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Saying the right thing

Not making an arse of oneself is a bread-and-butter issue for learners of any language.  However there is more to this topic than merely correcting vocabulary, and the meatier question of what constitutes truly fruitful communication at work is a good theme for speaking lessons with students from lower-intermediate right up to the top of the ability range.

This slideshow provides the perfect basis for a speaking lesson; the information is written in bite-sized chunks, and not bound to a print-out.  Perfect for boosting student talking time and avoiding long spells of silence and passivity.  You can download the worksheet by clicking on the link, and use each page of the slideshow as a jumping-off point for discussion.  Simple …

The material will occupy a talkative student for around 45 minutes in a one-to-one class, although with a group you could get a 90-minute lesson out of it if you have groups discuss one or two questions among themselves and report back their findings.  There are several possibilities for written follow-up, including having learners draft a memo on a company’s social media policy, or an invitation to company etiquette training …

Should you have doubts about wi-fi access during your lesson, it is always worth clicking on the ‘slideshare’ icon (bottom left on the picture), and downloading the presentation as a pdf from the  site.

Slideshare.net is a great resource for slideshows on all kinds of topics.  I thoroughly recommend checking it out by clicking here.


About Catherine Kennedy

Second year undergrad (super-mature) at Sheffield Uni doing single honours Religion, Theology, and the Bible. (Formerly TEFL teacher in France)

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