Effective Meetings is a practical, video-based course designed for professional people who need to attend meetings in English. It takes learners systematically through the core communication and language skills needed to participate effectively in meetings, and helps them to develop these skills in meaningful and realistic ways.
With the video as its central component, the course is divided into eight units which deal progressively with the key elements of meetings, from preparation and organization through to decision-making and follow-up action. It focuses on useful language for performing these skills, and offers authentic meetings practice tasks which draw on the learner's own knowledge and experience.
The video illustrates both bad and good extracts from meetings for analysis and discussion. In each unit, it demonstrates what can go wrong in different situations, and why. It looks at ways to avoid such problems, and provides a positive model for learners to follow.
Intended for intermediate and upper-intermediate level students, Effective Meetings lends itself both to classroom-based teaching and elements of self-study. It can be used as a short intensive specialist course, or integrated into a wider-ranging Business English programme.
This teacher's book is intended as a guide to help the teacher make the best use of the different components of the course. It contains detailed handling notes which offer suggestions for ways to approach the various activities, for further exploitation in the classrom and during self-study time, and for monitoring and giving feedback on learner output. It also contains extra, photocopiable materials for further meetings practice.