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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.


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  bbrennan@mondragon.edu



– 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. bbrennan@mondragon.edu



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.