Functional language for online meetings

Title separator

Functional language - online meetings

functional language for online meetings

LESSON OVERVIEW

This lesson plan deals with functional language for online meetings. It’s often connected with some problems that might happen when we participate in virtual meetings. We want students to learn some phrases and words that can help them to deal with unexpected situation that can occur when they have their online meetings in English. It’s also useful to us because the same problems might occur during your online classes.

B1 / Intermediate
B2 / Upper Intermediate
45 minStandard LessonPremium Plan

FUNCTIONAL LANGUAGE FOR ONLINE MEETINGS

The worksheet starts with a vocabulary task. Students have to match words and phrases from given sentences to their meanings. The list includes words such as: to cut out, to freeze, a lag, to mute, etc. After checking their answers, students move to another exercise. That exercise also includes sentences from the first task, but this time students have to match sentences to create short dialogues.

FUNNY VIDEO & DISCUSSION

Moreover, to have some fun element during class, we’ve found a comedy sketch about online meetings. Students get a few words, have to watch the video (up to 3:00) and tick the words they hear. Next, they move to a short discussion about online meetings, their effectiveness and aspects that might be annoying about them.

ROLE PLAY SITUATIONS

Finally, students need to practise all that functional language for online meetings presented in the worksheet. They get eight situations and need to figure out what they would say and how they would react in these situations.

WORKSHEETS

Comments

Title separator

Leave a Reply

  1. Chase

    Thanks for sharing Stan – Students really appreciated this one!

    1. Stan

      That’s great to hear! It’s always the best feedback to get!

  2. Amy

    This is SOOOO all of our lives right now – Hilarious video!

    1. Stan

      Hahaha!The only thing they missed is endless fight over computer control while screensharing

  3. Krisztina

    I like it a lot, thank you!

  4. Sheridan

    I found this super useful for international students – thanks!!

    1. Justa

      Great to hear that! Thanks for your comment!

  5. Asd

    I really like this lesson plan but I think ‘probably we’ve lost her’ doesn’t sound as good as ‘we’ve probably lost her’. Also, shouldn’t an ‘invite’ be an ‘invitation’?

    1. Stan

      In terms of ‘probably’, I believe it’s a matter of choice so what sounds better is up to you to decide 🙂 Using ‘invite’ as a noun is okay, though. I’d even say that it’s more common in the corporate world than ‘invitation’. I say that based on my personal experience not research :). Frankly speaking, I don’t like it and prefer the good old ‘invitation’ but the reality is that people use it so I prefer my students to know that it’s okay and they can use it if they wish to. Check this post about it: https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/can-you-use-invite-as-a-noun

      1. Cordelia

        Yes, our company based in France uses “invite” all the time!

  6. Asd

    Just saw that ‘invite’ is used as a noun in the video so never mind!

  7. Vita Palahnyuk

    Great lesson! Thanks 🙂

  8. Iryna Ozminska

    It’s hilarious!!!!

  9. [email protected]

    My students also really enjoyed this lesson and the video, too. Thank you.

  10. Safaa Hamad

    Thanks for sharing it is really beneficial especially these days

  11. LC

    How do I get access to the worksheet / lesson plan?

    1. Stan

      Hello! This lesson plan is available only to paid members. If you want to become one, please go to the Pricing page and choose one of the available plans (Premium or Unlimited).
      PS
      I removed your two other comments as one of them was a duplication of this one and the other was not related to this lesson post.

  12. Vander

    I’ve just subscribed and ESL Brains has been amazingly helpful. I would suggest you guys post the script of the video as well. Even though there’s a possibility of using the caption on YT, a printable version would be fantastic to work on extra vocabulary. Keep up the good work, guys!

    1. Stan

      Thanks for the comment! I’m happy to hear that what we do is helpful. In terms of the transcripts, we don’t plan to publish them here because the ones available on TED.com are perfect and the ones on YT usually just need a few changes (most of the times). We simply don’t want to focus on doing something that’s already done and you could simply copy+paste it.

  13. [email protected]

    Perfect video! I had a lot of fun.. 😉

  14. Eurospeak_Antwerpen

    This one is great. Participants love it!

  15. Gracie

    Hi, I’ve been using this lesson a lot, with varied levels. I, and my students, find it very useful and practical for today’s remote work activities. The vocabulary is super real and it is easy to relate to the situations you depict in the lesson. The video is very funny, a bit difficult to follow, though, but I make students watch it a second time with subtitles and we analyse all the comments, as all of them are really useful to avoid translation if you learn them.
    The slide where you have to match a situation with a response is also nice to role play it in class to practice some real intonation and even connected speech. I love it Thanks!

    1. Stan

      Thanks for the feedback! It’s great to hear that this lesson works so well for you and your students. Personally, I like how you handled the video and put more time into analysing the language there with your students. Also the addition of pronunciation practice sounds pretty good there. Hope other teachers might get inspired by that and use your approach.

  16. yellowhub

    For future reference:
    1:09 Stuck 
    1:35 – Frozen
    1:41 cut out
    2:29 2:31 invite
    2:36 reschedule

    1. Stan

      Thanks for sharing the timestamps – it’s an old lesson and we didn’t use to add these then.

Browse other materials recommended for you

Title separator
ESL lesson about teamwork
B1 / Intermediate
Standard Lesson 60 min
Loading

All for one and one for all

Business

With this lesson, students engage in the exploration of teamwork. They discuss the importance of teamwork, explore vocabulary to talk about the topic, watch a video and discuss useful tips about how to create better teams.

ESL lesson about subscriptions
B2 / Upper Intermediate
Standard Lesson 60 min
Loading

Members only! Subscription models

Business Lifestyle

With this lesson, students talk about subscription models, explore vocabulary and discuss their personal experiences and opinions. They also watch a video featuring advice on how to manage subscriptions and discuss real-life services.

speaking lesson about career change
B1 / Intermediate | B2 / Upper Intermediate
Speaking Class 45 min / 60 min
Loading

Changing careers

Business

With this speaking lesson, students navigate the territory of career changes. They discuss job market trends, as well as benefits and challenges of transitioning careers. They also talk about important skills and watch a video about a woman who changed careers.

B2 / Upper Intermediate | C1 / Advanced
Critical Reading Club 30 min / 45 min
Loading

The golden age of podcasting

Business

Explore the fascinating field of technology and podcasts with this lesson! After reading an article, students discuss the use of AI in podcasts, practise vocabulary to talk about the topic and discuss their ideas if they launched a 100% AI-generated podcast.

job interview tips
B2 / Upper Intermediate
Flipped Lesson 60 min
Loading

Ace your next job interview

Business

Dive into the realm of job interviews with this lesson. Students practise job interview vocabulary, watch a video for tips, talk about what can make an interview successful and learn about the STAR approach for responding to interview questions.

talking about priorities
B1 / Intermediate
Standard Lesson 60 min
Loading

Prioritizing and to-do lists

Business Lifestyle

With this insightful lesson, students practise vocabulary to talk about priorities, watch an explainer video about the Eisenhower Matrix and discuss time management. They also give advice on how to organize tasks.

talking about work models
B2 / Upper Intermediate | C1 / Advanced
Standard Lesson 60 min
Loading

Office, remote or hybrid?

Business

With this up-to-date lesson, students discuss work life after lockdown and practise vocabulary to talk about workplace changes. They also watch a news video about companies changing the way they work and discuss different work models.

speaking about misunderstandings
B1 / Intermediate
Speaking Class 45 min / 60 min
Loading

How to deal with misunderstandings

Business General

With this speaking lesson, students discuss situations that might cause misunderstandings, watch a short and funny ad and analyse tips on how to avoid miscommunication.

vocabulary for presentations
B1 / Intermediate
Standard Lesson 60 min
Loading

As you can see in the slide (giving presentations)

Business

Step into the world of presentations with this handy lesson! Students explore vocabulary for structuring presentations, read the text of a presentation and watch a video on how to communicate ideas clearly.

Show more lessons

Questions

Title separator

Is there a minimum subscription period if I choose a monthly subscription?

No, there’s no minimum required number of subscription months. You can cancel any time you want. Basically, you can sign up and then cancel your subscription the next day, which will mean you have access for 1 month and won’t be charged again.

What currencies can I pay in for my subscription?

Our default currency is USD (American dollar), but you can also pay in EUR (euro), GBP (British pound sterling) or PLN (Polish zloty). You can change the currency you want to pay in at the Pricing page before selecting a subscription plan.

How can I edit an e-lesson plan?

You can get your own editable copy of an e-lesson plan and make changes to it. To do so, either (1) make a copy of it on your Google Drive (preferable method) or (2) download it in a Powerpoint format (but formatting might be a bit off so we can’t guarantee that it will work well).

Read more FAQ
Title separator

ESL Brains

Forgot password?
or continue with