learning how to disagree in business- ESL adult PPT business English lesson

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learning how to disagree is an ESL adult business conversation lesson in an editable PowerPoint format. In this lesson your students will learn essential vocabulary for phrases in English that are commonly used for both agreeing and disagreeing with people politely, they will then practice these phrases in a role-play activity.

We all crave to be liked and to live in harmony, and agreeing is always easier than confronting someone, at least in the short run, but in business (and arguably in life in general), respect is more important than likability. In business, it’s important to know how to prevent a situation from escalating and getting your point across without seeming rude or arrogant.

ESL business students have three main difficulties with disagreement:

· The first is linguistic, mainly not knowing the correct words to use, or understanding correctly what’s being said to them.

· The second and third are cultural, which consist of matching the correct type of phrase to the occasion and knowing how to deliver the words and what to stress in the sentence.

ONE – ON – ONE: Many ESL business students require private one-on-one lessons. This lesson can be used both with a business class and with one private student.


1. It introduces an important concept that will be needed throughout the year.

2. It provides tools and essential vocabulary.

3. It has a roleplay activity that helps students get to know each other.

This lesson is divided into two parts:

The first part - discusses the importance of expressing a disagreement and doing so while following business etiquette rules.

The second part - students are asked to practice what they’ve learned by acting out situations in which they are required to disagree.

Part one:

♚ How likely are you to express disagreement at work?

♚ Why SHOULD you disagree with people at work?

♚ Why are we afraid to express disagreement?

♚ Disagreement as part of a creative process.

♚ Resolving disagreements on a positive note.

♚ The three factors of the art of disagreement.

♚ How to disagree without ruffling any feathers.

Part two:

♚ rules for polite disagreement

♚ Matter, Manner, Method

♚ Expressions for Agreeing and Disagreeing

♚ Disagreement role-play



I hope you and your students enjoy this lesson!

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For problems and questions, suggestions, or idea sharing, I would LOVE to hear from you - contact me at: taffy@soaveenglish.it

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