English for fashion

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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
Talking about current projects: using the present simple and continuous and the past simple and perfect Explaining processes: the use and form of the passive to describe a manufacturing process Question formation review: asking the right question to get the right response. Asking about clients’ requirements Discussing causes and effects: the use and forms of the conditionals to talk about future probability and evaluate options Talking about priorities and objectives: the use and forms of comparative and superlative adjectives to compare products
10:30 – 10:45 Morning Coffee Morning Coffee Morning Coffee Morning Coffee Morning Coffee
10:45 – 12:15
Tutorial
The language of meetings. Negotiating terms and conditions with suppliers. Introduction and practice of useful phrases for meetings. Vocabulary expansion and discussion. Garments, fabrics, colours and patterns The language of telephoning. Talking about figures and periods of time. Clarifying and asking for clarification. Introduction and practice of useful phrases for telephoning. Vocabulary expansion and discussion. Trends and illustrations The language of presenting. Describing and pointing to data in powerpoint slides. Introduction and practice of useful phrases for video conferences. Vocabulary expansion and discussion. Promotional channels, branding, marketing and press releases The language of emailing. Describing data and explaining change in writing. Requesting and giving information. Introduction and practice of useful phrases for emailing. Vocabulary expansion and discussion. Production and packaging Social English. Introduction and practice of useful phrases to make small talk. Receiving guests and visiting production plants. Vocabulary expansion and discussion. Negotiations and dealing with clients and suppliers
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