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Developing a Volunteer Culture*

During the course we’ll define organisational culture and consider how changing your culture impacts upon the volunteering experience. We’ll look at real examples of organisations which have developed a volunteer culture, and identify practical steps to take to change the culture within your organisation. By the end of the course you will be able to: Explain what is meant by organisational culture. Recognise how aspects of culture might impact upon someone’s experience of volunteering. Identify the practical steps to take to change organisational culture and develop a volunteer culture within your organisation. Engage, empower and influence others to get support throughout your organisation. How much will it cost? (For more, see the online source.)
* Volunteerscotland.net. (2017). Developing a Volunteer Culture. [online] Available at: http://www.volunteerscotland.net/organisations/training/developing-a-volunteer-culture/ [Accessed 1 Sep. 2017].

Women's work--chceš facku?

A note about this phrase. . .
You can use it to describe work that women do. You can say this without it being negative or critical.

You can also say this when your partner is the person doing all the cooking, cleaning, and childcare. Try it and see what happens.
It is possible she will look at you as if you are a caveman living in the distant past. Be careful, she can give you a good slap in the face.

Correct a published article

This is an advanced reading about a woman garbage truck driver in Prague. Women's work? Why not?
However, the object of this reading is not the content so much as the quality of the English in the original article, which was not good. See if you can correct the English.
Here is the link.
https://jkmactavish.github.io/efl/womenswork.html

Song lyrics and subtext

This post is in answer to a question about how to work with advanced (Czech speaking) seniors, who are students of English, and the song, "This Woman's Work."
This is the idea for the song.
The lyric of 'This Woman's Work' is about being forced to confront an unexpected and frightening crisis during the normal event of childbirth. Used in the movie _She’s Having a Baby_, director John Hughes used the song during the film’s dramatic climax, when Jake (Kevin Bacon) learns that the lives of his wife (Elizabeth McGovern) and their unborn child are in danger.
As the song plays, we see a montage sequence of flashbacks showing the couple in happier times, intercut with shots of him waiting for news of Elizabeth and their baby’s condition. Bush wrote the song specifically for the sequence, writing from a man’s (Jake’s) viewpoint and matching the words to the visuals which had already been filmed.
The lyrics of the song ask the reader to ask questions of what is said, to…

Biographical note

My father was born in Shanghai. He was part Chinese.
The name Mactavish, sometimes spelled with a capital T, means son of Thomas. My father's biological father was Irish and had the last name of Murphy. My father's mother was Chinese and Scottish, and her last name, maiden name, was Mactavish. Why didn't my father have the name of Murphy? Murphy left my grandmother after one year of marriage. She had my father's last name changed to her maiden name. And that makes me a Mactavish with Irish, Scottish, and Chinese roots, and probably something else. Confused? That's America.
My mother? My mother was born in California. She had an Irish background. So that makes me more Irish, but I don't know how much.
Now, when people say that real Americans are white and came from Europe, remember that some came from Asia! You know, the USA has a left coast and a right one. I come from the left coast, California. And there, there has always been a mixture of nationalities and c…

EFL Legenda

Legenda--English as a Foreign Language
Use Labels to find things.

FOR STUDENTS
Levels of Proficiency
1. Beginner (A-1) 
Translation-->Native Language
2. Pre-Intermediate (A-2) 
Translation-->Native Language
3. Intermediate (B-1) 
English-->English "translation"
4. Upper-Intermediate (B-2)
 English-->English understanding

Goals to Achieve
1. Understanding--easy
2. Speaking--harder
3. Writing--hardest
4. Fluency (Native-like "Speaker")

Skills to Develop
1. Reading
2. Writing
With help-->Independence
3. Speaking
Interaction-->Production
4. Listening

FOR TEACHERS
1. About Teaching
2. Methods and Materials
3. Advanced Readings (C-1,2)
4. Notes and Queries