Micro-meetings Lesson

Micro-meetings activity (Download full lesson)
This is a very useful exercise for practicing asking for and giving suggestions and asking for and giving alternative suggestions for everyday workplace problems. The teacher should give every student a problem card and a report sheet for them to take notes. At the end of the activity the teacher can ask the students what were the best suggestions they got and why. Before the activity begins the teacher should also go through all the problem cards and explain all the useful vocabulary and phrases, after which he/she should go through the phrases for giving suggestions and alternative suggestions and the practice dialogue.

Micro-Meetings Problem Cards
Micro-Meetings Worksheet

Asking For Help In The Workplace (Reading exercise)


Making Suggestions

How about you…

Why don’t you try…

Maybe you should consider…

It would be advisable to…

I strongly suggest you…

It would be in your best interest to…

Alternative suggestions

If that doesn’t work you could try to…

An alternative might be to…

If all else fails you could…

A plan B might be to…

If that doesn’t work, perhaps you could…



Sample Dialogue

Asking for and giving suggestions and alternative suggestions:

A: Hi Bobby. Are you busy at the moment?

B: I’m not so busy right now. What can I do for you?

A: I have a small problem and I need some suggestions. THE PROBLEM. What do you think I should do?

B: Well, you could try…

A: That’s a good idea! But if it doesn’t work, do you think there’s another way?

B:  If that doesn’t fix the problem you might try…

A: Good suggestion! Thanks Bobby. You always give good advice. If you need me for anything, don’t hesitate to ask?

B: Thanks for the offer, Lisa. I’ll take you up on that sometime. 

 

 

Micro-meetings activity (Download full lesson)
Micro-Meetings Problem Cards
Micro-Meetings Worksheet

Asking For Help In The Workplace (Reading exercise)