teaching professional people english
It goes with the territory, but I love anything about languages. It just so happens that Jeff Haden who writes for ‘inc magazine’ also finds them fascinating, and has produced a fascinating infographic. The waste of these things (they only ever get a brief glance, and at best a smirk) always makes me sad, so I thought I would do something with this one and turn it into a classroom activity.
You can access the magazine page directly by clicking here : http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/50-things-you-never-knew-about-languages.html or you can go for the infographic on its own here : http://www.inc.com/uploaded_files/inlineimage/50-language_28737.png If you take the second option, the picture will appear in miniature down the right hand side of your screen. Click to enlarge.
Of course, the trick is to use the lovely visual … and this one is somewhat limited by the fact that it requires a computer. There are a couple of possibilities. Classrooms sporting projectors and internet links will find this a doddle. Otherwise, I suggest clipping it using ‘evernote’ or some similar tool, and making it available to an off-line computer screen.
I have prepared a worksheet which would keep teams busy for some time as a treasure-hunt exercise. Rather than ask for answers to questions, this requires questions leading to answers – you will see what I mean when you read it. Trivia like this is absolutely ideal for working on ‘how many’ and ‘how often’ for example.
Given that there are 23 questions, I suggest assigning odd, or even, numbered questions to your teams. That way they can compete ..