English for diplomats

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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
Accurate question formation: asking the right question and getting the right response Review of modals of obligation with specific focus on politeness and register Reported speech: accurately reporting what someone else stated. Positive and negative connotation. Future forms: certainty, doubt, promises and intentions Using the first and second conditional forms accurately to talk about hypothetical future events
10:30 – 10:45 Morning Coffee Morning Coffee Morning Coffee Morning Coffee Morning Coffee
10:45 – 12:15
Meetings across cultures: explaining, clarifying and asking for clarification. Speech writing: register and connotation. Pauses and stress for a powerful delivery Making small talk, entertaining guests and networking in international settings. Mediation: softening language and paraphrasing The language of video conferencing. Introduction and practice of useful phrases for video conferences. Understanding newspaper and magazine articles about politics and economy Presenting language: signposting, clarifying, understanding and answering questions. Understanding radio and TV programs about politics and economy Emailing conventions. Register and politeness in spoken language v written language.Understanding and employing sarcasm, humour, hyperbole and euphemisms
12:15 – 13:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
13:30 – 13:45
/æ/ vs /ʌ/ Identifying sarcasm 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