The Gig Economy - EAP Lessons

The Gig Economy

This blog provides a number of lessons based on the Gig Economy. There is over 6-hours of lesson content here. It starts through a discussion of well-known Gig companies and students internet research a specific gig company. This then leads into a definition of 'The Gig Economy' using a dictogloss (a three-sentence dictation).  Once the foundation of a gig economy is established, students can then do the reading (questions and/or summary writing), then a 12-minute lecture listening and finally a seminar discussion. Everything is included in one PDF book.

 

Gig Economy Lesson PDF Book

AMAZING VALUE - Six Lessons in one book. Introduction, definition, reading test, summary writing, Lecture listening & seminar [all written by AEUK]

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Introduction: What is the Gig Economy?

Activate schemata: Discuss in small groups - What is the Gig Economy? Can you name any Gig companies? 

Look at these Gig Companies - do you know any of these? Do a quick internet search - find out what they are? 

A Definition - a dictation & writing exercise

A dictogloss is a classroom dictation activity where learners are required to construct a short text (3 sentences) by listening and taking notes, which are then used to reconstruct the text. There are many key skills used in this type of lesson; listening, note-taking, communication with other students, grammar and vocabulary development. 

Dictogloss: The Gig Economy

What is the Gig Economy?  The five main markets of the economy and the main drivers. Key language areas: noun phrases / formal academic verbs. Example Level: ***** [B2/C1]  

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More Dictogloss Lessons - here

Reading Test

AEUK Academic Reading Tests have been specifically written by AEUK for university English reading tests. The texts are based around academic journals and there are a variety of test questions (t,f,ng / gap fill / information tables, summaries, etc..) to test comprehension. The test takes 1:30 (+30 minutes answer check). The tests can be used as normal lesson material too.

 

Reading Test: The Gig Economy

The text discusses the rise of the gig economy and makes an attempt to define exactly what it is. It then highlights key gig companies investigating the importance and limitations of this new contemporary employment platform. Finally, it puts forward the future challenges of the gig economy for employees, employers and society. Example

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More Reading Test Lessons - here

Summary Writing: The Gig Economy 

 

This uses the same text as the reading test (above). This lesson asks students to highlight key points with support and then write a summary of 200-250 words. The lesson includes all key points & support, a model answer and a critical thinking worksheet.

 

Summary Writing: The Gig Economy

The text discusses the rise of the gig economy and makes an attempt to define exactly what it is. It then highlights key gig companies investigating the importance and limitations of this new contemporary employment platform. Finally, it puts forward the future challenges of the gig economy for employees, employers and society. Example

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More Reading & writing Summary Lessons - here

Listening to a lecture

AEUK has written and created this lecture. It is designed to compliment the Academic Gig Economy reading text (above) where it discusses three Gig Companies.This lecture includes a listening worksheet, a simple video and PPT. We provide PPT slides so students can practise authentic university lecture listening by adding notes to the slides.

The Gig Economy - AEUK Test

This is a lecture on the defining the Gig Economy and discussing the positives and negatives of three Gig Economies (AirBnB, Uber and Task Rabbit). It includes a video, test questions and PPT (see example).  Level ***** [B2/C1] PowerPoint  Video [12.14]   / MEMBERSHIP

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More Listening Worksheets & Lessons - here

Seminar Discussion

This seminar is based around using the reading text and the listening text. In small groups students use their notes and texts to discuss the key seminar questions. There is a worksheet for collating all the ideas and this can be used to answer the questions.

Key Seminar Questions

  1. Discuss key Gig Economy companies - what they are and what they do?
  2. Define ‘what is the gig economy’ (state one aspect with development)
  3. Discuss all the positive aspects of the Gig Economy
  4. Discuss the negative aspects of the Gig Economy
  5. Critical thinking - is there anything in the lecture or text that you would question?? 

How to run a Seminar - a possible seminar process

  • consists of up to 6 people 
  • a set of questions
  • lasts for 25-30minutes (aprox 5 minutes per person)
  • The last 5 minutes summarise key points
  • Students CAN use their texts and notes

The seminar process

  • The group are called into a room and sit around a table.

  • The questions are given out and students have 2 minutes to read and prepare

  • The seminar begins with an opening statement - what you are here today to discuss?

  • The students then begin to discuss the first question.

  • Each student should make a contribution by referring to their notes  / texts.

  • The Seminar should flow with students adding to what was previously said.

  • Once everyone agrees the question has been addressed in full, then they move onto the next question.

  • Important:  not all the questions have to be answered but they should be discussed in order

  • Once the students begin to approach 25 minutes they should bring it to an end by each one summarising a main point raised.

key points to a seminar

  • It should be a flowing conversation with everyone involved and contributing.
  • The teacher / Tutor should not intervene if it goes quiet but let the students manage the discussion.
  • Students have to show confidence and demonstrate thorough awareness of texts.
  • Dominant students are penalised for not sharing and including others.
  • Grouping is important (careful consideration is needed on putting students in groups)
  • key debate phrases should be used  to should conversation skills -  agreeing, disagreeing, interrupting, etc...

Gig Economy Lesson PDF Book

AMAZING VALUE - Six Lessons in one book. Introduction, definition, reading test, summary writing, Lecture listening & seminar [all written by AEUK]

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