AiMS English in the Workplace module is a comprehensive course for adult and young adult students of English. It teaches all four language skills — listening, speaking, reading and writing — with an emphasis on oral communication. This course combines a strong grammar base with in-depth coverage of language function and life skill.
Teaches Grammar Inductively
The basic structures are introduce in context through illustrated situations and dialogues. Students use the structures in talking about the situations and re-enacting the dialogues. They encounter each structure in a variety of contexts, including practice exercises, pair work activities, and readings. This repeated exposure enables students to make reliable and useful generalizations about the language. They develop a “language sense” — feeling for words — that carries cover into their daily use of English.
Includes Language Functions
In every chapter from beginning through advances levels. Guided conversations, discussions, and role plays provide varied opportunities to practice asking for and giving information, expressing likes and dislikes agreeing and disagreeing, and so on.
Develops Life Skills in the Areas Most Important to Student
Food, clothing, transportation, work, housing,and health care. Everyday life situations provide contexts for learning basic competencies: asking directions, taking a bus, buying food, shopping for clothes, and so on. Students progress from simpler tasks, such as describing occupations at the beginning level., to interviewing for jobs and discussing problems at work at more advanced levels.
Incorporates Problem Solving and Critical Thinking in Many of the Lessons
Especially at the intermediate and advanced levels. The stories in this lesson present a cast of colorful characters who get involved in all kinds of life problems, ranging from personal relationships to work-related issues to politics. Students develop critical thinking skills as they discuss these problems, give their opinions and try to find solutions. These discussions also provide many opportunities for students to talk about their own lives.
Provide Extensive Practice in Listening Comprehension Through Illustrated Situations
Students are asked to describe each illustration in their own words before listening to the accompanying story (which appears on the reverse side of the page). Then they answer questions based on the story, while looking at the illustration. The students respond to what they ee and hear without referring to text just a in actual conversation.
Offers Students Frequent Opportunities for Personal Expression
The emphasis throughout the lesson is on communication — encouraging students to use the language to express their own ideas and feelings.