Alex Case wrote:Can you explain what exactly you mean by a lesson on enquiries? Phoning suppliers to ask for details on their products? What kinds of companies, products and methods of communication will be most relevant to the students?
Sorry, not sure what is wrong with my tefl.net notifications, I didn't see this response at all until I happened to look at my old posts today.
My students (all between 19 and 25) are apprentices in local industries and when they use English (if at all) it is as a lingua franca with their customers.
They need to create (and understand) detailed enquiries about products, prices, deliveries and terms and conditions in written and spoken forms.
Typically, these enquiries will be made/received by e-mail or telephone.
They work in all tapes of indutries, from manufacture to flat letting and service provision.
In the lesson I would expose them to written and oral enquiries and then use <something special> as basis for an extended, realistic task.
So, call suppliers to ask about products is a part, but so is answering those calls and furnishing the right kind of details (incoterms, prices, sizes, quanities, etc...)