English for logistics

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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 passive form to accurately and clearly describe processes  Review and practice of conditional forms to talk about the probability of future events and consequences  Review and practice of question formation. Asking the right questions to get the right response  Language to describe and compare data – graphs, charts and changes over time  Introduction and practice of phrasal verbs and idioms useful to explain and discuss data
10:30 – 10:45 Morning Coffee Morning Coffee Morning Coffee Morning Coffee Morning Coffee
10:45 – 12:15
Tutorial
The language of meetings. Discussing facts and figures and clearly signposting. Introduction and practice of useful phrases for meetings.  Vocabulary expansion and discussion: logistics acronyms and explaining services 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: transport and handling equipment, container types and types of goods The language of video conferencing. Describing and pointing to data in video conferences or teleconferences. Introduction and practice of useful phrases for video conferences.  Vocabulary expansion and discussion: transport options, measurement and quotes 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: Incoterms Social English. Introduction and practice of useful phrases to make small talk before or after meetings or presentations. Talking to clients and auditors. Vocabulary expansion and discussion: foreign trade and legislation
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