English for the wine industry

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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
Tutorial
 Review and practice of language to compare and contrast tastes and features  The use and form of the passive to describe processes clearly  Adverbs of degree to accurately describe products  Modals of deduction and prediction to speculate on tastes  Review of question formation and accurately responding to questions at fairs
10:30 – 10:45 Morning Coffee Morning Coffee Morning Coffee Morning Coffee Morning Coffee
10:45 – 12:15
Tutorial
  The language of meetings. Negotiating effectively. Introduction and practice of useful phrases for meetings. Vocabulary expansion and discussion: describing wine   The language of telephoning. Clarifying and asking for clarification. Introduction and practice of useful phrases for telephoning. Vocabulary expansion and discussion: wine production (destemming, barrel ageing etc.)  The language of video conferencing. Describing products in video conferences or teleconferences. Introduction and practice of useful phrases for video conferences. Vocabulary expansion and discussion: production areas and legislation. Yield and organic farming  The language of emailing. Describing products and outlining benefits. Requesting and giving information. Introduction and practice of useful phrases for emailing. Vocabulary expansion and discussion: wine marketing and labelling  Social English. Introduction and practice of useful phrases to make small talk before or after meetings or presentations. Talking to clients and suppliers. Vocabulary expansion and discussion: packaging controviersies
12:15 – 13:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
13:30 – 13:45
Pronunciation
/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