Surviving the First Month at Canadian WorkplaceLesson 6: Getting Involved (Participating in Social Events)

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Lesson 6:Task 1 (Listening and Speaking)

Pre-task: Work in small groups. Describe the most interesting fundraising event you remember from your previous / current workplace or school life. What was special about this event? What was the purpose of the event?
As a class, watch the video and note down all the ideas for fundraising. What words / expressions are used to describe the event?

Task: Get into groups of 4 and complete this task.
This is your first week at your new workplace. Your company has convened a meeting to discuss fundraising activities for its social events. As a new staff you understand the importance of making your presence noticed. Present your idea for fundraising and persuade the members to accept your idea.

Task Analysis: Watch / Listen to a talk on persuasive language. Which of the following persuasive techniques did you use? What modals did you use?

Lesson 6:Task 2 (Reading and Writing)

Pre-Task: Read the following letter from your company’s social committee and complete the tasks that follow.
Hello everyone,

Here are some of the fundraising activities we would like to continue into the next year, but we would love to have more fun-loving and creative ideas for the next year. We would also like to draw the interests of nonmembers as well in the coming year.

Auction Action:An auction draws interest from the local community if the items include general-interest goods and luxury gifts such as cases of wine, dinner for two at a swanky restaurant or antique furniture. Ask local businesses to donate gift cards, gift baskets, or treats such as chocolates or microbrewed beers. Other nontangible auction items may include a free guided tour of historic buildings in your area, pet-walking services or lawn mowing for a month. Advertise the auction in a local weekly paper and on social media community pages.

Yard Sale Simplicity:A yard sale is a simple one- or two-day event with all proceeds going to the social club. This type of fund-raiser works best if there are many members in the club -- each member donates unwanted items for the sale, then volunteers from within the club host and run the yard sale. Pair it up with a bake sale, selling homemade cookies, cakes and brownies at the event, or acquire a booth at a local event such as a farmer's market to sell the homemade treats.

Car-Wash Weekend: Pair with a local business with plenty of parking space to hold a weekend car wash. This works well for social clubs involving high school or college-age students who can hold signs up from the sidewalk advertising the event. Volunteers from the club wash and dry the vehicles. The club keeps all the proceeds or may pay a small percentage to the business owner for using water and space, if the business owner is not a member of the social club.

Email your ideas to social committee secretary.

Tom Veegs
Secretary – Social Committee
Tel: 403 – 333-4444

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Task: Your social committee has invited suggestions for its fundraising activities. As a new employee, email your suggestion to the secretary. Describe the activity.

Task Reporting: Instructor invites 3-4 learners to present their in-class writing to the class. Learners put their writing on document sharing camera ( ELMO), the class read the work silently and then the presenter shares his/her reflections.

Post-Task Analysis: Read the following email. How is it formatted? What language is used? How could this be made more persuasive to sell your idea? Is the formality level appropriate?
Dear Sir / Madam:

You asked for ideas. My name is Sing Sung. I am a new employee, and I have one idea here.
If you organize an ugly tie day, wear the ugliest tie you have, and would love to get rid of. Anyone at work that day can demand your tie in exchange for their own, and you have to then wear that tie the rest of the day until someone else demands a trade. (You can also demand a trade yourself.) Women can do the same thing with shoes or scarves. (They can also seize the opportunity to dispose of ties they’ve long wanted their husbands to get rid of.)
If you want more ideas, you can email me.


Sing Sung
New employee

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Practice: In pairs, make present your idea for fundraising. This time give ample reasons and compare your idea with other ideas in the letter.

Homework:Go to and complete the quiz on second conditional sentences.

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