Week 9 – Presentations I

The first week of the presentation topic will be about making your personal and topic introductions in the presentation. These skills are essential to getting your presentation off to a good start. The videos below offer several forms of advice for improving your presentation skills. Everyone will have their own style of course, but there are some elements of communicating with a large group of people that are essential for effective presentations.

Download the lesson plan in PDF:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/45852891/CEO/Presentation%20I.pdf

VIDEOS:

How to improve your presentations (beginner)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt8YFCveNpY

Presentation Tips for ESL students (beginner)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mH5KFBhYAKE

Success with presentations (beginner)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lE6-AQeU04w

Strong Presentation Start Skills (beginner)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztbTCIXvWr4

Give presentations like Steve Jobs (intermediate)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAgevj2arQM

Week 9 – Presentations I

The first week of the presentation topic will be about making your personal and topic introductions in the presentation. These skills are essential to getting your presentation off to a good start. The videos below offer several forms of advice for improving your presentation skills. Everyone will have their own style of course, but there are some elements of communicating with a large group of people that are essential for effective presentations.

Download the lesson plan in PDF:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/45852891/CEO/Presentation%20I.pdf

VIDEOS:

How to improve your presentations (beginner)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt8YFCveNpY

Presentation Tips for ESL students (beginner)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mH5KFBhYAKE

Success with presentations (beginner)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lE6-AQeU04w

Strong Presentation Start Skills (beginner)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztbTCIXvWr4

Give presentations like Steve Jobs (intermediate)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAgevj2arQM

Week 8 – Business Proposal

When you want to start new business, you may need to get someone to support your new venture by giving you money. This money is called “venture capital”. Business proposals are also used when you want to suggest some changes to your company, or a client company. The most important part of a proposal is to deliver your idea clearly, mention the benefits of your idea, your qualifications related to your suggestion, and also to include some quantitative information such as costs and estimated revenues. If you are proposing a new business or product, then the target market should also be explained with as much detail as possible. For example, who is interested in your new product or service? What locations will be important for your new business. This week we will practice to describe our business ideas to others. This is called “delivering” a business proposal.

Download the lesson plan (PDF):
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/45852891/CEO/Proposal.pdf

VIDEOS:

Speaking English more professionally (basic level)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2ZDNgtAsbw

How to make a great business proposal (intermediate level)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNK9mbmfA0M

10 Key questions to ask when starting a business (intermediate level)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_L0BqPWBLo

How to write a business plan (intermediate level)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kN1wgKosS8A

Basic structure of a business proposal (advanced level)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXszI16kCGM

Week 7 – Email

This week we will discuss and practice writing email for business. Writing can be difficult, but also business email is often written informally just like speaking to someone. Of course this depends on who you are sending an email to. Also, the lessons from previous weeks can also be used when writing email. For example, being assertive when writing can help to achieve your goals faster. Clear language and firm statements of your needs can make the communication process go faster. On the other hand, when communicating bad news, or communicating with external clients (outside your company), using softer language can help to sound more caring and professional.

Download lesson plan for Week 7 (PDF):
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/45852891/CEO/Email.pdf

OTHER BUSINESS WRITING LESSONS:

British Council ESL Business Writing Lessons
http://www.britishcouncil.org/professionals-lesson-downloads-business-writing-homepage.htm

VIDEOS FOR EDITING ERRORS IN EMAIL:

Email Writing for ESL students
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDkLz0RS_PU

Business email – writing an internal request
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDbNB9Gmeeg

Business email – writing an external request
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1rBr2BM5d0

Week 6 – Social Occasions

When you are socializing at parties or other events, it is important to be polite. One way to be polite in English is to use “soft language”. This is somewhat different than begin assertive. Also if you’ve ever found yourself in a situation where you have to tell your boss or a client some bad news, then you’ll know just how important it is to be able to use diplomatic language. Choosing the right words and the right grammar can go a long way to removing some of the unpleasantness of the message we have to deliver.

Download the lesson plan (PDF)
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/45852891/CEO/Social%20Occasions.pdf

VIDEOS:

Making Polite requests (Intermediate Level)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vh5c91SXuJw

Accepting and rejecting invitations (Intermediate Level)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfVua4GKGBc

Week 5 – Small Talk

What is small talk?
Small talk is pleasant conversation about common interests.

Making Small Talk
The ability to make ‘small talk’ is highly valued. In fact, many English students are more interested in making effective small talk than knowing correct grammar structures – and rightly so! Small talk gets friendships started and ‘breaks the ice’ before important business meetings and other events.

Download the worksheet PDF:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/45852891/CEO/Small%20Talk.pdf

Being Active and making small talk (beginner)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-h7ExH9nmo

Seven steps to small talk at work (beginner)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQw23A4PlO4

ANOTHER VIDEO FOR INTRODUCTIONS AND FIRST CONVERSATIONS
Making small talk at work (intermediate)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfunlllTF8Y

Week 4 – Business Meetings II

Being assertive is a social behavioral style that is used to push towards accomplishing a goal efficiently and working with others. There are many perspectives, and being correctly assertive means that you can achieve your goals faster.

Download the worksheet for this week:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/45852891/CEO/Meeting%20II.pdf

Download the Speak up! Guide to being assertive (41 page PDF)
http://www.ohiosda.org/ProjectSTIR/Chapter2.pdf

Guide to assertive communication (1 page PDF)
http://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/resources/docs/Info-assertive%20communication.pdf

General description of assertiveness (intermediate)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKgNI6ztYIo

Description of some assertive strategies (intermediate)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QPVWvkBnhI

Five phrases for being more assertive (advanced)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yIO1_VQF3c

Week 3 – Business Meeting I

Whether you are holding a meeting or attending a meeting, it is important that you understand key English phrases and expressions related to meetings. A successful meeting has no surprises. With proper preparation and careful organization, a meeting can run smoothly. The most typical complaint about meetings is that they run too long. Meetings that run longer than necessary can be very costly to a company or business. As the famous business expression says: Time is money. Setting goals and time limits, keeping to the agenda, and knowing how to refocus, are key components of an effective meeting. This may sound simple in your own native language, but it is a little trickier when you or the participants do not speak fluent English. These pages will help you hold or attend a meeting with success. Review the vocabulary, read through the lessons, and then check your understanding. (Source: http://www.englishclub.com/business-english/meetings.htm)

Download the lesson plan

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/45852891/CEO/Meeting%20I.pdf

Download a vocabulary list of important action words

Click to access Action_word_list.pdf

Video’s for more exercise:

Basic vocabulary for business meetings (basic level)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvyDdaXo-RQ

Listening for ESL business meeting (intermediate level)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wb6Oc1_SdJw

Business meetings Listening and activities (intermediate level)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/business/talkingbusiness/unit2meetings/1agenda.shtml

Advice about having effective meetings (intermediate level)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSft2OeMmzQ

Advice for having effective meetings (advanced level)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW0CjH95K3Q

Week 2 – Working English

Week 2 will cover several topics related to business English. In this session we will practice introducing products and our ability to solve management problems in English. The lesson includes some important vocabulary and activities which are designed to exercise your problem solving communication skills. Hopefully, these games will also be fun at the same time!

Download the worksheet pdf for week 2 – Working English
http://tinyurl.com/nnsdyco

Describing problems in English (basic level)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iU8raXwBysI

Describing problems in English II (basic level)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_G2Hql8dqf8

Watch Steve Jobs introduce the iPhone in 2007
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7qPAY9JqE4

Notice how Steve Jobs talks briefly about the history of the company Apple Computers. He speaks slowly and clearly, and allows the audience to react. This type of pacing allows the speaker to know that the audience is absorbing the information. In a smaller group setting, the speaker can be in tune with the audience to feel any concerns or uncertainty they may have. Steve also compares competitor products and talks about the problems that exist with those competitor products. He creates suspense by NOT just showing the product and talking about it. Rhetorical questions are a great method to prepare the audience for information by putting them in the frame of mind to think about the issues you want to relay.

Please enjoy these educational videos and I will see you in class!

Week 1 – Recieving Foreign Guests

Here is the lesson plan material and also some related material for week 1 – Receiving a Foreign Guest. In this lesson we will focus on language related to greetings and also some other social considerations you should plan to deal with upon greeting a new guest.

Download week 1 lesson plan:
http://tinyurl.com/mq6pzyq

Vocabulary, phrases and intonation – Beginner Level
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQnD3qJiJPo

Many good examples of introductions for several situations – Beginner Level
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0eu8OQ-cfQ

Introduction Pronunciation in American English – Intermediate Level
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWP9Riq-ZBg

Body language and the mind – Advanced Level
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks-_Mh1QhMc