2nd Course: Workplace Roles Vignettes

Here’s an interesting website (Vignettes Learning: Story Impacts) offering short interactive vignettes that fit well with the themes of sexual harassment and decision-making in the workplace. New stories are always being added, and they provide lots of interesting discussion opportunities for workplace themes. Vocabulary can be pretty advanced, so this is a good step-up activity for more advanced students. These stories are not designed for ESL students, (i.e. authentic language!) so you will want to do some pre-listening activities with your students

“The Compliment” vignette is the easiest of my 3 suggestions and it works well with the sexual harassment theme in U15: Women’s Work Issues. The vignette is presented in the form of a dialog, and I’d suggest asking your students to write the dialog as a listening activity. The vignette leads to thought-provoking discussion questions.

Consider using the vignette, “Too Much Break Time” or “Can you tell me if my job is safe?”  in conjunction with U16: Women in Non-Traditional Roles to tie in with a manager needing to make tough decisions.

You have to click Next to go through each story, but be sure to get to the end where choices for different ways of handling the situation are presented. This is a good place to get your students discussing various options. Reading the posted comments is also a great reading activity for students and could inspire more discussion. After viewing and discussing the stories, students can write essays stating their recommendations for the situation. If you sign up (it’s free) you can get free links to the vignettes that you can post on your webpage, and your students could also post comments in the discussion.

Here are links if you’d like to show the vignettes in class to the whole group:

The Compliment

Too Much Break Time

Give students these links for work at home so they can read the vignette summary and comments.

The Compliment Page

Break Time Page

The Little Secret

And, keep checking back on the site because they keep adding new vignettes!

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