Christmas Party- Negotiations

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Christmas party checklist and negotiations 

Student A 

 

You and your partner need to arrange a (British style) office Xmas party together. Half the jobs that need 

to be done to prepare for the party are written below with the time that it will take. Without telling your 

partner the exact time needed, persuade your partner to do some of the jobs below and accept doing some 

of their jobs in return. When you finish your negotiation, the time of the jobs that are still left on your 

sheet plus the time of the jobs you have volunteered to do from your partner’s sheet is your total time. If 

you have agreed to do something together or split it fifty fifty you should add the times with that in mind. 

The person with the least total time is the winner. 

 

Clean 

up 

after 

the 

party 

 

    3 

hours 

Go and buy the disposable crockery and cutlery for the party (paper plates etc.) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

75 minutes 

Buy paper party hats, party poppers etc.   

 

 

60 minutes 

Plan 

icebreaker 

party 

games 

    50 

minutes 

Hang up lights, tinsel and other decorations 

 

 

45 minutes 

Give a speech at the beginning of 

the 

party   10 

minutes 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which things from both your lists do you really think you would have to do if you arranged a Xmas party 

together? How is the party described here different from an office party in your country (e.g. The type of 

food served)? What are the good and bad things about the party as it is described? 

 

What order is it best to do them in? How long will each one really take? 

 

Plan a really good Xmas party together, deciding on how long each thing will take and splitting the jobs 

up between you. 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

 

Christmas party checklist and negotiations 

Student B 

 

You and your partner need to arrange a (British style) office Xmas party together. Half the jobs that need 

to be done to prepare for the party are written below with the time that it will take. Without telling your 

partner the exact time needed, persuade your partner to do some of the jobs below and accept doing some 

of their jobs in return. When you finish your negotiation, the time of the jobs that are still left on your 

sheet plus the time of the jobs you have volunteered to do from your partner’s sheet is your total time. If 

you have agreed to do something together or split it fifty fifty you should add the times with that in mind. 

The person with the least total time is the winner. 

 

Go to the shops and buy some Xmas decorations 

 

 

90 minutes 

Search round the office for the office corkscrew and bottle opener 

90 minutes 

Go out and buy the alcoholic drinks (e.g. Egg nog), mixers, ice cubes and soft drinks for the party 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

45 minutes 

Organise 

Secret 

Santa     30 

minutes 

Make sure everyone leaves the office at the end of the party and call taxis for anyone who is too drunk to 

drive 

or 

walk 

home 

     60 

minutes 

Put up the Xmas tree and decorate it 

 

 

 

50 minutes 

Buy snacks (pretzels, nuts, chocolates 

etc.)   45 

minutes   

Get the Xmas tree and lights from last year out of the storeroom   

10 minutes 

 

Which things from both your lists do you really think you would have to do if you arranged a Xmas party 

together? How is the party described here different from an office party in your country (e.g. The type of 

food served)? What are the good and bad things about the party as it is described? 

 

What order is it best to do them in? How long will each one really take? 

 

Plan a really good Xmas party together, deciding on how long each thing will take and splitting the jobs 

up between you. 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

 

Christmas party checklist and negotiations 

Worksheet 2- The Language of Negotiations Reversi Game 

 

Teacher's instructions 

Photocopy one copy of the worksheet per pair of students and cut it out along the solid lines. Fold each 

card along the dotted line so the students can only see one side at a time.   

Give out the cards and get the students to arrange them in a line so that they can only see one side of 

each card. It doesn't matter which order they are in or which side is up first. The aim of the game is to get 

from one end of the line to the other by correctly saying what is on the other side of each card (always a 

sentence that means the same). If anyone makes a mistake, they have to go back to the beginning of the 

line and start again. 

 

 
I'll hang up the decorations, but only if you put up the Christmas tree 
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I'll hang up the decorations, providing you put up the Christmas tree. 

 
Right, shall we get started? 
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Right, shall we get down to business? 

 
Let me start by welcoming you to Finland. 
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To start with, I'd like to say what a pleasure it is to welcome you to Finland. 

 
Could you get that down on paper and send it to me by Friday? 
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Can I have that in writing by the end of the week? 

 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

 

 
Does anyone have anything to add before we bring the meeting to a close? 
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Are there any final points to make before we wrap things up? 

 
Did you have a good journey? 
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Did you have any trouble getting here? 

 
Thank you for coming here on such a cold day. 
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Thank you for braving the elements to come here today. 

To recap what we've agreed, your side will purchase the Xmas goods and our side will 
MC. 
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In summary, your side has agreed to buy the Xmas stuff and we have agreed to fill the 
role of MC. 

 
I'll have to check that with my colleagues and get back to you. 
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I'll have to confirm that with my team before I can let you know for sure. 

 
That seems reasonable. 
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That sounds acceptable. 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

 

 

 
Instead of dividing that job up fifty-fifty, perhaps we could work together on that part.
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Rather than splitting that job up equally, maybe cooperating on that part is worth a 
try. 

 

As further practice, you could have the students put the sentences in the order of a typical negotiation 

meeting. 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007