Archive | October, 2013

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 (  ) 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!!!!!!!!

COMPETENCE 1: Company Tour (including small talk)

16 Oct


Preparation Lessons: Wed 30th Oct  &  Wed 6th Nov

In these classes, I will give you a selection of meeting situations to choose from. These lessons will be “workshops” where I will help all pairs with ideas (if needed) and also help to improve your Company Tour for appropriate Business Language and correct English.
HAND-IN DEADLINE: Friday 8th November, 23:00 – Hand in video recording of Company Tour AND written transcription


Group of 2 people

Record a video of your group welcoming a visitor to your company and giving a tour (including small talk).

You are being assessed on…
1. Appropriate Business Language (pages 6 to 22 in your textbook and all class photocopies/activities)
2. Correct English (grammar and clear pronunciation)

Video Length: Minimum 4 minutes – Maximum 8 minutes

Together the group writes ONE complete transcription of what was said in your video.

You should NOT read from a script (guion) while you are doing the tour. If you read from a script you will NOT PASS the evaluation. You can use notes to help you remember what to say, but it is obvious when someone is reading from a script or when they are speaking naturally.



– DEADLINE: Friday 8th November, 23:00

It is possible to book a room to make your recording by speaking to the secretaries. Also, you can lend recording equipment from the secretaries’ office, but if you want, you can use a mobile phone if the sound quality is good enough (see below).

Advice/Suggestion  –  Before you record your video, first make a 30 second test video. Make sure that you can HEAR both people speaking. If you cannot hear someone, you will not be able to write the transcription properly. Also, I will not be able to make an evaluation for that person.

The visual quality does NOT have to be like Hollywood!!! The important thing is the sound! You can move the camera around if you need to, it does not have to stay in a fixed point.

Everyone in your group must speak and contribute to the recording. If only one person speaks, then only that person will receive an evaluation mark. Both partners should speak around 50% of the time.
The video must be uploaded to Youtube and you must email the link to me.
There are 3 “settings” on Youtube when you upload a video: Public / Private / Unlisted. Select “Unlisted” for your video. This means that nobody will be able to find your video to view it…. but after you send me the link, I will be able to see it to make the evaluation.
After I have confirmed your evaluation mark, you can delete the video from YouTube.
Send the link of your video to me at



– DEADLINE: Friday 8th November, 23:00

After you have recorded your video, your group must write a complete transcription of the meeting.

You must send the transcription to me in WORD, or GOOGLE DRIVE.

I suggest that you use Google Drive because it is excellent for sharing/collaborating (between the members of your group) AND when you are working on a document it automatically saves what you write, so you can NOT lose what you have written because you forgot to press ‘save’.

Here is an example of the format of the transcription. FOLLOW THIS FORMATTING STYLE WITH YOUR GROUP’S TRANSCRIPTION.

To be fair to all members of the group, I suggest that you share the writing of the transcription equally. For example, one person could transcribe 0:00 to 3:00, the other person writes out 3:00 to 6:00. I also recommend that both people read what the other person has written to help each other correct mistakes.



If you need help with any part of the evaluation, DO NOT WAIT – contact me before it is too late.



You need to arrange this yourselves. Then you must write a comment below BEFORE Wednesday 23rd Oct stating the full name of BOTH members of your group.


If someone in a team fails this activity, he/ she has a second opportunity to get a pass.
1) If there is more than one student in that situation, you can arrange a new team and give them a new situation to record a new company tour.

2) Another alternative could be to re-record the company tour again with their original partner (the one that passed), but the other student will not be assessed again.

Homework Wednesday 9th Oct

9 Oct

DEADLINE – Monday 14th October, 10 pm

Go to this SMALL TALK blog and answer Question 2 of the “Questions for Comments Section” on THAT blogpage (Do not write your answer here).

You only have to give ONE new Small Talk answer, so try to make it perfect! 🙂


Classwork (without Teacher) Wednesday 02 October

2 Oct

Exercise 1:

Textbooks page 9 – Practse Roleplay (in pairs)

Exercise 2:

In the comments section below (on this page) answer the following…

Write a “small talk” question that you could ask when you are visiting a company (in a foreign country) and talking to somebody new for the first time.

A question about…
1. the weather
2. sport
3. food
4. tourism
5. work hours & annual holidays


1.How was the weather in Zurich when you left?
It’s hot today, isn’t it?
2. Which is the most famous football team in this city?
Which team do you support?
3.What type of food is popular here in the Basque country?
Does the Basque country have the best food in the world?
4. Is there a good museum in the city I should visit?
Do many tourists come here?
5. What time do you start work?
How many days holiday do you have every year?