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Finding time for a meeting. An activity for three people. Three managers must rearrange their timetables to find time for two meetings. All three managers must be present at each meeting. This activity aims to practise common appointment expressions including lexis such as 'put off', 'bring forward' and 'postpone'.

Discussion cards. On each discussion card is a topic. Use these cards to have short discussions and practise language such as giving opinions, asking for opinions, agreeing and disagreeing. One possible way to use them is to cut them up and place them in a pile on the table. In turn, each learner takes a card and gives an opinion (relevant to the topic on the card). The others in the same group may also react.

Decision cards. On each card is a situation in which a decision must be taken. Use these cards to have short discussions and decision-making conversations and practise language such as making suggestions, giving opinions, agreeing and disagreeing. The activity should be carried out in pairs or small groups.

Making suggestions card game. This card game is designed to practise the language of making suggestions. The idea is that one learner takes a card and then describes a situation where another learner will suggest what is written on the card in the form of a suggestion. So, for example, for the card 'buy a new car' the learner should describe a situation where the others in the group will say something like 'why don't you buy a new car?' or 'perhaps you should buy a new car'. The game can also be played with teams and learners trying to make their own team come out with the right suggestions. Points can awarded for correct answers. The learner who takes the card should also be encouraged to respond to the suggestions as would someone in a real situation, that is to say, by saying 'I don't think that would work' if a wrong suggestion is made and 'yes, that's a good idea' when the right suggestion is made.

Meeting preparation sheet. Use this sheet to prepare meeting activities. It is essential that learners prepare meetings if they want to take full advantage of meeting activities. This sheet has also been designed with the meeting activities from this collection in mind. For the meeting activities in this collection, each learner is given a slip of paper for the situation and possibly another for a role. The learner can stick these pieces of paper in the appropriate boxes on the sheet. This may seem a little childish for some, but associating a physical activity and a mental activity may help certain learners to become more involved.

Meeting roles. These six role play cards have been specially designed to give 'meeting chairing' practice to the chairperson. I would suggest that these cards be used in short speaking activities e.g. with the discussion cards or decision cards. The different roles can also be exchanged between learners for each new topic.

MEETING ACTIVITIES. For all but one of the meetings below, the activity sheet has been designed to save you on photocopying. There are six copies of the meeting scenario on the first sheet; one copy for each learner (to stick on the meeting preparation sheet). There are also roles for some of the meetings (also for the learner to stick on the meeting preparation sheet is the designated place)

Meeting: A retirement party. This is a meeting activity where the learners must make a decision about what to do when two people retire from their company. There are also optional roles cards.

Meeting: Company cars. A meeting activity where the learners must make a decision about who has and who does not have a company car. There are also optional roles cards.

Meeting: The office layout. A meeting activity where the learners must decide how their new office will be organised.

Meeting. A place to smoke. A meeting activity where the learners must decide where the smokers in the company will be allowed to smoke. There are also optional roles cards.

Meeting: The opening of a new supermarket. A meeting activity where the learners must decide how they are going to celebrate the opening of a new supermarket.

 

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Date de dernière mise à jour : 21/11/02