It’s pretty similar to last week. Some quite well produced videos, and then pronunciation and language work.
Outcomes for week 2:
- identify possible cross-cultural issues and misunderstandings in communication,
- pronounce some challenging English sounds, and
- use some basic Business English vocabulary.
The first is pretty challenging – I’d say first year university level, or perhaps upper secondary. The second and third are general second language needs. is there a mismatch between the two?
Part 1 looks at Hofstede’s theory (link) and Culture, Leadership, and Organizations: The GLOBE Study of 62 Societies, by Robert J. House of the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania (2004).
All interesting stuff which I wish I had more time to digest. There is an attempt to use the discussions in a more productive way – linking to the videos and theories.
The pronunciation videos are fine, although I had problems identifying the /ð/ and /d/ sounds. The recording, or I was not paying attention, or just me?
The vocabulary – a little repetitive. Not really related to the videos.
The final quiz – still challenging, especially when it is about the theories. I scored 24/30.
Some of the incorrect ones:
6. Which one of the following words is not commonly used in a phrase with the word capitalization?
increased, market, improve? I chose ‘increased and it is incorrect.
7. Which of the following words are commonly used in a phrase with the word outstanding? (Multiple answers possible.)
achievements, amount, payments, balance? I chose ‘amount’ and ‘payments’. Perhaps also ‘achievements’?
The other questions I got wrong were about the theories.
I can see where the course is coming from, and now it is trying to add some meaty theory. But, is there a mismatch with the pronunciation and language work? Will there be two different markets / users, those wanting the theory, and those wanting the language input?