In the ever-changing world of modern business English training, trainers are under increasing pressure to move away from ‘vanilla’ skills or technical focused lessons and into more realistic simulations, roleplays and interactions using authentic materials. While by no means dead, course books themselves are undergoing massive change and in many cases are of limited use in some courses.
Clearly, as trainers we can’t all be expected to simultaneously be experts in automotive engineering, finance, and health insurance and while assigning a trainer with relevant experience to a course is always desirable, it’s not always practical or achievable.
So what’s the answer? In this workshop we will look at how we can use our own students as sources of authentic materials and build dynamic, unique lessons from them. We’ll look far beyond simple ‘please bring in an email’ lessons and instead at how to conduct a useful needs analysis and ensure that we follow-through on meeting our students’ requirements – whatever industry they work in.
The aim of the workshop is to provide attendees with flexible, powerful, simple activities that they can leverage in any class to create industry-specific, useful lessons for their participants.
Michael Mould has worked as a full-time English trainer in Munich for nearly ten years. He has been heavily involved in learning material development including online resources for much of this time. A big believer in modernising the way English is taught, he has always placed a heavy emphasis on moving away from ‘photocopier-based training’ and focusing instead on dynamic, student-specific course content. He also enjoys working in trainer development and runs trainer webinars and workshops several times a year.