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Business Meeting Practice 2

PART A_1

First, we will check the points in this lesson. Please repeat after me.
PART A_2

1. When asking people to share their opinions, use “What do you think?” or “I’d like to have your point of view.”
2. When you are in agreement with someone you can say, “I see what you mean.”
PART B_1

We will read aloud the dialogue below. Once we are done, we will switch roles and read aloud the dialogue again. I will check your pronunciation and intonation.
(Please send the mispronounced words and expressions to your student.)
PART B_2

A: The reason I called you all here today is to discuss a new acquisition, namely, what company should we target next?
B: Acquire another company? Are you sure this is a good idea? I feel pretty strongly that before we go down that road we need to conduct a SWOT analysis. I’d sure like to hear someone else’s point of view. It seems reckless to acquire another company at this time.
A: I see what you mean.
B: A SWOT analysis is what this project needs.
A: I was under a different impression, but I think you’ve provided some valuable insight into this matter
B: Yes, a SWOT analysis will help guide us in the right direction.
A: I appreciate your input. Yes, we will discuss this further, thank you.
PART B_3

Now, let’s review some words and expressions from part B_2.
(Please review the mispronounced words and expressions from part B_2.)

PART B_4

PART C_1

Now, please answer the following questions. I will check if your sentences are complete and if the grammar is correct.

PART C_2

1. Are you accustomed to being called on in meetings to share your opinion?
Answer:
2. Do you feel your boss values your opinion?
Answer:
3. Do you value the opinions of your coworkers?
Answer:
PART C_3

Now, let’s review your answers.
(Please review your student’s answers by sending the correct answers in complete sentences. After that, ask your student to read aloud his or her corrected answers.)

PART C_4

PART D_1

Let’s do a role play with the given situations.

PART D_2

Situation: You are the leader in a meeting. You need to hear your teammate’s opinion.

(Your tutor will pretend to be your teammate.)
Expressions: – I’d like to have your point of view.
– I see what you mean.

Business Presentation 8

PART A_1

First, we will check the points in this lesson. Please repeat after me.
PART A_2

1. Be sure to clarify units of currency during presentations. It might not always be apparent when viewing graphs, charts, etc.
2. There are variations in how different countries interpret figures. Before presenting to people from a different culture/country, be sure to research the proper way of expressing figures to avoid misunderstandings.
PART B_1

We will read aloud the dialogue below. Once we are done, we will switch roles and read aloud the dialogue again. I will check your pronunciation and intonation.
(Please send the mispronounced words and expressions to your student.)
PART B_2

A: Okay everyone. Please take a look at the graph on page four of this report.
B: Yes, I see a lot of information on this graph. What do these numbers tell us?
A: Thank you, Kei. Exactly the point I wish to make. First of all, you’ll notice the figure on the left is quite low.
B: Yes, I noticed that.
A: Now compare the figure on the left with the figure on the right, which is three million two hundred fifty thousand dollars.
B: That’s quite a large difference. What does that mean for our department?
A: It means we must absolutely reach our goal and do better next fiscal year.
B: So that higher number on the right equals higher profits?
A: Precisely.
PART B_3

Now, let’s review some words and expressions from part B_2.
(Please review the mispronounced words and expressions from part B_2.)

PART B_4

PART C_1

Now, please answer the following questions. I will check if your sentences are complete and if the grammar is correct.

PART C_2

1. Have you ever used graphs or charts to illustrate your point in a presentation?
Answer:
2. Can you easily interpret numerical data?
Answer:
3. Do you think graphs can be a useful tool in presentations? Why or why not?
Answer:
PART C_3

Now, let’s review your answers.
(Please review your student’s answers by sending the correct answers in complete sentences. After that, ask your student to read aloud his or her corrected answers.)

PART C_4

PART D_1

Let’s do a role play with the given situations.

PART D_2

Situation: You are in a meeting with your teammates. You will explain the numerical data in your presentation with the use of a graph.

(Your tutor will pretend to be your teammate.)
Expressions: – Please take a look at the graph…
– You’ll notice the figure on the left is…

Business Meeting Practice 5

PART A_1

First, we will check the points in this lesson. Please repeat after me.
PART A_2

1. When you agree with someone’s idea, instead of keeping it to yourself, it’s important to show your support of the idea by expressing agreement.
2. To express different degrees of agreement, these expressions are useful: “I basically agree,” “I’m inclined to agree,” and “I agree completely.”
PART B_1

We will read aloud the dialogue below. Once we are done, we will switch roles and read aloud the dialogue again. I will check your pronunciation and intonation.
(Please send the mispronounced words and expressions to your student.)
PART B_2

A: I basically agree with you, Sue.
B: I’m really glad to hear that. Do you have any concerns though?
A: Yes, actually. While I’m inclined to agree that the division needs to be sold, I think it’s a premature move. I think the division’s value needs to be evaluated first.
B: Yes, but if we know the division is not profitable, shouldn’t we just cut our losses and sell immediately?
A: No. We can’t rush this. First we calculate the value, then sell. We can’t sell too low after all.
B: Yes…well, I basically agree.
A: So we’re on the same page then; once we know the value we can sell. Then we’ll be able to move forward. Agreed?
B: Yes, agreed. Sounds like we can soon move forward with this.
PART B_3

Now, let’s review some words and expressions from part B_2.
(Please review the mispronounced words and expressions from part B_2.)

PART B_4

PART C_1

Now, please answer the following questions. I will check if your sentences are complete and if the grammar is correct.

PART C_2

1. Would you say you are skilled at joining the discussion and expressing agreement when it’s appropriate?
Answer:
2. Why do you think it’s important to join discussions at work?
Answer:
3. Have you ever proposed an idea at work and received approval from your boss?
Answer:
PART C_3

Now, let’s review your answers.
(Please review your student’s answers by sending the correct answers in complete sentences. After that, ask your student to read aloud his or her corrected answers.)

PART C_4

PART D_1

Let’s do a role play with the given situations.

PART D_2

Situation: You are at the office. You will discuss a topic for discussion with your teammate.

(Your tutor will pretend to be your teammate)
Expressions: – I basically agree with you
– Sounds like we can soon move forward with this

Business Meeting Practice 10

PART A_1

First, we will check the points in this lesson. Please repeat after me.
PART A_2

1. It is convenient if you take time to schedule the next meeting at the end of the current meeting, because all of the meeting participants are already there, meaning dates and times can easily be decided upon.
2. When trying to work out conflicting schedules, use “What day will suit you for the next meeting?”
3. When confirming the actual date of the next the meeting, use “The next meeting will be…”
PART B_1

We will read aloud the dialogue below. Once we are done, we will switch roles and read aloud the dialogue again. I will check your pronunciation and intonation.
(Please send the mispronounced words and expressions to your student.)
PART B_2

A: OK, thanks everyone. One more thing, we should probably try to schedule the next meeting now, while we’re all here together.
B: Good idea. What time frame are we looking at?
A: The end of next month. Ideally we can schedule it for the final week of March.
B: I think that works for me.
A: Great. What day suits you?
B: I can do Thursday, but not Friday.
A: I think that works for me. How about Thursday, March 27th? Same time, 3:00?
B: Yes, that’s fine.
A: Okay, great. So the next meeting will be Thursday, March 27th at 3:00.
PART B_3

Now, let’s review some words and expressions from part B_2.
(Please review the mispronounced words and expressions from part B_2.)

PART B_4

PART C_1

Now, please answer the following questions. I will check if your sentences are complete and if the grammar is correct.

PART C_2

1. Does your company typically take the time to schedule the next meeting at the end of a current meeting?
Answer:
2. If so, do you think this is a convenient way to schedule meetings? Why or why not?
Answer:
3. Is it important to confirm all details of the next meeting, such as time? Why or why not?
Answer:
PART C_3

Now, let’s review your answers.
(Please review your student’s answers by sending the correct answers in complete sentences. After that, ask your student to read aloud his or her corrected answers.)

PART C_4

PART D_1

Let’s do a role play with the given situations.

PART D_2

Situation: You are in a meeting with your teammates. Pretend that you have conflicting schedules and discuss which day works best for the next meeting.

(Your tutor will pretend to be your teammate.)
Expressions: – What day will suit you for the next meeting?
– The next meeting will be…

Business Meeting Practice 9

PART A_1

First, we will check the points in this lesson. Please repeat after me.
PART A_2

1. Before a meeting is closed, you should confirm there are no other agenda items or additional items that need to be discussed.
2. When closing a meeting, use “So, that’s it then,” or “I declare this meeting closed.”
PART B_1

We will read aloud the dialogue below. Once we are done, we will switch roles and read aloud the dialogue again. I will check your pronunciation and intonation.
(Please send the mispronounced words and expressions to your student.)
PART B_2

A: So just to confirm, are there any other pressing items that need to be discussed today?
B: I thought we might address the sales training today, but maybe we don’t have time for that.
A: I think that can definitely wait until the next meeting.
B: I think you’re right, Bob. So that’s it then?
A: Looks that way. I declare the meeting closed.
PART B_3

Now, let’s review some words and expressions from part B_2.
(Please review the mispronounced words and expressions from part B_2.)

PART B_4

PART C_1

Now, please answer the following questions. I will check if your sentences are complete and if the grammar is correct.

PART C_2

1. Have you ever closed a meeting?
Answer:
2. Have you ever tried to bring up a new topic for discussion during the end of a meeting?
Answer:
3. Why do you think it’s important to officially close meetings?
Answer:
PART C_3

Now, let’s review your answers.
(Please review your student’s answers by sending the correct answers in complete sentences. After that, ask your student to read aloud his or her corrected answers.)

PART C_4

PART D_1

Let’s do a role play with the given situations.

PART D_2

Situation: You are in a meeting with other participants. You need to close the meeting for that day.

(Your tutor will pretend to be one of the participants.)
Expressions: – So, that’s it then.
– I declare this meeting closed.

Business Meeting Practice 8

PART A_1

First, we will check the points in this lesson. Please repeat after me.
PART A_2

1. When wrapping up a meeting, especially a meeting where important decisions were made, it’s crucial to go through each point/decision to reaffirm the action to be taken.
2. Wrapping up a meeting is not the time to present new arguments or proposals. It is the time to acknowledge what has been decided, and the steps that need to be taken.
PART B_1

We will read aloud the dialogue below. Once we are done, we will switch roles and read aloud the dialogue again. I will check your pronunciation and intonation.
(Please send the mispronounced words and expressions to your student.)
PART B_2

A: It looks like we are prepared to move forward. We’ve decided that we must identify the weakness that lead to the decline of the division.
B: Correct.
A: OK, then, let me confirm. The decisions taken here today are the following two points. First, before an acquision, we have to conduct a SWOT analysis again. Second, we have to value our divisions more strictly, which will help us to decide whether to sell or not.
B: Yes, absolutely.
A: Great. I appreciate your hard work today. Thank you.
PART B_3

Now, let’s review some words and expressions from part B_2.
(Please review the mispronounced words and expressions from part B_2.)

PART B_4

PART C_1

Now, please answer the following questions. I will check if your sentences are complete and if the grammar is correct.

PART C_2

1. Why do you think it’s important to clarify points and decisions at the end of meetings?
Answer:
2. Has your boss ever thank his/her employees at the end of long meetings?
Answer:
PART C_3

Now, let’s review your answers.
(Please review your student’s answers by sending the correct answers in complete sentences. After that, ask your student to read aloud his or her corrected answers.)

PART C_4

PART D_1

Let’s do a role play with the given situations.

PART D_2

Situation: You are the head of a division. You will make resolutions and confirm decisions made in the meeting to wrap it up.

(Your tutor will pretend to be your teammate.)
Expressions: – Let me confirm…
– The decisions taken here today are…

Business Conversation and Vocabulary 3

PART A_1

We will read aloud the words and the meaning below. Please repeat after me. Then, please express your opinion about the statement in the discussion part.

PART A_2

Word: disadvantage
Meaning: downside ; an unfavorable circumstance or condition that reduces the chances of success
Discussion: A good manager can always turn a disadvantage into an advantage.
PART A_3

Word: distribution
Meaning: the way something is divided and shared in a group or area
Discussion: The distribution of career opportunities and benefits to all employees in a company should be equal.
PART A_4

Word: employee
Meaning: someone who is paid to work for a person or company
Discussion: The employees are the most valuable assets of a company.
PART A_5

Word: employer
Meaning: a person or company that pays people to work for them

Discussion: A good modern employer should always treat people well.
PART A_6

Word: industry
Meaning: all the companies involved in a particular type of business
Discussion: The world should just completely get rid of the tobacco industry.
PART A_7

Word: environment
Meaning: the surroundings or conditions that you live or work in

Discussion: The working environment in a company can affect employees’ job satisfaction and motivation to work.
PART A_8

Word: estimate
Meaning: a written document saying how much it will probably cost to do a job
Discussion: Asking for an estimate significantly delays the progress of a project.
PART A_9

Word: experience
Meaning: knowledge that you get from doing a job, or from doing, seeing, or feeling something
Discussion: It is always better to hire someone with a long working experience.
PART A_10

Word: feedback
Meaning: an opinion from someone about something that you have done or made
Discussion: Employees should have the chance to give an evaluation or feedback of their bosses. Most companies today only require evaluation of employees from bosses.
PART A_11

Word: growth
Meaning: the process of growing, increasing, or developing
Discussion: Career growth, not salary, should be the motivation of employees.
PART A_12

Now, let’s review your answers.
(Please review your student’s answers by sending the correct answers in complete sentences. After that, ask your student to read aloud his or her corrected answers.)

PART A_13

25 Read-So-Well_Selected Essays Lesson 10

PART A_1

Let’s introduce ourselves to each other.

PART A_2

My name is ________________. What is your name?

PART A_3

I am ________________. Nice to meet you.

PART A_4

Nice to meet you too, ________________. What’s your favorite app on your phone??

PART A_5

________________________________. How about you?

PART A_6

________________________________. Let’s begin our lesson!

PART B_1

We will read aloud the sentences below. Please repeat after me. I will check your pronunciation.
(Please send the mispronounced words and expressions to your student.)

PART B_2

1. frail
2. tremble
3. roll off
4. glance
5. admonition
6. stream
PART B_3

Now, let’s review some words from part B_2.
(Please review the mispronounced words and expressions from part B_2.)

PART B_4

PART C_1

We will read aloud the passage below. Please repeat after me. I will check your pronunciation.
(Please send the mispronounced words and expressions to your student.)

PART C_2

A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year old grandson. The old man’s hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered. The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather’s shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth. The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess. “We must do something about father,” said the son. “I’ve had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor.”

So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner. There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner. Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl! When the family glanced in Grandfather’s direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food. The four-year-old watched it all in silence. One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor.

He asked the child sweetly, “What are you making? Just as sweetly, the boy responded, “Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up.” The four-year-old smiled and went back to work. The words so struck the parents so that they were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done. That evening the husband took Grandfather’s hand and gently led him back to the family table.

For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family. And for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.

PART C_3

Now, let’s review your answers.
(Please review the mispronounced words and expressions.)

PART C_4

PART D_1

We will read aloud the sentences below. Please repeat after me.I will check your pronunciation.
(Please send the mispronounced words and expressions to your student.)

PART D_2

1. A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year old grandson. The old man’s hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered. The family ate together at the table.
But the elderly grandfather’s shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.
The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess. “We must do something about father,” said the son. “I’ve had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor.”
2. So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner. There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner. Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl!
When the family glanced in Grandfather’s direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food.
The four-year-old watched it all in silence. One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor.
3. He asked the child sweetly, “What are you making? Just as sweetly, the boy responded, “Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up.” The four-year-old smiled and went back to work.
The words so struck the parents so that they were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done. That evening the husband took Grandfather’s hand and gently led him back to the family table.
For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family. And for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.
PART D_3

Now, let’s review some words from part D_2.
(Please review the mispronounced words and expressions from part D_2.)

PART D_4

PART D_5

Now, please express your opinion about the story.
(Please send the sentences that need grammar corrections to your student.)

PART D_6

1: What did you think about the story?
Answer:
2: What is the main point of the story?
Answer:
3: What is your favorite part?
Answer:
4: What is your favorite expression in the story?
Answer:

PART D_7

Now, let’s review your answers.
(Please review your student’s answers by sending the correct answers in complete sentences. After that, ask your student to read aloud his or her corrected answers.)

PART D_8

PART D_9

I recommend you to review the story and what you did in the lesson after this class.

Business Conversation and Vocabulary 2

PART A_1

We will read aloud the words and the meaning below. Please repeat after me. Then, please express your opinion about the statement in the discussion part.

PART A_2

Word: comparison
Meaning: something that compares two or more people or things
Discussion: A manager should not make comparisons among his employees. Comparisons could make employees hate one another.
PART A_3

Word: competition
Meaning: a situation in which someone is trying to win something or be more successful than someone else (like in business)
Discussion: Competition among office workers is always necessary and healthy.
PART A_4

Word: competitor
Meaning: an organization or country that is in commercial or economic competition with others
Discussion: A business must make its decisions based on what its competitors are doing in the market.
PART A_5

Word: confirmation
Meaning: verification ; proof
Discussion: When many people want to work for a company, that is a confirmation that that company is successful.

PART A_6

Word: cost
Meaning: the amount of money that you need to buy or do something
Discussion: The best way to reduce operations cost is to lay off workers.
PART A_7

Word: customer
Meaning: a person or organization that buys goods or services from a store or business
Discussion: The customer is always right.
PART A_8

Word: debt
Meaning: an amount of money that you owe someone
Discussion: All successful businesses have debts.
PART A_9

Word: deficit
Meaning: the amount by which the money that you spend is more than the money that you receive
Discussion: A business should just close down if it always experiences deficit.
PART A_10

Word: department
Meaning: a division of a large organization such as a government, university, business, or shop
Discussion: If a company has more departments, it means it’s more successful.
PART A_11

Word: description
Meaning: something that tells you what someone or something is like
Discussion: It is always helpful to read the full description of a product before buying it.
PART A_12

Now, let’s review your answers.
(Please review your student’s answers by sending the correct answers in complete sentences. After that, ask your student to read aloud his or her corrected answers.)

PART A_13

Basic Business English 10 (After- Work Drinks)

PART A_1

We will read aloud the words and phrases below. I will check your pronunciation and intonation.
(Please send the mispronounced words and expressions to your student.)

PART A_2

1. heavy drinker
2. join us
3. neat
4. on the rocks
5. tipsy
PART A_3

Now, let’s review some words and expressions from part A_2.
(Please review the mispronounced words and expressions from part A_2.)

PART A_4

PART B_1

We will read aloud the dialogue below. I will check your pronunciation and intonation.
(Please send the mispronounced words and expressions to your student.)
PART B_2

A: Hi, are you going home soon?
B: Yes, why?
A: Our team’s going to grab some drinks at the bar next to
our building, you want to join us?
B: Sure, I’d love to. After today’s work, I think I need a drink.
A: Great! You need to blow off some steam.
B: Yeah, I’ll probably just have two bottles of beer.
A: You’re not a heavy drinker?
B: Not really. I get tipsy after one bottle. What do you usually
drink after work?
A: I usually have rum on the rocks.
B: Wow! My alcohol tolerance is too low for rum.
PART B_3

Now, let’s review some words and expressions from part B_2.
(Please review the mispronounced words and expressions from part B_2.)

PART B_4

PART C_1

Please choose the most appropriate response. Then, read aloud the sentences.

PART C_2

1: Hi, are you going home soon?
a. Wow!
b. Yes, why?
c. Sure, I’d love to.
PART C_3

2: You want to join us?
a. Wow!
b. Yes, why?
c. Sure, I’d love to.
PART C_4

3: After today’s work, I think I need a drink.
a. Great! You need to blow off some steam.
b. You’re not a heavy drinker?
c. I get tipsy after one bottle.
PART C_5

4: Yeah, I’ll probably just have two bottles of beer.
a. Great! You need to blow off some steam.
b. You’re not a heavy drinker?
c. I get tipsy after one bottle.
PART C_6

5: What do you usually drink after work?
a. Great! You need to blow off some steam.
b. I’ll probably just have two bottles of beer.
c. I usually have rum on the rocks.
PART C_7

Now, let’s review your answers.

PART C_8

PART D_1

Now, please answer the following questions. I will check if your sentences are complete and if the grammar is correct.

PART D_2

1. What do you usually do after work?
Answer:
2. Is drinking after work good?
Answer:
3. What are other ways to relieve stress after a long day?
Answer:
PART D_3

Now, let’s review your answers.
(Please review your student’s answers by sending the correct answers in complete sentences. After that, ask your student to read aloud his or her corrected answers.)

PART D_4