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Business Communication: Acadia Center Seminar

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

Business communication – in e-mails, presentations, conference calls, meetings, and social media – has been the subject of a series of business English seminars for Acadia Center for English Immersion students, offered by business executive and university business instructor Larrain Slaymaker.

Acadia Center for English Immersion students with business English seminar leader Larrain Slaymaker.Larrain has extensive experience working for both small businesses and multi-national corporations and as an entrepreneur. She has taught business administration at the university level, and she has taught English in China.

“When we communicate in a professional environment, we need to be clear and concise,” said Larrain in describing the focus of her seminars. “But how do we do this? How do we decide how to say something?  How do we know we are listening and reading effectively?  Cross cultural communications, business styles, vernacular, acronyms and a variety of business environments all add to the challenges of professional communications.”

Seminar discussions have included strategies for improving writing ability, people skills, and the capacity to think critically and strategically in English.

Business English seminar at Acadia Center.“Seminar participants include a health and safety management consultant from Quebec, an accountant from Mexico, and a supermarket executive from Colombia,” said Acadia Center director Brian Boyd, “and they all have benefited from Larrain’s tips on such subjects on the importance of tone and clarity in e-mails. They have also really enjoyed her interactive games and role-playing that allow for plenty of practice with the new vocabulary and idioms she is teaching.”

 

Check Out Our Facebook Page for Discounts, News, & Photos

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

Have you thought about dedicating two weeks or more to improving your English for your work and/or travel? Like the Acadia Center Facebook page to keep up to date on the latest news, photos, and discount offers! Throughout the year we offer flash discounts, so check back regularly.

Register now for an intensive English course in Camden, Maine.English immersion course teacher with student from Quebec in Acadia Center garden.

Summer Immersion Courses Begin May 4

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Acadia Center student visiting local farm to pick raspberries and pumpkins!The time is right to join us in Camden, Maine, for an English immersion course that will help you reach your English learning goals while enjoying the company of other motivated professionals and executives from around the world.English immersion course students at work in the main classroom.

Learning is Fun!

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Acadia Center students overlooking lake and mountains of Camden, Maine.The small size of our school and the dedication of our teachers make an English immersion course at English students in group class.Acadia Center in Camden, Maine, a memorable learning experience.

Register now for summer 2015!

Early Registration Discount

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Register before January 26 to receive a 5% discount off the package price for an intensive English immersion course in Maine, USA.

Join a group of motivated professionals who want to improve their English as rapidly as possible in a total immersion environment.

Acadia Center English immersion students on a sailing excursion aboard the schooner Surprise in Camden, Maine.

Sailing, Hiking Plus English Immersion Summer 2014

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Camden, Maine, and its environs offer one of the most popular destinations in the USA for summer sailing, as well as for hiking, kayaking, biking, and other outdoor sports.

During Acadia Center’s summer and fall English immersion courses – offered from May through October – twice-weekly excursions led by experienced teachers give students a chance to practice their English conversation in small groups while exploring Maine’s beautiful bays and mountains.

Early Registration Discount Extended to Feb. 1

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

Register now for an English immersion course in Camden, Maine, and receive a 5% discount off the package price.

Register by January 15 for 5% Discount

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Acadia Center English student at work in study center.We are excited to announce that our intensive English immersion courses in Camden, Maine, will start up again on May 6, 2013. Take advantage of the 5% early registration discount by registering before January 15.

Acadia Center English students on hike up Mount Battie in Camden, Maine.English immersion courses are offered from May through October. From November through April, sign up for online English lessons in conversation and/or writing.

We look forward to a great new season in 2013!

 

Carried Away: What does it mean?

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

In a recent New York Times interview, iconic American writer and radio host Garrison Keillor was asked: Have you ever felt carried away by a particular place in America? The phrasal verb carried away, used in the passive with the verbs be, feel, or get, means delighted and enraptured, and can also imply getting a little over-excited and out-of-control. For Keillor, the most intoxicating places in the USA include the Grand Canyon, the back roads of rural Tennessee, the High Plains of North Dakota, and the coastline of Maine.

Carried away, in its possible sense of emotion getting the better of reason, can also carry a more negative meaning, as in this quote from the Catholic writer and mystic Thomas Merton.

The idiom swept away has a similar meaning to carried away, with perhaps a dash more vigor. It appears in one of the best (and longest) movie titles ever, Swept Away by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August – the English translation of the Italian title of Lina Wertmuller’s 1974 film and shortened to just Swept Away in the 2002 remake starring Madonna.

 

Between You and Me: Grammar Conundrums

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Between you and me? Between you and I? Between me and you? Even native speakers of English confess to feeling perplexed when it comes to choosing the correct pronouns.

In his entertaining podcast Lexicon Valley on the online news website Slate, Mike Vuolo presents a satisfyingly thorough and often funny discussion of the confusion provoked by this expression.

Although most accept between you and me as the correct standard usage (following the rule of using the object pronoun, not the subject pronoun, after a preposition), champions of the form between you and I make the argument that if it was good enough for Shakespeare (in Merchant of Venice), it’s good enough for them.

Which one does singer Jessica Simpson favor? Listen for yourself.

Here is some vocabulary from the podcast that might, without explanation, stump (be too difficult for) even advanced students of English:

hypercorrection – a mistake in grammar caused by a false analogy with another rule that is commonly ignored

smartass – someone who is obnoxiously self-assertive and impudent

high dudgeon  – intense indignation

up for grabs – available to the first person who wants it or tries to get it

roll my eyes – express exasperation

persnickity – placing too much emphasis on trivial or minor details; fussy

cottage industry – a small, loosely organized flurry of activity or industry

from your lips to God’s ears – when used sarcastically, a pessimistic way of dismissing another’s naive hope