Lunch-time Conversation Sessions
This course format was designed for participants with a fairly high level in the target language (minimum intermediate, level 4) who want to practise, perfect or maintain their oral communication skills. It is sometimes difficult for people to attend language courses. This format meets their linguistic needs pleasurably and effectively.
Target Public :
CEOs, decision-makers, business executives and employees, Canadian civil servants working in federal and provincial government.
English (foreign-language), Chinese, Spanish, French (foreign-language), Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Vietnamese. Other languages on request.
Levels Offered :
- Level 4: intermediate – Objective : basic functional level
- Levels 5 and 6 : advanced intermediate/Advanced – Objective: advanced functional level/ bilingual
This approach encourages the use of the target language in an atmosphere that is both congenial and professional. Subjects raised during the meal are up to the participants. The aim is to encourage free and spontaneous language use. Throughout the meal, the consultant/instructor will offer corrections and suggestions, where appropriate.
Cross-cultural issues are always integrated into these lunch meetings to give participants the tools to understand cultural codes crucial to foreign-language acquisition.
Frequency of Lunch-time Conversation Sessions : For this format, 1 session a week of 1.5 hours’ duration is recommended. Other scheduling options are open for discussion.
Number of Meetings :
One cycle of at least 4 lunch-time conversation sessions is mandatory.
Lunch-hours, Monday to Friday. Considerable flexibility for selecting a convenient date on which to start a cycle of sessions.
Lunch-time conversation sessions will take place in a restaurant in downtown Montreal.
Steps and Follow-up :
Step 1 :
- A needs analysis and self-assessment by each participant
- A placement evaluation (oral test)
Step 2 :
- Discussion of the schedule and the frequency of the meal-sessions.
Step 3 :
- Start lunch-time conversation sessions
- A regular record of hours completed
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