English for the Oil & gas industry

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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
Language to describe and compare data – graphs, charts and changes over time The form and uses of the past simple and the present perfect to distinguish between completed and ongoing time periods The form and uses of the first and second conditional to indicate the probability of a future event The form and uses of the passive when discussing facts and figures and when composing professional emails 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: essential terminology for the oil & gas industry 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: exploration 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: extracting and refining 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: dealing with offshore suppliers -ordering materials, discussing costrs, setting deadlines 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: professional communication – writing reports, confirming arrangements, establishing contacts
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
Seeing both sides of an argument: tools for critical analysis Seeing all sides of an argument: six-hat thinking in the context of the energy mix Case study: analysing the British energy mix Debate preparation: developing the arguments Debate preparation: developing the counter-arguments
16:00 – 17:00
Spoken Assertiveness Workshop
Shades of agreement and disagreement: moderating and controlling register in spoken English Marshalling arguments: how to build a case Role play meeting: the future of the British energy mix Debate preparation: making your points: posture and delivery Debate on the motion: This house believes that a nuclear future is the only responsible environmental solution. Language feedback