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This video was made at European Technology Bodyworks, Moonah. In a bit of double role reversal, Vince Bocchino, one of the proprietors, plays the role of a new migrant employee while Carlos, a recently-arrived Chilean migrant who works at European Technology Bodyworks, plays the role of a Spanish-speaking supervisor. Carlos gives Vince some instructions in fast Spanish and Vince struggles to understand. It gives us a taste of what it is like to have to understand instructions in a "foreign" language that are delivered too fast, with no visual cues to help us.
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Show and Tell

Key messages

  • break your instructions into short and simple parts
  • show the other person what to do
  • emphasise important words
  • write down important names of things to help them learn new words
  • watch the other person's body language to see if they've understood