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RESOURCES FOR ENGLISH TEACHERS

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Provide a comprehensive course with our ¼ϲͶע worksheets. Each of our evolving course plans and worksheet series can be followed systematically or you can select lessons to use as supplementary material.

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Level: Intermediate (B1-B2)

Business English
Lesson 1
Birth or upbringing

Intermediate (B1-B2)

This lesson has been updated. The theme of this lesson is what makes a successful entrepreneur. Students read an article that discusses whether entrepreneurs are born with certain character traits or develop the necessary skills over time. Vocabulary for describing entrepreneurial activity and personality is studied, and students have an opportunity to share their opinions on the topic.

by Gillian Smylie

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Lesson 2
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King of chess

Intermediate (B1-B2)

The topic of this lesson is sporting talent. Students read an article on an extremely gifted child chess prodigy from Ireland. In the grammar exercise, there is a review of the present simple, present perfect simple, past simple and used to + infinitive. At the end of the lesson, students talk about sporting talents in their own countries.

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Lesson 3
Corporate well-being

Intermediate (B1-B2)

This theme of this lesson is corporate health. Students read an article about a company that is attempting to improve the well-being of its staff and listen to two corporate health experts commenting on the firm’s health initiatives. In the grammar section of the worksheet, the present simple, present continuous, present perfect simple and past simple are reviewed. This is followed by a discussion on corporate health initiatives.

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Lesson 4
Longevity

Intermediate (B1-B2)

The theme of this lesson is longevity. Students read an article on the habits that can lead to a longer life and study common collocations for describing healthy lifestyles. Structures for speculating and explaining are also studied and practised. At the end of the lesson, the students discuss the article topic.

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Lesson 5
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Liar liar

Intermediate (B1-B2)

This lesson is based on an article that discusses why job applicants are increasingly lying on their CVs/résumés and how employers are trying to deal with the problem. Lesson activities include a game in which students write down and read out sentences about their own educational and professional background, and their partners try to guess if they are lying or not.

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Lesson 6
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Thirsty work

Intermediate (B1-B2)

In this lesson, students read an article on the benefits and drawbacks of the coffee shop as a place for work and business. In the grammar section of the worksheet, students practise using the present perfect for describing recent changes, changes over time and situations that have continued until the present. At the end of the lesson, the class shares their own opinions about working in cafes.

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Lesson 7
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Hello, I’m on the plane

Intermediate (B1-B2)

Technology has been developed to allow passengers to use their mobile phones safely on planes. Students read an article about the different attitudes among business travellers towards this development. In the grammar section of the worksheet, the first and second conditionals are studied and practised. Students then discuss the lesson topic and debate the pros and cons of in-flight mobile phone use.

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Lesson 8
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Extreme living

Mixed levels

B1-B2: The topic of this lesson is living in an extreme environment. Students read an article on how the inhabitants of Yakutsk in Russia cope with living in the world’s coldest city. Students share their reactions and discuss how the climate in their own countries compares.


B2-C1: Students watch a report on how the inhabitants of Yakutsk in Russia cope with living in the world’s coldest city. The lesson includes listening comprehension and vocabulary development and concludes with a discussion activity.

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Lesson 9
Space tourism

Intermediate (B1-B2)

This lesson is based on an article on the nascent space tourism industry. The text focuses on the different companies that will be operating in this market, including Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, as well as the future costs and environmental impact of commercial space flights. In the grammar section of the worksheets, reported statements and questions are studied and practised. At the end of the lesson, students discuss whether they believe space tourism could become mass market.

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Lesson 10
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Metro stress

Intermediate (B1-B2)

The theme of this lesson is transport and stress. Students read an article on the problems faced by commuters and workers on the metro in the Russian capital Moscow. The passive voice is studied and practised. At the end of the lesson, students talk about the transport systems in their own countries.

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Lesson 11
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The fame game

Intermediate (B1-B2)

The theme of this lesson is celebrity endorsement. Students read about the benefits and drawbacks of companies associating their brands with celebrities. Students learn key vocabulary related to marketing and advertising, and useful expressions for developing an argument are also studied. During the lesson, several aspects of the worksheet topic are discussed.

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Lesson 12
Planning ahead

Intermediate (B1-B2)

The theme of this lesson is probability and chance. Students read an article on an unusual, statistical approach to planning their week. Collocations for describing several routines and activities are studied. In the grammar exercises, students learn how to express probability and chance using modal verbs and other useful structures. At the end of the lesson, students select from a list of topics and discuss what they believe will happen in each case.

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Lesson 13
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On the run

Intermediate (B1-B2)

In this lesson, students read an article about Dean Karnazes, a so-called ‘ultra-marathon runner’ who has run distances of up to 350 miles non-stop. In the grammar exercises, the differences between the gerund and infinitive forms in two-verb structures are studied and practised. At the end of the lesson, students share their reactions to the ultra-marathon lifestyle and talk about other feats of endurance.

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Lesson 14
Recession marketing

Intermediate (B1-B2)

The theme of this lesson is marketing in a recession. The worksheet is suitable for people who are responsible for marketing in their companies or who work for marketing agencies. Students read an article about successful marketing strategies for businesses during an economic downturn and learn a variety of terms for describing different marketing tools, strategies and concepts. At the end of the lesson, students talk about how the global economy has affected their or their clients’ approach to marketing.

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Lesson 15
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Predictions

Intermediate (B1-B2)

The theme of this lesson is prediction. Students read an amusing article on eight embarrassing predictions made by well-respected experts at different periods of modern history. In the grammar exercises, structures for reporting a prediction made in the past are learnt and the use and omission of the definite article for talking in general is studied. At the end of the lesson, students practise making and reporting predictions.

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Lesson 16
The e-commerce revolution

Intermediate (B1-B2)

The theme of this lesson is e-commerce. Students read an article on the changing shopping habits of British consumers and the development of online retailing. Tenses for describing trends are studied and practised in the grammar section of the worksheet, followed by an end-of-lesson discussion on Internet buying habits in the students’ own countries.

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Lesson 17
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Artificial Intelligence

Intermediate (B1-B2)

This lesson has been completely updated.

The theme of this lesson is artificial intelligence. Students read an article predicting how development of AI will progress over the next 30 years. Students will have the opportunity to practice their reading skills and work out the meaning of vocabulary from context. In the grammar part of the worksheet, the future perfect form is studied and practised. At the end of the lesson, students discuss their opinions on the lesson topic.

by Gillian Smylie

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Lesson 18
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The next emerging market

Intermediate (B1-B2)

The theme of this lesson is international investment. Students read an article about the investment potential of Iraq and study vocabulary related to infrastructure and development. In the grammar exercises, students practise asking each other for information using subject and object questions. At the end of the lesson, the class discusses their own countries’ potential for foreign investors.

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Lesson 19
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Comfort food

Intermediate (B1-B2)

The topic of this lesson is cooking. Students read an article on the cooking repertoire of the British and study words to describe different kinds of food and cooking. Students then talk about their own countries’ cuisines.

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Lesson 20
Mixed signals for outsourcing

Intermediate (B1-B2)

The theme of this lesson is outsourcing. Students read an article about how rising wages and a stronger currency are affecting the Indian outsourcing industry. In the grammar section of the worksheet, the difference between the present and past perfect is studied. At the end of the lesson, students talk about the advantages and disadvantages of outsourcing.

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Lesson 21
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Population science

Intermediate (B1-B2)

The theme of this lesson is education and the problem of rising global population. Students read an article about a proposed strategy to limit global population growth by putting more girls in the developing world through secondary school. The first and second conditionals are studied and practised. At the end of the lesson, students talk about population problems in their own countries.

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Lesson 22
In the wild

Intermediate (B1-B2)

This worksheet is based on a newspaper interview with Jake Williams, a hermit who has lived in the Scottish wilderness for 30 years. There is an optional grammar exercise on the present perfect, past simple and past perfect tenses, which feature a lot in the article. Students discuss the hermit lifestyle at the end of the lesson.

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Lesson 23
Crazy idea

Intermediate (B1-B2)

The theme of this 6-page worksheet is the migrant crisis in Europe. Student's read about an Egyptian billionaire who wants to accommodate desperate refugees on two privately-owned Greek islands. The lesson focuses on vocabulary, grammar (reported speech) and speaking.

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Lesson 24
Fake news

Intermediate (B1-B2)

In this lesson, students read an article about how school pupils are unable to tell the difference between real and fake news. The worksheet focuses on the skills of reading, speaking and understanding, and includes several vocabulary activities. The worksheet ends with a speaking activity for students to decide if newspaper headlines are real or fake.

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Lesson 25
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Wide awake

Intermediate (B1-B2)

In this lesson plan, students read an article about how to get out of bed more easily in the mornings. Activities focus on key vocabulary and understanding the text. There is also an exercise on phrases and phrasal verbs with get. A speaking activity at the end of the lesson gives students the chance to discuss the topic.