Business Skills: First Meetings & Small Talk (Socializing)

Make introductions and small talk inside and outside your company. Increase your confidence and Business English skills!
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  • Lectures 25
  • Length 1 hour
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  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 10/2015 English

Course Description

Updated 11/11/2016!

Starting a conversation with someone in English can be very challenging. It can be difficult to know which expressions are appropriate. You will master polite English for greeting people inside and outside your company, as well as how to start a conversation with people you don't know.

In this course you will have many chances to practice using what you learn.

Basic Socializing Made Easy:

  • Learn Language Expressions for starting a conversation; introducing yourself and other people; greeting someone whom you have not seen in a long time; making small talk an an airplane; and communicating naturally with counterparts in a foreign country.
  • Get the tools you need to be an effective communicator at a basic to intermediate level.
  • Hear Examples of “real-world" application of strategies taught in this course.


Target Students:

  • Are you nervous about using English with people in or outside of your company?
  • Do you have a good command of English, but feel like your confidence in naturally starting conversations may be lacking?
  • Would you like to learn how to sound more natural when making small talk?
  • Do you need to meet with partners or colleagues who speak English?
  • Do you attend conferences or meetings with English-speaking people?


If you answered "YES" to any of these questions, then enroll now! This course is for Beginning to Intermediate English Language Learners.

Learning Outcomes:

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Use expressions for introducing yourself and other people
  2. Use rejoinders to show interest naturally
  3. Use strategies for making Small Talk effectively
  4. Use a variety of Business Expressions

And, ELT Online will give you more support outside of the lectures:

  • Quizzes and Supplemental Handouts will ensure that you retain what you have learned.
  • Discussions to connect your learning to the real world.
  • Post your questions about Socializing in English and receive an answer within 48 hours


ELT Online has trained thousands of teachers in teaching English, and now students can benefit from that expertise.

The skills you learn in this course will improve both your ability to Socialize and your General English.

Enroll NOW, and start socializing in English!

What are the requirements?

  • You must know how to read and write in English
  • You need a basic understanding of spoken English
  • Business experience is helpful, but not necessary.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Introduce yourself and a colleague to people both within and outside of your company
  • Make basic small talk about your work and family
  • Make conversation with business people on an airplane
  • Use appropriate language for meeting someone whom you have not met in a long time
  • Speak more naturally by showing interest in what others say
  • Increase fluency (speaking speed) when making small talk and introductions

What is the target audience?

  • Beginning-to-Intermediate English Language Learners
  • Non-Native English speakers who wish to improve their fluency
  • Business English students who want to review basic socializing skills

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Course Overview
04:42

What's the best way to take this course? What will I learn? What won't I learn? Who is this course for?

This video answers all of these questions and more.

Section 2: In-Company
06:15

*Please see the Downloadable Resource for this section. It includes the audio script with key expressions highlighted.

Objectives:

1.Be able to initiate and conclude introductions.

2.Introduce yourself to someone who does not work for your company.

3.Introduce yourself to someone working for your company.

4.Use phrases for responding appropriately to greetings.

Practice Activity: First Meetings - Greetings and Introductions
00:29
Practice Activity: Introducing Yourself
00:41
06:06

Objectives:

1.Be able to introduce a colleague to someone they haven’t met.

2.Respond appropriately to an introduction.

Practice Activity: Introducing Other People (1 of 2)
00:41
Practice Activity: Introducing Other People (2 of 2)
00:28
03:47

*Please see the Downloadable Resource for this section. It includes the audio script with key expressions highlighted.

Objectives:

1.Be able to introduce yourself and a colleague to someone you’re meeting for the first time.

2.Respond appropriately to introductions.

3.Make and respond to a polite offer.

Practice Activity: Introducing Yourself and a Colleague (1 of 2)
00:42
Practice Activity: Introducing Yourself and a Colleague (2 of 2)
00:41
3 questions

Check your knowledge of the expressions learned in this section!

Section 3: On The Airplane
05:45

Objectives:

1.Start a conversation on an airplane.

2.Be able to make small talk about your work.

3.Finish a conversation on an airplane.

Practice Activity: On an Airplane - Small Talk 1: Work
Preview
01:14
04:34

*Please see the Downloadable Resource for this section. It includes the audio script with key expressions highlighted.

Objectives:

1.Ask about someone’s family.

2.Talk a bit about your family.

3.Respond appropriately to small talk about family.

Practice Activity: On an Airplane - Small Talk 2: Family
00:44
3 questions

Check what you've learned in this section!

Section 4: Away from Home
06:45

*Please see the Downloadable Resource for this section. It includes the audio script with key expressions highlighted.

Objectives:

1.Be able to start a conversation about one’s surroundings.

2.Respond positively and add a small talk topic.

3.Introduce yourself naturally.

Practice Activity: Starting a Conversation
00:59
01:01

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03:38

Objectives:

1.Be able to start a conversation with someone you’ve met before.

2.Respond appropriately to a greeting from someone you’ve met before.

3.Answer the question “How’s business?”

03:46

Objectives:

1.Be able to start a conversation with someone you’ve met before.

2.Respond appropriately to a greeting from someone you’ve met before.

3.Give some details about your last meeting

4.Make an invitation to meet

01:42

This lesson provides extra practice for greeting and talking with someone you haven't seen in a while.

04:46

*Please see the Downloadable Resource for this section. It includes the audio script with key expressions highlighted.

Objectives:

1.Make basic small talk when meeting a counterpart in another country or city

2.Respond to the question “How was your flight?”

3.Ask for recommendations

Practice Activity: Meeting Counterparts: Part 1
00:49
05:17

*Please see the Downloadable Resource for this section. It includes the audio script with key expressions highlighted.

Objectives:

1.Use rejoinders for responding to bad news

2.Use rejoinders to show interest

3.Ask for clarification if you don’t understand something

4.Use the expression “It sounds like you’ve had your hands full!”

Practice Activity: Meeting Counterparts: Part 2
01:18
5 questions

Check your knowledge of key expressions from this section!

Section 5: Summary
Summary of Key Points
06:36

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Instructor Biography

ELT Online, Quality Training for English Language Teachers & Students

ELT Online provides quality professional development opportunities to those in the field of English Language Teaching; as well as high-quality training to English Language Learners. Specialties include Business English, English for Academic Purposes, New Teacher Training, and Test Prep Courses.

The instructor, Joshua Durey has been in the field of ELT since 2003 as a teacher of English to speakers of other languages. During that time he has taught in four countries and has helped 1,000s of students improve their General and Business English. He earned his BA in Business Management from the University of Arkansas, and his MA in Teaching English as a Foreign or Second Language from the University of Birmingham, Birmingham, England.

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