There are many problems facing small to mid-size companies here in Japan. Which mean "Now is the Time" for these types of companies to seriously consider developing and executing a global strategy. As the population ages and fewer children are being born, the number of present and future potential clients are shrinking. Furthermore, as companies expand into the Japanese market and claim greater market share; growth becomes difficult.
The first steps to developing such global strategies are the acquisition of English language and communication, presentation and negotiation skills, as well as international and cultural understanding. These objectives are difficult to obtain without specialized and personalized training techniques.
GDI Communications, with or extensive teaching, training and coaching experience, is the best solution to realize your organizations growth in English and International Cultural Understanding. GDI Instructors are professional, supportive, knowledgeable and friendly and most of all fun, which makes for a great learning experience. GDI Instructors are backed by experienced and competent staff, who offer both support to our instructors, but also the organizations we work with.
Lesson Outline & Flow
GDI Communications' lesson plans consist of two main parts. The first part is required by all Instructors and includes Greetings, a Warm-Up Activity, GABBY and GAMBITS. The second half of the lesson is based on the text and/or topic the Instructor has prepared. The only time the lesson plan changes is for the first lesson, where the Instructor provides an Orientation about the class.
As previously stated, from the second lesson, a standard procedure and structure are always followed. The purpose of this is to keep consistency from week to week and also help students feel confident about personal preparation and participate in the class. The following is how each lesson will 'FLOW', with a short explanation of each section.
|GR - GREETING||1-2 Minute Greeting + How are you, etc.|
|WA - WARM UP||Quiz, News article, Memory activity, etc.|
|GA - GABBY||Useful Phrases and Expressions|
|G - GAMBIT||Useful Phrases and Expressions Related to Class topic|
|D - DISCUSSION||Related to Main Topic of the Class|
|GP -GRAMMAR POINT||Possibly one Grammar Point per Class|
|CS - COMMUNICATION SKILL||Communicative Activity Related to Class Topic|
|BS - BUSINESS SKILL||Business Skill Training Related to Class Topic|
|V - VOCABULARY||New Vocabulary, Pronumciation and Similar / Opposite|
|I - IDIOMS||Possibly One Idiom will be Taught per Class|
|HW - HOMEWORK||Homework Assignment for the Week|
|HWC - HOMEWORK CHECK||Check Previous Week's Homework|
|CA - CLOSING ACTIVITY||Light, Amusing Activity to End the Class|
GDI Proficiency Communication Level Testing
At GDI we strongly believe in the importance of accurately assessing individual's language and communication capabilities at different stages of all training. When starting a new training or course, all students are required to take the GDI speaking and writing level checks, to clearly understand communication skillsets and to allow us to accurately set key objectives and prepare suitable curriculum.
Follow-up and periodic testing is highly recommended and often implemented into training schedules, depending upon the length and objectives in the specific training.
Below is the scoring grid and level definitions which we use at GDI Communications.
|10||Superior||Equivalent to University Masters Degree / MBA / PhD Graduate|
|9||Advanced||HA||950 - 990||115 - 120||7.5||95 - 100||C3|
|8||MA||900 - 950||110 - 115||7||90 - 95||C2|
|7||LA||800 - 899||98 - 109||6.5||75 - 89||C1|
|6||Intermediate||HI||700 - 799||87 - 97||6||60 - 74||B2+|
|5||MI||600 - 699||57 - 86||5.5||40 - 59||B2|
|4||LI||500 - 599||-||5||20 - 39||B1+|
|3||Novice||HN||400 - 499||-||4||6 - 19||B1|
|2||MN||250 - 399||-||3||0 - 5||A2|
|1||LN||100 - 249||-||1 - 2||-||A1|
Proficiency Assessment Levels
Superior Level & Functions - Level 10
- Equivalent level to University Masters Degree / MBA / PHD Graduate.
- Can handle all Advanced, Intermediate and Novice Functions.
- Hypothesize, state and support opinions about business/academic issues (philosophy, management, ect.)
- Discuss abstract topics.
- Handle linguistically unfamiliar situations
Advanced Level & Functions - Level 7 / 8 / 9
- Equivalent level to University Graduate Degree.
- Can handle all Intermediate and Novice Functions.
- Talk about all aspects of business in al time aspects.
- Is able to make comparisons between companies and products at paragraph lengths.
- Can handle most situations in business / non environments with minor complication.
Intermediate Level & Functions - Level 4 / 5 / 6
- Equivalent level to High School Graduate.
- Can handle all Novice Functions and more.
- Can introduce self, order meals, give and receive directions, and make purchases.
- Can create with the language: describe and ask for about merchandise, physical conditions and physical symptoms.
- Can describe travel experiences, recreational activities, accidents, emergencies and various occupations.
- Can state personal opinions about people, places, and things.
- Is able to ask and answer questions, respond to simple statements and maintain simple face-to-face conversations.
- Can make, accept and refuse invitations to business / non related meals or a party.
- Transportation - can make reservations; travel through an airport, train station or other transportation areas.
- Is able to conduct a formal and informal business meetings, make business meeting arrangements.
- Able to conduct business over the telephone with no major difficulties.
- Can give a brief presentation about company activities, products and / or services.
- Can make a more detailed presentation about specific areas in company. Example: sales / design / production / etc.
- Can demonstrate flexibility in a range of situations and circumstances beyond immediate survival skills and needs.
- Can effectively use idioms and proverbs.
Novice Level & Functions - Level 1 / 2 / 3
- Can give a basic introduction and talk about basic information.
- Can give basic courtesies, greetings, and thank yous.
- Can name and identify currency, time and calendar functions, basic objects, colors, numbers, countries, and nationalities.
- Can use limited memorized material in simple statement or question forms.
- Can express belonging to an organization, family or institution.
- Can ask a number of questions and make statements involving learning materials.
- Can express agreement / disagreement, likes / dislikes at basic levels