Why soft skills?
Soft skills have become fundamental in the world of world.
The ability to sell your ideas, to listen actively, to work in a team, to manage stress and to make decisions (to name but a few) are evermore present in situations vacant ads and candidates CV’s.
And at a time when Artificial Intelligence is finding applications every sector, soft skills are seen as increasingly valuable.
The Soft skills version of our full-immersion week is intended for students in the 3rd and 4th years of high school and aims to:
- Outline some of the most important soft skills,
- Offer opportunities to evaluate one’s own aptitude,
- Develop soft skills through targeted practice,
- Supply tools and techniques to enable the continued honing of these skills in autonomy.
Which soft skills?
During the 20hours of the course we will focus on the following abilities:
Speaking clearly, ascoltare, persuading and avoiding being manipulated, showing empathy, negotiation, public speaking, reading body language, story-telling, etc
Observing and analysing situations, making decisions based on information available.
Motivation of self and others, stress management, conflict resolution, giving effective feedback and appraisals.
How do we do it?
Since our projects are focused first and foremost on offering conversation and speaking practice, the topics will be set out through presentation and discussion activities. Students will then delve further into the topic and develop competence in these skills though communicative tasks in groups and pairs.
Through these challenges, the participants will evaluate and hone their own skills.
An example of an activity.
Studenti start with a conversation about their own experiences of frustration encountered during personal conflicts. This is followed by a brain-storming desirable outcomes from such conflicts and a discussion ensues as to the strategies best employed to resolve such conflicts in a way which suits everyone. The teacher sets out and demonstrates some widely accepted and research-backed techniques to resolve conflicts.
Equipted with the right tools, the participants carry out a series of role-plays of conflicts and will attempt to reach agreement which is acceptable for all.
Aside from being a great exercise in speaking and listening in English, the activity furnishes students with an invaluable skill which they can draw upon both in their work-life and personal life.