English for human resources

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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 the modal verbs to talk about responsibilities, rights and duties of employees Review and practice of first and second conditional forms to talk about probability of future events and to talk about consequences Review and practice of phrasal verbs to talk about jobs, recruitment and human resources activities (e.g. “lay off”, “take over”, “fill in”, etc.) Review and practice of question formation (subject/object questions, “wh” words and quetions with modals). Review of present perfect and past simple questions Gramma review and practice: simulating a job interview, an internal candidate selection meeting and a salary negotiation
10:30 – 10:45 Morning Coffee Morning Coffee Morning Coffee Morning Coffee Morning Coffee
10:45 – 12:15
Tutorial
The language of meetings. Discussing pros, cons and consequences. Introduction and practice of useful phrases for meetings. Expanding vocabulary to talk about and carry out recruitment The language of telephoning. Clarifying and asking for clarification. Introduction and practice of useful phrases for telephoning. Expanding vocabulary to talk about candidate selection processes and remuneration The language of video conferencing. Introduction and practice of useful phrases for video conferences. Expanding vocabulary to talk about employee relations The language of emailing. Polite language. Introduction and practice of useful phrases for emailing. Expanding vocabulary to talk about training and development Social English. Introduction and practice of useful phrases to make small talk before or after meetings or presentations. Talking to candidates and employees. Expanding vocabulary to talk about relations with trade unions
12:45 – 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