I’ll be starting my own class tomorrow for Bangkok Post employees and I’ll be trying some of the things I posted to the site, plus some things that are not on the site.
Listening is important to our employees who often have difficulty understanding English spoken by native speakers at normal speed. Each week, we’ll be doing a lot of listening, some from lessons on the site and some from other sites that I’ve found.
As a fun introduction, I’ll use the Annoying Orange lesson from the day we launched the site. http://bit.ly/aUC0Wt The dislogue is spoken very quickly but it is easy and fun to understand. I may have some of the students try a bit of the dialogue between Orange and Apple.
I’ll also use the southern dialect story featured on the site today. http://bit.ly/cJhu2L Then for a big change, I’ll use a short interview from London that I found on Youtube. http://youtu.be/0VIzQEBVmNI
Actually, I’ll just use the first segment of it tomorrow. I used the website keepvid.com to download the video and then edited it down to a single segment since the students will likely find it difficult to understand. Fortunately, the young man doing the interview has provided a transcript and the language itself is not difficult.
Many of our employees deal with outside clients, so conveying and reporting information is important. During our two months term I’ll be doing as much of the phonetic alphabet as I can, applying it to vocabulary we learn and also working with word and sentence stress.
In Malaysia my students could pronounce virtually any word in an English dictionary after we had finished with my short phonetics course. I’m hoping for similar results here.
For reporting information, we’ll be practicing indirect speech tomorrow. For that I’ll be using the three Film and Annie stories I suggested using last week. http://bit.ly/bKdwWC . As preparation, I’ll begin with some basic material from this website: http://www.english-for-students.com/DirecttoIndirectSpeech.html . Then we’ll try out a few sentences I collected from the Bangkok Post website, going from direct to indirect speech:
1. Roberto Mancini after his Man City team beat Chelsea
"Chelsea are still the best team in the Premier League and probably they will still win the title."
2. Nong Diew
" I like reading the Ramayana. I have read it several times. It is so enjoyable."
3. Siamseng Saetia, a 57-year-old grocery shop owner who found explosive that later exploded in Rama 3 area.
''I have no idea how that box was placed near my house. I have no enemies and have never had any trouble with anyone,'' she said.
4. Dr Nantapat Supapannachart on a new method of getting rid of fat
"The results will be visible in two to four months."
5. Arsene Wenger after his Arsenal team lost to West Brom:
"We were poor, we deserved to lose the game. We made mistake after mistake defensively."
6. Napasanun Possavong, a young woman from a rich family who has become a social worker talking about her life when she was younger:
"I partied every night. I would go out with my friends, go for after-parties, and it was dawn by the time I came home.
7. Dr Yupares Nimkarn, a dentest
"He (her husband) asked me if I wanted to live 'comfortably' or not.".
More on what her husband said:
"Opening a small clinic is nothing but hard work. I'd have to handle everything, from clients to accounting by myself. "
I’ll let you know how things work out.