Module only business - Level B2 - course I
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In this block the learner will consolidate the material from the previous Blocks and begin the transition from B1 to a B2. The course content remains functional and focused entirely on improving learner independence in all areas, especially in real-life situations such as work and leisure, house and home, films and habitual actions etc. In this block the learner will continue to notice an increased confidence when faced with basic functions and will be able to read an English or American newspaper with little difficulty, follow conversations in English with native speakers and participate in more complex exchanges. In terms of grammatical structures there will be continued revision and extension of the structures covered with emphasis on parts of the language such as phrasal verbs, idiomatic expressions and the differences between British and American vocabulary. As with the other blocks on the course, there is frequent pronunciation practice and the learner has exposure to long and short sounds, correct regular past tense endings, minimal pairs, elision as well as general vocabulary and sentence level practice. The use of a variety of exercises encompasses different learner styles as well as guaranteeing thorough coverage of the topics covered. The block is comprised of a series of interactive exercises such as word-picture association, listening comprehension with short, realistic dialogues and student-led listening practice with the vocabulary items.
Business newsAn introduction to the language of business journalism. Practice predicting the content of news stories from the headline and re-phrasing the content of a story.Crossing culturesPractice with modal verbs to give advice or make suggestions: should/shouldn’t must/mustn’t. Speaking practice: talking about cultural differences and customs.Doing businessIntroduction to some business expressions using make and do. Make: a decision, mistake, profit, loss, a promise Do: business with, a deal, well, a favour. Talking about likes and dislikes: don’t mind, can’t stand, dislike, love verb+ ing.Going it aloneThis lesson focuses on the language we use to talk about being self-employed as well as discussing the positive and negative aspects of working for yourself. Business vocabulary: social security, health insurance, register with, pay taxes, accountant, keep/balance the books, direct debit.LostA lesson with extended speaking practice in giving directions around a town or city. Common language for public and private transport: traffic lights, roundabout, underground, map, Sat Nav/GPS , bus, tram.What’s in it for me?2 Role-play situations to discuss a worker’s performance and then to negotiate a pay rise. Adjectives to describe character: competent, keen, reliable, hard-working, messy, lazy, creative.Getting connected - Contracting services (British version)In this lesson the student will learn how companies out-source to provide more efficient services for their business. In addition the student will practice this vocabulary to make offers and ask for and provide prices for products and services.You´ve got mail: In this section the student will answer the spoken questions the tutor has prepared and plan and write an email following the tutor´s written instructions The tutor will give feedback on this work.Getting connected - Contracting services (American version)In this lesson the student will watch a real life situation where a team of people at work decide their needs and negotiate appropriate deals to find the right price for the services they want.The learner will watch them make offers and counter offers and use the existing relationships they have with suppliers to find the best deal.The student will dub and record the talent of choice in the movie to practice intonation, stress and pronunciation. In this way the student will be involved in a real life situation that improves intonation and practices understanding.This lesson extends and consolidates the language of discussing options, making offers and counter offers, budgeting, deciding conditions and negotiating payment and contract terms in context using everyday language related to pricing and terms of deals.At the end of the lesson the learner completes the tests to see what was learned from the unit with different activities that match images, useful words and expressions.You´ve got mail: In this section the student will answer the spoken questions the tutor has prepared and plan and write an email following the tutor´s written instructions The tutor will give feedback on this work.
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