How to use this course
A quick introduction about how to use this course and how to navigate around it easily.
How to use this course
How to use the course
Setting objectives and goals for your learning
Are you tech savvy?
The problem with meetings …
We have all lied and continue to live through bad meetings. In this course we will be looking at meetings in general and how we can become more effective and get more out of meetings and how we can do all of this in English too.
The problem with meetings
This is what is useful and not useful for me…
Grammar For Everyone
Some helpful tips on using grammar and correcting some of the more common mistakes that learners make in English.
Top 10 Grammar Rules Everyone Should Know
Know your nouns and verbs
Find the correct tense
‘The’ or no ‘The’?
You definitely make these mistakes!12:29
The passive and active voice
Make or Do?
Do and Make – which is correct
Phrasal verbs with GET
Pronouns and adjectives
93 mistakes that French speakers make
In order to learn effectively, you need to be able to find a strategy that works for you. In these sections on learning hacks, we will look at strategies and tips to help you learn more effectively.
How to stay motivated learning English
The REAL REASON why you are TRANSLATING in your HEAD? How to think in English11:49
Why we struggle learning languages
How to Learn a Language and why most methods don’t work.13:58
The secrets to learning a language00:10:46
The secrets to learning a new language
Success As an Independent Learner
Take a moment to read
Asking effective questions
Asking questions is a uniquely powerful tool for unlocking value in organisations: It spurs learning and the exchange of ideas, it fuels innovation and performance improvement, it builds rapport and trust among team members.
It can mitigate business risk by uncovering unforeseen pitfalls and hazards. But few executives think of questioning as a skill that can be honed—or consider how their own answers to questions could make conversations more productive. That’s a missed opportunity.
5 essential ways of asking questions in English6:05
How to ask polite questions in English6:11
How to use tag questions in English6:04
Asking questions knowledge check
The Present tenses in English
There are four present tenses in English. Use the present tense to talk about something that is going on now or that is true now and any time.
Simple present to express habits and general truths.
Present continuous to talk about an action happening now.
The present simple tense5:40
The present continuous tense3:16
Present simple or Present continuous6:01
Present simple or present continuous?
Two Past Tenses in English
There are four past tenses in English. Use them to talk about things that started and ended in the past or things that started in the past and continue to the present.
Simple Past for actions starting and ending in the past.
Past Continuous for actions starting in the past and continuing to the present.
Past simple tense verbs — show actions that occurred and completed at a particular time in the past.
The past simple tense of regular verbs is marked by the ending -d or -ed. Irregular verbs have a variety of endings.
The past continuous is a verb tense which is used to show that an ongoing past action was happening at a specific moment of interruption, or that two ongoing actions were happening at the same time.
The past continuous is formed by using was / were + verb + ing.
Let's look at how to use the past in English.
Using grammar correctly
Talking about the past in English.
The Past Simple in English
Regular and irregular past simple verbs
Pronunciation of Past simple regular verbs ending in ‘ed’
Find the past simple verbs
The man on the motorbike
‘Used to’ to talk about past habits00:1:43
Past Simple or Used to – Knowledge check
The past continuous tense
The weigh in
The weigh in
The past simple and past continuous wrap up
The Present Perfect Tense
The present perfect tense is a verb tense used to express actions that occurred at a non-specific time. The present perfect tense is also used to express actions that started in the past but continue to the present.
The present perfect tense expresses actions that happened at a time that is not specific.
The Present Perfect is Used to Express:
actions of duration that occurred in the past (before now) of unspecified time
actions that started in the past but continue to the present
actions that started in the past but stopped recently
It is important to consider that the TIME of the present perfect tense is unknown.
The Present Perfect tense
Present Perfect – The forms1:40
Present Perfect with Time3:34
Using the present perfect
The Present Perfect Simple V Present Perfect Continuous3:56
Present perfect simple or continuous knowledge check
Talking about the future
Talking about what will happen / probably happen or what you forecast will happen in the future.
In short, how to use the future in English with ease.
The future in English3:34
The grammar gameshow – going to00:00:00
How to use the the future continuous tense00:00:00
7 Ways to talk about the future2:33
7 ways of talking about the future
In thi ssection we will be looking at useful expressions, false friends and other useful bits of vocabulary to make your English more fluid and accurate.
Vocabulary learning strategies6:17
Goals for Success
Are your eating habits good?
The things we say …
False Friends / Faux amis
5 MOST USEFUL English expressions that you didn’t learn at school8:37
More food idioms
All about berries
Learn some simple tips to improve your pronunciation in a flash.
The Schwa sound in English13:29
Proununciation of sounds in English
Schwa – the basics4:09
More on Schwa3:32
How to pronounce 10 of the most difficult common words in English4:45
Advanced British Pronunciation – Speak like a native in 5 sounds11:20
In this section we will be looking at parts of a meeting, The beginning, going through the agenda, right down to closing the meeting.
Planning for the meeting (Agenda and goals)00:1:47
An outline meeting agenda
Remote Meetings in real life00:3:25
Top Tips to get the most out of remote meetings00:12:10
Effective Meetings in Plain English00:3:07
A business meeting transcript Part 1
Business meeting transcript Part 1 analysis
Starting a meeting
The start of the meeting is a very important step to setting the tone and energy of a meeting and sadly is one of the steps that is often neglected.
In this section we will look at effective ways to start a meeting.
Start a meeting effectively
Starting a meeting
The Language of meetings
The language of meetings, whilst it is not difficult, is specific and important to master.
In this section we will look at some examples that you can practice and use in your own meetings.
The language of meetings2:27
Business English for meetings
Presenting information in a user-friendly, easy to understand format is essential for meetings and presentations. If you are unclear, then you could give the impression that you are unprepared or just do not know what you are talking about.
Of course, this may be untrue, but this is what could be perceived. We will look at ways that you can present information clearly, concisely and professionally.
What are you afraid of?1:02
Five things every presenter needs to know about people6:09
Things every presenter should know about people
Sometimes a presentation is not a good idea …0:32
Starting and ending a presentation15:59
No more bullet points!0:47
A primer on slide design2:54
Why use Infographics?1:53
Talking about Figures
How to talk about big numbers, finance, sales, turnover and trends in English.
In meetings, reports, presentations etc..., it is important to have to describe and compare numeric data such as profits or sales figures and trends from graphs, charts or tables.
In this section we will be learning ways to describe changes in numbers/figures/trends/sales/P&L etc.
Saying big numbers in English
Writing big numbers
A few points about figures in English
Agreeing and disagreeing
We need to be able to agree and disagree in a professional and well adapted way in meetings.
In this section we will look at ways to strongly agree and disagree in English, whilst remaining polite and professional.
How to disagree politely
How to disagree politely
Linking devices of contrast00:00:00
Using linking devices of contrast
Brave or foolish?
Brave or foolish – contrast and linking
How to disagree productively and find common ground00:00:00
Introducing subjects & Topics
In this section we will look at ways of introducing subjects and topics in a meeting and moving smoothly through an agenda.
Managing conflict in a meeting
When agreeing and disagreeing, at times it can lead to friction within a team that can often result in conflict. If it a conflict of ideas, then this is often the roots of creativity, however, if it is a conflict of personalities, then this can produce tension in a meeting that can result in negativity at best.
Let's look at ways of managing conflict and channeling creativity in our meetings.
Taking Meeting minutes directly in English
In this section we will be looking at how you can improve your skills at taking notes and minutes directly in English during meetings.
The point of taking notes is to write down short but significant information for our later review or as a reminder. Meeting minutes recorder may have different roles than other meeting attendees and their notes may differ.
We will lokk at tips and strategies to take effective notes directly in English faster.
Scanning text to find information quickly00:00:00
Skimming and scanning
Scanning a job advert
Scanning a job advert – knowledge check
Skimming and scanning practical test
Skimming & scanning practical test knowledge check
Cross-cultural Meeting skills
We have all experienced bad meetings. In Western countries this may mean lack of punctuality or urgency, redundant discussions that go on and on, or conversation domination. But when meeting attendees are from different countries, it gets more complex. What is bad meeting behavior in one country is not necessarily bad in another.
The ground rule is: make no assumptions except the assumption that cross-cultural difference will impact the meeting. The differences are so vast that it is important to have a framework for understanding cross-cultural meeting behaviors.
When to schedule meetings
Did you know that there are ways to ensure that your meetings go well, apart from all of the tips and information that you have seen.
There are exellent and very bad times and days to schedule a meeting.
Let's look at the best days and times to plan meetings and why this is so.
Human Resources Matter
Learn vocabulary, phrasal verbs and expressions to talk about Human Resources.
Some basic HR vocabulary00:00:00
Basic Human Resources vocabulary knowledge check
Jobs & Jobs analysis00:00:00
Writing job descriptions00:00:00
The surprising truth about what motivates us10:48
8 lessons on building a company people enjoy working for5:04
Describe Personality and Character
This is the real English we speak every day - when you understand this, you will have one of the keys to really advancing in English.
This is what happens when you reply to spam email
Replying to email scammers in order
Idioms in the video – replying to scammers by email
Really using the idioms from the video
Using the telephone in English can be tricky as we can't see the speaker and sometimes the conversation is difficult to hear and understand due to outside noise or interruptions. In this module we will look at getting more confident with the telephone in English.
Final thoughts and wrap-up evaluation
Some final thoughts on the course you have completed and an overall evaluation of what you have learnt.