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Unformatted text preview: LearnEnglish Professionals LEARNER CONTRACTS AUDIOSCRIPT Listen to a teacher and student discussing writing a learner contract. Optional exercise (The answers are at the bottom of the page). 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. The student is used to having a learner contract. The student f ound the work he did last year v ery interesting. The student estimates his level at Intermediate. The teacher agrees with the student’s estimation of his level. The student is studying business. The two objectives that will be put on this student’s contract are about using the telephone and writing emails. 7. The student will be working with an American company next semester. 8. The student can only spend an hour on his English this week because of another assignment. 9. The teacher says she will keep the learner contract with her. Teacher: OK. So hav e you got a piece of paper and a pen? You’ll need to take lots of notes bef ore typing up your final learner contract. Student: Yes. Teacher: Right, I want to explain a f ew things to you first bef ore you decide what your objectives are f or the course. Then we’ll check the contract to make sure the deadlines you’v e set f or achieving your objectives are realistic. Don’t f orget to bring it in each week as we’ll use it at the beginning of each lesson to help us decide what to concentrate on, and then at the end so you can choose what homework you want to do. Student: It sounds like lots of work to me. Teacher: Yes, well it is in the beginning because you probably aren’t used to being so responsible f or your own learning. But you’ll see af ter a f ew of lessons that you’ll be much more motivated because you’ll see that what we do in class is relevant to your own needs. Hav en’t you ev er thought that your teacher was teaching you something only because it’s in the textbook? Student: Yes, that’s true. I was only interested in half the things we learnt last year. Teacher: W ell maybe you’ll be more interested this year when you understand why you are doing something and how it’s relevant to what you want to learn. Student: Maybe! So what exactly do I write on my learner contract? Teacher: W ell it depends first on your lev el. It’s no good a beginner student saying he wants to be bilingual at the end of a three week course! W hat would you say your level of English is? Elementary, Intermediate, Adv anced? Student: I don’t know! I’m not a teacher! Teacher: I know that but just think a little about how much you know already. Do you think you could be bilingual by the end of the semester? Student: No! Teacher: OK then. So think again about your level. Student: I’m maybe an intermediate. www.br itishc ouncil.or g/pr of essionals.htm © The British Council, 2007 The United Kingdom’s in ternational orga nisation for educational opportunities and cu ltural relations. W e are registered in England as a charity. LearnEnglish Professionals LEARNER CONTRACTS AUDIOSCRIPT Teacher: Yes, I think you’re right. You’re also a business student so you could concentrate your objectives around gaining confidence talking on the telephone with a non­native speaker, or learning f ormula used in prof essional emails f or example. Student: OK. I can use those as my first two objectives! Teacher: Yes but are they really what you want and need to work on? Student: Yes, my internship next semester is with a Spanish/French company but they all speak in English. Teacher: Right well that’s a good start then. How quickly do you think you can learn how to write emails? Student: W ell, I could do that f or next week. Teacher: Really! How much time can you study English this week? Student: W ell, only an hour because I’v e got an essay to write f or my management class. Teacher: In that case I think you should be much more realistic with your target deadlines. Hav e a think about how much study time you have each week first. Answers: 1 F, 2 F, 3 T, 4 T, 5 T, 6 T, 7 F, 8 T, 9 F www.br itishc ouncil.or g/pr of essionals.htm © The British Council, 2007 The United Kingdom’s in ternational orga nisation for educational opportunities and cu ltural relations. W e are registered in England as a charity. ...
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