First, we will check the points in this lesson. Please repeat after me.
|1.||To express different degrees of disagreement, these expressions are useful: “I agree up to a point, but…,” “I cannot say that I accept your view,” and “I am absolutely opposed to.”|
|2.||It’s important to remember that when you disagree with others in a professional setting, you should always try to propose an alternative idea. If you don’t, it will sound like you are only complaining and not making enough effort to help the team find a solution.|
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.)
|A:||So, how do others feel about this. Any other insights to share?|
|B:||Actually, I am absolutely opposed to this idea of selling so quickly.|
|A:||Is that so. Do you care to elaborate?|
|B:||Yes…it’s quite simple. We’re bypassing a vital step; that is before we sell, wouldn’t it be more prudent to determine what our weakness really is?|
|A:||Sorry, I don’t follow. Didn’t we already determine our weaknesses in the motorcycle division?|
|B:||Yes, but we have no strong evidence to back this up. We are neglecting to look closely at our competitors, to see what edge they actually have over us. Plus, we must consider the markets, and only then can we determine the actual cost of running the division.|
|A:||I agree up to a point, but I can’t say I completely accept your view. Where does this leave us? How much longer will we be saddled with the motorcycle division?|
|B:||As soon as we gather the necessary data, we’ll have all the information we need to pinpoint our weaknesses. Then we’ll be able to sell with confidence.|
|A:||I see your point. It looks like we have a lot of work ahead of us.|
Now, let’s review some words and expressions from part B_2.
(Please review the mispronounced words and expressions from part B_2.)
Now, please answer the following questions. I will check if your sentences are complete and if the grammar is correct.
|1.||Do you feel uncomfortable when disagreeing with a coworker? Why or why not?|
|2.||Do you believe that disagreement is an important step to making progress at work?|
Do you think learning to disagree politely, yet assertively, is an important skill?
Why or why not?
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.)
Let’s do a role play with the given situations.
You will discuss a topic for discussion with your teammate. Practice using different degrees of disagreement using the expressions.
(Your tutor will pretend to be your teammate.)
– I am absolutely opposed to this idea of..
– I agree up to a point, but I can’t say I completely accept your view.