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Marina & Jan Groppe: Some Soft Skills Make the Difference

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Marina & Jan Groppe: Some Soft Skills Make the Difference

  1. 1. Some Soft Skills Make the Difference & Help Students Succeed In the Global Business & Working Environment ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid
  2. 2. Let’s Go Beyond… The traditional Role of the Teacher: 1.Transfer your Knowledge 2. Facilitate the Learning Process ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 2
  3. 3. Let’s Add a Little EXTRA… Soft Skills = Skills for SUCCESS ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid
  4. 4. Definitions Collins Dictionary “Soft Skills are desirable qualities for certain forms of employment that do not depend on aquired knowledge; they include common sense, the ability to deal with people, and a positive flexible attitude.” ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 4
  5. 5. Definitions Wikipedia “Soft Skills is a combination of people skills, social skills, communication skills, character traits, career attribute, social intelligence and emotional intelligence quotients among others that enable people to navigate their environment, work well with others, perform well and achieve their goals with complementing Hard Skills.” ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 5
  6. 6. ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 6
  7. 7. GROPPE- School of English Case Study ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 7 Small Private School in Mexico Anniversary 35 200 part time students 12 part time teachers
  8. 8. GROPPE- School of English Case Study Student Profile: 50 % grad students from PUBLIC Universities. 50 % work for international companies. (Automotive, Home Appliances, Food Processing Plants) ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 8
  9. 9. GROPPE- School of English Case Study 4 Things in Common: Overload of HARD Skills. Appaling lack of SOFT Skills. Lack of experience. Speaking English is NOT one of their great illusions in life: ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 9
  10. 10. GROPPE- School of English Case Study Speaking English is just a Tool for Profesional success. ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 10
  11. 11. GROPPE- School of English Case Study What motivates our sudents ? Professional success !! Make enough money Gain financial independence Overcome Economic Shortcomings ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 11
  12. 12. GROPPE- School of English Case Study Students are SHORT on 4 Sub - Soft Skills: RESPONSIBILITY Time Management Commitment to Doing your Best Money Management Constancy ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 12
  13. 13. GROPPE- School of English Case Study 3 Questions: 1. How could our students possibly succeed with deficiencies in the most BASIC areas of Life ? 2. What could we do ? 3. How could we help them ? 1 Answer: Outside the Box – Outside Teaching English ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 13
  14. 14. GROPPE- School of English Case Study $$ Incentive Program – Financial Rewards $$ Punctuality - Arrive On Time …..TIME MANAGEMENT Top Grades - Be the Best………..…...RESPONSIBILITY Advanced Payments ……….…MONEY MANAGEMENT Perseverance………………………………...CONSTANCY (Finish What you Started) ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 14
  15. 15. GROPPE- School of English Case Study Good Results After 2 years: Punctuality Bonus: 10 – 35 % Top Grade Bonus: 12 – 25 % Advanced Payment Bonus: 15 – 35 % Perseverance: 6.5 – 8.75 (of our 20 level program) ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 15
  16. 16. GROPPE- School of English Case Study Imagine If promoting only 4 Soft Skills OUTSIDE the classroom Can make a difference in students’ lives….... …… how much more can be achieved by integrating Soft Skills INSIDE the classroom ?? ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 16
  17. 17. Teachers who CARE Embedding SOFT SKILLS is about Empowering Motivating Mentoring Inspiring and…………….. Building Trust ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 17
  18. 18. Teachers who CARE Embedding SOFT SKILLS is about EMPATHY - Teacher builds an emotional relationship Teacher BELIEVES in his students Teacher CARES about what will become of their lives Teacher is COMMITTED to students’ success Students feel VALUED and APPRECIATED ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 18
  19. 19. 5 Reasons for SOFT SKILLS ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 19
  20. 20. 5 Reasons for SOFT SKILLS 1. BOOSTING CONFIDENCE Empowerment Belief in Yourself ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 20
  21. 21. 5 Reasons for SOFT SKILLS 2. CONNECTING successfully. SOFT SKILLS help students not just INTERACT but really CONNECT with other people. ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 21
  22. 22. 5 Reasons for SOFT SKILLS 3. REDEFINING our Role Transferring Knowledge 4 Skills – Voc, Grammar, Pronunciation ……………………………………………………………………………. Facilitating in an organized easy way ……………………………………………………………………………. Empowering Yes You can ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 22
  23. 23. 5 Reasons for SOFT SKILLS 3. REDEFINING our Role GAME CHANGER: Digital Technology Extra Classroom Time = marvelous opportunity provide ADDED VALUE complement HARD SKILLS with SOFT SKILLS enhance student’s chances to SUCCEED. ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 23
  24. 24. 5 Reasons for SOFT SKILLS 4. INVESTING in the Future Long term investment of our TIME & RESOURCES NO money down Technology CANNOT get the job done Humans still have the “Competitive Edge”. ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 24
  25. 25. 5 Reasons for SOFT SKILLS 5. Building Trust A complete Set of HARD & SOFT SKILLS boils down to 1 thing: TRUST Students feel empowered Students believe in themselves The world around them starts believing. ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 25
  26. 26. 5 Reasons for SOFT SKILLS 5. Building TRUST No matter, how many certificates, titles and work experience we have. Trust determines: IF our boss gives us a major responsibility / a promotion ……..OR NOT. ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 26
  27. 27. 5 Reasons for SOFT SKILLS 5. Building TRUST No matter, how qualified we are Trust determines: IF we are invited to the Inner Circle of Management ……..OR NOT ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 27
  28. 28. 5. Building TRUST No matter, how good the numbers look Trust determines: IF we do business together……..OR NOT ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid.org 28 5 Reasons for SOFT SKILLS
  29. 29. 5. Building TRUST No matter, how promising the Business Project looks Trust determines: IF an investor decides to put his / her money into our Business Project……..OR NOT ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 29 5 Reasons for SOFT SKILLS
  30. 30. 5. Building Trust Trust is like the 4th Wheel of your car: Wheel # 1: Top Notch Education Wheel # 2: Great Work Experience Wheel # 3: Attractive Personality ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 30 5 Reasons for SOFT SKILLS
  31. 31. 5. Building Trust We also need Wheel # 4: TRUST For our car to go far and fast ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 31 5 Reasons for SOFT SKILLS
  32. 32. 5. Building Trust Leads to a world of Open doors Opportunities Profesional success ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 32 5 Reasons for SOFT SKILLS
  33. 33. Outlook BLENDED Learning Soft Skills & Digital Technology ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 33
  34. 34. 3 Soft Skills for your class 1. Communicative Competence 2. Responsibility 3. Interpersonal Intelligence ©Eaquals 17 Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 www.eaquals.org 34
  35. 35. 1. Communicative Competence A) Language Skills Input – Output Activities Summarizing Video Documentaries Paraphrasing Written Articles Essay / Article Writing E-mail Writing ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 www.eaquals.org 35
  36. 36. 1. Communicative Competence B) Individual Presentations Plant Tours Process Description City Tours ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 36
  37. 37. 1. Communicative Competence C) Debates / Discussions Hot Topics Expressing points of view International Issues Negotiating Listening Giving arguments ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 37
  38. 38. 2. Responsibility / Professionalism A) Reliability: B) Discipline: ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 38 Teamwork assignment, Deadline, Teamleader in charge. Time Management Punctuality Bonus Homework / Task Submission Class events, organized & controlled by students
  39. 39. 2. Responsibility / Professionalism C) Honesty / Ethics: ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 39 Debates about issues where honesty and ethics are at stake. Decision making tasks.
  40. 40. 3. Interpersonal Intelligence A) Empathy & Friendliness ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 40 Research assignments about other cultures: History Customs etc.
  41. 41. 3. Interpersonal Intelligence B) Respect C) Patience D) Social Agility ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 41 *Debates *Roleplays *Texts about practical advice Interactive Dynamics
  42. 42. Teachers who CARE “The best teachers are not only instructors but mentors and guides who raise their students’ confidence, help them find a sense of direction and purpose and empower them to believe in themselves” Ken Robinson: Creative Schools ©Eaquals Eaquals International Conference | Madrid | 11-13 April 2019 #eaquals19madrid 42
  43. 43. Thank you very much !! Marina Groppe marina@gentegroppe.com Jan Groppe jan@gentegroppe.com ©Eaquals www.eaquals.org 43

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