Within this workshop, let us discuss the importance of small talk as a skillset for not just our students but also our ability to gain trust from those who we work with.
Some of the topics to be discussed and examined are:
The acceptable and non-acceptable topics of small talk
What personal and private information are we willing to share with others?
The purpose of role-playing and small-talking within the conversational lesson
Small Talk – the ability to build trust
Truly listening? Examining the different types of listening
Overcoming shyness and developing courage - the ability to speak with others
The fallacy of getting something wrong when speaking
Small Talk - preparational skillset to start every interaction
Understanding social-distancing (civil inattentiveness)
The importance of an international perspective
Let us examine and discuss not only the ‚hows‘ but also the ‚whys‘ of using small talk as a positive and active part of teaching and learning in our modern world.