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The location for this series of English workshops is at the new SPACES office centre, Plaza de Villasis, 2, in the heart of Seville. This new office and co-sharing concept is modern, versatile and efficient. So this series of English workshops are designed to blend in with SPACES and serve their clients and partners. 

Each Workshop is 60 minutes and consisting of listening comprehension by watching 5 to 10 minutes of video, business vocabulary based on current business topics and speaking practice to answer questions and use vocabulary in different contents. 

Using Ted talks and video are a fantastic way to improve your listening comprehension, practice listening to different English accents, vocabulary building for the real world and improving your pronunciation.

Here’s how to use video effectively.

1. Go through the English language transcript of the video and identify the difficult vocabulary.

Look up the new words and understand them in context.

 

2. Listen to a short 5 minute video (or part of a video) just in English with no subtitles. Try to understand as much as possible.

At the end, try to mark your listening comprehension with a %. Did you understand 60%, or 80% or the talk?

 

3. Listen again to just the first 5 minutes but with English subtitles. Listen and read to the speakers words and focus on the global meaning, their way of speaking and pronunciation.

At the end, try to mark your listening comprehension with a %. How much did your listening comprehension improve from the first listening? Try to identify where you had difficulties from the fist listening. Was is the speed, the pronunciation, the accent or the vocabulary?

Workshop 1: How a handful of tech companies control a billion of minds

Date: Tuesday 3rd March, 2020

  • Language level: Intermediate; Upper intermediate
  • Learner type: Adults; Business
  • Time: 60 minutes 
  • Activity: Speaking; Listening; Vocabulary focus
  • Topic: Technology and social influence 
  • Language: Business language and general English associated with technology, social media and time management
  • Materials: Click her for Video, Worksheet & Transcript

 

Video Introduction

A handful of people working at a handful of tech companies steer the thoughts of billions of people every day, says design thinker Tristan Harris. From Facebook notifications to YouTube autoplays, they’re all competing for one thing: your attention. Harris shares how these companies prey on our psychology for their own profit and calls for a design renaissance in which our tech instead encourages us to live out the timeline we want

Workshop 2: This is what makes employees happy at work

Date: Tuesday 10th March, 2020

  • Language level: Intermediate; Upper intermediate
  • Learner type: Adults; Business
  • Time: 60 minutes 
  • Activity: Speaking; Listening; Vocabulary focus
  • Topic: Technology and social influence 
  • Language: Business language, human resources, workplace happiness
  • Materials: Click here for Video, Worksheet & Transcript

 

Video introduction

There are three billion working people on this planet, and only 40 percent of them report being happy at work. Michael C. Bush shares his insights into what makes workers unhappy — and how companies can benefit their bottom lines by fostering satisfaction.

Workshop 3: The single biggest reason why start ups succeed 

Date: Tuesday 17th March, 2020

  • Language level: Intermediate; Upper intermediate
  • Learner type: Adults; Business
  • Time: 60 minutes 
  • Activity: Speaking; Listening; Vocabulary focus
  • Topic: Technology and social influence 
  • Language: Business language, start-ups, entrepreneur 
  • Materials: Video; Worksheet

 

why startups succeed

Video Introduction

Bill Gross has founded a lot of start-ups, and incubated many others — and he got curious about why some succeeded and others failed. So he gathered data from hundreds of companies, his own and other people’s, and ranked each company on five key factors. He found one factor that stands out from the others — and surprised even him.