Have been assigned a mission by HQ. It's a one day, get-in-get-out deal. I have a licence to thrill, or at least mildly amuse. It's a group of adults who need to brush up on some workplace English, and being a workshop-style deal they won't have a textbook.
Has anyone done this sort of thing before? What did you do with them? Any suggestions for activities? etc, etc...
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What sort of workplace?
Do they talk to English speakers and in what context?
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I have done workshops like these but always with information first. need to know more before I can give helpful suggestions
Government office workers who deal with farangs. Their English will be limited.
Role plays? Meetings and greetings. "Can I help you?" "Go to floor 4" etc?
Telephone English ... They all suck at that. Pick up a couple of toy plastic phones at BigC.
They should be an easy crowd to please. The chances are that this will be during their normal work hours, so they get a chance to sit and have a laugh, rather than stamping paperwork all day.
Lots of break. Like, lots. Every hour. They will be taking breaks of their own accord anyway, so better you be the one who announces it.
Ask them what accents confuse them and play around with that a bit maybe?? The chances are that only a small proportion of farang they meet are from English speaking countries.
Role plays, as KK, said, are good fun.
this has been posted to death, but just in case you didn't catch any of the other threads with this ice-breaker... write up some facts about yourself, in no particular order.... Blake poet William London 28th August (thanks google) England. Ask what they think each fact relates to. Get them to do the same thing about themselves, either on the board of on paper. This may be useful because you could then go through each fact, demonstrating how to ask for each bit of info... "where do you come from? what is your occupation? when did you die? etc)
3 truths and 1 lie.... Write 3 facts about yourself and 1 lie about yourself. Which is the lie?? Get them to do it too.
I would personally structure it somehing like this...
for the 1st hour I would do both of the above ice-breakers, starting with the truth/lie one and ending on the facts on the board (using a few of the students' examples also)
With the ice-breaker facts still on the board I would go over them all, 1 at a time. "So, my name is William Blake. What is your name?" Ask a few students and then get them to move around the room asking everybody. A couple of demonstrations and on to the next question.. "My birthday is 28th August. When is your birthday?" rinse and repeat.
Hand out worksheets that closely resemble application forms (work it so that your facts that you boarded in the ice breaker are the same as what will be on the forms). Put them into pairs and have them ask their partner and fill out the application form. BUT tell them they are not allowed to give real information... let them mix it up a bit. Fictional or celebrities are all good and will add a bit of humour when they present.
Get each pair to present.
What's for lunch?
I do pity such workers though. One minute they're trying to understand some Glaswegian coal miner, then it's a Tasmanian wailing, then a Texan y'alling, then a Liverpudlian talking throught their nostrils...
All impatient and ignorant.
Must be better ways for them to earn 8,000b a month.
Unless of course they're bribing/extorting them on land deals and building permits and the such.
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