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  • Hello and welcome to the orientation class of the resident English sessions. My name is Peter Mangiaracina and I am a psychologist from New York City. I have been teaching English for 25 years. More importantly, and strangely enough, I have been teaching doctors in the Canary Islands to SPEAK English for more than 13 years. I will try not to take up too much of your time today. I would only like to introduce myself and the design of this English project we will be doing over the next months, starting in September. I would also like to give you an idea of how I teach and some tips on how to improve your English. This course can only be successful if you participate. This presentation was designed so you can stop me at any time and ask questions, so ask and don’t be shy; however, you must speak only English here. Please do not address the class or me in Spanish. You are here to practice , and your mistakes in English are just as important as when you speak well. Ergo, in order to participate in this class you must have at least an intermediate level of English speaking and comprehension. I will try to provide as many written materials as possible, but you should have at least intermediate level communication skills.
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    • 1. Resident English Sessions Orientation
    • 2. Organization
      • Residents divided into ten groups
      • Everyone meets once per month
      • Each group prepares one presentation and one patient care dialog
      • First day: G1 presents and G2 performs patient dialog
    • 3. Monthly sessions All residents Presentation Patient Care Dialog Work In groups During month Work In groups During month Present Perform
    • 4. Presentation
      • 3-5 slides / 5 minutes
      • Question and Answer Period
      • Video feedback and comments
    • 5. Patient Care Dialog
      • Scripted
      • 5 minutes
      • Explores doctor-patient relationship
    • 6.
      • Presentations will be recorded on video and played back for comments and corrections
      Feedback
    • 7. Working Outside Class
        • Decide on topic - Should be of general interest.
        • Divide responsibilities
        • Plan to meet several times during the month.
        • At every stage keep in mind Q&A and run drills
        • Document everything
    • 8. Tips for a cognitive approach to speaking English
    • 9. Grammar is Evil
    • 10. Use Inherent Skills
      • Observe
        • Listen
        • Watch
      • Imitate
        • Speak
        • Repeat
      • Recognize Patterns
        • Vocabulary substitution
    • 11. Use Functions
      • What’s a nice girl like you doing in a place like this?
    • 12. Use Humor
      • Laughter lubricates learning
    • 13. Don’t Call attention to Your Mistakes I’m sorry for my bad English
    • 14. Keep it SIMPLE
      • The simple man comes home and asks, “What’s for dinner?” The complicated man comes home and asks “What is the meaning of life?” The wise man comes home and asks, “What’s for dinner?”
    • 15. Control the Situation
      • If you can ask the question, you are ready for the answer.
    • 16. Develop a sense of the ridiculous
      • Speaking a foreign language is the perfect opportunity to feel like an idiot and have everyone think you are.
    • 17. Contact Email: [email_address] Web: http://www.i-claudius.com/residents

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