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Title: Meeting the challenge of bringing variety into the Business English classroom


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Meeting the challenge of bringing variety into
the Business English classroom
  • Karen Richardson
  • Monday 11th November 2013
  • 11am 11.45am (GMT)

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Agenda
  • Something about me
  • Something about you
  • 3 teaching situations
  • Practical suggestions for more variety
  • Round up

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Something about me - then
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Something about me - now
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Something about you
  • Poll 0
  • Are you..
  • female?
  • Male?

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  • Poll 1
  • Do you teach..
  • in-company?
  • at a college / university / business school?
  • at a private or state language school?
  • somewhere else?

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  • Poll 2
  • Are your students mostly..
  • under 30?
  • 30 - 55?
  • over 55?
  • all of the above in the same group?

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  • Poll 3
  • Is their English language level..
  • beginner elementary / A1-A2?
  • pre-intermediate intermediate / A2-B1?
  • upper intermediate advanved / B2-C1?
  • all of the above in the same group?

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  • Challenge?
  • What challenge?

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3 teaching scenarios
  1. Business university, 24 students in a group,
    20-30 hours per semester, advanced.
  2. (re)Training courses, job seekers, every morning
    or afternoon for 6 weeks, mixed /elementary.
  3. In-company, 6 employees, 90 minutes after work
    once a week, good intermediate.

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3 suggestions
  • The vocabulary in (con)text way
  • 2. The hands-on way
  • 3. The holistic way

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1. vocab in (con)text
1. Listen for gist. 2. Listen for trend words and
make notes. 3. Listen for other useful chunks of
language.
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1. Possible answers (trend words and phrases)
  • RYANAIR'S profits dropped sharply in the quarter
    ending 30 June due to rising fuel costs and a
    lack of last-minute bookings. To combat the loss,
    the budget airline's pilots have been instructed
    to fly at a slower pace to cut the fuel bill.
      Accounts published yesterday reveal that,
    despite an increase in revenue, Ryanair's profits
    in the AprilJune quarter fell by 21 per cent to
    78m.  
  • The airline's revenue increased during the
    period by five per cent to 1.3bn.  But fuel
    costs rose by six per cent and now account for 47
    per cent of Ryanair's overall expenditure. Hence
    the order to pilots to slow down and burn less
    fuel. Ryanair said its profits were also
    affected by a drop in last-minute summer bookings
    due to the heatwave in Britain and by the early
    timing of Easter, which meant the holiday profits
    were not included in this quarter.

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2. (re)training
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2. ready-made
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3. holistic
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3. notes
  • cars machines shouting
  • Mr X leaving his office
  • the door the cleaner phone ringing
  • Mrs Y on the phone
  • footsteps coffee machine fridge
  • printer clock text message

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3. elaborated
  • Shop floor workers going home by car.
  • Mr Xs footsteps in the corridor.
  • Mr X saying goodbye to Mrs Y who was on the
    phone.
  • The main door closing automatically.
  • The fridge humming in the coffee area.
  • Someone getting a text message while our eyes
    were closed.

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The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this
world is to see something and tell what it saw in
a plain way.   John Ruskin 1819 1900 English
art critic, draughtsman, water colourist, a
prominent social thinker and philanthropist.
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Review
  • 3 teaching scenarios and their challenges
  • 3 possible ways of bringing variety
  • 1. The vocabulary in (con)text way
  • 2. The hands-on way
  • 3. The holistic way
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