Many learners of English worry about their mistakes and allow their insecurities to prevent them from participating in meetings fully. This lesson provides reassurance that such insecurities are very common and normal. It also presents some strategies for increasing their confidence and ability to participate actively in meetings in English. The lesson also warns students that they themselves are responsible for overcoming this barrier to communication. There is also some guidance for learners with the opposite problem: overconfidence and dominance. It is suitable for a wide range of professional contexts, not just businesspeople.

Topic: Getting involved in meetings
 
Level: Intermediate (B2) and above
 
Aims:

  • To learn and practise some strategies to increase participation and co-operation in meetings in English.
  • To raise awareness of common problems and strategies.
  • To introduce and practice useful phrases for interrupting and clarifying.


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By Jeremy Day

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A great text, specially for teaching English in Spain where Spanish students have a terrible problem with confidence.  They do not like speaking English in front of other Spanish people or even speaking English if it is not one to one.  This is not only a good text for reading and understanding, but also gives advice on how to interact which is also very useful for them.  Thank you :)

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