jueves, 30 de mayo de 2013



This is one of the lessons of a great series of English Teaching Lesson Tutorials developed by UNAD students in teaching degree; the idea with this kind of tutorials is to show how teachers develop language acquisition in students; how to develop cooperative learning and how to include ICT in our teaching.

The blog provides resources in every approach; we work in speaking, listening, reading and writing trough flashcards, practical exercises, and communication strategies that help the student in comprehension skills for real life situations in a natural context.

ICT is very important, we provide audio, video, online research and internet tools as social networks, email, etc., to be sure of our students understanding, this space is also created to share and interact, as teachers, to improve our methodologies and results.


TOPIC:                      FIRST DAY AT WORK
TARGET:                  B1 – INTERMEDIATE LEVEL


·         Students will learn to use language as a means of expression
·         Students will use language as a means of expressing values and judgments.
·         Students will learn to express the functions that best meet their own communication needs.

Sequence of activity: 

1.    Prepare a Narrative that reflect natural use of language
2.     Require meaningful use of language
3.    Require the use of communication strategies
4.    Seek to link language use to context

Fluency Tasks:

At first, the teacher will read the Narrative to the students; everyone has a copy of the writing.
After that the students will carry out a role play.  In groups, students now try to create the dialog using language items of their choice. They are asked to recreate what happened preserving the meaning but not necessarily the exact language. They later act out their dialogs in front of the class.

Accuracy Tasks:

  • ·         Students are practicing dialogues; the class is organized in groups of three; two students practicing the dialog, and the third playing the role of monitor.
  • ·         The monitor checks that the others are using the correct intonation pattern and corrects them where necessary.
  • ·         The teacher moves around listening to the groups and correcting their language when necessary.
  • ·         The accuracy activities are important to support fluency activities.

Follow up:

ü  We continue with a series of Comprehension activities.
ü  Put in order
ü  Matching
ü  Fill in the blanks.

Hands on activity

§  Show around
§  Follow
§  Open-door policy
§  Drop off
§  Handle
§  Treat
§  Reasonable
§  Last, but not least
§  Fill out
§  Cubicle



    The idea of this resource is to give examples to the students what´s the topic about and how to hadle it in real life situations, then they are going to be conected with the reading with a deeper understanding

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First day at work: (Reading)

Julian Antonio:  José David, My name is Julian Antonio. Mrs. Yamile asked me to show you around.

José David: It´s nice to meet you.

Julian Antonio:  Follow me. I´ll start the tour at the front desk. This is where we meet customers when they come to the office.

José David: It´s nice area customers probably like it.

Julian Antonio:  Mrs. Yamile´s office is by the window. You can ask her questions any time.

José David: It´s nice to have a boss with an open door policy.

Julian Antonio:  Yes, It´s great. To the left is the Human Resources Department. You can drop off your contract and other employment papers there later.

José David: How should I ask for in HR?

Julián Antonio: Ask for Luz Carime. She handles all of the new employees. Just past HR is the cafeteria. If you have time this week, I´ll treat you to lunch and introduce you to the other representatives.

José David: I´d like that. Is the food good there?

Julian Antonio: It´s pretty good and reasonable too. Next, this hallway is where you can find the bathrooms and the meeting rooms.

José David: What meetings are held there?

Julian Antonio: We have our weekly sales meeting there.

José David: This is a big office.

Julian Antonio: It´s big, but we´re almost done. Last, but not least, here is the sales division. There are fourteen of us that share this space, but we each have our own cubicle.

José David: Sounds great.

Julian Antonio: Well, José David, it was nice meeting you. I´ll leave you at your desk. The papers you need to fill out for Human Resources are on your desk.

José David: Thanks for the tour, Julian Antonio.  J

Comprehension activities

1.    Where did José David start the tour of the office?

A.   at the front desk.
B.   at the cafeteria.
C.   at the sales division
D.   at Mrs. Yamile´s office

2.    Which department does José David see in order to drop off his employment papers?

A.   Marketing Department
B.   Finance and Accounting Department
C.   Human Resources Department
D.   People Resources Department

    3. The food is good and reasonable at the cafeteria.
                       TRUE   _____             FALSE  ______

3.    What types of meetings are held in the meeting rooms?

A.   weekly sales meeting
B.   office parties
C.   weekly marketing meetings
D.   monthly sales meetings.

4.    How many people are there in the sales division?
A.   12.
B.   10.
C.   15.
D.   14.

Put in order

The teacher takes the dialogue and divides it into several sections (or as many sections as there are students in the class). Each student gets one section of the story.  Students must then move around the class and by listening to each section read aloud, decide where in the story their section belongs.  Eventually the students have to put the entire story together in the correct sequence.

Task completion activities

We can do puzzles, games, map-reading, and other kinds of classroom tasks in which the focus is on using one’s language resources to complete a task.

1.    José David was excited about his new office. He had a ________ in the corner with a desk and chair.
A.   Place.       B. Cubicle.         C. Cube.      D. Square
2.    Yamile promised to have an _________ so her employees can ask her questions at any time.
A.   Open door policy.  B. Open box policy.  C. Open office policy.  D. Open window policy.

3.    He had to _______ his contract with the human resources department because it handles all the employment paperwork.
A.   Drop on.     B. Drop down.     C. Drop out.      D. Drop off

4.    Luz Carime ________ all the incoming phone calls from customers.
A. Picks        B. Handles.          C. Hands.        D. Carries

5.    Julian Antonio always ________ his best customers to lunch.
A.   Offers.      B. Treasures.      C. Treats.       D. Gifts.

6.    Luz A´s salary wasn´t high so she was happy that the cafeteria prices were___________
A.   Expensive.       B. Provided.       C. Reported.      D. Reasonable

7.    A lot of jobs require you to ________ a job application.
A.   Fill up.       B. Fill over.        C. Fill down.        D. Fill out

8.    Santiago__________ the teacher to the office
A.   Jumped.       B. Went.        C. Dropped off.        D. Followed

9.    And ____________ I would like to show you our coffee room, where we meet for lunch every day.
A.   Last, but not least.   B. Least, but not last.    C. Last but not more.    D. Final, but not least.

10. It was nice to __________ the new person because I remember how hard it is to be the newest employee!.
A.   Take around.   B. Show around.   C. Show off.   D. Show down.


1.  .Show around                  A. To give a tour
2. Follow                               B. To pay for someone
3. Open door policy             C. To walk behind someone
4. Drop off                             D. To complete a document
5. Handle                               E. The idea that you can ask your boss questions at any time.                                                6. Treat                                  F. Not expensive
7.  Reasonable                     G. To leave something
8. Last, but not least             H. The final thing, but not the least  important thing
 9. Fill out                                I. To manage; to be responsible for.
10.     Cubicle                          J. A small space in an office with a  desk and a computer.  


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