Communicating better at work

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LESSON SET OVERVIEW

With this lesson set, your students will:

  • talk about common workplace issues,
  • learn and practise polite language,
  • watch informative videos,
  • work in pairs and create short conversations,
  • write an email,
  • learn corporate language,
  • do role play and practise corporate speak.

The lessons in the set help students learn how to communicate better at work and find the balance between being assertive but polite and between using simple language and corporate jargon.

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Each lesson in the set is also a standalone lesson.

Lesson 1

Teach students to use polite language
Standard Lesson 60 min Unlimited Plan

Can you elaborate on your thinking here? (polite language)

Business

Students discuss common workplace issues (e.g. being given unwelcome advice, being micromanaged, etc.) and learn how to address them using polite language (e.g. Can you elaborate on your criticism/your earlier remarks…?; I feel as though it is resulting in… ). Students watch a video, rewrite sentences, and create conversations.

Lesson 2

Talk about corporate jargon
corporate jargon
Standard Lesson 60 min Premium Plan

Corporate speak

Business

Students keep improving communication at work and learn the corporate language (e.g. synergy, move the needle, circle back, not have the bandwidth) as well as watch a video about and discuss the situations when it’s better to avoid it. Encourage students to use polite language while doing a role play in ex. 9 (slide 28).

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