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

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/45852891/CEO/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

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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