MEETING SKILLS #1

In this unit, we will look at language for introducing and discussing the advantages and disadvantages of ideas in a meeting.
Tasks in this unit:

  •   Watch a video of a meeting
  •   Focus on useful language
  •  Practice writing a memo.

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Lesson Aim: Students will be better able to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of ideas raised in a meeting.
Skills: listening for gist. Speaking; discussing ideas, writing a memo
Language Focus: Language for agreeing and disagreeing, ask for and give opinions, showing concern and talk about an idea they like.

Download the worksheets for this unit here
If you find it useful, there is a glossary sheet of key phrases from the video for students to write the translations and keep here.

The meeting is separated into 5 parts. Higher level students may want to tackle the full video, you can find this at the bottom of the page. If you want to see the text of meeting, you can click on the subtitles of the video, or download the script of the meeting here.

Why are Edd and Mike having a meeting?

[go to 1 Talking about diversification on the tasksheet]


  1. What is the idea they are discussing?
  2. What does Edd think about the idea? What does he say about it?
  3. What does Mike think about the idea? What does he say about it?
  4. What do they decide about the idea in the end?

[go to 2 Understanding the Meeting on the tasksheet]


  1. What is the idea they are discussing?
  2. What does Edd think about the idea? What does he say about it?
  3. What does Mike think about the idea? What does he say about it?
  4. What do they decide about the idea in the end?

[go to 2 Understanding the Meeting on the tasksheet]


  1. What is the idea they are discussing?
  2. What does Edd think about the idea? What does he say about it?
  3. What does Mike think about the idea? What does he say about it?
  4. What do they decide about the idea in the end?

[go to 2 Understanding the Meeting on the tasksheet]


  1. What is the idea they are discussing?
  2. What does Edd think about the idea? What does he say about it?
  3. What does Mike think about the idea? What does he say about it?
  4. What do they decide about the idea in the end?

[go to 2 Understanding the Meeting on the tasksheet]


[go to 3 Writing a memo on the tasksheet]


After their meeting, Edd wrote a memo to the boss, Jeff. Here's the memo. You can use it to help you write your own memo in Task 4

Meeting Memo

 Hi Jeff,

I spoke to Mike about the diversification options. We discussed the idea of a young learners Summer course but we feel that although it could an exciting new market for us, there are several challenges to address, such as safeguarding, visas and currency fluctuations. For those reasons we don’t recommend it as an option we should consider.

We did, however, identify three other options we want to explore further. Firstly, we looked at running a teacher training course. We believe this could be a stable and lucrative product with the added bonus that we can solve recruitment issues. We had some reservations about how easy it would be to get the necessary accreditation and whether we have the relevant expertise to run the courses. Do you think we would have the budget to do something like this?

Secondly, Mike proposed the possibility of running university preparation courses. This has some of the same advantages as the teacher training course in terms of sustainability and steady income with the advantage that we have plenty of experience with such courses. I think this is a viable option but I am concerned about whether we could compete and whether we could build the necessary relationships with the universities.

Lastly, we discussed another less, adventurous idea; running CV writing workshops. There are a lot of issues regarding competition and attracting students but the fact that the initial outlay will be next to nothing means it’s worth considering.

 

Let me know what you think then start working on a proposal.


Thanks

 

If you want to watch the whole meeting again, here's the whole thing: