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Gerund vs. Infinitive

Direct vs. Indirect Speech

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Exercise 6- Reading and Answering Questions

 

NOUNS

Grammar Exercises- NOUNS

Exercise #1 - Count vs. Non Count Nouns

Exercise #2 - Count vs. Non Count Nouns

Exercise #3  - Regular vs. Irregular Plural Nouns

Exercise #4 - Plural vs. Singular Nouns

Grammar Exercises- ARTICLES

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Exercise #3 -  Definite Article "THE" or zero article

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Exercise #5 - Definite Article "THE" or zero article

Exercise #6 - Definite Article "THE" or zero article

Exercise #7- Articles with Geographical names

Exercise #8 Articles with uncount nouns

Exercise #9 - Definite Article "THE" or zero article with geographical names

Grammar Review

ESL 6

Adjective Clauses

Explanation

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Conjunctive Adverbs

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Conjuctions

Coordination conjuction 1

Coordination Conjuction 2

Coordination Conjuction 3 - easy

Coordination Conjuction 4

Subordination Conjuction 1-  easy

Subordination Conjuction 2

Subordination Conjuction 3

Subordination Conjuction 4

Correlative Conjuction 1

Correlative Conjuction 2

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Phrasal Verbs

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Articles

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Articles- Beginning to Advance

Sentence vs. Runs-On

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Exercise 3

Exercise 4 - comma splices

Exercise 5 - comma splices

Exercise 6

 

Sentence vs. Fragment

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Excercise 1B

Exercise 1C

Exercise 1D

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Quotation Mark Exercises

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Exercise 3

Exercise 4

Exercise 5

Exercise 6 - Advance

Exercise 7 - Quotation with Titles 1

Exercise 8 - Quotation with Titles 2

 

Conditional Exercises

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Exercise 7 If vs. When

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 Past Perfect vs. Past Perfect Progressive

Explanation for Past Perfect

Explanation for Past Perfect Progressive

Past Perfect Exercise 1

Past Perfect vs. Past Perfect Progressive 1

Past Participle

1. The Past Participle Practice

2. The Past Participle Practice #2

Present Pefect vs. Simple Past

3. Present Perfect vs. Simple Past #1

4. Present Perfect vs. Simple Past #2 : Do the exercises at the bottom of the page

5. Present Perfect vs. Simple Past #3

6. Present Perfect vs. Simple Past #4

Pesent Perfect vs. Present Perfect Progressive

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2. Exercise #2

3. Exercise #3

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5. Exercise #5

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Parallelism

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Welcome to Room 405

To all my dear students,

"Practice makes perfect," , and hopefully you'll have plenty of practices on this site. Take it with you wherever you go, and just an exercise a day that could make a different in your language acquisition :)

Love,

Thao Nguyen

2014-2015

Stranglers in a Strange Land

  1. Sara is upset with Siri’s ____________ tone instruction.
  2. The elephants become the human’s ____________ because of their tusks.  
  3. We were ____________ by our kids with water balloons
  4. The Babylonian Garden never fails to ____________.
  5. He was late for our ____________. He must be in danger.
  6. Thieves often ____________ others by changing into different ____________ appearances.
  7. The burglar was ____________ by another group of thieves right after he got out of the house.
  8. He was ____________ that I cheated on the test by mentioning my mother was the chair of the department.
  9. It was amazing to see how dogs weep and ____________ at the tomb of their owners.
  10. We can ____________ the activation of yeast by heat.
  11. He was convicted as an ____________ to murder.
  12. We have found more than 16 wounds on the baby, proving that she was ____________ abused by her father.
  13. ____________ into the gangs has always been the most dangerous task for all under-covered agents.
  14. A person is ____________ innocent until proven guilty in court.
  15. ____________ was often the cause for involuntary manslaughter.
  16. Most Native Americans wear a pendant ____________ to the animal which guards their souls.  

Answers:

  1. Sara is upset with Siri’s monotonous tone instruction.
  2. The elephants become the human’s prey because of their tusks. 
  3. We were waylaid by our kids with water balloons
  4. The Babylonian Garden never fails to astonish.
  5. He was late for our rendezvous. He must be in danger.
  6. Thieves often wile others by changing into different deceived appearances.
  7. The burglar was ensnared by another group of thieves right after he got out of the house.
  8. He was insinuating that I cheated on the test by mentioning my mother was the chair of the department.
  9. It was amazing to see how dogs weep and outcry at the tomb of their owners.
  10. We can hasten the activation of yeast by heat.
  11. He was convicted as an accomplice to murder.
  12. We have found more than 16 wounds on the baby, proving that she was brutally abused by her father.
  13. Infiltrating into the gangs has always been the most dangerous task for all under-covered agents.
  14. A person is presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.
  15. Strangling was often the cause for involuntary manslaughter.
  16. Most Native Americans wear a pendant consecrated to the animal which guards their souls.  

 

Finance CIVICS 1.6- Sample Conversation Questions

Opening a Checking Account

  1. What kind of checking account do you recommend?
  2. Can you tell me the advantages and the disadvantages of each of the checking account?
  3. What about the monthly service fee?
  4. Does the account have overdraft protection?
  5. Does it have any interest?
  6. How many checks can I write in a month?
  7. Do you have online banking associated with the account?
  8. What is the required minimum balance?
  9. Do you offer a savings account with this checking account?
  10. Is the service fee automatically being deducted from my checking?
  11. How do I order checks?
  12. How much are for the checks?
  13. Will I be charged a fee when I use my debit card?
  14. How much can I withdraw in one day?

Opening a Savings Account/CDs

  1. What kind of savings account do you offer?
  2. What’s the difference between a savings account and a CD?
  3. How much money am I required to put into the account to start?
  4. What’s the interest rate?
  5. How long will it take for the CD to mature?
  6. How many terms do you offer on savings and CDs?
  7. What happen if I break the terms?
  8. Can I transfer money between my savings and checking account?
  9. Is there overdraft protection on my savings?
  10. What’s the different in terms of interest rate between a savings account and a CDs?
     

Applying for a Credit Card

  1. When is the due date for the payment?
  2. What is the required minimum payment?
  3. What is the limit on my credit card?
  4. What’s the APR on the credit card?
  5. Do you charge any fee for foreign transaction?
  6. Is there a late payment fee?
  7. Do you have annual fee?
  8. Is there a fee for cash advantage?
  9. Is there an introductory rate?
  10. What’s the fee for balance transfer?
  11. Is there identity theft protection on the card?
  12. How do I order an additional card for my son?

 

 

Inquiring about a Mortgage/ Loan

  1. Could you tell me about the current interest rate?
  2. Could you tell me about the fixed 30 years interest rate?
  3. How about the fixed 15 years interest rate?
  4. What about the APR?
  5. How much is the closing cost?
  6. If I want a lower interest rate, how much is the point?
  7. If I want to borrow 300K, how much would it be for a monthly payment?
  8. Is BMI included?
  9. Will I be charged a fee if I pay off my loan early?
  10. How many different kinds of mortgage do you offer?
  11. What’s an ARM?
  12. What are the differences between an ARM and a fixed mortgage?

 

 

Finance CIVICS 1.6- Sample Conversation

Sample Conversation at a Bank- including 10 utterances- 1 greeting, 1 request, 4 questions, 3 clarification questions, 1 confirmation, 1 closing/thanks

A:        Bank Teller                          B:        Customer

 

A:        Hi. How are you? May I help you?

B:      Hello. I need help to open a checking account.

A:        Okay. Please follow me… J

B:      What kind of checking account do you recommend?

A:        Chase Total Value is the most popular.

B:      Can you explain to me about its features?

A:        This account includes free monthly service fee, a free debit card, free online banking, free mobile  banking, and free account alerts.

B:      Really? Do you mean I don’t have to pay for service fee?

A:        Yes. It’s free. It’s in black and white in the contract.

B:      What’s the minimum requirement to open the account?

A:        It’s only $25 to open a Chase Total Checking account.

B:      Are you sure? Only $25 to open an account?

A:        Definitely.  That’s all you need to start.

B:      How many checks can I write in a month?

A:        The first 5 checks are free, after that, each check will cost you $1 fee.

B:      So, I can only write 5 checks a month, right?

A:        If you don’t want to be charged for a fee, that’s all you can write.

B:      Okay. Thank you very much. I will take my time to think about it. I’ll come back later.

A:        J That’s fine. Please come back to us when you’re ready. 

CASAS Practice

6 Careers That Pay More Than $40 An Hour

Career #1: Software Developer

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If you're a technology enthusiast who loves to keep up with the latest apps and computer programs, a job as a software developer might be a right fit.

In this high-pay job, not only are you likely to serve as the creative force behind the development of computer programs, applications, and systems, but you may also test them to ensure that they're functioning normally, explains the U.S. Department of Labor.

Career Mean Hourly Wage* Mean Annual Salary*
Applications $46.28 $96,260
Systems $50.23 $104,480

Why it pays well: "Software developers are well-compensated because software is used in so many devices, including automobiles and household appliances," Shatkin says.

Additionally, Shatkin says that computer technology is big business, and the people in charge of masterminding the development of software programs tend to be paid handsomely for their skill set and knowledge.

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How to prepare: If this job - and its high pay potential - sounds appealing to you, consider earning a bachelor's degree in computer sciencesoftware engineering, or a related field. According to the Department of Labor, software developers usually have one of these degrees. A degree in mathematics is considered acceptable as well.

Career #2: Management Analyst

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Are you a problem solver who would like to put your skills to use in a career that could pay an average of $40 an hour or more? Perhaps you might want to consider work as a management analyst.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, management analysts are basically consultants hired to make sure that companies run more efficiently and potentially turn a profit.

Career Mean Hourly Wage* Mean Annual Salary*
Management Analyst $43.26 $89,990

Why it pays well: Management analysts - also referred to as consultants, according to the Department of Labor - are rewarded with a high hourly wage because they come to the rescue when businesses find themselves in tough situations.

"People in managerial positions are often stressed and unable to keep up with changes in the business environment," Shatkin says. "Therefore, many companies find it useful to bring in management analysts with the latest skills to solve managerial problems."

Of course, you'll need to keep in mind that with this type of role, the paycheck might not come in consistently. In plenty of instances, says Shatkin, these analysts work as consultants, meaning they are hired by companies and organizations on a case-by-case or contractual basis, so their high pay partly reflects the temporary nature of their assignments.

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How to prepare: Think this high-pay job would be a great fit? Then consider earning a bachelor's degree. According to the Department, possessing a bachelor's degree is the typical requirement for entry-level management analyst positions.

Common fields of study in this profession are businessmanagement, economics, accounting,financemarketingpsychology, English, computer and information science, and political science and government. The Department adds that some employers might prefer candidates who have amaster's in business administration.

Career #3: General and Operations Manager

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Do you have something of a take-charge personality? A career as a top executive, specifically as a general and operations manager might enable you to plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of different types of organizations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Career Mean Hourly Wage* Mean Annual Salary*
General and Operations Manager $55.22 $114,850

Why it pays well: Because people working as general and operations managers often make pressurized decisions affecting the financial well-being of companies, they tend to be compensated well for their duties, Shatkin points out.

"These workers have responsibility over many different departments, such as shipping, human resources, production, physical plant, and finance," Shatkin says. "This means they need a very diverse skill set."

But keep in mind that in management positions, the pressure to perform under duress usually comes with the high-paying territory. "They work under a large burden of stress," warns Shatkin.

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How to prepare: If you can picture yourself in this high-paying role, you may want to consider enrolling in a business administration program. According to the Department of Labor, many top executives have a bachelor's or master's degree in business administration.

Another thing to keep in mind is that education requirements may vary by position and industry, and that many of these professionals also have "a considerable amount of work experience."

Career #4: Art Director

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Looking for a professional outlet that will take advantage of your artistic talents and present an opportunity for you to earn an attractive salary? You might need to look no further than a career as an art director.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, these style masters are responsible for creating the visual concepts in newspapers, magazines, ad campaigns, and television productions, as well as supervising the design team.

Career Mean Hourly Wage* Mean Annual Salary*
Art Director $46.46 $96,650

Why it pays well: "These workers typically oversee the work of several artists and designers," Shatkin says. "This means that they need managerial skills as well as artistic vision for the results that they expect. They need to be able to collaborate with the workers who deal with the technical aspects of media, such as videogames, advertising, or magazines."

In other words, having strong management skills is crucial to the success - and paycheck size - of art directors, according to Shatkin.

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How to prepare: Want to know what it takes to pursue this high-paying art career? The Department of Labor reports that you might need at least a bachelor's degree in an art or designsubject and previous work experience to pursue a position as an art director.

However, you'll want to keep in mind that these professionals usually start out in other art-related occupations, such as graphic designer, fine artist, editor, and photographer, the Department says.

Career #5: Medical and Health Services Manager

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If you have leadership capabilities and desire a health care career with high-pay potential, you might want to turn your attention toward a career as a medical and health services manager.

The U.S. Department of Labor says executives and managers in the industry are responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating services in clinical departments, medical practices, and various types of medical and health service facilities.

Career Mean Hourly Wage* Mean Annual Salary*
Medical and Health Services Manager $48.72 $101,340

Why it pays well: Shatkin says medical and health services managers tend to earn their big paychecks by virtue of their considerable skill set, which includes being able to handle both business management and health care-related issues in a changing industry landscape.

And because solo medical practices are now merging with each other to form group practices, Shatkin points out that qualified managers are more in-demand than ever.

It is difficult for solo medical practices to survive when they need a large staff of clerical workers to deal with insurance paperwork, as well as many paraprofessionals and aides to handle routine tasks, says Shatkin. "As practitioners form group practices, they need managers to run these complex businesses efficiently."

NEXT STEP: Click to Find the Right Health Care Administration Program.

How to prepare: If you believe this is the right job for you, you might want to earn your bachelor's degree in health administration, since the Department of Labor reports that prospective medical and health services managers should have this degree.

Of course, requirements vary by facility. In fact, master's degrees in health services, long-term care administration, public health, public administration, and business administration are also common.

Career #6: Financial Analyst

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Are sharp budgeting skills a part of your DNA? If so, you could put them to good use and potentially make a wage that exceeds $40 an hour if you pursue a career as a financial analyst.

In this profession, analysts help clients - both individuals and businesses - make sound investment decisions and assess how well stocks and other financial holdings are performing, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Career Mean Hourly Wage* Mean Annual Salary*
Financial Analyst $44.05 $91,620

Why it pays well: Financial analysts' lofty salary, according to Shatkin, is predicated by how much value people place on their money matters, which is considerable in most cases. In fact, money matters are so important that the number of people involved in finance today is increasing.

"The fraction of the U.S. economy involved in finance keeps growing, and with it the variety of financial products and the complexity of financial portfolios keeps growing, too," Shatkin says. "Therefore, the work of financial analysts requires an uncommon level of skill, and some positions require licensing or certification that reflects the mastery of these skills." And with a higher level of skill, often comes higher pay.

On top of that, Shatkin says financial analysts who work for organizations can directly affect a corporation's bottom line, therefore "easily quantifying their impact on profits."

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How to prepare: Don't know how to get started in this lucrative career path? Based on findings by the Department of Labor, most financial analyst positions require a bachelor's degree. Numerous fields provide appropriate preparation for this job, including accounting, economics, finance, statistics, mathematics, and engineering.

If you're interested in an advanced position, the Department says, a master's degree in business administration or a master's degree in finance is often required by employers for these types of jobs. Also take note: the Department says many financial analyst positions are required to be licensed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Seven In-Demand Careers That Could Pay Over $30 An Hour

Career #1: Registered Nurse

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HOURLY WAGE $33.13* MEDIAN ANNUAL SALARY $66,220* JOB OUTLOOK PROJECTED FOR 2012-2022 526,800 new jobs**

If caring for others comes naturally to you, you might want to consider a career in nursing.

Registered nurses, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, provide patient care, educate people about various health conditions, and give advice and support to patients and their family members.

Hot Factor: Nurses are the lifeblood of any medical setting, says Rebecca Fraser-Thill, a career coach and founder of WorkingSelf.com.

The aging population is a driver of growth, too. "The health care system is being increasingly utilized, both because of the aging baby boomer generation and the Affordable Care Act," says Fraser-Thill.

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How to Prepare: According to the Department of Labor, preparing to pursue a career as a registered nurse usually means earning a bachelor's of science in nursing, an associate's degree in nursing, or a diploma from an approved nursing program. One must also be licensed.

Career #2: Accountants and Auditors

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HOURLY WAGE $34.86* MEDIAN ANNUAL SALARY $65,080* JOB OUTLOOK PROJECTED FOR 2012-2022 166,700 new jobs**

If you're good with numbers, you'll appreciate the high hourly pay you could collect as an accountant or auditor.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, accountants and auditors are responsible for preparing financial records and taxes as well as working to help ensure companies run smoothly and efficiently.

Hot Factor: Compensation for accountants and auditors could be high because retirement rates in this sector surpass hiring rates, and high compensation serves to draw in young hires, Fraser-Thill explains.

"As accountants and auditors begin to retire, we need new young people to take their place, and that's not happening at the rate that would be ideal. Thus the pay is high," she says.

In addition, modern-day corruption might mean we need more accountants and auditors keeping us all honest. Recent corporate scandals and financial crises are at the root of increased demand for accountants and auditors, specifically because stricter standards and regulations are pushing companies to rev up their accounting services in order to prove their creditworthiness, states the Department of Labor.

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How to Prepare: A bachelor's degree in accounting is required for most positions as an accountant or auditor. Some employers also prefer applicants with a master's in accounting, or in business administration with an accounting concentration, according to the Department.

Career #3: Computer Systems Analysts

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HOURLY WAGE $41.02* MEDIAN ANNUAL SALARY $81,190* JOB OUTLOOK PROJECTED FOR 2012-2022 127,700 new jobs**

If you're a whiz with computers, you may have the skills that could help you pursue a career with an impressive mean hourly rate of pay.

The U.S. Department of Labor explains that computer systems analysts help an organization run smoothly by analyzing its computer systems, binding business and information technology together with their understanding of both.

Hot Factor: You'll be hard-pressed to find any company that doesn't use some kind of computer system to run their business these days, which is great news for computer systems analysts. "We are a society reliant on our computers in order to do our work, so they're in absolute need these days," says Fraser-Thill.

The Department of Labor adds that increased reliance on information technology (IT) as well as the growth of mobile and wireless networks will drive demand for new systems to be designed and installed across all sectors of the economy.

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How to Prepare: Most computer systems analysts have bachelor's degrees in a computer-related field, according to the Department.

Career #4: Construction Managers

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HOURLY WAGE $44.57* MEDIAN ANNUAL SALARY $84,410* JOB OUTLOOK PROJECTED FOR 2012-2022 78,200 new jobs**

If you've ever done any construction or construction-related work, and you're ready to help run the show, you should look into this as a career option.

Construction managers are the folks responsible for coordinating, budgeting, planning, and supervising construction projects from start to finish, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Hot Factor: "[A]ny time we pull out of an economic downturn, construction begins again in earnest," says Fraser-Thill.

"While our fiscal recovery may be slow this go round, construction is expected to pick up in the near future. With that increase in construction comes the need for good managers," Fraser-Thill says.

NEXT STEP: Click to Find the Right Construction Management Program.

How to Prepare: The Department of Labor tells us that for construction managers to possess a bachelor's degree in engineering, architecture, construction management, or construction science is becoming increasingly important.

Career #5: Software Developer

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HOURLY WAGE Applications: $46.28* Systems Software: $50.23* MEDIAN ANNUAL SALARY Applications: $92,660* Systems Software: $101,410* JOB OUTLOOK PROJECTED FOR 2012-2022 222,600 new jobs*

If you want to be the mind behind the next computer program or application, a career as a software developer might be ideal for you to pursue.

The U.S. Department of Labor defines software developers as the creative folks behind computer programs, who develop both the handy applications and integrated computer systems that power networks.

Hot Factor: Is it even possible to imagine a world without computers anymore? As Fraser-Thill mentioned earlier, our society has become dependent on computers not only for our personal lives but also at work.

Computer systems therefore affect a company's overall productivity and bottom line, which could translate to high pay for the experts in charge of building these systems.

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How to Prepare: In addition to solid skills in computer programming, software developers usually have a bachelor's degree in computer science, software engineering, or a related field, according to the Department of Labor. It's also acceptable for software developers to have a degree in mathematics.

Career #6: Financial Advisors

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HOURLY WAGE $48.04* MEDIAN ANNUAL SALARY $75,320* JOB OUTLOOK PROJECTED FOR 2012-2022 60,300 new jobs**

If you enjoy helping others figure out what to do with their money, good news: You might be able to make a pretty penny doing just that as a financial advisor.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor these professionals give advice to people on matters ranging from taxes to investments to insurance.

Hot Factor: The growing number of potential retirees is a big factor here. "As the baby boomer generation ages, they are facing many messy financial questions: Do I have enough money to retire? How can I financially provide for my parents who are in long-term situations? And how do I prepare for my own eventual long-term care needs? The boomers are willing to pay for answers to these complex questions," says Fraser-Thill.

As Fraser-Thill explains, with such pressing financial questions come a pressing need for answers, thus "putting financial advisors in hot demand."

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How to Prepare: If you're hoping to pursue a career as a financial advisor, the Department of Labor says that a bachelor's degree is usually needed. It adds that degrees in finance, economics, accounting, business, mathematics, or law are all good preparation for this job.

Career #7: Medical and Health Services Managers

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HOURLY WAGE $48.72* MEDIAN ANNUAL SALARY $90,940* JOB OUTLOOK PROJECTED FOR 2012-2022 73,300 new jobs**

If you don't want to go to medical school, but want to make a decent living in health care, consider medical and health services management as a profession.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, medical and health services managers plan, direct, and coordinate the delivery of health care.

Hot Factor: The general need for health care is a benefit for these workers when it comes to growth. "As demand for health care rises, so does demand for medical professionals of all stripes. Effective management of health services has become particularly important in recent years as legislation and insurance has become increasingly complicated," says Fraser-Thill.

The Department of Labor says that as the baby boomer generation continues to age and yet remain active later in life, the health care industry will see an increased demand for medical services.

NEXT STEP: Click to Find the Right Health Care Administration Program.

How to Prepare: A bachelor's degree in health administration is what the Department tells us that prospective medical and health services managers should have. Master's degrees in health services, long-term care administration, public administration, public health, and even business administration are also common, adds the Department.

* All salary information from the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2013.

** Projected job growth rates from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 edition.

Six Careers That Are High in Salary, Short in School

Earning a bachelor's isn't necessary to pursue these hot, high-paying careers.

By Danielle Blundell

Want to make a career switch to a more lucrative field, but worried about starting from scratch in terms of education requirements? We hear you loud and clear. Earning a degree can be a strain on your time, energy, and money, so it's not a decision to take lightly.

But what if we told you that some well-paying jobs might not require four long years of preparation in school? It's true - you could spend as little as two years in school and pursue a high-paying job upon completion.

To make your own career search a little simpler, we've homed in on a few fields that are worth looking into for their short-on-school, big-on-pay potential. Read on for our picks.

Career #1: Paralegal

Median Annual Salary*: $46,990
Top 10 Percent of Earners: $75,410
Bottom 10 Percent of Earners: $29,420

Think you might have what it takes to prepare facts and search for witnesses for a big case? Then a career as a paralegal might be a good option for you. The best news of all? You could pursue this path without ever stepping foot into law school and still manage to be compensated quite nicely year after year.

What They Do: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, paralegals might help lawyers stay on top of duties such as drafting correspondence, preparing and filing documents for court use, and conducting research for cases.

Why It Pays: Even though paralegals don't go to law school, Cheryl Lynch Simpson, an Ohio-based job search coach and owner of ExecutiveResumeRescue.com, points out that a lot of the skills paralegals must possess are the same as lawyers themselves.

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"Sometimes paralegals know more about the given cases, because they've done all the prep and grunt work behind the scenes, and the lawyer's the one that comes out to present in court," she says. "Because of that skill set, pay is high. It's a combination of having that legal mind - being probing and investigative - and balancing just a huge workload of research that involves critical thinking."

How To Prepare: According to the Department of Labor, most paralegals have either an associate's degree in paralegal studies or a bachelor's degree in a different field and a certificate in paralegal studies. Some firms may hire candidates with bachelor's degrees and then provide them with on-the-job related training, says the Department.

Career #2: Registered Nurse

Median Annual Salary*: $65,470
Top 10 Percent of Earners: $94,720
Bottom 10 Percent of Earners: $45,040

Ever been told you're the empathetic type? Well, why not cash in on your good nature and pursue a career in nursing, where you could be paid pretty well to care for the sick and elderly? What's even better is that you won't have to worry about investing multiple years of your life in medical school.

What They Do: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, nurses monitor and operate medical equipment, record patients' medical histories and symptoms, and educate patients and family members on caring for their ailments.

Why It Pays: "The pay for a RN is high partly because it's a specialized field," says Simpson. "The level of technological proficiency is rising every year, too, and being a nurse requires some medical understanding that you have to have to perform the job."

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Another contributing factor to high pay, says Simpson, is the human component and high risk associated with practicing nursing. "You need interpersonal skills and that attention to detail here, too, because, quite frankly, one mistake could mean life or death."

How to Prepare: According to the Department of Labor, RNs usually complete one of three paths to pursue the job: a bachelor of science in nursing, an associate's degree in nursing, or an approved nursing diploma program. RNs must also have a license.

Career #3: Police Officer

Median Annual Salary*: $55,270
Top 10 Percent of Earners: $89,310
Bottom 10 Percent of Earners: $32,350

If you've got great gut instincts and street smarts, you might want to think about pursuing a career as a police officer. And you don't have to spend years in school to prepare or to potentially see a good paycheck.

What They Do: Cops do much more than what the famous television series of the same name might lead you to believe. In addition to responding to calls and enforcing laws, the U.S. Department of Labor says officers might write detailed forms, prepare court cases, and appear in court to testify, too.

Why It Pays: For Simpson, a career as a police officer pays well, because it's a protective service that's absolutely necessary in society and can be quite dangerous on a day-to-day basis.

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"In a society that's increasingly violent, police officers play an important role by protecting people and property," she says. "It's a highly valued job, as it should be, and compensation reflects that. Not all people can be officers and do the job well."

How to Prepare: At a minimum, the Department of Labor says candidates must be high school graduates (or GED earners), at least 21 years old, and able to successfully pass a rigorous physical exam. Candidates must also graduate from the local police academy. According to the Department, "many agencies require some college coursework or a college degree."

 

Career #4: Dental Hygienist

Median Annual Salary*: $70,210
Top 10 Percent of Earners: $96,280
Bottom 10 Percent of Earners: $46,540

Think about it: Your smile wouldn't be the same without brushing, flossing, and that regular professional cleaning performed by a dental hygienist. Turns out honing this craft can take less time than going to dental school but still pays big.

What They Do: The U.S. Department of Labor says dental hygienists often clean and examine teeth to look for signs of oral disease. They may also educate patients on proper oral hygiene and ways to prevent diseases, says the Department of Labor.

Why It Pays: For Simpson, the technical skills required to pursue a job as a dental hygienist along with the essential tasks make for a fairly high-paying profession.

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"Not everyone can or is willing to put their hands in somebody's mouth," says Simpson. "In fact, all dentistry-related occupations are high on the list of hated jobs, and that's why salaries in this field can be high."

How to Prepare: While every state has specific certification requirements, an associate's degree in dental hygiene is typically needed to pursue a career as a dental hygienist, according to the Department. Every state also requires dental hygienists to be licensed, the Department notes.

Career #5: Computer Programmer

Median Annual Salary*: $74,280
Top 10 Percent of Earners: $117,890
Bottom 10 Percent of Earners: $42,850

Were you the kind of person that tricked out your Myspace page by editing the CSS scripts? Or maybe you've published your own website and have experience manipulating code? You could parlay those coding fundamentals into a potentially high-paying career as a computer programmer by earning just an associate's degree.

What They Do: Computer programmers may utilize their deep knowledge of different programming languages such as C++ to create and modify software applications, says the U.S. Department of Labor. Common tasks might include debugging program code and designing flowcharts to help plan software coding, the Department of Labor notes.

Why It Pays: "A job as a computer programmer is part of the most reliable, high-paying occupation cluster out there right now that doesn't require an advanced degree," says Simpson.

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"It's hot, and it's going to stay hot simply because the ability to maximize technology and marry that with people skills is not something that everyone possesses. You have to be able to understand languages and how a computer works, and then be able to communicate that to others," she says.

How to Prepare: According to the Department, while most computer programmers have a bachelor's degree, some employers hire workers with an associate's degree. Most of these professionals pursue a degree in computer science or a related field.

Career #6: Medical Records and Health Information Technician

Median Annual Salary*: $34,160
Top 10 Percent of Earners: $56,200
Bottom 10 Percent of Earners: $22,250

Want to get in on the big business of health care, but know you don't have the desire to work one-on-one with patients? Well, professional certification may be all you need to pursue a behind-the-scenes career as a medical records and health information technician.

What They Do: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, medical records and health information technicians might organize and maintain patients' medical information. They may also be responsible for helping keep patient information private and confidential, says the Department of Labor.

Why It Pays: Simpson says that salaries are high for medical records and health information technicians, relative to the amount of education required to pursue the job. This is due to a "perfect storm of a few things - the regulatory environment that surrounds medical information, the fact that Obamacare is going to require different levels of privacy for medical records, and the fact that medical data is being computerized rapidly right now," she says.

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"The people that make these systems work are going to be key to health care in the future by accurately recording data so the right caregivers and patients can access and understand it," says Simpson.

How to Prepare: According to the Department, medical records and health information technicians usually need a postsecondary certificate, although it also notes that these workers may have an associate's degree. Many employers also require professional certification from one of several organizations, says the Department, which can involve graduating from an approved program and/or passing an exam.

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Homework: Take a little trip and take some pictures to share with the class ^.^

1. San Francisco

            a. Golden Gate Bridge

            b. China Town

            c. Piers- Fisherman Wharf

            d. SF Zoo

            e. Japan Town

            f.  Museums

            g. AT&T Park

            h. Union Square

            i. Angel Island

            j. Alcatraz

            k. Embarcadero Street

           

2.  Gilroy

            a. Gilroy Premium Outlet

            b. Farms

            c. Lake 152- San Anotonio

            d. Bonfonte Garden

 

3. Monterey Bay

            a. 17 miles trail

            b. Aquarium

            c. Beaches

            d. Seafood-

 

 

4. Santa Cruz

            a. Beaches- Sea Cliff, Beach Board Walk

            b. Mystery Spot

            c. Railroad Camp

            d. Light House

 

5. San Jose/ Milpitas

            a. Great Mall

            b. Little Saigon

            c. Japan Town

            d. Japanese Garden/ Happy Hollow Zoo

            e. Rose Garden: Municipal, Naglee

            f. Alumrock Park

            g. Pumpkin Patch: Emma Prush Farm

            h. Golf course

            i. Bay 101

            k. Santana Row

            l. Winchester Mystery House

            m. Tech Museum

            n. HP Pavillion

            o. Children Discovery Museum

 

6. Santa Clara

            a. Great America

            b.

 

7. Los Gatos/ Los Altos

            a. downtown

            b. Tessarosa

            c. Hakone Japanese Garden

 

8. Campbell

            a. Silicon Valley Street

            b.

 

9. Palo Alto

            a. Stanford University

            b. Stanford Shopping Mall

            c. downtown

 

10. Napa/ Calistoga

            a. winery- Castello di Amorosa

            b. wine train

            c. mud bath/ mineral bath

 

 

Sample My Favorite City

1. What city do you want to visit?

2. How will you get there?

3. Why do you want to go there? List 3 reasons and 3 examples

4. What will you do there? List 2 or 3 activties

5. How long will you stay there?

6. What kind of accommodation will you stay in?

7. How do you feel about the trip?

Sample

Kuala Lumpur- Malaysia

I miss the polluted smoke, the horrible traffic and the hot scorching sun in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I have been in the United States for a year already, and I plan to go back to Malaysia this Christmas.  My family is still over there. They miss me a lot. I also want to take my husband to my country, because he has never been there. Besides, I’m starving for the authentic Malaysian food. Those spicy tofu and hot mushroom noodle always make my mouth watered.  On the first few days, I think I will tour my husband around the famous capital of Malaysia. I want to show him where I grew up. Then,  I want him to see all of the tourist attractions such as the Petronas Twin Towers, Malaysia Heritage Walk, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the City Center…  Then, we will visit other cities and learn about their cultures.  We can sunbathe on the beautiful long beach of Batu Ferringhi; or we can hike on the top of the mountain on Brinchang. We can also visit different exciting  island attractions like the fund amusement parks Labuan island or the adventurous hiking trail of Tanah Ratah. Finally, we will taste all the authentic food of Malaysia with my beloved family. My husband suggests that we should stay there for at least three weeks, and we will get a one-bedroom studio near my house. I will try to get an inexpensive studio with enough conveniences. I’m very eagerly waiting for my trip.

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