When faced with a difficult question, especially in a stressful situation like a job interview or a product presentation, some learners of English tend to fall silent and fail to let the other person know that they’re thinking.This might be especially problematic if the conversation takes place over the phone or Skype, i.e. when the person they’re talking to can’t see them and doesn’t know how to interpret their silence. Here’s a short lesson that I designed to help my learners deal with this problem.
Level: B1 – B2
Learner type: Business English or General English/Teens.
Time: 30-45 minutes
Materials: a Microsoft Word worksheet (you can download a .pdf file from Slideshare below):