English for information technology

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Time and session Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
08:30 – 09:00
News Review
BBC headlines – discussion and listening for gist Euronews headlines – discussion and listening for specific information The Times – reading for gist and reporting news Expanding vocabulary to talk about the news BBC headlines – listening for specific information
09:00 – 10:30
 Question formation review and practice to understand clients’ needs and assist with troubleshooting  Language to give clear and simple instructions, checking understanding and paraphrasing  The use of the passive forms to accurately describe complex technical processes  Review and practice of the language used to compare and contrast different technological products  Review and practice of the 1st and 2nd conditional to assist with choices between different types of technological products
10:30 – 10:45 Morning Coffee Morning Coffee Morning Coffee Morning Coffee Morning Coffee
10:45 – 12:15
The language of meetings. Identifying client needs and requirements. Introduction and practice of useful phrases for meetings. Vocabulary extension and discussion: Programming languages and their applications The language of telephoning. Clarifying and asking for clarification. Introduction and practice of useful phrases for telephoning. Vocabulary extension and discussion: input and output devices and innovation The language of video conferencing. Describing and pointing to data in video conferences or teleconferences. Introduction and practice of useful phrases for video conferences. Vocabulary extension and discussion: web design, new techniques and new challenges The language of emailing. Describing data and explaining change in writing. Requesting and giving information. Introduction and practice of useful phrases for emailing. Vocabulary extension and discussion: internet security, regulations and best practices The language of presenting. Engaging the audiesnce, explaining complex concepts clearly and signposting effectively. Welcoming and answering questions effectively. Vocabulary extension and discussion: troubleshooting and asking the right questions
12:15 – 13:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
13:30 – 13:45
/æ/ vs /ʌ/ Stress and rhythm Contrastive stress /iː/ vs /ɪ/ Question intonation
13:45 – 14:45
Project Workshop
Introduction of the week’s presentation: a company profile Vocabulary expansion. Mindmapping ideas and allocating roles Focus on scripting and visuals; integrating visuals with script, embedding cues in visuals, etc. Presentation rehearsal and feedback. Focus on pronunciation Presentation to the rest of the school (videoed)

Presentation feedback (using the recording of the video)

14:45 – 15:00 Afternoon Tea Afternoon Tea Afternoon Tea Afternoon Tea Afternoon Tea
15:00 – 16:00
Critical Analysis Workshop
Discussion and case study regarding cultural misunderstandings Reading and discussion regarding social etiquette in different countries Reading and discussion regarding cultural biases Reading and discussion about what makes a successful international team Reading and discussion about what makes a successful international leader
16:00 – 17:00
Spoken Assertiveness Workshop
Discussing foods and traditions from your countries Expanding vocabulary and practising giving clear instructions Functional language: at the pub, at the restaurant, at the cafe Debate preparation: the sugar tax Debate focusing on the sugar tax. Language feedback