Needs analysis and brainstorming

International Express Elementary Third Edition Unit 1

Interview each other in pairs and write information below (as key words, not sentences). 

Name (of the person answering the questions)
Job/ Job title

 

Things you do at work/ Activities/ Duties/ Responsibilities

 

 

 

Things you do at work in English

 

 

 

Education (exams/ tests/ qualifications, places you have studied, English self-study, etc)

 

 

 

Hobbies/ Free time

 

 

 

 

Places (workplace, hometown, present home, travel, etc)

 

 

 

 

Other languages

 

 

 

Strong points in English/ Parts of English which are easier for you

 

 

 

 

Weak points in English/ Parts of English which are more difficult for you

 

 

 

 

Future (English language learning goals/ aims/ targets/ priorities, travel, ambitions, etc)

 

 

 

 

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(Mixed) suggested questions

Questions which are also good when meeting someone for the first time

  • Can I ask your name?/ Can I check your name?
  • Do you (usually/ often/ sometimes) have to… (in English)?
  • Do you have any hobbies?/ What do you like doing in your free time?
  • Do you have any plans to take an exam/ travel abroad/…?
  • Do you like…?/ Do you enjoy…?/ How do you feel about…?
  • Do you speak any other languages?/ Can you speak…?
  • Do you travel for your job?
  • Do you use English at work?
  • Do you write…?
  • Do you…?
  • Have you ever been to…?
  • Have you ever studied…?
  • Have you ever taken a language exam/ TOEIC/ Eiken/…?
  • Have you ever…?
  • How do you relax?/ What do you do to relax?
  • How do you spell your (first/ given/ family/ last) name?
  • How often do you… (in English)?/ Do you often…?
  • Is it hard for you to…?
  • What brings you here?
  • What (languages) did you study at (elementary/ high) school/ at…?
  • What do you (usually) do at the weekend?
  • What do you (usually) do on your (summer) vacations/ (summer) holidays?
  • What do you (usually) do on your days off?
  • What do you do?
  • What does your division/ department/ section/ team do?
  • What exactly do you do?/ What are your duties?/ What are your responsibilities?/ What does your job involve?
  • When did you start studying English/ that job/…?/ How long have you…?
  • Where are you based?/ Where do you work?/ Do you work near here?
  • Where are you from?/ Where do you come from?
  • Where did you…?
  • Where do you live?/ Do you live near here?
  • Which division/ department/ section/ team do you work in?
  • Who do you work for?
  • Would you like to go to/ study/ visit/ work as…?

Other needs analysis questions for English classes

  • What are your strong points/ weak points (in English)?/ What’s the most difficult/ easier thing about English (for you)?

Ask about any questions which you can’t understand or don’t know how to answer, then answer any questions which you didn’t during the interview.

Match the questions to the sections in the needs analysis form, answering the questions each time.

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Brainstorming stage

Spend five minutes writing as much vocabulary below as you can. Examples are given in each section. You will only get points for things other teams don’t write, so try to think of something that others might not know or might not think of.

Names of jobs/ Job titles

data entry clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things people do at work/ Activities at work/ Duties/ Responsibilities

visit clients

 

 

 

 

Education (exams/ tests/ qualifications, places people study, self-study)

high school

shadow reading

 

 

 

 

 

Hobbies/ Free time activities

jogging

 

 

 

 

 

Countries

France

 

 

 

 

 

Languages

Mongolian

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parts of English (to be studied/ priorities/ which are weak or strong points)

pronunciation

skimming

 

 

 

 

 

Good (small talk) questions the first time you meet someone

What do you do?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read out one thing above which you think no other groups have written (or isn’t on your teacher’s list). If it’s correct and you are the only one who wrote it, you get a point.

Say anything you wrote which is not below. If it is correct and no other team wrote it, then you get a point. Other ways of saying those things and small variations are also fine.

Names of jobs/ Job titles

architect

CEO

director

engineer

head of sales

manager

PA

photographer

receptionist

researcher

sales rep

technician

Things people do at work/ Activities at work/ Duties

attend meetings

check…

design…

do overtime/ work late

give presentations

make phone calls

meet…

prepare…

send emails

train…

write reports

Education (exams/ tests/ qualifications, places people study, self-study)

cram school

elementary school/ primary school

language school/ conversation school

nursery school/ kindergarten

TOEIC

university

Hobbies/ Free time activities

collecting…

cooking

doing exercise

doing sport

eating out

going out

going shopping

going swimming

going to the beach

listening to music

playing tennis

playing the saxophone

playing with my children

relaxing/ chilling out

staying at home

taking photos

walking/ hiking/ trekking

watching TV

Countries

Belgium

Chile

Cuba

Egypt

India

Jamaica

Jordan

New Zealand

South Africa

Switzerland

Taiwan

The UAE

The UK

Ukraine

The USA

Languages

Arabic

(Mandarin) Chinese

English

French

German

Hindi

Italian

Polish

Portuguese

Russian

Spanish

Swedish

Parts of English (to be studied/ priorities/ which are weak or strong points)

fluency

functional language/ everyday English

grammar

intonation

listening

phrases

reading

speaking

vocabulary

writing

Good (small talk) questions the first time you meet someone

(see suggested questions above)

Brainstorm more things not above, with one point for anything others don’t write.

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