Business Conversation (Intermediate): Making a point during a meeting

PART A_1
Let’s learn new vocabulary. Listen and repeat these words with your tutor.
PART A_2
1. hire 雇う
  Our company is currently hiring IT specialists.
2. manpower マンパワー
  The quality assurance department is short on manpower.
3. accomplish 達成
  We must accomplish our tasks on or before the deadline.
4. go along (with someone) ついて行く、同行する、賛成する
  I’m sorry, but I cannot go along with your idea.
5. advanced 進歩した、高機能の
  You can purchase advanced equipment from us.
PART A_3
I will ask the questions. Please answer them in complete sentences.
PART A_4
1. Is your company currently hiring?
2. Do you think your company has enough manpower?
3. What do you do to make sure that you accomplish your tasks on time?
4. Do you often go along with your colleagues’ ideas?
5. Does your company use the most advanced equipment?
PART B_1
Let’s read the dialogue. I will play Ron and you will play Emma. Then, we’ll switch roles.
PART B_2

Good morning. We have this meeting to discuss the deadlines. Some to most of our tasks have been delayed for the past few days. Does anyone have any solution to this?
I have a suggestion, Mr. Johnson. My standpoint is that we need
to hire more people. If there is more manpower to do the tasks, we will be able to
accomplish them on time.

That is a good idea, but as of now, I can’t go along with you there because we would use up resources for the hiring process and training.
Yes, but it will help us in the long run. I think one of the main reasons
why we have been constantly behind the deadlines is the ratio between
the people and tasks are not balanced.

I understand. What if we extend our employees’ working hours?
That’s possible, but that would mean we have to pay them overtime,
and if they’re overworked, there’s a possibility of them resigning.

Ah, I definitely agree with your point. We cannot risk losing any more workers. Thank you for the suggestion, Ms. Williams.
You’re welcome.

I will discuss this with our manager as soon as possible.
PART C_1
Let’s read the dialogue. Read aloud, filling in the blanks as you remember the sentence you just read.
PART C_2

Good morning. We have this meeting to discuss the deadlines. Some to most of our tasks have been delayed for the past few days. Does anyone have any solution to this?
I have a suggestion, Mr. Johnson. ______________ that we need
to hire more people. If there is more manpower to do the tasks, we will be able to
accomplish them on time.

That is a good idea, but as of now, ______________ there because we would use up resources for the hiring process and training.
Yes, but it will help us in the long run. I think one of the main reasons
why we have been constantly behind the deadlines is the ratio between
the people and tasks are not balanced.

I understand. What if we extend our employees’ working hours?
That’s possible, but that would mean we have to pay them overtime,
and if they’re overworked, there’s a possibility of them resigning.

Ah, I ______________ your point. We cannot risk losing any more workers. Thank you for the suggestion, Ms. Williams.
You’re welcome.

I will discuss this with our manager as soon as possible.
PART D_1
Let’s read the new dialogue. Read aloud, filling in the blanks with the vocabulary and expressions you learned.
PART D_2

Thank you for attending this meeting. As discussed last week, there have been difficulties in finishing our tasks on time. Does anybody have any solution for this?
Mr. Miller, I have one. ______________ that we need to replace our
old equipment with more advanced tools.

That’s a nice suggestion. However, I ______________ because that would mean we have to prepare the budget to purchase new equipment.
Yes, but if we have more advanced equipment, our work would be done
more efficiently.

How about creating new best practices to improve the processes?
We can also do that and if we have new tools, our productivity will improve further.

I definitely ______________. Thank you for the suggestion. I will discuss this with our manager later.
You’re welcome, Mr. Miller.

PART E_1
Let’s do a roleplay. Talk with me according to the situation below, using the expressions you just learned.
PART E_2
Your team is in a meeting with your supervisor. Suggest ways on how to improve the process for quality assurance. Your tutor will pretend to be your supervisor.
PART E_3
REVIEW AND FEEDBACK
Now, let us review the things that you learned in this lesson.
(Please give a short feedback on how your student did on your class.)
Grammar
文法
Pronunciation 発音 Vocabulary
単語
Comprehension
理解
GOOD 文法の誤りはほとんどなく、完全な文章で話すことができる ほとんどの単語をはっきりと正しく発音することができる 習った表現を適切に使うことができる 文章を理解し、質問に正しく答えることができる

FAIR
文法の誤りはあるが、完全な文章で話すことができる 発音の練習が必要な言葉がいくつかある たまにミスはあるが、習った表現を適切に使うことができる 文章を完全に理解するのは難しく、質問に正しく答えられないときもある

POOR
文章で話すのは難しく、単語だけで話すことができる 発音の練習が必要である 習った単語と表現を少しだけ使うことができる 文章を理解するのは難しく、質問に答えるのは難しい
TUTOR FEEDBACK

GRAMMAR
Good: Was able to speak in complete sentences with minimal grammatical errors.
Fair: Was able to speak in complete sentences with evident grammatical errors.
Poor: Was able to speak using words only.
PRONUNCIATION
Good: Was able to pronounce most of the words clearly and correctly.
Fair: Mispronounced a few words.
Poor: Mispronounced most of the words.
VOCABULARY
Good: Used appropriate expressions learned in class.
Fair: Used appropriate expressions learned in class and made a few errors in word choice.
Poor: Used only a few words and expressions.
COMPREHENSION
Good: Was able to understand the passages and answer the questions correctly.
Fair: Had a little difficulty in understanding passages and answering questions.
Poor: Had a hard time understanding passages and answering questions.