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Business Skills: Easy English Meetings (Meetings in English)

Learn expressions & vocabulary to participate in Meetings in English. Boost Your Business English and Meetings Skills!
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Updated 11/11/2016!

Attending English meetings can be very challenging. It can be difficult to participate and to keep things on-track. You will learn how to use polite English to participate in English meetings, as well as expressions for leading a meeting in English.

English Meetings Made Easy:

  • Learn Language Expressions for giving your opinion, clarifying, problem solving, leading a meeting, and more.
  • Get the tools you need to be an effective participant in any meeting in English.
  • Hear Examples of “real-world" application of strategies taught in this course.

Target Students:

  • Are you nervous about attending a meeting in English with foreign counterparts?
  • Do you have a good command of English, but feel like your meeting vocabulary may be lacking?
  • Would you like to learn how to sound more natural when making small talk and discussing problems?
  • Do you need to attend meetings with colleagues from English-Speaking Countries?

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

Learning Outcomes:

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Use expressions for Opening, Conducting, and Closing a Meeting
  2. Clarify and ask Questions politely
  3. Use strategies for making Small Talk effectively
  4. Use expressions for Problem Solving
  5. Use a variety of Business Vocabulary

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 Meetings 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 your ability to participate in English Meetings and your General English.

Enroll NOW, and start participating in Meetings in English!


Who is the target audience?
  • Business English Students who need to attend Meetings in English
  • Upper-Intermediate to Advanced English Language Learners
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What Will I Learn?
Use strategies for making small talk effectively
Use expressions for opening, conducting, and closing a meeting
Clarify and ask questions politely
Use expressions for problem solving
Use a variety of Business Vocabulary for meetings and everyday conversation
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  • Students must have a good grasp of General English in order to receive the maximum benefit from this course.
  • Business experience is helpful, but not necessary.
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 39 Lectures Collapse All 39 Lectures 02:51:35
Introduction to the Course
4 Lectures 05:00

This is a course overview which lets you know what to expect in terms of content and delivery.

Preview 02:52

This video shows you how to access the downloadable resources for this course. Downloadable resources are included with most lessons.

How to Access Downloadable Resources

This contains all of the supplements for the course. You may print them and refer to them as you take each lesson. Or, if you prefer, you may simply download each supplement as you take each lesson.

All Supplements - Ebook
26 pages

Get to know the "participants" in the meeting around which this course is based.

Meet the Participants + Background to the Meeting
Before the Meeting: Establishing Goodwill
5 Lectures 18:35

When setting a meeting, you need to include some crucial information. This material will teach you the info to include, as well as how to write an email to set up a meeting, and how to respond to a meeting request.

Expressions for Setting a Meeting
3 pages

When meeting someone for the first time, you need to be able to transition smoothly from self introductions to making small talk. This lesson shows you how to introduce yourself naturally, and gives you some strategies for making small talk.

Greetings and Small Talk: First Meeting (Expressions)

This lesson explains the idioms from the previous lecture, and lets you know some cultural issues of meeting someone for the first time.

Greetings and Small Talk: First Meeting (Idioms+ Culture Notes)

If you are meeting someone whom you know, but haven't seen in a long time, the strategies for making small talk are different than those you use when meeting someone for the first time. Learn how to engage in conversation naturally with someone you've met previously.

Small Talk Strategies for Subsequent Meetings

This lesson reinforces expressions used for subsequent meetings, and explains the idioms used in the previous lesson.

Small Talk Strategies for Subsequent Meetings: Idioms

Greetings and Small Talk Quiz
10 questions
The Chair: Conducting Meetings
6 Lectures 25:30

The best way to have a successful meeting is to have a successful opening. This lesson teaches you the steps you need to take to open a meeting in English, as well as several useful expressions for opening a meeting.

Please take a look at the "Meeting Agenda," in the Downloadable Materials, which will help you better understand the meeting scenario used in this course.

Starting the Meeting: Key Expressions

This lesson reinforces the steps taken to open a meeting, and explains some useful business vocabulary.

Starting the Meeting: Vocabulary

For this lesson, you must pause the video at the appropriate times and speak out loud. Then, compare your answer to the instructor's.

Starting a Meeting - Practice

If you are chairing the meeting, your primary responsibility is to keep things moving. This lesson shows you how to stay on-topic throughout the meeting.

Keeping to the Agenda

For this lesson, you must pause the video at the appropriate times and speak out loud. Then, compare your answer to the instructor's.

Conducting a Meeting - Practice

It can be difficult to control a meeting if everyone is talking at the same time. Learn how to manage interruptions.

Handling Interruptions

Conducting Meetings Quiz
10 questions
Participating in a Meeting
13 Lectures 45:11

Asking questions and clarifying politely are necessary skills when participating in a meeting. Learn how to do this in English in this lesson.

Preview 06:08

This lesson reinforces questioning and clarifying and teaches some useful business vocabulary.

Preview 05:28

This is a list of all of the expressions from the next 4 lessons. Print this out and refer to it as you watch the next 4 videos.

Problem Solving Expressions
2 pages

This lesson looks in detail at the expressions and vocabulary Fred uses to discuss problems.

Problem Solving 1: Fred

This lesson looks in detail at the expressions and vocabulary Bob uses to discuss problems.

Problem Solving 2: Bob

This lesson looks in detail at the expressions and vocabulary Linda uses to discuss problems.

Problem Solving 3: Linda

This lesson looks in detail at the expressions and vocabulary Karen uses to discuss problems.

Problem Solving 4: Karen

Knowing how to use the appropriate expression to give an opinion is one of the most important skills in business English. Learn expressions for various types of opinions, as well as how to refer to previous opinions and ask for opinions.

Giving and Asking for Opinions: Key Expressions

This lesson reinforces different kinds of opinions, and teaches business vocabulary.

Giving and Asking for Opinions: Vocabulary

It is important to know how to agree and disagree politely. Learn how to do it in this lesson.

Responding to Opinions

How can you interrupt (1.) without sounding rude and (2.) so that people will listen to your opinion? Learn how in this short lesson.


Learn how to use conditional statements for setting conditions.

Setting Conditions

This document gives you some important information to keep in mind if you are tasked with keeping the minutes at a meeting. A sample meeting minutes template is also included.

Taking the Minutes at a Meeting
2 pages

Participating in Meetings Quiz
9 questions
Closing a Meeting
3 Lectures 11:00

Closing a Meeting clearly and concisely is the most important thing you can do in order to make the meeting seem productive. Without a solid closing, participants may feel that they've wasted their time. Learn the steps and expressions needed for a successful closing.

Closing a Meeting: Key Expressions

This lesson reinforces the stages of closing a meeting, and teaches the colloquial vocabulary from the previous lesson.

Closing a Meeting: Vocabulary

For this lesson, you must pause the video at the appropriate times and speak out loud. Then, compare your answer to the instructor's.

Closing a Meeting - Practice

Closing a Meeting Quiz
7 questions
Course Wrap-Up
3 Lectures 05:31

This video summarizes the key concepts taught in the course and gives advice for continued success.

Summary of Key Points

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How to Leave a Review for This Course

This is the scenario on which the meeting in this course is based. Print it out and practice the meeting with a teacher or a group of colleagues. Compare your mock meeting to the meeting in this course.

Practice Meeting Scenario
5 pages
Sample Meeting - Complete
2 Lectures 14:28

Listen to the entire meeting with the audio script on the screen. A .pdf of the audio script is available in the "Resources" Tab.

Sample Meeting - With Audio Script

"Watch" the meeting with no audio script on the screen.

Sample Meeting - No Audio Script
Downloadable Audio Files
3 Lectures 08:20
Small Talk Audio 1: Mark and Fred

Small Talk Audio 2: Bob and Karen

Sample Meeting (Complete) Audio
About the Instructor
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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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