Friday, 3 February 2012

Keep your meeting on track


Aim
Learn language for chairing a meeting and keeping participants from digressing too far.
Basic Plan
Set up multiple for / against themed argument to allow focus on mechanics of meetings
Skills focus on useful language could be useful
Game - prompt cards for discourse behaviour in meeting & useful phrase 
Skills building

like this idea of integrating chair practice into context of teaching session as means of problem solving
building this skill within a longer term type of course
aimed more at students, though straightforward to adapt for business
http://www.tefl.net/esl-articles/chairperson.htm


Kind of okay, but not much further than the usual
http://esl.about.com/cs/onthejobenglish/a/a_meetphrases.htm
http://esl.about.com/od/businessspeakingskills/a/b_meetphrases_3.htm




English for meetings - Smith, G.
http://www.scribd.com/doc/2163247/English-for-Meetings
looks useful, what will a closer inspection reveal though?

make phrasals -
http://esl.about.com/od/intermediate-collocations/a/Verb-To-Make.htm
several of these are useful



Video
air powered car docu trailer


http://vimeo.com/14290007



Ideas
'discourse stages in meetings' - get the right heading from the book
Handford, M. 2010. The Language of Business Meetings.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p77


Deflating the Air Car
Article
http://spectrum.ieee.org/energy/environment/deflating-the-air-car/0

use extracts on:
first and second version of aircar; second has diagrams
paragraph on power returns



dis/advantages of compressed air cars
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compressed_air_car


Rare minerals dearth threatens global renewables industry
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jan/27/rare-minerals-global-renewables-industry
print friendly
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jan/27/rare-minerals-global-renewables-industry/print



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