EFL/ESL lesson plans: English for Work and Life

Mixed course plans - Elementary

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.

This worksheet is suitable for the first lesson of an elementary-level business English course. Students learn and practise some basic expressions for meeting and greeting each other and review the first, second and third person forms of the verb be.

In this business English version of our lesson plan Countries and nationalities, students learn and put into practice the names of important countries, nations and nationalities. In this version of the worksheet, students use the target language to talk about the origins of some world famous brands. The lesson assumes a basic knowledge of the verb 'be'.

In this lesson, students learn the possessive adjectives my, your, his, her its, our, your, and their. There is a role play activity in which students put the target language into practice.

In this lesson, students learn basic adjectives and structures for describing people’s appearance and personality. At the end of the lesson, students describe their friends to each other, putting the language from the lesson into practice.

In this lesson, students learn how to tell the time and practise basic numbers.

In this lesson, the names of various jobs are introduced, and students learn how to speak about their daily routines using the present simple. The present simple affirmative and question forms are presented.

In this lesson, students learn how to talk about their families using vocabulary for family members and possessives. Basic questions for requesting information about people are also reviewed in the lesson.

In this lesson, students learn basic vocabulary for describing the relationships between the members of a company's staff.

In this lesson, students learn vocabulary for typical work tasks and leisure time activities. The worksheet presents adverbs of frequency (never, rarely, sometimes, often, etc.) as well as once/twice/three times a week/month/year. There are lots of How often ...? questions and opportunities for students to communicate with each other using the target language. This is the business English version of our General English worksheet Free time.

This worksheet presents basic vocabulary for describing the weather. Students talk about the weather in their countries using adverbs of frequency.

In this lesson, students learn the structure like, don't like, hate, love + -ing. Students listen to a short conversation about likes and dislikes. There is also an online video-aided exercise in which students watch a series of video clips and make sentences using the target language.

In this lesson, students learn basic adjectives for describing people's character traits at work. At the end of the lesson, students put the target language into practice by describing themselves and their colleagues .

In this lesson, students learn how to talk about ability using the modal verb can/can’t.

In this lesson, students learn the use of can/can't for talking about permission and prohibition. The lesson features a listening exercise in which a manager is explaining workplace rules to a new employee.

In this lesson, students learn how to describe different places of work as well as common collocations for typical work tasks. The lesson assumes prior of knowledge of the present simple and expressions of frequency.

In this lesson, students learn and practise the past forms of the verb "be". The second part of the worksheet provides plenty of speaking practice as well as opportunities to revise some vocabulary from other worksheets, e.g. Family, What’s the weather like? and Countries and nationalities.

In this lesson, students learn how to order coffee and snacks in a coffee shop. For the listening activity, teachers can play a dialogue or animated video of a coffee shop scene. There is a role play activity at the end of the worksheet.

This lesson introduces students to the past simple forms of regular verbs. The worksheet includes a text about Steve Jobs and a gap-fill exercise and speaking activity on Anita Roddick, who was Britain's most famous businesswoman.

In this lesson, students learn the past simple forms of common irregular verbs and talk about what they did at the weekend.

In this lesson, students learn how to socialise in English. The worksheets presents a variety of conversation starters and responses.

In this lesson, students learn how to talk about the history of a company using the past simple.

In this lesson, students learn how to create sentences with there is and there are. The worksheet is based on a text and dialogue about four unusual hotels. There is a vocabulary exercise and a speaking activity in which students practise the target language. The lesson develops reading, listening and speaking skills.

In this lesson, students learn how to book a hotel room and check in at a hotel. There is a role play activity at the end of the worksheet.

This lesson introduces elementary students to the present continuous. The target language is presented in a dialogue and there are several activities in which students practise the new structure. The worksheet also presents expressions for describing typical holiday/vacation activities and revises language from previous lessons, e.g. Free time and What’s the weather like?

This business English version of our lesson filler Location presents common prepositions of location (in, on, next to, in front of, behind, between, above and under). Students practise describing the location of people and objects in their offices.

In this lesson, students learn how to ask for and give directions. There is a role play activity at the end of the worksheet.

In this lesson, students learn key vocabulary for describing parts of the body, body actions and the five senses. Basic knowledge of the present continuous as well as verbs of liking/disliking is assumed, and the worksheet can be used to recycle these grammar areas.

In this 10-minute lesson filler, students learn and practise some basic expressions used in typical business situations.

In this lesson, students learn vocabulary related to public transport as well as practical expressions to use at a train station, in a taxi and at an airport check-in desk. The lesson plan includes a listening activity with the option to play animated video clips representing the different transport situations. There is a role play exercise at the end of the worksheet.

Students learn vocabulary for describing food and drink, as well as the use of countable and uncountable nouns with some and any. This lesson is a great opportunity to review structures and build on grammar covered in previous worksheets, especially Crazy hotels. The lesson includes a video clip and rounds off nicely with a role play activity in which students put the target language into practice.

In this lesson, students learn how to order a meal at a restaurant. There is a role play activity at the end of the worksheet.

In this business version of our general English lesson plan Question words, students practise asking questions with the words who, why, where, when, whose, etc. The worksheet assumes a basic knowledge of the present simple, present continuous and past simple.

This worksheet is great for getting students to interact with each other using quantifiers. The lesson begins with a pairwork activity in which students interview each other about their lifestyles. Students practise forming questions with how much / how many and answering with a lot, much, many, a few, a little, etc. The lesson rounds off nicely with a fun and motivating activity in which the students try to guess some facts about their partners using the target language. The activities can easily be adapted for one-to-one settings.

This lesson teaches vocabulary for common objects found on a desk. Students describe their desks using there is/are and the verb have. There is a fun activity in which the students learn about themselves by reading a text on what their desks say about them.

In this worksheet, students review words for different items of clothing and learn how to describe different colours. There is also a grammar review exercise on 'some', 'a/an' and 'any'.

Students learn the structure going to + infinitive for talking about the future. The lesson plan includes a listening and motivating role play activity

In this lesson, students learn useful vocabulary related to marketing as well as the comparative forms of basic adjectives. The worksheet can be used as a business English alternative to our popular general English lesson plan 'True or False'.

In this lesson, students learn key prepositions and useful adjectives for talking about commuting to work. There is also a vocabulary exercise on car parts. The worksheet recycles grammar covered in previous lessons, e.g. the present simple with adverbs of frequency and comparative forms of adjectives. There is an American English version of the worksheet which includes US terms for common car parts.

In this business English version of our popular worksheet Extreme places, students study the superlative form of adjectives by reading short profiles of several renowned companies. At the end of the lesson, there is an engaging activity in which students ask and answer questions about places in their countries using superlative adjectives.

In this lesson, students compare the behaviour and cultural habits of people from different countries. The structure and use of common adverbs is introduced and practised. The lesson ends with a speaking activity in which students talk about how people behave in their own countries or cities.

In this lesson plan, students learn how to use the infinitive for expressing purpose. The worksheet also recycles grammar covered in previous lessons in our Elementary English course plan, including the past simple, question forms, going to + infinitive, etc.

In this lesson, students learn the names for common electronic devices as well as verbs for describing how they use their smartphones and the Internet. The worksheet reinforces some of the grammar learnt in previous lessons including can + infinitive, adverbs of frequency and the infinitive of purpose.

In this lesson, students learn the structure will/won't + infinitive for making future predictions. The lesson includes a pairwork activity in which students respond to each other's predictions.

In this dialogue-aided lesson plan, students learn how to describe a number of typical medical ailments, symptoms and treatments. The lesson includes two simple doctor-patient dialogues. A basic knowledge of the present simple, present continuous and past simple tenses is assumed.

This business English version of our popular elementary worksheet I have been to ... introduces students to the present perfect form of the verb 'be'. The worksheet also recycles grammar from previous elementary lessons, e.g. 'going to' + infinitive.

In this lesson, students practise forming sentences and questions in the present perfect simple (regular and irregular verbs). The worksheet includes a text about Bill Gates and rounds off with a 'Find someone who ...' activity.

In this video-aided lesson, students learn 14 common phrasal verbs and put them into practice. The worksheet also teaches the grammar of separable transitive phrasal verbs and is designed to reassure elementary (A2) and higher-level students with 'phrasal verb phobia' that they are not that difficult.

EFL/ESL lesson plans: English for Work and Life

Mixed course plans - Intermediate

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.

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.

This lesson teaches students useful vocabulary for talking about their company and job. Learners study 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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 to pay.

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

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.

This lesson teaches common words and phrases for describing hotel facilities, service and staff, as well as practical expressions to use with a hotel receptionist. Through listening and role play, students learn how to book a room, check in and check out.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 share their own opinions about working in cafes.

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

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, past simple, present perfect simple and past simple are reviewed. This is followed by a discussion on corporate health initiatives.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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 a exercise on expressing future probability.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

In this lesson, students learn vocabulary for describing visual aids and practise giving a presentation using a variety of useful expressions.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

The theme of this lesson is artificial intelligence. Students read an article on how technological progress over the next 20 years will result in the development of machines that are able to match the intelligence of human beings. In the grammar part of the worksheet, comparative forms and structures are studied and practised. The grammar exercises can be adapted for slightly more advanced learners (see the teacher notes for Exercise 5 and 6). At the end of the lesson, students discuss their opinions on the lesson topic.

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.

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.

EFL/ESL lesson plans: English for Work and Life

Mixed course plans - Pre-intermediate

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.

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 animated video version of the dialogue included in the lesson plan.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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'.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.)

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

In this lesson, students read an article about the freelancing trend in the UK, and the challenges and opportunities faced by self-employed people. The grammar section of the worksheet covers `will + infinitive' and `going to + infinitive' for making future predictions.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

In this lesson, students read a short article on how the price of food influences its taste according to a scientific study. The worksheet also presents verbs and expressions for giving and reporting opinions. The lesson rounds off with a discussion activity in which students share their opinions on various topics.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

EFL/ESL lesson plans: English for Work and Life

Mixed course plans - Upper Intermediate - Advanced

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.

This lesson teaches expressions and techniques for making conversation. The students study vocabulary for describing different types of social interaction as well as typical conversation openers and responses. Through listening and role play, the learners practise greeting each other and making small talk.

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.

In this lesson, students learn useful phrasal vocabulary for talking about themselves and getting to know other people. Through listening, language practice and role play, students also practise asking about someone’s background, work, leisure interests, etc. using a variety of tenses. The lesson plan also includes an animated video version of the dialogue, which can be played instead of the audio file.

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.

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 technique as well as British and American English terms for different road features. The differences between the gerund and infinitive forms in two-verb structures are reviewed and practised. At the end of the lesson, students talk about taxi rides and driving in general.

This video-enhanced lesson plan will help your students talk about cities in a more descriptive manner. If you do not have the means to play the video clips in the lesson, follow the instructions in the teacher notes for alternative activities.

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.

In this lesson, students learn useful language for handling and solving problems at work. Vocabulary for describing different types of problems and solutions is studied. Students then listen to several dialogues and study the expressions used by the speakers to declare and diagnose a problem as well as make suggestions and take action. At the end of the lesson, there is a role play activity in which the language from the lesson is put into practice. There are two animated videos which can be played instead of the dialogue or given to the student(s) as material to take away.

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.

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.

This lesson teaches language for sharing opinions during business meetings and discussions. Students listen to or watch an animated video of a teleconference involving the board members of an IT distribution company discussing a proposal to expand their business. After studying the key expressions from the dialogue, students role-play a management meeting in which they practise exchanging their own opinions and ideas.

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.

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

Students read an article about a case of bullying at an Australian workplace. The lesson covers some key vocabulary related to law as well as a discussion activity designed to get students talking in depth about the issue.

In this lesson, students study common adjectives for describing polite and impolite behaviour. Through listening, language practice and role play, students also learn how to avoid causing offence by using diplomatic ‘softening’ words and structures. In this updated version of the lesson plan, there is a fun animated video which can be played instead of the audio dialogue.

This lesson introduces idioms and common social expressions used for gossiping, confiding in other people and making small talk. Students study the use of question tags in making conversation and role play a variety of situations using the expressions and structures from the lesson.

This short lesson filler introduces eight typical exclamations used by English speakers to express a variety of emotions. The students learn and practise the expressions through language practice, listening and role play.

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.

In this lesson students learn how and when to use exaggeration and understatement in their spoken English.

This lesson teaches useful language for learners who need to negotiate in English. After studying vocabulary for describing the different stages in a negotiation, students listen to two extracts from a negotiation and study the tactics and key structures that are used by each side to make proposals, bargain, and reach a deal. At the end of the lesson, the students role-play a negotiation using the language from the lesson.

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.

In this lesson, students learn how to query figures in English. Vocabulary for describing different numerical mistakes is studied. Students then listen to a phone call in which the speakers report and explain errors. The key expressions used for reporting an error, quoting a discrepancy, explaining an error and promising action are studied and practised.

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.

This lesson is useful for students who are preparing to attend a job interview as well as students who need to interview candidates in English. The worksheet presents key adjectives for describing personal characteristics as well as common words and expressions used for writing a CV. Students look at a variety of typical questions that can be asked during a job interview and then listen to a dialogue between an interviewer and a candidate. The language used in the dialogue is studied and practised through role play. In this updated version of the lesson plan, there is an animated video version of the interview, which can be played instead of the audio dialogue.

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.

This lesson is based on an article that examines what the world would like be 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.

The theme of this lesson is global warming. Students read an article on how low-lying Pacific islands are being affected by rising sea levels as a result of increased global temperatures. Students talk about the potential causes and effects of global warming and discuss the awareness of the issue in their own countries.

The theme of this lesson is society, wealth and inequality. Students read an article about the widening gap between rich and poor in British society over the past 40 years. A variety of words and expressions are studied for describing society and individual wealth. In the grammar section of the worksheet, students learn how to describe trends using different structures. At the end of the lesson, learners talk about changes in their own societies.

The theme of this lesson is Internet crime. Students study words and expressions related to the topic and read an article on the different types of scams and crimes that are being committed on the Internet. The passive voice is reviewed and practised. At the end of the lesson, students discuss what measures they can take to avoid becoming victims of online scams. This worksheet is particularly suitable for IT professionals or students interested in computing.

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

This lesson teaches useful words and expressions for writing emails in English. The lesson warms up with a vocabulary exercise in which the students study some common terms for describing emails and email features, e.g. attachment, read receipt, disclaimer, etc. The worksheet then presents a variety of words and expressions that can be written in formal or informal style. This language is put into practice at the end of the lesson.

This lesson teaches useful expressions for learners who need to chair meetings in English. After studying vocabulary for describing the skills and roles of a chairperson, students listen to a dialogue in which the managers of a language training centre discuss their company’s advertising strategy. Key expressions used by the chairperson of the meeting are studied. At the end of the lesson, the students role-play a meeting, taking turns to chair the discussion. In this updated version of the lesson plan, there is a fun animated video which can be played instead of the audio.

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.

This lesson teaches the vocabulary and grammar necessary for taking meeting minutes in English. Students listen to a dialogue of a meeting and read an extract from the minutes. After studying the vocabulary and grammar used in the text, they practise reporting statements and taking minutes.

In this lesson, students listen to two friends discussing the cuisines of different countries and study the expressions that are used for sharing opinions, agreeing and disagreeing. Students then practise discussing different topics using the language from the lesson.

This lesson presents a variety of words and expressions used for talking about cooking. Through listening, writing and speaking, students learn how to describe a recipe in detail.

The theme of this lesson is weather changes and people’s health. Students read an article on how weather changes can cause headaches according to recent scientific studies. In the grammar exercises, modal verbs used for expressing possibility are reviewed and practised in their present and past forms. At the end of the lesson, students discuss the lesson topic further and its importance in their own countries. This worksheet would be particularly suitable for students from countries with changeable weather systems.

In this lesson, students learn and practise vocabulary for describing the weather.

This lesson is suitable for any time of the year, but ideal on a Friday the 13th. Students read an article on the origins of common superstitions and discuss the topic of irrational beliefs. In the grammar section of the worksheet, the passive structures used throughout the article are studied and practised.

EFL/ESL course plans

General English course plans

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Elementary

English for Life:

Intermediate

Upper Intermediate - Advanced

Pre-intermediate

English Vocabulary to Go:

Intermediate

Upper Intermediate - Advanced

Pre-intermediate

TED English:

Upper Intermediate - Advanced

English Grammar Reference:

Intermediate

English Speaking and Conversation:

Intermediate

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Intermediate

Business English course plans

English for Business:

Intermediate

Upper Intermediate - Advanced

Business English Vocabulary:

Intermediate

English for Human Resources:

Intermediate

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Upper Intermediate - Advanced

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English for Work and Life:

Intermediate

Upper Intermediate - Advanced

Elementary

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Intermediate

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English for special purposes

Questions about work:

Upper Intermediate - Advanced

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