statements are TRUE or FALSE.

Answers are at the bottom of the page. GOOD LUCK! No cheating  😉

 

How to play….

 

Get some paper and a pen. Write the numbers 1-10 down the left side.

Read the questions and blog post below.    Decide if the statements are true or false.

Write your answer T or F next to the statement number.

Answers below the blog post

 

Statements                                                                                                                      True or False

1. The author thinks self-isolation is boring.                                                          True   or  False

 

2. The author is an introvert.                                                                                                     True   or  False

 

3. The author wrote “How to interview candidates for a job”.                    True   or  False

 

4. The author believes that all people are biased.                                                   True   or  False

 

5. In the course you learn how to evaluate candidates.                                                        True   or  False

 

6. In the course you learn how to search for candidates to interview.                             True   or  False

 

7. In the course you learn how to make job offers.                                                                                 True   or  False

 

8. You can download an interview questions template in the course.                                     True   or  False

 

9. The author has been in bed for 14 days.                                                                                                 True   or  False

 

10. The author thinks she is a good person.                                                                                 True   or  False

 

Here is the blog post

 

With parts of Northern Italy in lockdown and cases in Ireland rising every day, it seems like there’s no getting away from hearing all about the coronavirus.

But self isolating for 14 days? It’s a bit much, isn’t it? How boring is that? For an extrovert like me, really boring.

So what can you do, apart from be ill?

Learn stuff online! That’s what.

Online learning is massive and there’s a course for pretty much anything that takes your fancy.

You can do it in your own time, in your pj’s in the comfort of your own home. You can even learn from your bed.

One such course I recommend is “How to interview candidates for a job”.

https://boss-level-leadership.teachable.com/p/how-to-interview-job-candidates

I am biased though. We are all biased.

My interview skills course will tell you that. I wrote it and I’m now aware of my bias towards my own course.

The more we can be aware of our biases, (especially confirmation bias) the better our interview skills are.

In this course, I walk you through each step of the interview process.

What you get in how to interview candidates for a job

From prepping the interview questions and candidate interactions to making the job offer and on-boarding your superstar. This course provides you with the system you need to easily weed out unsuitable candidates and select with confidence and ease.

You will learn best practice techniques and candidate evaluation.

You’ll learn how to avoid time wasting and expensive hiring mistakes, repuation damage and lawsuits.

You get a downloadable interview questions template to populate with your questions as we walk through the training.

Imagine how it’s going to feel to be able to go back to work after 14 days and know exactly what to do when you interview!

Imagine how it feels to know that you’re getting the best from the candidates and will make fully informed hiring decisions.

People will wonder where you got your superpowers from.

You can tell them it’s me.

You’re welcome 🙂

 

With big boss level love from:-

Sharon Johnson
Hiring Specialist, Educator and all round top person.

https://boss-level-leadership.teachable.com/p/how-to-interview-job-candidates

Ps. I hope you get better (at interviewing) soon . 😉

 

 

Here is a link to the original blog post Blog post 1. How not to be bored in self-isolation.

 

ANSWERS                                                                                                              True or False

1. The author thinks self-isolation is boring.     True   

 

2. The author is an introvert.     False

 

3. The author wrote “How to interview candidates for a job”.    True   

 

4. The author believes that all people are biased.        True   

 

5. In the course you learn how to evaluate candidates.    True   

 

6. In the course you learn how to search for candidates to interview.         False

 

7. In the course you learn how to make job offers.    True 

 

8. You can download an interview questions template in the course.   True

 

9. The author has been in bed for 14 days.     False

 

10. The author thinks she is a good person.  True  

 

 Blog post number 2. News Anxiety and Misjudging the Coronavirus.

  1. The author didn’t take the coronavirus seriously at first.                                True       False
  2. The author changed her views when the schools in Ireland closed           True       False
  3. The author didn’t go to the Acorns business meeting.                                       True       False
  4. The author lives in the UK now.                                                                                       True       False
  5. The author thinks there’s more respect in the Irish media.                             True       False
  6. The author used to consume a lot of news.                                                               True       False
  7. The author believes that too much news can make people anxious.          True       False
  8. The author doesn’t like books and podcasts.                                                            True       False
  9. The author cancelled two trips away.                                                                            True       False

 

I misjudged the coronavirus covid-19

Last week. I wrote my first ever blog post.

This week, I find that same post to be glib and cringe-worthy.

I totally misjudged the seriousness of the coronavirus (covid-19).

My tongue-in-cheek piece about online learning to relieve the boredom of self-isolation seems somewhat icky now the reality of the situation has dawned on me.

People are dying. Folks are losing their loved ones and then there’s me over here joking about it.

The seriousness of it first hit me on Thursday, when I went to my #acorns5 meeting in Donegal.

My business friends were dealing with customer cancellations. Then it was announced that the schools in Ireland would close that day for a couple of weeks.

“Oh” I thought. “This is actually much more serious than I imagined.”

Until that day I honestly thought “Oh it’s just the media blowing things out of proportion, like they always do”.

I spent the majority of my life in the UK and the media there always make a mountain out of a molehill. (I now live in Ireland and I’ve observed much more respect here in the way news stories are reported).

The images below pretty much sum up my attitude towards the coronavirus last week.

News Anxiety

A couple of years ago, I stopped exposing myself to too much news coverage.

I realised that I was anxious.

I was having thoughts about news that were making my anxious.

Why?

Because words matter. The words we input into ourselves can cause us to think and feel a certain way.

In the morning I would put the news on whilst getting ready for work.

Then I’d get in the car and put the radio on. News discussions continued to fill my ears.

If I had the radio on during the day, I’d get news updates on the hour, every hour, with some news discussion in between.

I talked to people at work about the news.

After work I’d discuss the news with my family, and then be exposed to more news via social media.

Then I’d watch the evening news.

I was putting A LOT of news into my head. My subconscious brain must have been working overtime thinking about all the news I was inputting.

Those thoughts caused me to feel anxious.

I was addicted to news.  I was addicted to feeling anxious.

I took me a while to realise this and much effort to wean myself away from it.

Self-distancing

Since limiting my exposure to UK news coverage, I’ve felt my anxiety lift.

I personally came to the conclusion that daily news (which in the UK is the same news across the mainstream platforms) is designed to induce anxiety in a population.

If the people are anxious, they conform and consume more. They look up to their governments who can then step in and ‘rescue’ them from the big bad wolf.

I wasn’t going to fall for it any longer.

Since then, I’ve mostly excelled at self-distancing from news coverage.

I’ve been filling the gap with interesting books and podcasts. Life improved for me as a result of not taking news too seriously.

I took the news about the coronavirus in much the same way….. It’s all a big panic about nothing.

Now I see it differently.

I’ve cancelled my two trips away over the next 2 weekends and will be staying at home.

I don’t want to be responsible for the spread of it.

 

 

Thanks for reading.

With Big Boss Level Love from Sharon xx

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PS again. Click here to find out How to interview candidates for a job

 

Here’s the link to the original blog post

https://bosslevelleadership.com/index.php/2020/03/16/news-anxiety-and-misjudging-the-coronavirus-coronavirus-covid-19-newsanxiety/

 

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 Here are the answers. 

  • The author didn’t take the coronavirus seriously at first.                                True      
  • The author changed her views when the schools in Ireland closed           True      
  • The author didn’t go to the Acorns business meeting.                                      False
  • The author lives in the UK now.                                                                                      False
  • The author thinks there’s more respect in the Irish media.                             True       
  • The author used to consume a lot of news.                                                               True    
  • The author believes that too much news can make people anxious.          True      
  • The author doesn’t like books and podcasts.                                                            False
  • The author cancelled two trips away.                                                                            True