3. Your real-world turn

When seeing the title of this exercise, you’re probably wondering what this lesson is about. Real-world refers to your everyday environment outside of this course, EO, or any other class. It refers to your workplace, your home, your neighbourhood, a shopping mall, and the street.

So, in real-world situations, where do you find feedback? The teacher is not there, so how can YOU tell that you’re doing well?

The answer: by watching other people’s reactions, by being observant, by noticing how the real-world responds to you.

Activity

Objective: to self-assess your performance in a speaking situation

two people talking

  1. Prepare for a conversation with someone. For example, read a news article or watch the news.
  2. Look up unfamiliar words. Do some additional research on the topic so you know as much as possible about it.
  3. Start a conversation about the topic with a neighbour or a colleague at work.
  4. Observe, listen, and analyze:
  • Watch the person’s body language: What is their face telling you? Are they following you? Are they confused?
  • Did they ask you to repeat?
  • Did they give you an answer that did not match your question?
  • Did they try to change the subject?

 

After the conversation

Analyze how the conversation went. Did any of the suggestions above happened? Do you remember what you said when someone asked you to repeat? This is most probably the area you need to work on. This gives you ideas for your future goals and an action plan.

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