Useful English: Cover Letter & Resume Advice

Looking for a job? You will need to create a resume and a cover letter. But the rules on what to include and what NOT to include are different from country to country. This lesson will help you to understand what to write in cover letters and resumes.

IELTS Speaking: How to understand native English speakers and speak like them

You’ve been studying English for a long time. You already know that no matter how much you learn, it can be difficult to understand native speakers. They speak quickly, drop entire syllables, and stick words together. They don’t speak exactly like the textbooks teach us, and in fact they make a lot of mistakes! In this video, you will learn about the «relaxed pronunciation» that native speakers use. Once you start to understand more of what you hear, you can start to speak like this yourself and be more fluent and natural while speaking English.

Sourse: JamesESL, Youtube

IELTS Reading: GMO

After Two Decades of GMOs, Scientists Find They Live up to Their Promise

GMO Corn

There is a great deal of misinformation out there regarding genetically modified organisms (GMOs). From monikers like “Frankenfoods” to general skepticism, there has been a variety of biased reactions to these organisms, even though we as a species have been genetically modifying our foods in one way or another for approximately 10,000 years. Perhaps some of this distrust will be put to rest with the emergence of a new meta-analysis that shows GM corn increases crop yields and provides significant health benefits.

The analysis, which was not limited to studies conducted in the U.S. and Canada, showed that GMO corn varieties have increased crop yields worldwide 5.6 to 24.5 percent when compared to non-GMO varieties. They also found that GM corn crops had significantly fewer (up to 36.5 percent less, depending on the species) mycotoxins — toxic chemical byproducts of crop colonization.

Some have argued that GMOs in the U.S. and Canada haven’t increased crop yields and could threaten human health; this sweeping analysis proved just the opposite.

For this study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, a group of Italian researchers took over 6,000 peer-reviewed studies from the past 21 years and performed what is known as a “meta-analysis,” a cumulative analysis that draws from hundreds or thousands of credible studies. This type of study allows researchers to draw conclusions that are more expansive and more robust than what could be taken from a single study.

Repairing Misinformation

There have been, for a variety of largely unscientific reasons, serious concern surrounding the effects of GMOs on human health. This analysis confirms that not only do GMOs pose no risk to human health, but also that they actually could have a substantive positive impact on it.

Mycotoxins, chemicals produced by fungi, are both toxic and carcinogenic to humans and animals. A significant percentage of non-GM and organic corn contain small amounts of mycotoxins. These chemicals are often removed by cleaning in developing countries, but the risk still exists.

GM corn has substantially fewer mycotoxins because the plants are modified to experience less crop damage from insects. Insects weaken a plant’s immune system and make it more susceptible to developing the fungi that produce mycotoxins.

In their analysis, the researchers stated that this study allows us “to draw unequivocal conclusions, helping to increase public confidence in food produced with genetically modified plants.”

While there will likely still be questions raised as GMOs are incorporated into agriculture, this analysis puts some severe concerns to rest. Additionally, this information might convince farmers and companies to consider the potential health and financial benefits of using genetically modified corn. Some are already calling this meta-analysis the “final chapter” in the GMO debate.

Source: futurism.com

TOEFL IBT: Writing Task 1

Need to get a high score on your TOEFL test? Confused about the Integrated Writing assignment? In this video you will learn the structure of this writing task. You will then learn how to approach the reading and listening sections, how to take notes, and finally, how to write a summary that will get you a high score. Practice this method as much as you can before writing your TOEFL exam and you WILL succeed.

The 10 WORST English mistakes you’re making

Test yourself and find out if you make any of these mistakes in English! These are some of the worst mistakes people make in English — but they are also very common. Both native speakers of English and English learners make them.

 

IELTS Speaking Task 1 — How to get a high score

Do you need to take the IELTS? A lot of people have to take the IELTS exam when they immigrate or study overseas. Even if your English is good, you could get a low score in the Speaking section if you are not prepared. If you are taking this test, this video will help you.

How to stop procrastinating and start learning

Do spend time on Facebook or Instagram when you should be studying? Do you clean your desk when you have a test the next day? Do you get distracted when you have something important to do? Most people have a hard time concentrating and focusing on their work and studies. This leads to stress and a lot of wasted time. In this video, you will learn about what causes procrastination, and how to overcome it.