Business Spanish: Week 11
It's so hard to believe that we're already in Week 11 of the semester. On our campus, classes last for 14 1/2 weeks, so now that we're in November there truly is not much time left. As always, I both wish for more time (to do more with the students) and for it to come to its timely conclusion (I can feel that we're all in a slump).
Here are my plans for this week.
Lunes: Una vista panorámica del Perú y de Bolivia (Capítulo 9, Éxito comercial)
We´re still on Chapter 9 of Éxito comercial this week, and today we´re focusing on sections focusing on the countries of Peru and Bolivia. This is how I will use our 50 minutes together.
First, I will put students in six pairs (or groups of three) and give them an assignment.
- Find, analyze and describe one Peruvian business in the tourism sector.
- Find, analyze and describe one Peruvian business in the mining sector.
- Find, analyze and describe one Peruvian business in the petroleum sector.
- Research and inform yourself about some ideas about tourism and indigenous communities. Use this blog post as a starting point.
- Research and inform yourself about some ideas about mining and indigenous communities. Use this blog post as a starting point as well as this piece of natural resources and indigenous people´s rights.
- Research and inform yourself about some ideas about the petroleum sector and indigenous communities. Use this blog post as a starting point and then skim the entire blog Cultural Survival.org to formulate some ideas about global indigenous values, struggles and environmental issues.
Then I will put groups 1 and 4 together, 2 and 5, 3 and 6. The first group will present what they found. The second group will present what they found. Together, they should do a critique of the business, trying to see it from an indigenous person´s perspective.
Miércoles: Minicaso práctico
This minicaso práctico (pp. 320-21) is a little different than the others. Actually, the follow-up questions are the part that is different. Everyone has to do a good job preparing in order for the analysis to flow.
With the leftover time, I will put students into three teams, and they will begin to outline a message to one of the three alums that they chose to invite to Skype into our class or to interview in some way.
- All students must read this post: 5 Tips For Writing The Perfect Networking Email.
- One student in the group reads "How to Write a Cold Email that Will Land You a Job."
- One reads "How To Get Important People to Respond to Your Emails."
- One reads "Do Women Undermine Themselves with Punctuation???!!!:)"
They need to have an outline by the end of class.
Viernes: Taller de asesoría
I think I will have to dedicate this session to teamwork. To collaboration. To critique. To editing.
And then I want to talk to them about the necessity of creating a series of posts about one event (or class, in our case) because people need to see things several times before they will take action.
Finally, I want them to work on crafting specific, useful calls to action.