Instructor: Dr Algirdas Makarevicius
Students: Intermediate level
Number of hours: 3 academic hours
Language, Communication and Traveling
1. The teacher introduces herself/himself.
2. Brief introduction to the course.
3. A short lecture covering the following topics.
How is English important for traveling, communication and business?
What is ‘speaking’ and how to learn to speak efficiently?
What are the differences between ‘public speaking’ and ‘face-to-face
Language, information, knowledge, creativity, thinking and communication.
Basic secrets of learning a foreign language quickly and well.
To learn a word in
a foreign language means to know how to
Understand (recognize when it is written)
Understand (when it is pronounced in different situations)
many of its meanings.
Types of words in a foreign language we know
and we don’t know:
(unknown to us).
and Thought Processes.
We think in the language we use.
5. Hidden Aspects
Communication is far more than speech and writing. Most of us are unaware that we are communicating in many different
ways even when we are not speaking. We rarely learn about this mostly non-verbal communication in school even though
it is very important for effective interaction with others.
Paralanguage is the language of
6. Getting to know each other better: introductions. Introduce yourself to your friends.
Tell the following facts about yourself:
name: Chinese name in Chinese; English name (if
you have it)
hometown, family, friends
the school or university in which you studied
in the past
major subjects you studied and degree achieved
present job and profession (or school, if you
study at present)
hobbies and interests
future plans: study, travel, marry, have children,
start a business, find a better job, emigrate to a foreign country, find a boyfriend/girlfriend, etc.
7. Tell your partner (a person who is sitting next to you) about yourself
before you ask each of these questions.
- What name do your family and close friends call you?
- What is your birthplace?
- What languages do you speak?
- What do you say to people who ask, "Tell me, what kind of work do you do?"
- What do you like to do more than anything else in the world?
- What three adjectives other people might use to describe your personality?
- What was the happiest year of your life?
- Where did you spend your best vacation?
- What's your favorite sport?
- What is your favorite food?
- Talk about some of your interests, hobbies and favorite pastimes.
- Describe the kinds of things you like to read for pleasure. Compare them to the materials you must read for work or
- Describe the social and professional activities that give you the most opportunity to speak English.
- What languages do you speak or are you studying?
- Describe how, where, why, and from whom you learned English.
- What version of English (British, Canadian, Australian or American) were you taught?
- Have all of your teachers been native-English speakers? Which versions of English did they speak?
- Can you distinguish the various regional and national accents of English speakers? Which versions of English did they
- How many opportunities do you have to speak English during a typical week?
- What aspects of the English language give you the most trouble: listening comprehension, speaking, learning
new words, understanding grammar, or writing?
- On what aspect of English would you most like to concentrate in your sessions with your partner?
- How quickly do you want to improve your English?
- What level of fluency are you aiming for?
- Have you ever had a friendship with someone who spoke a different language? What language(s) did you use to communicate?
How did it affect your relationship?
- Which language do you think is the most difficult to learn? Why?
- Are some languages more beautiful to listen to than others? If so which? Are there any languages that you really don't
like the sound of? Why?
- Why do you want to improve your English?
- How is your personality different when you speak another language? For example, are you more or less outgoing?
- What's the best way to learn a language?
- Do you like to listen to music in other languages? Do you make an effort to understand the words?
- How often to you read in another language? What kinds of things do you read? Why?
8. Talking about traveling.
Use the following key words:
world atlas, equator, capital city, multicultural
city, flag, hemisphere, national park, rain forest, continent, ocean, desert, mountain peak, earthquake, volcano, volcanic
origin, arctic circle, glaciers, bay, gulf, Antarctica.
Answer and discuss the following questions about traveling. Speak
with your partner.
- What countries have you visited or lived in?
- Describe the best trip you ever
took. Where did you go? Who did you travel with? What did you do?
- Do you have any immediate plans
to travel or pursue an international career?
- Please name the continents of
- Please name famous cities and
countries of the world.
- What are the seven wanders of
- Which famous mountains, lakes,
rivers, and deserts do you know?
- Which country would you like
to visit first? Why?
- Describe the worst trip you ever took. Where did you go? What made it a bad trip?
- What three countries would you most like to visit? Why?
- When you were a child, did your family take trips? Would you always go to the same place or different
- Have you ever taken a package tour? If so, tell about this experience?
- Would you like to take a cruise? Why or why not?
- What type of accommodations do you usually stay in when you travel?
- Have you ever hitchhiked? If so, where were you and how was this experience?
- Where will you go on your next vacation?
- What three countries would you least like to visit? Why?
9. Names of countries.
Syria, Andorra, Austria, Australia, Monaco, Madagascar,
Tuvalu, Georgia, Jamaica, Finland, Bangladesh, Norway, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Nauru, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Latvia, Swaziland,
Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Burma, Panama, Bahrain, Brazil, South Africa, Barbados, Afghanistan, Canada, India, France, Bhutan,
Germany, Fiji, Denmark, Palau, Peru, Burma, Mexico, Rwanda, Portugal, China, Albania, Morocco, the United States of America
(= the USA), Liechtenstein, Poland, Bulgaria, Congo, Tajikistan, Kenya, the Netherlands, United Kingdom (=UK), Colombia, Ireland,
Iceland, Turkey, Cyprus, Greece, Armenia, Barbados, Nicaragua, Samoa, Estonia, Uzbekistan, Belarus, Ukraine, Botswana, Papua
New Guinea, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, El Salvador, Laos, Yugoslavia, Grenada, Macedonia, Croatia, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand,
Haiti, Kuwait, Ethiopia, Qatar, Vatican, Ecuador, Yemen, United Arab Emirates (=UAE), Tanzania, Macedonia, Egypt, Japan, Tonga,
Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Romania, Vietnam, Thailand, Zambia, Kiribati, Holland, Chile, Bolivia, Philippines, Cuba, Eritrea, Nigeria,
Niger, Korea, Indonesia, Moldova, Argentina, Russia, Sweden, Israel, Malaysia.
10. Answer the following questions.
Which is the smallest country according to its
Which is the largest country according to its
Please sort out the above countries according
9. What are the wonders of the world?