B.E.L.L. Tips – MLK

B.E.L.L. Tips – MLK

Issue #53

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Tips and Tricks for Business English Language Learners (B.E.L.L.)

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr (MLK) was a prominent civil rights movement leader in the United States in the 1960s. We celebrate his legacy with a national day of service on the third Monday in January. He led a nonviolent crusade against racist segregation policies and horrendous brutality against Black people in America. Americans are encouraged to observe the day “with acts of civic work and community service” in honor of King’s legacy.

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Brain Break. Let’s get back to basics and take a break from conditionals.

An adjective is a part of speech that modifies a noun or pronoun. Adjectives usually tell what kind, how many, or which about nouns or pronouns. An adverb is a part of speech that modifies another adverb, a verb, or an adjective. It is often recognized by the suffix -ly at the end of it.

Let’s Practice!

Choose the correct modifier for each sentence below:

  1. 1. The receptionist _______ answered all of our questions.

    • patient
    • patiently
  2. 2. We’re _______ optimistic about our future.

    • cautious
    • cautiously
  3. 3. Our financial records are stored in a _______area.

    • secure
    • securely
  4. 4. I _______ deleted her contact information from my phone.

    • accidental
    • accidentally
  5. 5. Our plan was executed _______.

    • perfect
    • perfectly
  6. 6. Steve seemed _______ before the meeting.

    • nervous
    • nervously
  7. 7. The speaker was talking so _______ that I only understood about 75% of what he said.

    • quick
    • quickly
  8. 8. I’m following the election very _______.

    • close
    • closely
  9. 9. Domenic looked _______ today.

    • cheerful
    • cheerfully
  10. 10. He got the job because his English is really _______.

    • good
    • well

Reading and Listening Practice

Follow the link below to read an article that describes different podcasts you can listen to and learn more about MLK.

Choose a podcast and listen to the story in English.


Weekly Challenge

Prepositions are small but mighty. Place the correct English preposition in these common email sentences below:

1. Thank you _____ advance for your help with this matter.

2. I’d like to follow up _____ our conversation from yesterday.

3. I look forward _____ hearing you.

4. Could you please take a look ___ this for me?

5. Please get back ____ me as soon as possible.

6. Could you please give me an update____ your progress?

7. Would you be interested___ receiving our quarterly newsletter?

8. I should have an answer for you___ the end of the day at the latest.

9. On behalf____ the entire company, I’d like to welcome you to the team.

10. We’re still looking_____ the matter. We should have an answer for you tomorrow.

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