Another area that it can be useful to focus on is thinking about different kinds of grammatical tenses and how we use them in English to speak about certain situations. For example, all three of these tenses are usually used for making detailed and specific plans:

Future Perfect Tense: ‘I will have finished the report by 10:00pm on Tuesday.’

Future Continuous Tense: ‘I will be working on the report for the next two days.’

Future Perfect Continuous Tense: ‘Next month, I will have been working on this project for a year.’

Other examples of key language can include phrases about how certain you are that something will happen:

  • I am certain that…
  • I am quite sure that…
  • It will probably…
  • It may not…
  • I do not think it is possible that…

Finally, tenses to make reports sound more formal such as the passive voice, or different reporting verbs to make your sentences clearer and more accurate are also useful:

  • ‘The reports will have been completed by the end of the month.’
  • ‘The report suggests/claims/mentions/illustrates/describes the….

All of these are great examples of how focusing on practical English in the classroom can help learners to meet specific language goals.

Communicative Approach

It is very important to be in a class where the focus of the lessons are on speaking to lots of different people with a variety of different backgrounds to you, so that it will feel a lot more natural when you have to collaborate with people from different majors or departments at your school or work.

During the lesson, if students only speak with their teacher and get used to this kind of interaction, then it is often more difficult for them when they are outside the classroom and have to interact with a variety of different people and accents.

Studying in a classroom where you are encouraged to work with as many other students as possible by checking answers together, engaging in group work, conducting research, and solving problems together is an excellent way to prepare you for the real world.

Task-Based Learning

Often, students in lessons learn a lot of different phrases and language, but do not have the chance to use them in a realistic, practical situation. Task-based learning is one way that educators have found to help fill in this gap in experience. This is done by including a final task in the lesson that allows learners to use the language in authentic, real world activities such as making a plan to open a coffee shop, or taking part in a meeting of department heads to decide on a business plan.

Writing Lessons

A great deal of the work for planning and carrying out projects is written, as reports and plans need to be made and presented to others. Not only is it important to learn how to use the vocabulary and grammar accurately, but also what style to use in different situations.

It is key to practice features of formal writing such as appropriate language, effectively using paragraphs, and general structure of different kinds of writing. All these features are key to making your reports professional and easy to read and understand.

Learner Independence

Possibly one of the most important skills that a student can have is to be able to continue their learning and practice their language skills without a teacher. Having teachers who focus on promoting independent learning skills such as different ways of recording and remembering vocabulary, can only be a benefit to learners who are hoping to acquire skills that will help them work with others and collaborate on projects throughout their careers.

Our Changing World

We are all aware that many areas of education and business are increasingly moving online, and that the direction things are developing involves a lot more virtual collaboration. Having the experience and skills that come with taking online lessons which practice communicating about issues with different stakeholders and clients who are located in different physical areas.  

How MyClass can help?

Here are some good examples of MyClass lessons that demonstrate many of the qualities above and would be useful for any students who are looking to practice their skills related to planning and carrying out projects:

  • Topic 1: Structuring a report
  • Topic 2: Clear and effective presentations
  • Topic 3: Reaching targets and achieving goals
  • Topic 4: Discussing a project
  • Topic 5: Handle meetings with confidence (W)
  • And more…

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