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4th-Nov-2010 11:30 pm
Hi folks,

Advice solicited on teaching advanced English classes. Material, lesson plans, and links welcome. The students are young, 25-30, graphic designers, programmers, creative dept. at an internet marketing firm. They are very advanced and sometimes correct me. They say they want to learn professional and conversational English. I want to respect the professional part, but also respect that the class is the last thing they do at work on a Friday.

On another note, does your English sometimes get buried while talking to students or non-native speakers, and what do you do about it?
5th-Nov-2010 01:08 pm (UTC)
What do you mean by "your English sometimes gets buried"?
5th-Nov-2010 08:38 pm (UTC)
it gets buried under the Spanish that I shouldn't speak in class, and-or gets buried in an inaccessible "other" place ... you see, when I can't remember something in English, I can remember the Spanish even less. There's the recall and

I hope you don't mind that I added you. If you write a lot, I may not be able to keep up, but I can attempt. Me late Valparaìso tambien, and me late the -azos. That's not very Rio de Plata though, is it?

Recently, a friend of mine told me her pants had suffered "what is crudely referrered to as a butonazo"!!!
6th-Nov-2010 08:31 am (UTC)
I live in a transandino limbo, language-wise. I'm also moderately bi-coastal.

What happens to me is that I have internalized Spanish structures so much that some sound fine even when used in English.

Or I hyper-correct, for example saying you can't say "You have.. you have" instead of "There is/are" when describing things, when there are cases where that's perfectly acceptable..
5th-Nov-2010 01:55 pm (UTC)
http://english-lesson-plan.com/ - awesome English plans to fit your purpose.
5th-Nov-2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
Don't know what you mean by "buried" either.

In-company work, especially with such advanced students, should really be tailored to their needs and not taken from generic materials. It's hard to give any advice without knowing more about your students. Have you done a needs analysis with them?

Find out what they need to do better at work and outside work. Which skill(s) do they prioritise? Do they need to speak? Write? Read? Listen?

Once this is identified, what genres do they need to work within? What registers? If they identify speaking as a key skill, do they need to present? Socialise? Make phone calls? Respond more naturally to colleagues? Speak in jargon to other creatives or explain to laymen?

Ask your students to bring in reading or listening texts that interest them, or that they have struggled to understand in their working life. If they are technical and you are not experienced in the field, have them explain them. Use this to generate discussion. Use them as models for student-generated texts.
6th-Nov-2010 01:03 am (UTC)
Listening or reading lesson plans on topics of interest or current events.

A topic that I've wanted to teach but my class isn't advanced enough is the use of passive voice to avoid responsibility.

6th-Nov-2010 02:09 pm (UTC)
Have you used the Breaking News English site yet? I know an ESL teacher who uses this site to teach English to his Korean colleagues.

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