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RESOURCES FOR ENGLISH TEACHERS

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: Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

This evolving course plan comprises elements of both business and general English. The full range of language needs are covered – listening, reading, role play, vocabulary development, grammar practice and speaking.

Business English
Lesson 1
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New people

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson, students learn useful expressions for meeting and getting to know new people. The lesson also covers the use of the present simple and present continuous. This worksheet is suitable for pre-intermediate and weak intermediate students. There is an animated video version of the dialogue included in the lesson plan.

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Lesson 2
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Your company

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this dialogue-aided lesson, students listen to an employee being interviewed about her company. They then practise using the questions and key vocabulary from the dialogue to talk about their own companies.

Business English
Lesson 3
Present review (business version)

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this business English version of our video-aided lesson plan Present review, students review the present simple and present continuous tenses. The worksheet is suitable for classroom practice or homework.

Business English
Lesson 4
Words in English

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this business English version of our popular lesson filler 'Learning English', students learn how to say the letters of the alphabet, how to ask about the meaning and spelling of unfamiliar words and how to describe different parts of speech (nouns, verbs, prepositions, pronouns adverbs). There is a pairwork activity in which partners take turns to ask each other questions about the English terms for common items found in an office.

Business English
Lesson 5
Taking a break

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson, students read an article about how skipping lunch can affect productivity and wellbeing in the workplace. The worksheet includes an activity on the use of can/can't for talking about ability and possibility.

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Lesson 6
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Describing character and behaviour

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson, students learn how to describe a person’s character.

Business English
Lesson 7
Describing appearance

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson, students learn how to describe other people’s physical appearance. The worksheet presents common adjectives used for describing what someone looks like as well as questions for asking about another person’s looks.

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Lesson 8
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Nomophobia

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

This lesson plan is based on an article about `nomophobia' (the fear of losing one's mobile device). Students do a quick survey on their own mobile fears and then read about how nomophobia is affecting people in the UK. This is followed by a grammar exercise on prepositional phrases. There is also an American English version of the worksheet available to download.

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Lesson 9
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Mobile phones - Cell phones

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson, students learn useful words and phrases for talking about their mobile devices. Teachers can download a British or American English version of the worksheet.

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Lesson 10
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Photo story

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson, students listen to Kate talking about her Facebook photos and study the past continuous tense.

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Lesson 11
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Bright ideas

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson, students read about UK businessman Richard Branson's ideas. The worksheet includes a grammar exercise on defining relative clauses with 'who', 'which', 'that', 'whose' and 'where'.

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Lesson 12
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Shops and shopping

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson, students learn useful words and phrases for talking about shops/stores and shopping. Teachers can download a British or American English version of the worksheet.

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Lesson 13
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Buying clothes

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

This worksheet presents useful words and structures for describing and buying clothes. The lesson plan includes a listening exercise and a role play activity at the end.

Business English
Lesson 14
Past review (business version)

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this business English version of our video-aided lesson plan Past review, students review the past simple and past continuous tenses. The worksheet is suitable for classroom practice or homework.

Business English
Lesson 15
Working hours

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson, students read an article about pros and cons of Sweden's six-hour work day. The 5-page worksheet includes a grammar activity on reported speech.

Business English
Lesson 16
Statistics

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson, students learn how to describe graphs using simple verb and adverb combinations in the past simple. The worksheet also includes an exercise on describing pie charts using quantifiers (most ..., a quarter of ..., 10 percent of ..., etc.)

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Lesson 17
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Comparing brands

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this dialogue-based lesson, students listen to a short market survey interview with a consumer about her opinions on consumer electronics brands. The focus is on the comparative and superlative forms of adjectives. At the end of the worksheet, there is a role play in which students interview each other.

Business English
Lesson 18
In the family

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson, students learn how to describe family members and relationships.

Business English
Lesson 19
Travel plans

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this dialogue-based lesson plan, students review the structure 'going to' + infinitive for stating plans and making predictions.

Business English
Lesson 20
Booking a holiday

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson students learn and use vocabulary for booking a holiday on the internet. Exercises cover types of holidays and accommodation, plus how to email a host if you are staying in their apartment. In the final activity, students practise writing to a host and answering guests' questions. There is an American English version of the worksheet called 'Booking a Vacation’.

Business English
Lesson 21
Life stages

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson, students learn how to describe the different stages of a person's life from childhood to old age.

Business English
Lesson 22
Work space

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson, students read a text about the pros and cons of working in an open-plan office. The worksheet focuses on vocabulary and speaking. There is also an exercise on linking words and phrases.

Business English
Lesson 23
Hotel reservations

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this dialogue-aided lesson plans, students learn how to book a hotel room and practise talking about hotels.

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Lesson 24
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Describing a job

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson, students learn how to talk about a job. The worksheet presents some common nouns, adjectives and expressions used for describing jobs. The lesson rounds off with a speaking activity in which students interview each other about their own or other people’s jobs using the target language.

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Lesson 25
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Money vocabulary

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson, students learn and practise a variety of vocabulary related to money and value.

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Lesson 26
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Business emails

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson, students learn how to write emails for their work. The worksheet compares formal and informal styles of writing.

Business English
Lesson 27
Office equipment and supplies

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson, students learn key vocabulary for office stationery, supplies and equipment. The worksheet includes a speaking activity and several image-based exercises.

Business English
Lesson 28
Future review (business version)

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this video-aided lesson plan, students review the structures going to, will and the present continuous for talking about the future. The worksheet is suitable for classroom practice or homework.

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Lesson 29
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Living at work

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson, students read about the lifestyle of certain Google employees who have reportedly been living on the company's premises. The worksheet includes several vocabulary exercises and a discussion activity.

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Lesson 30
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Time management

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson, students learn and use vocabulary connected with time management. Learners look at tips, prioritise tasks and discuss how good they think they are at time management.

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Lesson 31
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Illness and health

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

This lesson introduces vocabulary for describing illnesses, symptoms, remedies and healthy/unhealthy lifestyles.

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Lesson 32
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Compliments

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this short lesson filler, students learn how to make and receive a compliment.

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Lesson 33
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Stereotypes

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson, students read a short article on the perception of British culture according to expats living in Britain. The passive voice is studied in the grammar part of the lesson.

Business English
Lesson 34
Everyday expressions

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this short lesson filler, students and practise learn 9 typical English social expressions.

Business English
Lesson 35
Describing food

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson, students learn useful vocabulary for describing different types of food, including terms for different flavours and dishes.

Business English
Lesson 36
The senses

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this video-aided lesson plan, students learn nouns and verbs used for talking about senses: sight/see, hearing/hear, touch, smell, taste.

Business English
Lesson 37
Changes

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson, students develop their understanding of the present perfect tense through listening, language practice and role play. Ideal for strong pre-intermediate students as well as intermediate students.

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Lesson 38
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Weather and climate

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this dialogue and video-aided lesson plan, students learn how to describe the weather and talk about climate change.   

Business English
Lesson 39
Present perfect practice (business version)

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this business English version of our lesson plan Present perfect practice, students study the past simple and past participle forms of common irregular verbs and practise the present perfect with 'since', 'for', 'ever' and 'never'.

Business English
Lesson 40
At home

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson, students learn how to describe household chores and different rooms in their homes.

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Lesson 41
Asking questions (business version)

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

Questions can be especially tricky for lower level learners. This business English version of our simple lesson plan Asking questions is designed to build the students' confidence when using question structures.

Business English
Lesson 42
Out of the way

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson, students read about a Chinese city that has created a special lane for pedestrians who use their mobile phones while walking. The grammar section of the worksheet looks at reported speech. There is an American English version of the worksheet which includes American English vocabulary (cellphone, sidewalk, etc.)

Business English
Lesson 43
Rise of the mammone

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson, students read about why many Italian adults are still living at home with their parents. The worksheet rounds off with a review of the present, present perfect and past tenses.

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Lesson 44
Gestures and manners

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson filler, students learn and practise vocabulary associated with gestures and manners. The worksheet can also be used as the basis for a discussion on good and bad manners among different cultures.

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Lesson 45
Controversy

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson, students read about a Norwegian proposal to ban begging. The worksheet also introduces the first conditional structure.

Business English
Lesson 46
Describing colleagues

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson, students learn how to describe colleagues and people at work using a variety of adjectives and expressions.

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Lesson 47
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First conditional review (business version)

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

This is the business version of our grammar lesson plan First Conditional Review. The worksheet is suitable for classroom practice or homework.

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Lesson 48
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The future of the world

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson, students read and complete predictions about the year 2050 and learn the structure will/won't + infinitive for talking about future predictions.

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Lesson 49
Career advice

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson, students read an article about the phrases that they should avoid using in their careers. The worksheet includes a grammar exercise on should/shouldn't + infinitive for giving advice and expressing expectation. The lesson recycles some of the vocabulary covered in the worksheet Describing colleagues.

Business English
Lesson 50
Password advice

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson, students read an article about how to choose a password according to advice from the UK's spying agency GCHQ. The grammar section of the worksheet looks at verb patterns with the infinitive and gerund.

Business English
Lesson 51
Finance

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this worksheet, students learn and practise vocabulary connected with finance. Activities cover key verbs and nouns, financial businesses, and banking collocations.

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Lesson 52
At the Pharmacy

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this practical dialogue-aided lesson, students learn words and phrases to use at a pharmacy. Learners review the names of common health problems and practise forming questions to ask a pharmacist. The lesson also includes a dialogue in which a customer goes to a chemist with a prescription.

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Lesson 53
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In the future

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson, students read about the future predictions that science fiction writer Isaac Asimov made in 1964 about the world of 2014. The structure 'will + infinitive' for making predictions is studied and practised.

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Lesson 54
Super memory

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

Students read an article about a young woman who has a very powerful memory. Activities focus on reading and speaking, phrasal verbs and phrases with the word ‘memory’.

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Lesson 55
Asking questions

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

Questions can be especially tricky for lower level learners. This simple lesson plan is designed to build the students' confidence when using question structures. The worksheet includes an exercise in which students ask each other questions about Barack Obama.

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Lesson 56
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The Good Generation

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson, students read an article about how teenagers in the UK are smoking and drinking less than in the past. The worksheet focuses on vocabulary and grammar for describing trends.

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Lesson 57
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Numbers

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson, students learn how to read a variety of number formats and describe measuring tools.

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Lesson 58
Just, already and yet

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson, students learn the meaning of just, already and yet, and how to use them with the present perfect. There are text-based and visual exercises, plus a speaking activity. 

Business English
Lesson 59
Present perfect practice

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

In this lesson plan, students study the past simple and past participle forms of common irregular verb and practise the present perfect with 'since', 'for', 'ever' and 'never'.