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Level: Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

Business English
Lesson 1
A changing world

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

The lesson is based on an article about a Polish railway worker who regained consciousness after 19 years in a coma to discover how much his country had changed since the time of his accident in 1988. Vocabulary related to health and politics is studied, and there is a review of the past and present tenses used when giving biographical information about someone. At the end of the lesson, students talk about changes in their own countries’ recent history.

Business English
Lesson 2
Cultural know-how

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

The topic of this lesson is the importance of understanding the cultural etiquette of different countries. The lesson introduces idioms concerned with etiquette and behaviour such as go Dutch, follow suit, return the compliment. Present modal verbs for advice, possibility and necessity are revised and past forms are introduced and practised. Finally, students get to talk about the cultural etiquette of their countries and their experiences doing business in a cross-cultural environment.

Business English
Lesson 3
Born to snooze

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

The theme of this lesson is people’s sleep-wake cycles. Students complete a questionnaire to discover if they are genetically predisposed to waking up early or late and then read an article to find out how they fit in society and what type of profession would suit them best. The lesson teaches a variety of idioms related to waking and sleeping. Students also learn how to indicate their opinion using a variety of adverbs and adverbial phrases.

Business English
Lesson 4
Is the customer king?

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

The theme of this lesson is customer service. Students read an article about the opinions of business travellers on the customer service at hotels in different parts of the world. Words and expressions for describing customer service are practised. In the grammar section of the worksheet, tenses for describing a past experience are studied. At the end of the lesson, students talk about their own customer service experiences.

Business English
Lesson 5
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Holiday myths

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

In this lesson, students read an article on ‘holiday myths’ – common misconceptions about holiday risks and dangers. Students study vocabulary for talking about first-aid and hygiene. At the end of the lesson there is a discussion activity on the potential dangers while on holiday/vacation and precautions that should be taken.

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Lesson 6
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Stress relief

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

The theme of this lesson is work stress. Students read an article about an unusual method of relieving stress involving volunteers from Madrid. In the grammar section of the worksheet, reduced relative clauses are studied and practised. At the end of the lesson, there is a speaking activity in which the students discuss different stress relief methods.

Business English
Lesson 7
Worry more, live longer

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

The theme of this lesson is health and stress. Students learn a variety of medical terms and read an article on how moderate stress can benefit people’s health according to recent scientific studies. In the grammar exercise, the use of cleft sentences beginning with ‘it’ (e.g. It’s the degree of stress that is important) is studied. Students also practise using the linking words and phrases to develop an argument. At the end of the lesson, there is a general discussion on health.

Business English
Lesson 8
Networking

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

The theme of this lesson is networking. Students read an article on the benefits of making useful connections in business and how to be a good networker. In the grammar section of the worksheet, a variety of structures with ‘get’ are studied and practised. At the end of the lesson, students talk about the usefulness of networking in their businesses, careers and in job hunting.

Business English
Lesson 9
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Taxi!

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

This lesson has been updated.

The topic of this lesson is driving. Students read an article on the opinions of British travellers on taxi drivers around the world and learn vocabulary for describing driving techniques. Students will have plenty of opportunity to practise using the vocabulary and to talk about taxi rides and driving in general. In the optional extension activities, the differences between the gerund and infinitive forms in two-verb structures are reviewed and practised, as well as British and American English terms for different road features.

by Gillian Smylie

Business English
Lesson 10
Ethical chocolate

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

The theme of this lesson is business ethics. Students read an article about a UK chocolate company called Montezuma’s, whose founders decided to put ethics at the heart of their business. The lesson introduces a number of common phrasal verbs, which are studied and practised. Finally, students discuss attitudes to ethics in their own businesses and countries.

Business English
Lesson 11
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Procrastination

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

Do you or your students procrastinate? This worksheet is based on a newspaper article that discusses procrastination and presents a few creative solutions for avoiding idle behaviour. The lesson provides plenty of opportunities for speaking.

Business English
Lesson 12
The financial crisis

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

The theme of this lesson is the global financial crisis. Students read an article on how the economic downturn was affecting Britain in 2008. A number of economic terms are introduced, and a variety of structures for predicting and speculating about the future are studied and practised. Students discuss how their countries have been affected by the crisis.

Business English
Lesson 13
From bust to boom

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

The theme of this lesson is what makes a country attractive to potential investors. Students read about the investment potential of Germany and learn a variety of important terms for describing a nation’s economy. At the end of the lesson, students discuss the investment potential of their own countries using vocabulary from the worksheet.

Business English
Lesson 14
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What if?

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

This lesson is based on an article that examines what the world would be like if certain past events had or had not taken place. The third and mixed conditionals are studied and practised in the grammar exercises. At the end of the lesson, students discuss hypothetical scenarios in their own countries.

Business English
Lesson 15
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You’re fired!

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

The theme of this lesson is employee misconduct. Students read an article about how companies in the UK deal with employees who have committed offences at work and in their leisure time. Terms for describing different offences, crimes and aspects of the legal system are studied. In the grammar exercises, the students review and practise the first, second, third and mixed conditionals. At the end of the lesson, the class discusses the worksheet topic.

Business English
Lesson 16
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Dress code

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

The theme of this lesson is company dress code. Students read a short article about the changing attitudes towards employee dress code among businesses in the UK. In the grammar section of the worksheet, the passive voice is reviewed. This is followed by a discussion on the issues raised in the article and the general attitude to company clothes policy in the students’ own countries.

Business English
Lesson 17
Office speak

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

The theme of this light-hearted lesson is office jargon. Students read a satirical article on everyday business clichés used in the modern workplace. There is a speaking activity at the end of the lesson in which the students describe situations that illustrate particular clichés and discuss the use of business jargon in their own countries. The worksheet works well with advanced, good-natured classes.

Business English
Lesson 18
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The Richard Branson Interview - Part 2

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

In the second part of our Richard Branson interview series, Branson jokes about some of his business ventures, including his Virgin Galactic space tourism business. He recalls a daring hot air balloon flight and talks about his adventurous spirit.


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Business English
Lesson 19
Mind your thoughts

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

In this lesson, students read an article about how computers will soon be able to read our minds and delete our thoughts. Activities focus on reading, speaking and understanding, plus key vocabulary. There is also an exercise on prefixes.

Business English
Lesson 20
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Environmental barriers

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

In this lesson, students read an article about the impact Trump’s border wall will have on the environment. The worksheet activities focus on the skills of reading, speaking and understanding, and includes exercises on key vocabulary as well as using modal verbs with the passive voice.

Business English
Lesson 21
Brexit and the Mini

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

In this lesson, students read about plans to move the production of the British Mini to continental Europe if Brexit negotiations go badly. Exercises focus on reading, verbs, collocations and specific car industry vocabulary. There is also a speaking activity for students to give their opinions about what the effects of Brexit will be across Europe.

Business English
Lesson 22
Sea cities

Advanced (C1-C2)

In this advanced lesson plan, students read an article about plans to build the first floating sea city. Exercises cover key vocabulary, phrases, and understanding the text. There's also an activity to practice grammar transformations. The lesson ends with a speaking activity for students to discuss the article.