Socializing in business settings is an important aspect of doing business. It’s also one of the weaker areas for business English learners in my experience.
It’s quite likely that many of the adult students you meet will be business people. And teaching business students can be a little daunting. Let’s Learn how to how to socialize with visiting. colleagues
It means working or socializing with professionals who don’t want to waste time on chit-chat. That’s because they’re learning English to help them get results.
They may be working in corporations where clients are from different countries.
Or they may be employed by international companies and regularly interact or socialize with foreign colleagues.
Either way, it means they need to speak English in socializing.
In today’s blog, we’re going to focus on how you can teach a practical business lesson within the scope of socializing with colleagues.
The idea is to help learners be more capable and confident meeting foreign colleagues visit their offices.
This lesson should take you through one fifty-minute session or more. So, let’s get started.
You’ll also need to have a practice dialogue prepared. I like to have something general handy such as the following.
As you can see, I try to keep things real and friendly, as it might be in a similar situation.
However, as mentioned, you can tailor it to suit your learners’ specific needs.
Review And Feedback
After you’ve gone through the dialogues, you can offer feedback to the learners. Point out areas for improvement.
Remind them of specific areas of socializing they should work on. Ask them to review the materials. But don’t let it end there.
By way of assignments, you can ask them to write out their own dialogues for submission in the next class.
You can use the dialogues to springboard into grammar or lexical issues and practice one more time.
Remember, lessons aren’t simple tasks to be completed then move on to the next day’s lesson. That might be fine if you just want to disseminate information.
But lessons are a means for class members to learn the skills they need to be more successful in their English interactions.
In that sense, we are not just teachers, but English language trainers. As such, we can spend a little more time reinforcing the learning targets.
Be sure to set the stage for your lesson about socialize with colleagues. You must have a context for anything you teach, otherwise, it becomes ambiguous and philosophical.
So, when it comes time to roll this out, make sure they know this is a friendly setting with a colleague—less formal than with a client.
And they’ll be using English to show them around. You can present some of the language or structure involved in such a situation.
For example, you can teach them how to use what I call tour language. You can give them structure such as, “Here is …,” “This is our …,” “Over here is …,” “Down the hall is …,” “On the other side of the building is …,” etc.
You can always add or adjust based on the specific needs of your learners (e.g. directional terms, tag questions, etc.).
If it’s a group class, you may need to generalize certain areas. If a private class, you can personalize it to your individual learner’s needs in socializing.
Now that you’re ready, how does it play out? The points below will give you a better idea of the lesson flow.
Now you have an idea of how to help business learners use English in a practical way by socializing.
Our blog today has prepared you with a simple idea on how to get your class members more confident when socializing foreign with colleagues to their offices.
Future blogs will raise the bar a little more. We’ll still focus on business socializing but with clients in mind.
So, what do you think? Please share your ideas or the business situations you’d like us to address in future blogs.