English proverb of the day

"The negative side of the American Dream comes when people pursue success at any cost, which in turn destroys the vision and the dream "

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  • Topic of this Week: "RISK TAKERS (June 7, 2020)"

    Gaining a recognized position & earning incredibly high salary in your field of expertise are most people’s dreams. To pursue these payoffs, workers work hard and students study hard. However, achieving that goal in a decent manner is far from easy. As a result, some people use their own talent and their endeavor, whereas some choose shorter and less transparent ways.
    Recently, the IELTS community has solicited a wave of anger for some highly respected trainers whose names are so familiar to us. Some of these instructors either exaggerated or falsified their IELTS certificates to deceive the public. To make matters worse, when the information of these wrongdoings leaked, the convicted opted for making excuses, beating around the bush or giving no explanation instead of apologizing to their learners for their misbehavior.
    Due to these recent scandals, it got me thinking that whether these wrongdoers had once thought about possible responsibilities they would bear if someone detected it one day. In addition, these scandalous events could have higher chances of becoming stigmas which are hard to fade away for many years to come.
    As for psychological reasons, we people usually face the dilemma of prioritizing between existing monetary benefits and our code of conduct – a so-called “work ethics”.
    Let’s join us and share some of your thoughts about this topic!!!
    QUESTIONS TO PONDER:

        In your expertise, can you share with us about case studies of people who are willing to take risks and ignore their work ethics to achieve their goals?
        Being an angel bears a striking difference to being an evil. Which one is your preference, sticking to your belief system of doing the right thing or pursuing your goals at all costs?
        Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes, offenders are involved in illegal acts due to their family burdens such as cases of prostitution or petty crimes. Do you agree or disagree with this idea?

    Prepared by: Hang Nga Luna

     

    Enjoy and have a fruitful discussion! 

    See you on Sunday at 3 P.M.!

      

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    RESILIENCE (May 10, 2020)

    (00:47:00 AM 10/05/2020)

     

     

    Let me ask you a simple question: “What skills are required to get ahead in life?” I am certain that various answers will be presented. Some may attach importance to soft skills, such as communication and leadership ones. Others may consider educational backgrounds as a must-have asset one possesses. Granted, I agree with all of your answers, but let’s look at other scenarios. What if you went bankruptcy and lost all money you invested overnight? What if your marriage fell apart and your hope of happiness were crashed? What if you were in Italy and diagnosed with Covid-19 and the death were at your doors? I guess in such cases, some skills you mentioned earlier, albeit being crucial, should give way to something more pressing: The will to survive, or survival skill, in other words. Facing traumatic situations, I suggest you should throw away skills you list in response to my first question, and concentrate on one single thing: RESILIENCE.
    RESILIENCE is understood as ​the ability of people or things to recover quickly after something unpleasant, such as shock, injury, etc. One reason I place great emphasis on this skill is that it can help us survive the unpleasant events facing us in life, making us mature into stronger individuals. As you may know, life can be really tough at some points and if you collapse when a bad thing strikes, chances are you are liable to successive failures. For me, as a result, this skill should be sharpened before any other ones. What’s your stance on this?
    Come to Advance this Sunday to discuss this topic and take part in the party celebrating the lifting of Covid-19 lock-down.


    QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION:
    1. What is resilience in your own word? Share stories of your own or someone you know where resilience is needed.
    2. How important is resilience in the aftermath of Covid-19 pandemic? What should government and individuals do to be more resilient after the pandemic?
    3. Why is resilience crucial in our life? In what field, in particular, should resilience be most required?
    4. Children nowadays are exposed to a serious lack of resilience. What do you think of this statement? If yes, what is the causes of such phenomenon?
    5. How can we enhance our resilience? How should we educate our children to make them resilient individuals?


    REFERENCES
    https://www.newyorker.com/science/maria-konnikova/the-secret-formula-for-resilience
    https://www.ted.com/talks/lucy_hone_the_three_secrets_of_resilient_people
    Prepared by: May Ng

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Enjoy and have a fruitful discussion! 

    See you on Sunday at 3 P.M.!

      

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