Song of the Week: “Hey Love” by Charlie Whitten

Charlie Whitten

Charlie Whitten is a Folk-Rock Singer-Songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee (and a good friend of mine!)

Andrew Leahey writes that Charlie, having grown up in a time where grungy rock bands and teen idols ruled the airwaves, started looking back to musicians of the past, specifically the ’60s and ’70s.  Charlie calls this era “the golden age for songwriting… When songs seemed to be the real focus, and people reached outside of the box.”

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Song of the Week: “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin

You’ve probably heard the song Don’t Worry, Be Happy before, but did you know that it’s the first accapella song (a song without musical instruments, only singing) to reach number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts?  It held that position for two weeks!

If you listen to the song, you’ll notice there are no instruments that play, it is only Bobby  Bobby McFerrinMcFerrin singing the lyrics, and a separate vocal track that accompanies the lyrics.
Listen to the song three times and do the listening tasks.  If you’re Warren’s student, do the particular listening tasks that have been assigned to you.

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The Importance of English-Language Proficiency in Colombia’s Economic and Business Development

Given the demand for Business English classes in Bogotá, it’s obvious that language proficiency is a desired skill both for employees and employers.  

A growing demand for English proficiency at work is accompanied by increasing foreign investment in Bogotá.  As foreign conceptions of Colombia’s reality shy away from a country riddled by drug production and violence, multinationals are noting Colombia’s potential.  Between 2007 and 2012, 101 companies with foreign capital contributed an average of $432 million USD in investments in Bogotá, generating more than 12,500 jobs.  In 2014, Invest in Bogotá facilitated an investment of $230 million USD from 38 foreign companies, generating nearly 2,000 jobs.   Continue reading

Five Foolproof Tools that Have Made My Teaching Life Easier

Being a freelance teacher isn’t anything easy.  We have to be accountants, salespeople, planners, and marketers while also finding time to be teachers, too!  Despite having to wear many different hats at the same time, its an incredibly rewarding career path.

Lori Greiner wrote, “Entrepreneurs are willing to work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours a week.”  While sometimes that’s incredibly true, 80 hour weeks can be incredibly taxing.  Saving time and staying efficient are key to a successful, happy and balanced career.

Here are five foolproof tools that have helped me stay organized and productive.

1.) CamScanner Android App

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If you’re a teacher and don’t have the CamScanner App, you’re really missing out!  CamScanner turns your smartphone’s camera into a scanner.  There’s nothing to it — point, shoot, crop and instant PDF.

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