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Watercooler chat situation cards

From Widgets Inc. Appendix A


1. Last night you had some free time for your favorite hobby. What did you do? How long did you do it? How was it?

2. You watched an old movie on TV last night. It was terrible! What movie was it? Who were the main actors? Why was it so bad?

3. Someone did something really nice for you recently. What was it? Why did they do it? What did you do in return? How do you feel about it?

4. Something bad happened to you; for example you missed the bus or dropped your phone and it broke. What happened? What did you do about it? How do you feel about it now?

5. You are planning your next vacation. Where are you going? For how long? What are you going to do there? Who is going with you?

6. You watched a new movie recently. What was the movie? Who were the actors? Did you like it? What was your favorite thing about it?

7. You went to a wedding or another big party recently. How was it? How was the food? What did you wear? Did anything interesting happen?

8. Your friends planned a surprise for you recently. What was it? Where was it? Were you surprised? Did anything interesting happen?

9. There is a musician or band that you discovered recently. Who is it? Why do you like them? Describe their songs or performance.

10. You had a great meal at a restaurant recently. What did you eat? Why was it so good? Who were you with? Give interesting details!

11. You could not sleep last night because the neighbor’s dog barked all night. What do you think about pets or noisy neighbors?

12. You spent a very nice time with a family member recently. Who was it? What did you do? Why was it so nice? When are you going to do it again?

13. You were surprised about a world event you heard about recently. What was it? Why did it surprise you? What do you think will happen next?

14. You were very late for work or school recently. Why were you late? Was it your fault? How are you going to avoid this problem next time?

15. Someone you know had a baby recently. How is the baby? Have you met him or her yet? What is their name? How do you feel about babies?

16. You were angry with a family member yesterday. What did he or she do? What did you say to them? Ask the other interns for advice.

17. You did something nice for someone recently. What did you do? Why did you do it? How did you feel? What did they say to you?

18. You are planning to buy an item that you really want. What is it? Where are you going to buy it? What are you going to do with it?

19. Your best friend is dating someone you don’t like. Why don’t you like them? Give some reasons. Ask the other interns for advice.

20. You are worried about something in the near future. What is it? Why are you worried? What are you going to do if it happens?


Product catalog information-gap tasks

From Widgets Inc. Appendix B


Course videos and scripts

From Widgets Inc. Appendix C

Stage 1

Video 1: Welcome to Widgets (p. 5)

Video 2: Water cooler chat example (p. 8)

Video 3: Meet the founders (p. 9)


Stage 2

Video 4: Jessica's R&D project intro (p. 15)

Video 5: Elevator pitch example (p. 22)


Stage 3

Video 6: SWOT Analysis example (p. 28)

Video 7: Titus' product selection intro (p. 29)

Video 8: Poster presentation example (p. 35)


Stage 4

Video 9: Titus' market research intro (p. 42)

Video 10: Focus group example (p. 45)


Stage 5

Video 11: Miki's marketing project intro (p. 58)

Video 12: Ad campaign presentation example (p. 62)


Stage 6

Video 13: Final message from the founders (p. 73)

Video 14: Job interview example (p. 80)


Student book glossary

From Widgets Inc. Appendix D

active (adj.) doing an action; involved to a high degree

advertise (v.) to make something, usually a product, known to others

advertisement (n.) abbr: ad; something which advertises; e.g. a poster

analyze (v.) to examine something logically and in detail

announcement (n.) a public statement to give information about something

app (n.) a piece of software, as on a smartphone; an application

appendix (n.) an extra section, often of a book, added to the main part

applicant (n.) a person who applies for something; e.g. for a job

assistant (n.) a person who helps another, usually in a work situation

athlete (n.) a person who practices sport to a high level

attendance (n.) being in a place; e.g. students must have good attendance at school

attitude (n.) how a person feels about something, either good or bad

attractive (adj.) good-looking; well-designed; appealing to the senses

audience (n.) the group of people who watch or listen to a performance

banner (n.) a hanging sign; online, a kind of ad which is long and thin

blame (n.) the responsibility for doing something wrong

brainstorm (v.) the act of creatively and quickly thinking of many ideas

brief (adj.) short in duration; not taking a long time

brief (n.) a short, formal summary of information about a topic

budget (n.) a plan of how to spend a limited amount of money

catalog (n.) a collection of images and descriptions of products for sale

category (n.) a division of things by class, kind, type, etc.

CEO (n.) Chief Executive Officer; the person who runs a company

CFO (n.) Chief Financial Officer; the person who manages money in a company

characteristic (n.) an important or typical quality of a person or thing

chat (n.) a short, informal conversation on any topic

combination (n.) two or more things placed together for a purpose

commercial (n.) general: to do with business; in advertising: an ad, usually video

competitive (adj.) enjoying trying to win or be the best in all things

confident (adj.) sure about one’s ability to do something

connect (v.) to bring two or more things or people together

connection (n.) a bond or a link between things

CTO (n.) Chief Technology Officer; one who manages technology in a company

decisive (adj.) able to quickly and easily choose what to do

deliver (v.) to give something; often a product or a presentation

description (n.) words which tell what a thing is for, or what it looks like, etc.

deserve (v.) to be worthy to get something, good or bad; e.g. the winner deserves a prize

device (n.) a machine of any kind; usually now used for electronics

donate (v.) to give money or things to help people who need it

draft (n.) an unfinished or early piece of work; not the final version

edit (v.) the act of checking a piece of writing to make it better

effective (adj.) good at achieving a goal; works well; e.g. this medicine is effective

employer (n.) a person or company that hires people to work at a job

employee (n.) a person who works for an employer

endorsement (n.) a statement, often by a famous person, that something is good

enthusiasm (n.) a feeling of great excitement; e.g. she always sings with enthusiasm

evaluation (n.) a formal rating of whether something is good or bad

everyday (adj.) common; not unusual; e.g. in cities, traffic jams are an everyday event

external (adj.) outside; e.g. this medicine is for external use – don’t drink it!

failure (n.) the opposite of success; when a goal is not achieved

feedback (n.) a detailed evaluation or analysis given about a specific topic

finances (n.) things having to do with money

founder (n.) a person who establishes something, like a company, a town, etc.

generous (adj.) often giving help, money, gifts, etc. to others

grip (v.) to hold something tightly in the hand

handout (n.) a piece of paper given to the audience in a presentation

harmful (adj.) not good; something that causes a bad outcome

homemaker (n.) a person whose job is to take care of their own home and/or children

honest (adj.) true; not false or a lie; a person who does not lie or cheat

illustration (n.) an image used to help explain something

impression (n.) a feeling or idea about something; e.g. the man made a good impression

instructions (n.) a step-by-step explanation about how to do something

interactive (adj.) when two or more things act on each other; e.g. an interactive game

internal (n.) inside of something; e.g. my computer has an internal battery

internship (n.) a trainee position designed to give experience working at a company

interviewee (n.) a person who is being asked questions in a formal situation

interviewer (n.) a person who asks questions to others in a formal situation

invention (n.) a new item or device which has been created

launch (n.) the release of a new product into the market

leadership (n.) the quality of being able to take charge of a group of people

logo (n.) a visual mark that represents a company or other group

media (n.) all channels of mass communication connecting people to each other

memo (n.) a written form of business communication; like a report or a letter

motto (n.) a phrase that represents the ideas of a company or other group

nametag (n.) a small card with a person’s name, usually worn on a shirt or jacket

negative (adj.) no; not good; the opposite of “positive”

negotiable (adj.) can be changed by discussion; e.g. this price is negotiable

observations (n.) ideas you get from watching or thinking about something

orientation (n.) a meeting to familiarize people to a new company, school, etc.

outcome (n.) the final result of something, whether good or bad

outgoing (adj.) very friendly and open to meeting new people

participant (n.) a person who is involved in a meeting, group, activity, etc.

participate (v.) to join a meeting, group, activity, etc.

permanent (adj.) not intended to change or to end; e.g. tattoos are permanent

pitch (v.) to present an idea, product, etc. in a persuasive way

polite (adj.) following society’s rules about being nice to others

praise (v.) to say good things about a person or thing

proficient (adj.) very good at something

promo (n.) a piece of advertising; abbr. of promotion

__-proof (adj., suffix) protected against __; e.g. my house is earthquake-proof

pros and cons (n.) the good (pros) and bad (cons) points of something

reflector (n.) a thing that re-directs light away from it, usually for safety

reject (v.) to decide “no” to an idea or an option

relevant (adj.) important for a particular purpose

remote (n.) abbr. of remote control; a device used to control another device

R&D (adj.) Research & Development; a department that creates new products

researcher (n.) a person who tries to find an answer to a certain question

resume (n.) also known as a CV; a short summary of a person’s job history

salary (n.) the money a person makes for working at a company

scientist (n.) a person whose job is to study the real world

script (n.) a piece of writing meant to be read out loud

select (v.) to choose from two or more options

session (n.) a length of time scheduled for a purpose; e.g. this course has 15 sessions

slideshow (n.) the visual component of a presentation, often via a computer

solve (v.) to find the answer to a problem

specialize (v.) to focus and become an expert on one thing

spokesperson (n.) someone who speaks for a company or other group

spreadsheet (n.) an app used for listing and organizing pieces of information

startup (n.) a young, small company that hopes to soon grow quickly

strength (n.) a positive feature; something that makes a person or thing strong

submit (v.) to send something officially; e.g. submit your paper to the teacher

summary (n.) a short, complete description of something

supervisor (n.) a person who manages a group of people; in Widgets: your teacher

survey (n.) a list of formal questions used to get information from people

swipe (v.) the act of passing something, like a card through a card reader

threat (n.) something that could cause harm; a danger or a risk

vending machine (n.) a device used for selling items automatically; e.g. soft drinks

viral (adj.) very popular, so that it quickly circulates around social media

weakness (n.) a negative feature; something that can cause harm