English for journalism

Below is a sample timetable for an Integrated Tutorial course focusing on English for journalism. Course content can be precisely specified for individual needs in the 1:1 components of all our courses. Click here to see the full range of our courses.

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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
Question formation review: subject/object questions, “wh” question words and yes/no questions Review and practice of the uses and forms of reported speech: tense usage and vocabulary Review and practice of the narrative tenses to accurately report sequences of events Review and practice of the use and forms to indicate the future: probability, intentions and promises Review and practice of the uses and form of the first and second conditional to talk about future hypotheses
10:30 – 10:45 Morning Coffee Morning Coffee Morning Coffee Morning Coffee Morning Coffee
10:45 – 12:15
Tutorial
Introduction and practice of useful language to approach a potential interviewee and to arrange a meeting in speaking and in writing. Expansion of vocabulary relative to your field of journalism (for example entertainment, business and economics, politics, current affairs,etc.) Focus on interviewing language: building rapport and asking about facts, names, times and dates. Expansion of vocabulary relative to your field of journalism (for example entertainment, business and economics, politics, current affairs,etc.) Focus on interview language: Asking the difficult questions. Expansion of vocabulary relative to your field of journalism (for example entertainment, business and economics, politics, current affairs, etc.) Focus on listening: practice of listening to speakers with different accents. “Active” listening techniques. Expansion of vocabulary relative to your field of journalism (for example entertainment, business and economics, politics, current affairs,etc.) Focus on note taking skills: extensive listening. Practice  and guidance in listening to longer texts such as court hearings. Expansion of vocabulary relative to your field of journalism (for example entertainment, business and economics, politics, current affairs,etc.)
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