Τρίτη, 15 Οκτωβρίου 2019

Celebrating gratitude

What is your favourite traditional holiday? What purpose did it first serve? How does it make you feel?
Imagine your partner is a non-native visitor and asks you about it. Discuss.

What do you know about Thanksgiving?
Read here and do the activity

What is YOUR favourite recipe? Share with the group!


What is your favourite traditional holiday? What purpose did it first serve? How does it make you feel?
Imagine your partner is a non-native visitor and asks you about it. Discuss.

What do you know about Thanksgiving?
Read here and do the activity

What is YOUR favourite recipe? Share with the group!


Τρίτη, 8 Οκτωβρίου 2019

Do you have a meeting? Walk!

Have you ever counted how long you sit during the day? Milofer Merchant has! And she offers an alternative to conducting your meetings sitting down.

If you sit on your _________ all day you get to suffer.
What do you think can be the consequenses of sitting too long?

Write a habits that you would like to change. Exchange papers with a partner and ask him for three possible  options.

Do you agree? What expressions can you use?

Do you disagree? What expressions can you use?

PRACTICE Talking about the present 

Sort out your vocabulary

So, do you have a suggestion fot the company? Offer it now!


Πέμπτη, 20 Ιουνίου 2019

Innovation and technology

Engineer and biophysisist Hugh Herr rock climbing at Quincy Quarries, Boston USA
What problems do you think amputees might face in everyday life?
David Sengenh was able to solve a problem for amputees using technology. What was the problem as explained in the video?
How could technology also help in these areas: housing, access to information, transport
What kinds of skills do you think define the kind of person who finds solutions to problems?

Non-native English accents, like David's,  are now the norm rather than the exception. What can help you be more used to understanding them?
Did you find any aspect of his speech different than the English you're used to?
the pronounciation of some words?
The stress and rhythm of his speech?
Anything else?

Listen to the beginning of David's speech again. Underline below the parts that sound different from what you expected.

What does David say about...
his age during the war in Sierra Leone
people who had suffered amputation
the prosthetic limbs available in Sierra Leone
the  solution he produced (what/when/why)

What happened when? What was the chronological order of events? 
1. He got very positive feedback from a recent trial
2. They discussed solving the problem of painful sockets.
3. He produced the sockets with a 3D printer.
4. He met proffessor Hugh Herr.
5. He used medical technology to look at individual patients.

BrE and AmE
burned burnt
molding moulding
figure it out, work it out
custom , custom-made
modeling, modelling
wrapped up, concluded
manufacure, manufacture

How about innovations to help people with disabilities in everyday life
wheelchair ramps
adapted public transport
audio as well as visual signals on street crossings
braille in lifts and on cash machines

One thing that troubles me is that...
...is simply unacceptable to... in our age.
I don't know how...but I'd love to figure it out.


Τρίτη, 4 Ιουνίου 2019

The Failure Paradox

How far do you agree with the saying:
"Fail fast, fail often, fail forward"?

How far do our expectations of ourselves affect the way we respond to failure?

Here's what Dr Dweck discovered about minset.

How can these principles affect the work environment?


Write a proposal with suggestions  on how the business culture  can be positively affected by a growth mindset.

Τρίτη, 16 Απριλίου 2019

Dare to disagree

Margaret Heffernan - Dare to Disagree - TEDx

The former CEO of five businesses, Margaret Heffernan explores the all-too-human thought patterns — like conflict avoidance and selective blindness — that lead organizations and managers astray.

Heffernan began her career in television production, building a track record at the BBC before going on to run the film and television producer trade association IPPA. In the US, Heffernan became a serial entrepreneur and CEO in the wild early days of web business. She now blogs for the Huffington Post and BNET.com. Her latest book, Beyond Measure, a TED Books original, explores the small steps companies can make that lead to big changes in their culture.

Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers -- and how great research teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.

1. Can you name any famous people with a reputation for saying unexpected things?
2. Have you been in a situation where afterwards you regretted saying something or saying nothing?
3. Many people find it difficult to express their disagreement. Why do you think this is?

epidemiology, affluent, whistle-blower, crank, stand up to 

Why are the words in the following sentence underlined?
In Oxford in the 1950s there was a fantastic doctor who was very unusual, named Alice Steward.                                                                 


Τρίτη, 9 Απριλίου 2019


How do you get people – including yourself – to do what you want?! 
How do you react to other people's expectations...and yours from yourself?

Take the quiz  and find out  your inner ‘tendencies’. 

Read the characteristics of each tendency type in this article

Time for a song LYRICS


Τρίτη, 26 Μαρτίου 2019

Education vs work skills

How is education connected to workplace requirements?

Here's an interesting article.

How would you rate these skills for the workplace of the 21st century?

Watch this video and let's discuss

What do you think should be the decisive factor when deciding on school subjects?
This is what Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group thinks.


Τρίτη, 12 Μαρτίου 2019

Leonardo, the Startupper?

What do you know about Leonardo DaVinci?
Do you think he has impacted human history? If yes, how?

Taking into consideration  DaVinci's biography in the video and your personal knowledge, how is Da Vinci similar to a modern day startuper?

1. Look at Da Vinci's epigrams as seen in the current exhibition to honour the 500 years from his birth.
2. Each one will have a "secret epigrma" which he will have to connect to the startup ecosystem WITHOUT TELLING THE WORDS.
3. Group: guess which the epigram is and discuss

Τρίτη, 26 Φεβρουαρίου 2019

Back to the Future

Dell's founder, Michael Dell, has interesting information to share about how a company can grow.  Let's watch his interview and discuss the questions here

Michael's future and future tenses here!

Discover IT Vocabulary here

Now, imagine you are Dell's Training officer and you are planning a seminar. Look at this example of an email to the participants and find ways to improve it.

Time to sing! LYRICS