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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

ESL Student Blog: Job, Occupation, Profession - What’s the Difference?

People need jobs to have an income, or simply to get money. A job is a set of duties we do for which we're getting paid. We all want to have a job that pays well and provides satisfaction. We look for a job when we move to a new place (city or country). We get upset or frustrated if we get fired or laid off from a job. We get excited when we get hired for the job of our choice! It’s not easy to keep a job even after we get it.

We talk about full-time, part-time or seasonal jobs (such as ski-resort instructor). There are permanent and temporal jobs (or positions).

An occupation is a job. Occupation is a more formal word and is mainly used in official forms that people are asked to fill out. “What is your occupation?” literally means what is that what you do to occupy (fill) your time on a daily basis. If you are a flight attendant, this is both your job and occupation. Yet, retired and unemployed are occupations, but not jobs. So are a student or housewife.

Occupation can also refer to a broad category under which jobs from the same field may be listed. Someone’s occupation can be an educator, but the actual job the person does can be a classroom teacher, teacher assistant or educational consultant.

Profession requires advanced or specialized training. Some young people have a hard time after high school choosing a right profession. Professionals have degrees or are licenced by a regulatory body that supervises or sets standards for that profession (examinations, rules, conditions). Lawyers, architects and massage therapists are professions. These are also occupations. However, someone can be a teacher by profession, yet do a secretarial job.

We can talk about prestigious professions (with high social status, e.g.: doctor), lucrative (profitable, e.g.: dentist) or highly sought-after professions (in high demand by government or businesses, e.g.: court interpretor).
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 11:19 PM   0 Comments  Add Comment

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

ESL Student Blog: Flag Day

February 15th is a Flag Day in Canada. The red maple leaf flag was adopted by the House of Commons and Senate (two houses of the Parliament) after many days of heated parliamentary debates in 1965. Members of Parliament debated on whether the flag should reflect Canadian connections to Britian and France as their former colony or adopt a distinct symbol demonstarting its independence and influence in the world.
Maple leaf was chosen over other distinct Canadian symbols, such as a beaver or Canadian goose.  It shows the importance of the maple trees in the lives of the first settlers in Canada - the First Nations or Aboriginal people. Today Canada is widely known as the land of the maple syrup!

Do you have a Flag Day in your country? How much do you know about your national flag? How does it look and what do its colors represent? How old is it?
As you search for information about your flag, think about the following questions:

- When are flags flown at half-mast?
- What song is usually sung when a flag is raised?
- How do people behave when they watch a flag raising ceremony? How does it make you feel when you attend a flag raising ceremony?
- Have you ever been a flag bearer?
- Who is usually chosen to carry or hold a flag?

Glossary (words you may want to use when answering the questions):

national mourning
natural disasters
national anthem
stand still
be proud of/take pride in
raise/lower a flag
high achievers
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 8:01 PM   0 Comments  Add Comment


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