The Christmas Party

This is a role-play scenario to work on with your teacher.

You will play someone who works in a small startup company. Your teacher will play the secretary helping your organise an event.

The Scenario

You've been asked to organise the annual work Christmas party for about 30 people.


Your secretary is available to make the arrangements, book the venue, food, alcohol etc.


Discuss the party with him. What are the things you need to consider? What should you be worried about?


How do you make sure everyone has a good time without any problems?

Useful Vocabulary

Car crash / train wreck

A situation which is bad and completely out of control. "Why should we spend more money on this project? It's a complete car crash."

Cultural sensitivities

Things to consider because of peoples' religion, nationality, sexual orientation etc. "We need to be aware of cultural sensitivities when planning the party"

I’ve heard all this before!

Said if someone is trying to promise that something will be done, when they have previously said the same thing - and you are sceptical. Not rude, but very direct

Personal Problems

Things outside work which may be affecting your performance or timekeeping. Implies you don't really want to discuss details

Suitable venue

A location or building which is appropriate for the purpose intended


Provision of food for people attending an event

Disciplinary Issues

Problems an employee has had at work with bad behaviour. "Your work is OK, but we can't overlook your disciplinary issues"

Leave that/it with me

Said to reassure someone that you understand their problem, will look into it and respond to them

Site Visit

When you visit a customer, partner or venue, or when they visit your company.


Someone who doesn't drink alcohol is teetotal, or a teetotaller

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