how to use the english idiom take on board with esl expert ajarn ken

From the whiteboard today, we look at the expression "Take on Board"

Yesterday I was doing some creative writing class with a few students are we were looking at situations where they had some conflict with their team and how they were able to resolve this conflict.

On of the excellent phrases we came up with was the phrase "Take on Board". We were talking about how in the team, a fellow colleague of one of my students were having a disagreement on the best way to proceed with a project at university.

The student was trying to express how, in the group, they were trying to persuade the team mate who was quite stubborn and dug her heals in and wouldn't listen to the explanation of her other team mates.

She refused to listen or to compromise to the others. This is when we use this expression, the team mate refused to "Take on Board" any suggestion or comment from the others.

This tells us that she wasn't willing to listen to others ideas or opinion or if she was willing she still thought her idea or opinion was the best or most valid for the siutation. 

Similarly, if she was open to the comments, opinions and suggestions then she would have "taken on board" what the other students were saying.

Hope you found this useful, let us know if you have any comments, suggestions or questions and Ill be nly to happy to answer.

Ajarn Ken


Take on Board means that someone is receptive and willing to listen to other peoples opinions or ideas or suggestions.


Useful Vocabulary

Conflict - to have some disagreement or difference of opinion with someone

Persuade - to speak to someone and get them to think the same of you or to oet them to change their mind or opinion

Compromise - to speak to someone with the aim of both coming to an agreement or understanding with a situation

Dug her heals in - this we use to show that someone is refusing to accept other peoples idea and that she thinks her opinion is probably the best action.

Stubborn - we use to express how someone will not change their mind from their own thinking.