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Как быть успешным?

Конспект урока

Педагогика и дидактика

Have you made up your mind yet? Will you be so kind as to share your choices with us? (Students’ answers) Well, I see most of you are quite self-confident, and those who doubt a bit, don’t worry, be happy, I’m sure our today’s talk will blow over all your doubts.

Английский

2014-06-04

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Конкурсный открытый урок английского языка в 8 классе по теме «Как быть успешным?»

в рамках городского конкурса

«Панорама инновационных образовательных практик

“Академия урока”»

Н.Н. Короленя,

учитель английского языка высшей категории

ГУО «Гимназия №7 г. Минска»

     Все чаще на улицах нашего города можно услышать фразу: «Вы говорите по-английски?» Нас приглашают к общению, надеясь на положительный ответ. Но умеем ли мы общаться на иностранном языке, выразить себя, свои эмоции, чувства, свое отношение, поделиться необходимой информацией?

    Мы живем в едином глобальном и взаимозависимом мире, в котором владение иностранным языком становится одной из важнейших, ключевых компетенций современного человека, средством профессиональной реализации личности, условием ее успешности.

    Кроме того, знание иностранного языка на наших глазах из сугубо личной потребности вырастает до поистине государственных масштабов, становится национальным капиталом. Иностранный язык, интегрируясь с техническими науками и материальным производством, перерастает в непосредственную производительную силу.

      Неудивительно, что дидактической парадигмой на современном этапе общепризнано коммуникативное обучение, ориентированное на такую организацию образовательного процесса, которая воссоздает все необходимые условия реального общения средствами иностранного языка.

      Лозунг «Я общаюсь, значит, я учусь» в полной мере может быть отнесен к данному уроку, ибо это урок-общение, урок-размышление, урок-дискуссия.

      В соответствии с принципами коммуникативно-ориентированного обучения речевое общение на уроке будет осуществлялось посредством речевой деятельности через деятельностные задания на основе свободного общения и посредством организации и проведения коммуникативных и ролевых игр. Основной акцент делается на успешную коммуникацию, а не на абсолютно правильную в языковом отношении речь, хотя важность языкового аспекта речи не исключается.

В целом,  представляемый вашему вниманию урок, построен на ситуации свободного общения. Учащиеся получают возможность свободного выражения своих мыслей и чувств, мнение каждого участника общения не остается незамеченным, конечной целью такого общения является самовыражение личности, а иностранный язык выступает средством достижения этой цели.

Это сценарный урок, части которого логически подчинены рассматриваемой проблеме и ведут к ее решению. Структура такого урока при этом все же остается гибкой, так как учащимся предоставлена свобода выбора последовательности заданий, что, несомненно, мотивирует к общению, делает участников общения причастными к результату обсуждения. А так как данная проблема не имеет окончательного, единственно верного решения, то  каждый ученик будет решать ее для себя сам, открывая свои новые личностные смыслы, создавая образы себя, мира, своих действий и поступков в нем. Как говорил Галилео Галилей: «Вы ничему не можете научить человека. Вы можете только помочь ему открыть это в себе».

Урок общения всегда ориентирован на личность ученика, опирается на его жизненный опыт, мировоззрение, настроение, интересы и склонности, строится на уважении к личности. А учитель и ученики - равноправные  речевые партнеры: мнение ученика столь же уважаемо, как и мнение учителя.

Что может сделать общение, если оно подлинное? Немного, немало - создать человека. На наш взгляд особое внимание на уроке должно быть уделено духовности, сохранению и воспитанию вечных человеческих ценностей.

Проблема, вокруг которой концентрируется учебный материал урока - успешность личности, как быть успешным, затрагивает каждого из нас. Каждый человек проводит свою жизнь в поисках секретов успеха, которые могут определить его жизнь. «Пирамида моей жизни, основание которой было заложено еще до меня, должна подняться как можно выше», - говорил Иоганн Вольфганг Гете.

       Следуя словам Марины Цветаевой: «Успех - значит, успеть»,  хотелось бы помочь ученикам своевременно задуматься над этим вопросом, подвигнуть каждого из них на решение сыграть свою симфонию успеха, музыку души, быть услышанными и по достоинству оцененными в этом мире. Главное, для того чтобы добиться успеха, человеку не обязательно рождаться под счастливой звездой. Каждый человек по праву рождения может добиться успеха, если он захочет сам. А вывод, к которому учитель подводит ребят на уроке, заключен в словах Альберта Швейцера: «Успех не является ключом к счастью. Счастье - вот ключ к успеху. Если вы любите то, что делаете, вы будете успешным».

        Создавая свою формулу успеха, мы постараемся не забыть и о принципах, на которых был построен этот мир: любви к ближнему, милосердии, чистой совести.

Современный английский язык - это язык телекоммуникаций, сети Интернет. Информационно-коммуникационные технологии, которые использовались на уроке, призваны не только мотивировать учащихся к изучению английского языка, но и максимально приблизить общение на уроке к реальному, преодолеть языковые барьеры, расстояние и временные рамки, расширить образовательное пространство класса.

Весь урок сопровождается джазом - музыкой успешных людей, которые могут грустить, но никогда не поддаются отчаянью, а когда радуются, то щедро делятся этим прекрасным чувством со всем миром.

Данный урок без сомнения - результат совместного творчества учителя и учеников, влюбленных друг в друга.

Цели урока:

  1.  Образовательный аспект:

- Раскрыть составляющие успешности личности, опираясь на отношение учащихся к проблеме, их жизненный опыт.

- Повышать уровень коммуникативной компетенции учащихся.

- Развивать умения диалогической и монологической речи (умения формулировать и аргументировать свою точку зрения в процессе дискуссии).

- Совершенствовать навык планирования и организации учебной деятельности на уроке.

2. Развивающий аспект:

Создать условия для

- развития коммуникативных способностей учащихся,

- развития способности к критическому мышлению, анализу, синтезу, обобщению, выделению главного,

- развития творческой и познавательной активности учащихся в процессе индивидуальной и коллективной работы.

3. Воспитывающий аспект:

    Способствовать

- воспитанию активной, целеустремленной, творческой личности, стремящейся к осуществлению поставленных целей и достижению успеха в различных видах деятельности;

- формированию ценностного отношения к миру, толерантности к мнению других людей, опыта социального поведения;

- воспитанию патриотизма, пробудить желание быть полезным своей стране, нравственные чувства: уважение, любовь к людям.

Сценарий урока

I Warming Up

--Good afternoon, dear ladies and gentlemen! Delighted to see you! Welcome to our club of intellectuals “Wise-Wiser-the Wisest”! We start!   

How are you doing? What is the news?

(Students share the most significant events that happened to them with one another)

T--Wonderful!  Firstly, in order to be a success today we badly need to find out if we are in the right frame of mind for today’s discussion. You see cards with pairs of phrases in front of you. Read them and choose the one that corresponds to your today’s mood. If neither of them does, try to express it in your own way.

Phrases:

 1. The sky is the limit.                                      1. Easier said than done.

            2.  I’m ready to give a helping hand.                2. Who will help me?

            3. I prefer to stand out in a crowd.                    3. I’m like others.

            4.  It’s my turn!                                                 4. Why me?

            5. I can do it!                                                     5. I’d rather not do it.

            6. I dare to take a risk!                                      6.  It’s too risky!

            7. I’m a leader!                                                  7. Don’t ask me!

             8. The more difficult, the more interesting.     8.  It’s too difficult for me!

             9. I can make a difference!                               9.  It’s not in my line.

           10.  It’s up to me!                                              10. I don’t take responsibility for it!

            11. Everything is possible!                               11. I doubt a bit.

            12. I won’t let you down!                                 12. I’m a failure!

T--Have you made up your mind yet? Will you be so kind as to share your choices with us? (Students’ answers) Well, I see most of you are quite self-confident, and those who doubt a bit, don’t worry, be happy, I’m sure our today’s talk will blow over all your doubts. Ok? So, keep the phrases with you, we’ll need them soon.

II Famous and Successful

–Now, colleagues, look at the screen! There’re some portraits on it. Do you know who all these people are?

P--I’m not sure who is next to Marilyn Monroe.

T—Does anyone know?

P- It’s Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to set foot on top of Mount Everest.

P--Does anyone happen to know the name of the woman next to Napoleon?

P--I know. It’s Gabrielle Chanel, the French fashion designer. She created the little black dress, the perfect red lipstick and the world’s best- selling fragrance Chanel#5.

P--If I’m not mistaken it’s our famous countryman Tadeush Kostushko next to Thomas Edison.

T- Right you are.

- Which of these people in your view could have said the following: At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since?

P—It might be someone wealthy and ambitious. Is it Bill Gates?

T—I’m afraid, it is not.

P—Albert Einstein?

T---No, these are not his words.

P—I guess the words could have belonged to an eccentric person. I’d say, Salvador Dali.

T --Absolutely. You’ve guessed! And do you have any idea what the man talking to a little girl does?

P-- He might be a doctor.

 P-- A president.

P-- A writer.

P--  Could he be a teacher?

T–Yes, right. It’s a wonderful teacher Shalva Amonashvili  who is adored by his little students.

T--Now look again at the phrases you’ve chosen before and try to apply them to some facts you know about these people.

P—My phrase can be directly applied to Mother Theresa, who dedicated all her life to those who needed her help and support.

P—I believe to do something for the first time one needs not to be afraid to set difficult tasks in life. I speak about Yuri Gagarin or people who are inventors like Thomas Edison.

P—I think about Michael Jordan.  It’s not just his basketball skills that have made him popular; it’s his courage and determination to say I CAN DO IT! in spite of all failures he’s experienced in his life.

P—Definitely, Napoleon could have said: I’m a leader and achieved practically everything he had dreamed of.

P—It goes without saying such women as Marilyn Monroe and Princess Diana stood out in a crowd. Their talents and personalities were unique.

P—I like Michael Jackson’s songs. They really made a difference in this world.

T (addresses the phrase to the students who weren’t sure in their success in the lesson)

—Could your phrase be applied to any of these people?

P—I guess it’s natural to doubt before you start something unusual. What really matters is to get over it.

T—I absolutely agree with all of you.  It appears that you and they are similar-minded people. Amazing!

III T—Do you think all these people have something in common? OK, I’ll reveal my secret: if you guess it right, it’ll be the topic of our today’s discussion.

P—Well, all of them are famous.

P—They all made a big breakthrough in various fields.

P—They deserve admiration for their achievements.

P—They realized their talent, fulfilled their potential.

P—I think they are all out of the ordinary people.

P—They are rich.

P—I can’t agree. It seems to be not so important about them.

T—Do you have your own version?

P—They all made something outstanding what people greatly appreciate.

P-Probably, they were successful in their lives.

T—It’s absolutely true. These people probably knew or know the secrets of success. Let’s formulate the topic of our discussion.

 P--Success.

 P--Successful people.

 P—Secrets of success.

T---Good. Any other ideas?

 P--How to be successful.

T—Right you are. How to be successful. Would you like to be successful? Is the topic relevant? Or probably you’re too young or too old for it?

P—I think success is something we are all keen to have in our lives.

P---Each beautiful thing we see: a vase, a book, a painting or impressive music is somebody’s success.

P---People achieve success by various means. So it could be a good chance to figure out the shortest way to it.

IV Setting the objectives of the discussion

T— Good. As usual in the beginning we define our objectives. Ladies and gentleman, which aspects of the topic are essential for you? Curl yourselves up in circles of three and come up with your ideas. I need an assistant to put them into a chart:

P—What is success?

P--What part does luck play in success?

P--How should we measure success?

P--Is there any universal recipe for success?

P--Can money buy success?

P--What to do with success when you’re already on the top?

P--Are men and women equally successful in life?

P--Does a family, friends, education make for success?

P--Are there any disadvantages of being successful?

P--Are there any age limitations to success?

P--What should we do if we fail?

A Sketch (while the teacher is busy checking what is written on the board)

P—Looking at Ksenia? Wanna go out with her?

P—I have no chance.

P—Cheer up! Do something strange and unusual and she will notice you. For example, stir your ears like me.

P ( looks amazed but then hopelessly waves his hand) ---Waste of time! I can do nothing of the kind.

T--- Guys, what are you talking about?

P---We discuss how to be successful with girls.

T—It’s easy to find out. Let’s ask them.  Ksenia, we were wondering what kind of boy you would go out with.

Ks—I don’t like those who show off too much, a boy should be interesting to talk to, kind and generous, I think.

T—I’m sure, boys, you stand a good chance of success here.

T—Now have a look at our chart.  It seems to be a good ground for discussion, doesn’t it?

V The definition of success

T--I guess the best way to define success is probably to imagine that success is something alive.

-How does it smell? (Sample answers: sweet, like flowers, like honey)

-What is its taste like? (a hamburger, a juicy watermelon, an orange, a big cake, sugary)

-What sounds does it make? (applause, fanfare, jazz, Mozart, an anthem, hurray!, Eureka!)

-What does it look like? (the sky, smiles, awards, a gold medal, horizon, stars, salute, sun, light, the top of a mountain)

-How does it feel? (smooth, warm, pleasant, soft, fluffy)

-Now how would you describe a successful person? (he has some charisma,  lots of money, high social status, he is able to provide for his family,  respectful, prosperous and good-looking)

T—Well, I’ll agree, but don’t forget the words of William Shakespeare: “All that glitters is not gold.”

VI

T—Success can be achieved in various spheres of life. One person can be successful in many fields. But it’s you who make a choice. So which picture would you like to appear in and why?

P—I think every girl dreams of a happy, healthy family. If your home is filled with warmth, laughter, children’s voices, if you feel support, love and care and if you’re ready to give it in return, you’ve succeeded in life.

T—Alex, and where do you see Paul?

P-- Football, of course

P—Yes, I see my success in sports as I’d like to become a football player in the future, it’s great to win, score goals, get a gold medal, and what is more why not earn a lot of money for myself and my family?

P—I ‘d appear in the picture with a girl in a gown. Without good education one can hardly be successful. Profound knowledge and practical skills are the first step to success.

P—I agree with Dana but like my Dad I’ll get my way in business. I’ve already learned some secrets.

P--  I can’t climb a mountain. Nevertheless I have a feeling that I’m able to achieve something that nobody expects of me. So I’m with those who are on the top of the mountain.

P—I’d rather find a group of like-minded people and we’ll pull ourselves to the top together.

P— In my free time I enjoy knitting.  I can imagine my success in my hobby. I dream of my own collection of knitted things which I could give my friends as presents.

P—Nobody has said about love yet. I’d put it in the first place in my life. I think deep inside everyone dreams of successful love.

T--Is it possible to be in all pictures at the same time?

 P—It’s hard to say what’s in store for me in life but it’s not bad to try everything. Am I right?

VII T—Sure, you’re right. Now your preferences are clear.

Do you think it’s a good idea to create our own symbol of success?

And these colourful blocks could be the material we need. What does the symbol of success look like in your mind’s eye?

P---A ladder    

P---A house   

P---A pyramid    

T—Which idea do you like most?

PP—a pyramid

 T—So, let’s build our pyramid of success. Each block suggests that we do a certain task written on it. You decide in which order to put our pyramid up. What shall we start with?(Students come up with their ideas. One student builds a pyramid on a smart board using the function drag & drop)

I  T—You were brave enough to pick out the task called A Brain Teaser. It’s not an easy one.

Lots of people have been making an attempt to define success. The following three quotations are among the most interesting. But there’re some gaps in them. Workings in pairs try to guess the missing words.

1.   Theodore Roosevelt said: “The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to ____________.”

       (get along with people)

Come up with your ideas, please.

Pair 1:

-We think it’s how to earn money, because it can allow you to live in conditions which can promote success, you’ll be able to pay for good education, have enough food to be healthy, to provide for your children. Let’s be realistic--money is a symbol of ability and achievement.

Pair 2:

-We disagree. Money can’t buy happiness or love. Our version is how to cope with failure.   All people have their ups and downs, the point is not to quit, not to give up.

T—Thank you, who wants to add?

Pair 3:     

-You can’t achieve success without coming in contact with people. Our answer is how to deal with people.  

     T—You’ve guessed it.  The correct variant is how to get along with people.

2.    Read the next quotation and try to find the two missing words.  

“Success doesn’t consist of never making _______ but in never making the ________ one a second time.”

       ---George Bernard Shaw (mistakes, same)

Pair 2:

- Definitely the first missing word is mistakes as it goes with the verb to make.

T—OK , and what is the second one?

Pair 4:

          - Maybe it’s the same. People should learn from their own mistakes to succeed.

T—Do other pairs have the same version? Right you are. Mistakes and the same are the missing words.

3.    And together with Thomas Alva Edison try to define what a real genius is like: “Genius is 1 per cent _________________ and 99 per cent __________.”

         (inspiration, perspiration)

Pair 6:

-We offer 1 per cent luck and 99 per cent hard work.

Pair 5:

          -Our variant is 1 per cent talent and 99 per cent ambitions. A successful person should be ambitious, we think.

Pair 1:

          -We still support the idea of 99 per cent hard work. It’s not enough just to be ambitious.

T: -And 1 per cent ?

Pair 3:

           -Maybe 1 per cent creativity?

T—You were very close to the truth. Edison’s exact words are: 1 per cent inspiration which is close to creativity and 99 per cent perspiration or sweat. I think he meant hard work here.

T— Which of these ideas do you support most?

Pair 2:-The third one appeals to us most. Success comes to those who deserve it for the effort they’ve put into it.

Pair 6: -We support the idea of the importance of social skills in success.

Pair 4: -We shouldn’t be afraid of mistakes in the way to success, they are our helpers, in fact.

2 Thank you. Now, ladies and gentlemen----An Interview

T— Who do you think we’re going to take an interview with today? Only Veronika knows my secret as she’s going to be a journalist today. Ksenia Golovataya , one of my best students, I take pride in the fact she was in my class two years ago, now she’s a successful student of Minsk State Linguistic University. Meet her.

Veronika:—Hi, Ksenia, we know you’re too busy with your studies now but still you’ve agreed to give us this interview online. Thanks a lot.

Ksenia:—Hi, Veronika, Natalia Nikolaevna, all guys and guests in the studio. It’s a pleasure to be with you.

Veronika:—Ksenia, we all think you’re a successful person. How would you define success?

Ksenia: I would say success is not a final destination; it’s a long road consisting of many steps.

Veronika:-I wonder what impressions you have about our school, if years you spent here helped you succeed in life?

Ksenia:-- Years spent in school are of great importance to me. We were having lots of fun and at the same time we managed to improve our records, participated in the Olympiads and different extra-curriculum activities like Debate club. I’m still its active member. I think you should make the most of your school years. Our school provided everything possible for us to get on in life. Do you sometimes look at its emblem? Si Sapis, Sis Apis.  It can become your personal motto in life.

Veronika:—Our audience would like to ask you some questions, if you don’t mind.

Ksenia:—I’ll answer them with pleasure.

P1—Ksenia, how important do you consider the knowledge of foreign languages for a successful person is?

K-- I believe most of the audience would agree that nowadays the knowledge of at least one foreign language is the must. And the more you know the better.

P2—Are there any disadvantages of success?

Ksenia:— Those who have achieved success make mistake when they just rest on their laurels. You should never stop at what has been accomplished. Laziness is the worst enemy of success.

P3—Does personal background matter in success?

Ksenia: Definitely. Family and friends provide us with help and support. They encourage us to move on. And teachers take us on a path of discoveries, which leads to success. Personal skills and abilities are of great importance, too.

P4—How to put your abilities and talent to the advantage?

Ksenia:--Try to make the most of your abilities and constantly develop them. Only practice makes perfect. It is reasonable to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses and to use this knowledge.

Veronika:—And the last but not the least:

P5—If somebody is shy and not so successful, what would you advise this person to do?

Ksenia:--My advice is never to give up. Ever tried? Ever failed? Try again! Fail better!

Veronika:—Thank you, Ksenia for such an interesting interview. We wish you great success in your life! Come to visit us!

Ksenia:K—It’s my pleasure. See you soon at our gymnasia!

Veronika:—See you!

A  Sketch: (a student leaves his seat and sits down aside)

 T-- Paul, what’s the matter with you?

Paul:--You speak about success. And I’m a complete failure! Easier said than done. I don’t believe it’s for me.

P—Don’t worry, it’s hard when you’re alone. But we’re a team. We are all friends.

P—Do you know that the most successful people experienced failure many times, take Walt Disney, Albert Einstein, and Thomas Edison for instance.

P—Ksenia has just advised us not to give up.

P—The wise say in order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what to do next time.

T-- You’re right, guys. All troubles are easy to overcome if your friends support you.

You know, everyone has some obstacles in the way to success. So let’s take our next block called An Opinion Poll.

Each of you has a problem that is on the card you’ll choose.

Put your heads together and while mingling around ask for a piece of advice in your situation and at the same time help your partners cope with theirs. The phrases on the screen will be a hint. Do it while the music’s playing.

Giving advice

You’d better(+infinitive) is very strong advice. Its meaning is close to ‘you definitely have to’

You ought to…

If I were you, I’d…

You should…

It’s worth + -ing

It’s a good idea to…

You might find it useful to…

Why don’t you (+infinitive)…?

Remember to…

Your best bet is to…

The best thing to do is…

1. You want to make a good impression on a first date.(each prepares advice)

2. You always forget appointments and birthdays.

3. You want to earn some extra money to be able to go on holiday.

4. You need to find out some information on Einstein for a class presentation.

5. You have problems keeping up with English lessons.

6. You want to make a good impression for an interview.

7. You have just had a serious argument with your boyfriend/girlfriend/sister.

8. You feel bored in the evenings.

9. You are addicted to computer games.

10. You can’t wake up in the mornings and therefore you’re always late.

11. You are too lazy to take up sports though you don’t mind keeping fit.

12. You dream of being a leader. But you’re not sure if you’ll succeed.

T—Have you got the advice you were looking for? Share with us, please.

P1… I’ll take the advice to…

P2  I think doing sth will help me…

P3… It’s no good to… . I’ll follow the advice to…

P4..... You know, I’ve found a great solution….. Thanks a lot! 

P5…. I agree with all of you. I’ll…. Nobody is right in an argument.

P6… Really why not …?

T—I hope you see now the advantages of working as a team, don’t you?

4  

T--  Do you fancy listening to a MUSICAL FILE now?

If I ask you which musical band can be rightfully called the most significant and successful of the previous century, which one will you name? (PP answer)

-Certainly, it’s the Beatles. Their songs didn’t lose their meaningful message in the passing of time. They still appeal to the audience of all ages.

P- The Beatles are our idols. They inspired us to make our own band. We don’t imitate their performing but try to use the best we like about them.

T—Wow! Then maybe you can tell us the secrets of their success?

P—It’s easy. They were not just good singers, they were personalities. Their songs were in tune with the feelings of people at the time.

P—They influenced people not only in their music but also in the way they dressed and felt about one another.

T-Would you like to sing some piece of their music right now?

P—We’d like to perform their most successful song Hey, Jude dedicated to John Lennon’s son Julian. It’s about how to be successful in spite of all troubles in your way.                                                                                     

(Pupils are performing) Thanks a lot. The applause you hear means you’ve been a great success today.

5—And now it’s time we listened to A Story

--We’ll tell you about a boy, Richard by name, who’s found his formula of success and it’s likely to be helpful for us as well.

--When Richard was little, he dreamed he was flying. Each night, he was in the air. Early in the morning he would wake up thinking it was true, leap off his bed, expecting to soar out of the window. Of course, he always hit the ground. Then remembering that he’d been dreaming and no real person could fly, he’d collapse on the floor, crushed by the weight of his own limitations. Eventually, his dreams of flying stopped.

---Once when he was four he got into an accident with a truck which had mangled his left leg, leaving scars that stood out against his skin. Looking at the largest of his scars in the mirror, he suddenly imagined that it was an eagle. It wasn’t fair, he thought, he had an eagle on his leg, but he couldn’t fly. He could hardly walk, and the crutches hurt his arms.

----Years later, in Venice, sitting on the rooftop of the Cathedral of San Marco, he wasn’t sure what life had in store for him. Somewhere in the square, a band was playing Frank Sinatra.  It was “Fly Me to the Moon”. Up on the roof of the cathedral, it seemed to him the pieces of his life suddenly fell together. He realized that everyone is born with gifts, but we all run into obstacles. If we recognize our talents and make the best of them, we’ve got a fighting chance to overcome our obstacles and succeed in life.  He knew what his gifts were: imagination and perseverance. His first obstacle was that accident. But he knew obstacles could be overcome. He was proof of that, walking.

SLIDE 22--That night for the first time in years, he dreamed he was flying. He soared through the fields of Italy, through the narrow winding streets of Venice and on beyond the Grand Canal, chasing the reddening sun across the sea.

                   

T--Wonderful story, isn’t it? Has it inspired you? What are your special talents that can lead you to success? Share your ideas with us.

P1—I think that like the boy I have good imagination, I always dream up, probably I could make up some stories that would be successful, who knows?

P2—The story made me remember how once I managed to calm down a little girl, and Mum said I had a talent for it. Doing something for people is also a success.

P3—My talent is cooking. I create my own recipes of various dishes, mixing sometimes unusual ingredients. It could become my business in the future or I’d have the most successful parties in Minsk.

P4—I think I have a good command of English, so why not try learning at least one more language?

P5—My sister says I’m very patient and I get on with people well. Could it be helpful if I decide to be a good doctor?

T—I’d only dream of such a doctor, ….

P5—I believe it’s just necessary to listen to your heart and everyone can find his/her talents.

 VI. I’m glad that you understand it, friends. Now let’s see what is in store for us now. Our next block deals with a role play.

T--Can a person be successful without his native country and its people? Definitely, he can’t.

We are Belarusians and take pride in it. Only if we seek for happiness and success for our motherland, we’re sure to achieve our goals. Our country badly needs successful young people like you.  

Today you’ll be given a chance to prove your real skills of efficient entrepreneurs and to succeed in negotiations with your prospective foreign partners. Turn over the badges on my table and split into two groups according to the flag of the country you represent. Two badges are marked with the words: A MANAGER.

1) You, guys, run your own business in the sphere of design. You specialize in linen clothes for teenagers. You’d like to expand your business contacts, find a reliable investor and promote Belarusian fashion abroad.

2) And your group represents a world famous Fashion House located in Scotland. You’re ready to invest your money into some foreign company. But you’re to make sure they are creative, open to innovations and ready to pilot new projects.

T—…, you’re a manager. What will signify your success at the negotiations?  

 P—As a manager I’d say we are to make our partners interested in collaboration with our company, and, if possible, to get beneficial investments into our business.

T--Mr. …, what is your idea of success at today’s meeting?

P—We seek for promising young stars in fashion, we’ll succeed if their company is really what we need and if they agree to be our partners.

T—OK, good luck, you have five minutes. Let’s see what you’ll finally arrive at.

P(group1)—Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to our company.

S(group2)—Good afternoon, thank you for taking the time to meet with us today.

P—It’s our pleasure. How long have you been in Minsk? Hope you’re having a good time here.

S—We’ve been here for two weeks already. We’re excited about your wonderful city.

P—Thank you.

S—If you don’t mind, let’s get down to our business.

S—Last week we had a chance to attend the Belarusian Fashion Week Festival. It was definitely a great success!

S---We highlighted your line of flax clothes for teenagers. It was incredible.

S—Yeah, brave colour combinations, a variety of modern styles, national traditions in a costume greatly impressed us. Would you like to consider the possibilities of establishing profitable relationships with our Fashion House?

P—What is the potential for our business relationship?

S---We could become your investors, our financial support could help you expand your business, modernize your equipment, furthermore you could sell and expose your collections in the best fashion halls of Scotland.

P—It’s a tempting suggestion.

S— If you don’t mind we’d like to specify some information about your company.

P—You’re welcome.

S—Firstly, why’ve you chosen flax?

P-- Flax is the wealth of Belarus.  The flax has been cultivated here for centuries, making it a symbol of Belarus.

P— This natural fabric is known for its comfort. It allows the body to breathe; moreover, linen has natural anti-bacterial properties.

P—In addition, linen is a very popular fabric that never goes out of style. With the proper care, it can be a timelessly stylish wardrobe staple.

S—Well, it’s quite convincing. We were informed about your turnover. There’s a run on your collections. What is the secret of your success?

P—Keeping in mind traditional Belarusian motives, we’re piloting the line of clothes with bold ideas following no limitations. Our clothes make your step light and swift, they add individuality and elegance to your image.

P--We help teenagers who wear the clothes we design express their personality, be active, on the top of life, I’d say.

P---Not only does the idea of self-confidence attract our young people, I believe the values of our ancestors we promote through the traditions of Belarusian national costume help their self-realization as well.

S—How amazing! I’ve never heard about anything like that!

S—Now I understand why we found your clothes  out of the ordinary. Do you have any new collections?

S—We’re preparing our new spring collection. Here are some of the new models from it.

S—How do you find them?

P—I definitely like it! It’s so innovative!  I guess your idea of clothes will be close to our teenagers as well.

P—We really appreciate your approach of bringing up young people through clothes they like to wear.

P—Our fashion house is eager to collaborate with you.

S—We’re happy to become your partners.

P—We suggest meeting again in a week with all the necessary papers.

S---And during this week we can discuss all the particular issues to get ready to sign them.

S— Many thanks for investing your time and giving us the opportunity to work with you.

P—Hope we’ll establish a strong and profitable business relationship. How about lunch?

T—Was it a success? Definitely! Congratulations!

A Delicate Aspect of Success

T-Friends, I can’t but share with you one more problem that doesn’t let me have a minute’s peace.

-Gore Vidal said: ‘It’s not enough to succeed, others must fail.’

-The famous Russian poet Boris Pasternak was a laureate of the Noble Prize in literature. He thought it’s shameful to be on everybody’s lips!

- Albert Einstein in 1939 encouraged the US to start building an atomic bomb. Later, when he found out about Hiroshima and Nagasaki, he changed his mind. ‘If I had known, I would have become a shoemaker,’ he admitted.

-What delicate aspect of success is hidden in these words?

P—I suppose it’s the problem of ethics. One shouldn’t be selfish, nobody will recognize the success achieved at the cost of people’s sufferings.

P-- It appears that success is relevant. If you’re too self-centered, you can go astray and confuse real success with a fake.

P—It proves again it’s better to work in a team.

P— It’s good to remember that success is a choice. And people should make it wisely.

P—Let us not forget that we should live on this planet according to the laws given by God, the laws of love, mercy and clear conscience.

T—Thanks a lot. Your words absolutely coincide with my opinion. I’m happy to be with such good people as you.

A Surprise

(A student carries out a box with medicine called Pro-Success and advertises it)  

And now---SURPRISE! Look what I’ve got! You ask what it is? It’s a breakthrough in medicine! ‘PRO-SUCCESS’ will solve all our problems in the wink of an eye. Take one capsule in a lifetime and it will pull you to the top. Pro-success guarantees you effortless success in any field you like. Don’t miss your chance!

T--Do you think it’s worth trying? Let’s open the box.  Do you see a capsule? Open it, please. It’s empty. There’s only one note in it. Help me to read it. FILL IT WITH YOUR OWN CONTENTS. So as you see success doesn’t come effortlessly. What we can do is to make up our own recipe of success. Each of you will write on a paper and add your ingredient of success and we’ll see what mixture we’ll finally get.  

1. Let’s put here a stroke of luck.

2. We can’t do without self-confidence, I think.

3. Success comes to people who set high goals and are full of determination.

4. Mix it with strong health, enough exercise.

5.  Support of friends and family.

6. We can’t miss it—hard work.

7. I add enthusiasm and creativity.

8. The knowledge of foreign languages is a must.

9. Money does matter.

10 The knowledge of oneself and talent help succeed.

11. Care about your country’s needs.

12. A team of like-minded people makes the process easier.

T- And I’ll add mine if you don’t mind—it’s just love.

A Game “Hot Ballooning”

T--So, finally we’ve got our own formula of success. No doubt, all the ingredients are valuable. But aren’t you curious to know which of the components is the most important?

A game will help us. It’s called Hot Ballooning.  

These are cards with your ideas about success. After each round of discussion you’re supposed to get rid of the four components which you consider less important.

What are you going to get rid of? What is your decision? What is your final choice?

What is left? Absolutely agree with you, my friends. First and foremost we need…LOVE

T-- Let’s have a look at our pyramid of success. It helped us to work out our own formula of success. Let’s mark the idea we base it on. (A student writes: LOVE)

You know, the problem we’ve been discussing today is unique as it doesn’t have a complete solution. The more you discuss it, the more new ideas you get. Still each of you has made an attempt to find your own idea of success today. And it’s wonderful!

Paul -Let me say.Our discussion helped me understand that each of us is talented and stands good chances to be successful in life.

T—We’re so happy to hear that, Paul. It means we’ve been a success! Congratulations!!!

Epilogue:

T--To crown it all up I’ve chosen the words of Norman Vincent Peale:

 “Throw back your shoulders, let the heart sing, let the eyes flash, let the mind be lifted up, look upward and say to yourself… Nothing is impossible!”

Please keep them in your mind and let success attend you in all your kind undertakings!

           And finally as a present for you and for all our guests meet an extremely successful person.

---Hi, everybody. Why am I an extremely successful person?

Are you a rich businessman?

--No, I’m not. My bag is full of something even more valuable.

Are you a magician?

--Actually I’m not but who knows…

---I see you give up. Ladies and gentlemen, I’m an extremely successful person as   

I’m… (puts on accessories)… a clown. 

I’m a success when you laugh. I smooth people’s troubles away and make them happier!


 

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