Free ESL activity – Business Terminology
This is a handy activity to prepare your Business English students for the business environment.
Level: Upper Intermediate
Six phrases –Bring to the table, ramp up, wet signature, touch base, deliverables, best practice
TESOL Methodology: Communicative Approach – introduction, interview asking and answering questions
Language Skills: Listening and speaking
Activity Objectives: Students will be able to understand the meaning of 6 Business terminology phrases by responding correctly to questions as if in a job interview situation.
Teaching: Teacher will present and define the six phrases above as used in Business situations. Can use pictures, role-play or video clips to explain. Teacher then distributes Person A and Person B prompt cards and explains to students that in pairs they will role-play a job interview situation. Person A as the interviewer needs to ask questions of person B including each Business jargon phrase (prompt cards can provide helpful hints or the full sentence as needed). Person B as the interviewee will respond to the questions appropriately (prompt cards can outline clues or starting points or full sentences).
1) Bring to the table – what is given or presented (skills, resources)
2) Ramp up – increase production or time spent
3) Wet signature – hand written signature as opposed to a computer written signature
4) Touch base – get feedback or discuss
5) Deliverables – what needs to be achieved or submitted
6) Best practice – what is the most efficient method or technique to achieve an outcome
Task: Students in pairs will participate in job interview role-play. Person A as interviewer will ask questions and Person B as interviewee will respond appropriately.
Person A Prompt Cards
Introductions and greetings
Describe business and position available
Question 1: What do you bring to the table that applies to this role?
Question 2: We are about to ramp up over the Christmas period, what are your thoughts?
Question 3: In your experience what is the best practice for working in the available role?
Question 4: We have a few deliverables needed before moving onto the next stage of our current project, how can you help?
Question 5: Thank you for coming in today we will consider your application and hope to touch base with you later, when are you available?
Question 6: We’ll need your wet signature to complete the contract, when are you available?
Note Question 5 and 6 can be interchanged based on interviewer’s opinion on suitability of person B based on their responses.
Person B Prompt Cards
Introductions and greetings
Note prompt cards can supply clues on job position and applicable skills or not so applicable skills as options
Question 1 response: I am skilled in…
Question 2 responses: I am going away for Christmas I can’t work overtime. I would be happy to work extra hours I haven’t made any plans over Christmas
Question 3 responses: The best method is to work efficiently, plan and learn from your mistakes. I don’t know.
Question 4 responses: I can help you with your submission, my skills in… will enable me to help. My skills are lacking there.
Question 5 responses: I am available to come in next week. This role is not what I am looking for.
Question 6 responses: I am available to come in next week. This role is not what I am looking for.
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