WORKSHOP 2010 : WORKSHOP 2010 Liceo Cultural Británico
Teachers Training College Slide 2: This activity was designed for a group of 16 adult students (25-40 years old) learning Business English at Intermediate level.
Although the activity was originally designed for a smaller group of people, it could work equally well in larger groups. In fact, the debate could be much more juicy if the number of participants were higher.
The group is made up of accountants, lawyers, salespeople and senior managers. The heterogeneity of the group provides different and interesting points of view on the topic of debate.
The criteria in the selection of words to be taught lay in the choice of probable language as opposed to possible language; that is to say, I privileged those words the students were likely to produce in their everyday conversation with peers at work, rather than those which were possible but highly unlikely. Unit 4 Vocabulary : Unit 4 Vocabulary “Find an authentic text you could use with a particular group of learners you teach. Decide which words you might want to introduce to students before they read the text and design pre-reading work to do this. What vocabulary-based work would you design for use while and after reading?”
(From Teaching and Learning in the Language Classroom, by Tricia Hedge, topic 5 p139) Before reading : Before reading A.- Match the underlined green words / phrases with their meaning:
It’s a shame Meg doesn’t go to a psychologist to talk about her woes. That would do her good.
Feeling sick, he got out of bed and took faltering steps to the bathroom.
I don’t think I could ever be a good waiter. I think I would spill the drinks all over the customers the moment I tried to place them on the table.
When Felipe Fort set up his company, it was small and not very profitable. Nowadays, the company’s stock is valued at $19 million.
Everybody thinks that Maurice still has a stake in CAB-J, but he denies being involved in the club’s business affairs.
When she turned on the TV and saw the wreckage of the fallen plane, she knew at once that it was the flight she was supposed to have taken. Reeling from the shock of hearing and watching the news, she picked up the phone and dialed 911.
The school has sent parents a note asking them to pay $70 each in order to cover the shortfall in the budget.
Although many people thought it would be a good idea, the tax on soy brought in considerably less revenue than originally forecast.
….. (V) said of a liquid which accidentally flows over the edge of a container. Also N
….. Shares in the ownership of a company, or investments on which a fixed amount of interest will be paid; the
amount of money which the company has through selling shares.
….. hesitant; uncertain, because the person is nervous or weak, or does not really know what to do.
….. If you are ~ing from a shock, you are feeling extremely surprised or upset because of it.
….. If you have / own a ~ in something such as a business, it matters to you, for example because you own part of it
or because its success or failure will affect you.
….. income; money that the government receives from tax.
….. a word, generally in plural, used to refer to somebody’s problems.
….. Deficit While reading… : While reading… The following is an authentic
article by William Underhill,
which was published in
(p10, issued on June 21, 2010;
sold together with Buenos Aires
Herald issue of June 20, 2010).
For educational purposes only,
some of the words have been
removed. Fill in the spaces with
one of the words from exercise A. After reading… : After reading… Provide a suitable title for the article.
Use the words / phrases from exercise A in situational sentences.
Debate on the topic. Exercise AAnswer: 3- 4- 2- 6- 5- 8- 1- 7View of the original article : Exercise AAnswer: 3- 4- 2- 6- 5- 8- 1- 7View of the original article Slide 8: The End