english for work
2 week calendar
Take a look at the calendar below. Your tutor will now show you exactly how we refer to meetings that take place within the same week and the preceding week. We also use this same format in Business English to refer to months and years.
You will also gain an insight in how to pronounce the days of the week, months of the year and seasons.
Listen to the audios, your task is to write down the dates and times that you hear. Your tutor will ask you to type these into your Skype chat box.
days of the month
With your tutor, you will now state each of the calendar days of the month to check pronunciation. The way in which you pronounce; st, nd, rd and th are key to this task.
days of the week
With your tutor, you will check the pronunciation of each day of the week.
months of the year
With your tutor, you will check the pronunciation of the months in a year.
Match the text on the left in Black to the text on the right in Green.
Listen to the audio and write down the dates that you hear. You could be on the phone to an HR manager, speaking to an international client or organising an event so listening and writing is a very important skill.
Your calendar - this week
Your calendar - next week
Look at your Diary for both weeks and answer the following questions:
1. When are you going for dinner with Sally Hunter?
2. When is your presentation on Project A?
3. When is your conference call with Germany?
4. When does your management report need to be finished?
5. When are you taking the kids to football?
6. When is the security software installation?
7. When is the deadline for Project X?
8. When are you meeting Susan Shaw?
9. When are you meeting Zak Smith?
More Practice - Optional
1. When are you flying to Paris?
2. When is your Doctors appointment?
3. When is your Sales Target meeting?
4. When are you having dinner with Geoff Waid?
5. When are you having lunch with Samantha Banks?
Listening and writing skills
Listen carefully to the audio, write down the dates, times and events. Listening and writing skills are needed when you have a very high level of client interaction.
The Import Company
Requesting a meeting
When we want to create a meeting date and time, we can use the following sentenses:
Are you available...............
Are you free.....................
Would it be possible to meet................
Can we meet .......................
Could we meet...................
There are many more but the key here is that all these sentenses are extremely polite. When we speak to clients we don't know very well, we use a high level of formality. As your business relationship develops, the level of formality will decrease.
If we look at a particular date and use it as an example, for the purpose of this excersise let us use the date below:
Monday the 15th of August
If I want to arrange a meeting with a client I would use; Would it be possible to meet ON Monday the 15th of August. I can also use; Would it be possible to meet ON THE 15th of August. Remember that you can leave less margin of error if you use the following:
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