Functional language for online meetings

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Functional language - online meetings

functional language for online meetings


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 LessonPrintable & Digital$6 Plan


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.


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.


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.



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  1. 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. 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:

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