Whether you are a student or already have a job, chances are you will be asked to work together with your colleagues to reach a particular goal. This might be a simpler presentation or a report, or a more complex project over a longer period of time. No matter what your project is, it is essential to be able to carefully make a detailed plan with specific aims and then collaborate with other people to meet those goals

This can be difficult to do in our own language, so it should not be a surprise that working together on a project in another language is even more challenging!

The good news is that using your English in these kinds of situations is excellent practice, and can also help you to develop other kinds of skills that are valuable for practical life situations as well as being successful with job interviews, getting a promotion, or furthering your career goals.

Working Together

The key to being able to successfully plan and carry out a project is to be able to effectively work together with other people. If you are a student, this could mean people in your year who you have never met before, with different strengths and skills to you. People who are working, particularly in large organisations or multi-national companies, often have to collaborate with colleagues from other departments such as IT, Marketing, or Customer Service...

In order to be able to collaborate in these kinds of situations, it is essential to develop practical English skills.

Practical English

When thinking about what language will be the most beneficial in this context, it can be useful to think about the following areas: 

Agreeing and disagreeing:

  • Absolutely! 
  • I don’t think that is a good idea…

Making suggestions: 

  • Maybe we could/should
  • Do you think it would be possible to…

Sharing opinions:

  • I really think that…
  • One idea I have is…

Giving reasons and examples:

  • I think a good example of this is…
  • The reason I think it will work is…

Reporting on progress and status:

  • The project will be finished in…
  • All of the deadlines have been met except…

Predicting and discussing conditional outcomes:

  • If we do not meet this deadline, then….
  • I think that if we increase the budget by…..

 The best thing about practicing and using these kinds of phrases is that they are flexible and can be used in a wide range of situations.

How myClass can help?

Here are some good examples of myClass lessons that demonstrate many of the qualities above and would be useful for any students who are looking to practice their skills related to planning and carrying out projects:

  • Topic 1: Structuring a report
  • Topic 2: Clear and effective presentations
  • Topic 3: Reaching targets and achieving goals
  • Topic 4: Discussing a project
  • Topic 5: Handle meetings with confidence (W)
  • And more…

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