HOMEWORK: Describe a graph – Deadline Saturday 21st Dec

17 Dec

Hi GADE 1,

How can I describe a graph for IELTS and Business English?As you should know by now, you have to include at least 1 graph in your group video for Evaluation 2: Presentation about a company or country.

Here is your homework, which will help you get better at describing graphs.



DEADLINE SAT 21.12.13 at 11pm

1. Go to this blog post on my London school site.

2. Watch the video

3. Read the vocabulary for graphs (below the video)

4. Write your description (minimum 40 words) of the 5th graph (yes, that’s the last graph in the video) in the Google+ comments section at the bottom of THAT same page. (DO NOT WRITE YOUR COMMENT HERE)

NOTE: To write your G+ comment, all you have to do is sign into your mondragon.edu account first.
That is a gmail/google account and it will write your full name for you. All you have to do is WRITE YOUR COMMENT (min 40 words) describing the last graph in the video (Mp3 players sold v songs downloaded).


Evaluation 2: Group Presentation – Deadline 16.02.14

2 Dec


DEADLINE: Sunday 16th February at 11pm

Work handed in after the deadline will NOT be marked.

This deadline seems to be a long time in the future. Do not be fooled by the date. There are the Xmas holidays and also January exams beforehand. Additionally, this evaluation requires a lot of preparation work, so DO NOT wait until the last few days to try to complete it.

In groups of 4, you will make a recorded presentation about a country (the business related aspects) or a company. You also need to write a transcription of the recording.

You can choose the people that you work with. You must let me know in a comment below who are the members of your group. Do this by Wednesday, 4th Dec at 10pm.



Every member of your group needs to speak for around 3 minutes minimum. So, with a group of 4 people, that means that your presentation needs to be at least 12 mins long.

As with Evaluation 1, the video must be uploaded to YouTube and you have to send me the link BEFORE the deadline.

Make sure you do a small test video before you record your whole evaluation.

When you are speaking you MUST be viewable in the video. You are NOT ALLOWED to read from a script! If you read from a script you will NOT PASS the evaluation.



The transcription of what your group says must be handed in before the deadline. If you do not hand in the transcription, you will NOT pass.



Your theme can be either…

1. A company
2. A country (the business related aspects)



The objective of this evaluation is to try to copy the effective and entertaining presenting style of Steve Jobs, whilst also using the business English from your textbook pages 55 to 94. This must be done using your English language skills, which means that you CAN NOT READ FROM A SCRIPT….. OK, I think everyone understands this thing about the script now, right? 🙂



Write the names of the four members of your group in the comments section below. Please include name and surname.



In the class time before the deadline, we will have some workshops, where I will help you with your English, just as we did with the first evaluation.

‘HELP’ WORKSHOPS: Wednesday 5th Feb, Friday 7th, Wednesday 12th

HOMEWORK – Comment about Steve Jobs Presentation video

15 Nov

DEADLINE: Tuesday 19th November 11pm

Steve jobs Presentation skills videoGo to this blogpost about Steve Jobs’ presentation secrets.

Write a comment there in the Google+ section – NOT HERE!!!
To use the Google+ comment section, you must be signed in to your ______._______@alumni.mondragon.edu gmail account.

You can NOT comment here – you don’t even know what the question is, do you?

Go to the bottom of THAT blogpost (not THIS one) and you will see the question written in BLUE

Minimum word count – 40 words
Here is the link again…

COMPETENCE 2: class 1, homework & info

8 Nov

In this post…
1. Class video
2. Homework
3. Mini Presentations
4. Class Rules Reminder
5. Evaluation 1 Final Reminder



Summary of Steve Jobs’ presentation skills



Textbook: pg 56 – Read the article on good presentations



Now that we are back into normal lessons (not workshops), we will return to having mini 4-5min individual presentations. You must complete one of these before the end of the year if you want a good mark for your 10% for “attitude in class & towards learning”.
 The next people on the list are…


Also, because we have finished with the workshops now, the CLASS RULES are in effect.

I do not want to have to ban someone from lessons and report that to Joseba. But if your behaviour impedes my teaching or other people’s learning, I WILL throw you out!

So, if you choose to attend class, please follow the class rules at all times.



The deadline for Evaluation 1: The Company Tour is…

Monday 11th November, 11pm

All youtube video links and transcriptions MUST be sent to me BY EMAIL before that time.
Any work submitted after this extended deadline will NOT be marked!


1 Nov


I have decided to extend the hand-in deadline for Competence 1 – The Company Tour from Friday 8th to Monday 11th November at 11pm.

Due to the student strike (la huelga), plus two national holidays, there have been 3 lessons (4hours) missed. It is obvious to me after the first workshop (Wed 29th), that lots of people still need much more preparation for the evaluation.

Next Wednesday’s class (6th November) will be a workshop (not a normal lesson) where I can help anyone with any aspect of their preparation (e.g. correcting sentences, helping with ideas).

After that workshop, there are 5 more days (Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon) to complete the video and transcription.



I strongly suggest that you follow this guide when planning and recording your tour.

1. WELCOME – introducing to each other, take your coat, coffee etc
2. SMALL TALK – trip, flight, hotel, weather
3. TOUR – a little bit about the company – other person asks questions. Little bit about the other company – other person asks questions
4. SMALL TALK – activities in the town/city – restaurant, recommendations etc



Remember that you can NOT read from a script while you are recording. The competence is to ‘be able to welcome and introduce a visitor to your company’ – this is an oral activity. Reading from a script does not demonstrate that you have this competence. You can use notes to help you remember what to say, if you need them.

‘Not using a script’ was already clearly stated in the blog which gave the details of this evaluation.

HOMEWORK Summary – Wed 16th & Fri 18th

18 Oct



Read these class rules and comment with your agreement. Instructions are in the blogpost.
DEADLINE: Sunday night (20th Oct) at 11pm



Comment in this blog to tell me who is your group (2 people) for the Company Tour evaluation.
DEADLINE: Tuesday night (22nd Oct) at midnight


Learn the phrases in the Language Checklist on pg 21 of your textbook. You need to use them in your evaluation!

If you do not have a textbook yet, I left photocopies of pg 21 at the front of the classroom on Friday morning.

BTW (By the way = A proposito), today was the last day that I will give out photocopies. You need a textbook, or at least, photocopies of pages 9 – 22.


HOMEWORK: Read Class Rules and Comment

16 Oct

HOMEWORK is at the bottom of the page. DEADLINE: Sunday 20th, 11pm.
Now there is no minimum attendance level (before it was 80% to pass the course), so if you choose to come to class, these are the 3 basic rules below. If you can not follow these rules, do not come to class.


Lessons are for practising and improving English. If you are not going to to speak English and you are going to speak Basque/Spanish do NOT come to class. It’s completely obvious, but also easy to forget, that you can only improve your English when you speak in English.

So, even when you check your answers with the person sitting next to you, speak English. You are a perfect Spanish speaker already. You do not need to practise Spanish/Basque. However, EVERYONE in the class needs to improve their English level… by practising.

When I am speaking, pay attention. Too much time is being wasted while I wait for people to stop talking. Mondragon is not a high school – it is a university! Some students definitely need to ‘cambiar el chip’.

Also, when someone is making a presentation, have some respect and listen to what they are saying. Do not talk to the person next to you or use your mobile phone. When you do the difficult task of standing in front of everybody, you will want people to pay attention to you.

Everyone needs to practise their English. You will not improve if you do not take part in class activities. If one day you are tired, bored or just don’t feel like doing English, do not come to class. Students need to be actively involved in the class to have a good atmosphere. I do not want to FORCE you to speak English. It is very difficult for the people who DO want to work to complete an activity if the other people in their group are not committed to the task.

If you want to sit at the back of the class and not participate, I would prefer it if you did not come to class. There is no minimum attendance to pass the course!
If you break the rules (above) you will be banned from coming to the following class.
Joseba Goikoetxea will be informed of this and it will also affect your final mark relating to ‘attitude / class participation’


The dates for evaluation of the 4 competencies will be shown in the GADE calendar. All details of assessment tasks will be clearly written in this Mondragon WordPress blog.

It is your responsibility to read these details (and for all homework tasks) if you do not come to class. You must complete each evaluation before or on the date of the deadline (regardless of whether you come to class or not). Assignments handed in after the deadline will not be marked.
The minimum language level required for the competencies is CEFR B1.

If you have a problem or you need help with improving your English, do not wait – contact me by email ( bbrennan@mondragon.edu  ) or come to see me in the staffroom. I am in the staffroom before and after your Wednesday lesson and on Fridays from 9am – 1pm
If I do not see you in class again, good luck with your GADE course.

HOMEWORK: DEADLINE – Sunday 20th, 11pm.

You must comment below. In your comment, please write (or copy/paste)….

I understand and agree with all the class rules above.
If you do not understand or agree with rules, come and speak to me!
Thank you,
Just to add to “Have Respect” above, Joseba Goikoetxea sent this email to everybody in GADE 1 this week…

Vuelvo, por segunda vez, y espero que por última a tratar el tema del alumnado RUIDOSO de GADE 1.

He vuelto a recibir quejas de gente. Gente que está disgustada, muy disgustada diría yo, de como estamos gestionando (este año y ya van unos cuantos en 1º) todo este tema.

Estamos en una universidad, no en un centro de bachiller, y debemos de evitar estas actitudes desde ya. No vale el cuento de “nos vamos a callar, porque la gente se está quejando”. Con esto, lo único que estamos haciendo es poner a cierta gente interesada en estudiar en el disparadero, presentarles como chivos expiatorios ante el resto, y lo que es peor, darles mayor poder a los que les interesa un comino la clase.

Mandamos a callar a la gente, porque a clase se va a adquirir competencias. La persona que no este interesada, que se quede en la calle o que se le mande, pero por que así debe ser, no porque haya gente quejándose.

Perdonarme si estoy siendo demasiado duro, pero duro me resulta tambien, después de todo el trabajo realizado en la captación del alumnado, que por cuestiones que podemos atajar desde ya, la gente (y muy interesada) se encuentre a disgusto desde el principio.

Espero que tomemos cartas en el asunto, y TODOS!!!!!!!!