The beginning of a meeting presents a major dilemma: is it better to get straight down to business, or is it important to allow or even encourage small talk? The texts in this lesson present arguments from opposing viewpoints, which may help students to question their own assumptions. The lesson goes on to introduce useful language for both small talk and getting down to business, with practice in the form of role-plays.

Getting down to business
Author: 
Jeremy Day

Topic: Meetings and getting down to business

Level: Intermediate (B2) and above

Aims:

  • To discuss the importance and drawbacks of small talk at meetings.
  • To teach some useful phrases for small talk.
  • To teach some useful phrases for starting a meeting.
  • To provide practice and feedback of the situation of starting a meeting.

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