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Course Plans

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.

English for Work and Life

Level: Intermediate (B1-B2)

Part 1 - People
Business English
Lesson 1
Introductions

Intermediate (B1-B2)

This lesson teaches expressions for first-time introductions. Through listening and role play, students learn how to introduce themselves to a colleague or business associate and make appropriate small talk. This worksheet is suitable for the first lesson of a business English course, and provides a good opportunity for the student(s) and teacher to get to know each other.

Business English
Lesson 2
Company and job

Intermediate (B1-B2)

In this updated version of our classic lesson plan, students learn useful vocabulary to talk about their company and job, including expressions for describing a company’s history, location, size, market position, financial results and strategy. Students listen to or watch an animated video of three co-workers talking about their work. They learn how to talk about their job responsibilities and what they like/dislike about their work. This worksheet is particularly suitable for the first or second lesson of a business English course.

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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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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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Character and feelings

Intermediate (B1-B2)

In this lesson, students learn and practise vocabulary related to people’s character and feelings.

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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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Diplomatic language

Intermediate (B1-B2)

This lesson teaches learners how to avoid causing offence by expressing themselves in a more tactful, diplomatic way. After studying a variety of adjectives for describing different attitudes, the students learn how to use special ‘softening’ structures through reading, language practice and role play.

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Present perfect 1

Intermediate (B1-B2)

In this lesson, students study and practise the main uses of the present perfect as well as differences between the present perfect and past simple. The worksheet is suitable for both classroom practice and self-study.

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Work clothes

Intermediate (B1-B2)

In this lesson, students learn how to talk about work clothing and dress code. The worksheet includes a recent news report about a London receptionist who was sent home for not adhering to her company's dress code policy.

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Press one

Intermediate (B1-B2)

In this lesson, students read an article about why a British man built a website to help people save time and avoid getting frustrated when phoning company call centres. The worksheet focuses on vocabulary, grammar and speaking.

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Describing workers

Intermediate (B1-B2)

This lesson plan is a great way to develop students' ability to talk about people’s personality and character traits at work. The worksheet presents a variety of adjectives for describing qualities and flaws, as well as additional expressions for describing typical office personalities.

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Different perceptions

Intermediate (B1-B2)

In this lesson, students read about a survey on men and women business owners and learn some new adjectives for describing character traits. The worksheet includes a grammar exercise on the structure verb + object + infinitive/-ing.

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Salary and pay

Intermediate (B1-B2)

This worksheet covers a range of vocabulary for talking about salary and pay. The lesson plan rounds off with a discussion activity in which students put the target language into practice.

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Animals

Intermediate (B1-B2)

In this lesson, students learn and practise vocabulary related to animals.

Part 2 - Food and travel
Business English
Lesson 1
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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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At the restaurant

Intermediate (B1-B2)

This lesson teaches common words and expressions for describing food and drink, restaurant service and parts of meals. Through listening and role play, students learn how to order a meal in a restaurant as well as discuss menu options with a guest and decide who will pay. In this updated version of the lesson plan there is a video animation which can be played instead of the audio dialogue.

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Food and drink

Intermediate (B1-B2)

In this lesson, students learn and practise vocabulary related to food and drink.

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Conflict of interest

Intermediate (B1-B2)

This lesson is based on an article on a dispute between the McDonald's fast food chain and the Italian city of Florence. The worksheet focuses on vocabulary development, reading comprehension and speaking.

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At the hotel

Intermediate (B1-B2)

Students learn how to book a room, check in and check out of a hotel, as well as useful hotel-related vocabulary. The worksheet focuses on listening comprehension, vocabulary development and role play. 

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Sightseeing

Intermediate (B1-B2)

In this lesson, students practise talking about a sightseeing holiday and learn some common adjectives for describing a tourist destination.

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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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Extreme adjectives

Intermediate (B1-B2)

In this lesson filler, students learn how to be more descriptive using extreme adjectives, e.g. brilliant, terrible, dreadful, exhausted, huge, tiny, filthy, starving, etc. The worksheet includes gap-fill and speaking exercises to get the students practising the adjectives.

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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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Road and transport

Intermediate (B1-B2)

In this lesson, students learn and practise vocabulary related to road and transport.

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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 12
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Cars

Intermediate (B1-B2)

In this lesson, students learn how to talk about cars. The worksheet introduces vocabulary for describing different exterior and interior car parts as well as a number of common phrasal verbs related to driving. There is an American English version of the worksheet which includes US car terms.

Part 3 - Tasks
Business English
Lesson 1
Starting and ending a call

Intermediate (B1-B2)

This lesson teaches useful expressions for starting and ending a phone call. Through listening and role play, students learn a variety of ways to answer the phone, introduce themselves to the receiver, ask to speak to someone, state the reason for calling and end a phone call.

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Telephone messages

Intermediate (B1-B2)

This lesson teaches useful language for taking and leaving messages during a business call. Through vocabulary, listening and role-play exercises, students learn how to leave a message for someone, take down a message from a caller and exchange information on the phone.

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Email style

Intermediate (B1-B2)

This lesson teaches useful vocabulary for learners who need to write emails in English. The worksheet presents the differences between formal, informal and neutral email styles, and there are a number of writing exercises in which the students practise using different levels of formality.

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Making plans

Intermediate (B1-B2)

This lesson teaches vocabulary and expressions for making plans and arrangements. Through listening and role play, the students learn how to schedule, cancel and re-schedule a meeting. The use of the present continuous for stating future plans is also studied, as well as common phrasal verbs used when making arrangements. There are two animated videos which can be played as an interesting alternative to the audio dialogues.

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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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Future plans and decisions: present continuous, will, going to

Intermediate (B1-B2)

In this lesson, students study and practise basic grammatical structures for talking about future plans and decisions – the present continuous, will + infinitive and going to + infinitive. The lesson is suitable for both classroom practice and self-study.

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Common expressions in business

Intermediate (B1-B2)

Need to fill up 15 minutes of an intermediate business English class? Use this lesson filler to teach your students ten common expressions used in spoken English.

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Lesson 8
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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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Managing tasks

Intermediate (B1-B2)

In this lesson, students learn and practise vocabulary related to tasks and time management.

Part 4 - Health and welbeing
Business English
Lesson 1
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.

Business English
Lesson 2
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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Sick leave

Intermediate (B1-B2)

Thinking of calling in sick? Under a new Belgian proposal, you will be obliged to remain at home for a medical check-up. In this lesson, students read about and discuss this proposal. The worksheet rounds off with a vocabulary exercise on common ailments and remedies.

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Health and illness

Intermediate (B1-B2)

In this lesson, students learn and practise vocabulary related to health and illness. 

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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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Emergencies

Intermediate (B1-B2)

In this dialogue-aided lesson plan, students learn vocabulary related to the emergency services as well as expressions for reporting an emergency.

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The stress timebomb - Part 1

Intermediate (B1-B2)

The first of a two-part lesson plan that looks at the causes and impact of stress in the workplace. Students read about how stress is affecting small and medium-sized businesses in the UK. The lesson rounds off with a grammar exercise on reported speech in which students complete a stressful negotiation dialogue using the target language structures.

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The stress timebomb - Part 2

Intermediate (B1-B2)

The second of a two-part lesson plan that looks at the causes and impact of stress in the workplace. Students read about and discuss how small and medium-sized businesses can reduce stress among employees. The lesson rounds off with an exercise on expressing future probability.

Part 5 - Sales and marketing
Business English
Lesson 1
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.

Business English
Lesson 2
The sales meeting

Intermediate (B1-B2)

This lesson teaches a variety of useful terms for learners involved in sales. Through vocabulary and role-play exercises, the students learn how to describe the benefits of their product/service and make an effective sales pitch in English.

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Negotiations

Intermediate (B1-B2)

This lesson introduces students to negotiating in English. Common terms for describing different points of discussion and negotiating positions are studied. Students then share their own experiences and opinions on a number of negotiation issues. In the second part of the lesson, there is a listening and role play activity in which useful expressions for negotiating are studied and practised.

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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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Complaining and apologizing

Intermediate (B1-B2)

The theme of this lesson is handling complaints in business. Students study a text on the importance of welcoming customer complaints and dealing with problems promptly. Through listening and role play, the students learn useful expressions for making complaints, apologizing and taking action.

Part 6 - Meetings and discussions
Business English
Lesson 1
Discussions

Intermediate (B1-B2)

This lesson teaches useful expressions for students who need English for business meetings and discussions. Through reading, language practice and role-play, students learn how to structure an argument with linking words and phrases as well as respond to opinions using a variety of techniques for agreeing and disagreeing.

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Business phrasal verbs

Intermediate (B1-B2)

This lively lesson plan presents 16 common phrasal verbs used in business. These business English phrasal verbs are presented in their natural context. There are two speaking activities in which students interview each using the target language. For larger classes, there is a 'Find someone who' activity at the end of the worksheet. This is the business English version of our general English worksheet Phrasal verbs 1.

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Problems and suggestions

Intermediate (B1-B2)

This lesson teaches useful expressions for discussing problems and possible solutions. Through listening and role play, the students learn how to make, ask for and respond to suggestions in a variety of ways. The lesson plan includes an animated video version of the dialogue.

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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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Presentations

Intermediate (B1-B2)

Students briefly discuss their own experiences of presentations before identifying types of diagrams often used in presentations and their functions. They listen to a business presentation and identify and practise a range of functional language for structuring presentations. The lesson includes vocabulary development and a presentation activity which can be extended to include preparation of slides with visual aids. Students should prepare and practise their presentation as homework and deliver it in another lesson. The materials also include an optional extension activity relating to what can go wrong with a presentation.

by Stephanie Hirschman

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Showing round visitors

Intermediate (B1-B2)

In this lesson, students learn vocabulary for describing areas of an office, shop or factory and practise giving a tour of their workplace using a variety of useful expressions.

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Job interview stories

Intermediate (B1-B2)

In this lesson, students read about some unusual incidents that have happened during job interviews, according to a survey of HR managers in the US. The worksheet focuses on vocabulary and speaking.

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Attending a job interview

Intermediate (B1-B2)

In this dialogue-based lesson plan, students learn useful vocabulary for attending a job interview in English. The worksheet includes an article about things candidates shouldn't say during an interview. There is a discussion activity as well as a role play exercise at the end of the lesson.

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Business meetings

Intermediate (B1-B2)

This lesson plan covers vocabulary for talking about meetings. Students learn a number of terms for describing the different types and purposes of meetings as well as problems and other issues related to organised discussions.

Part 7 - Technology and IT
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Generation Linkster

Intermediate (B1-B2)

In this lesson, students read an article about the current generation who are growing up with technology from day one. Activities focus on reading and speaking, vocabulary and phrasal verbs.

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Gadgets and appliances

Intermediate (B1-B2)

In this lesson, students learn and practise vocabulary related to gadgets and appliances.

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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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Nouns 3: Talking in general

Intermediate (B1-B2)

In this lesson, students study and practise the use and omission of the article ‘the’ before nouns when talking in general. The worksheet is suitable for both classroom practice and self-study.

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Motivation

Intermediate (B1-B2)

In this lesson, students read an article about innovative methods, ideas and devices designed to improve motivation among office staff. Students also learn how to speculate and make predictions with a variety of different structures. The lesson rounds off with a discussion activity on the worksheet topic.

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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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Computers and the Internet

Intermediate (B1-B2)

In this lesson, students learn and practise vocabulary related to computers and the Internet.

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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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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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The selfie revolution

Intermediate (B1-B2)

In this lesson, students read an article examining the modern fad of taking selfies (self-portrait photographs). The worksheet includes vocabulary and speaking activities, and there are also several grammar exercises covering a few common uses of the present perfect simple and present perfect continuous. These can be done in the lesson or assigned for homework.