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Type:
A pair work activity
Skill:
Speaking
Time:
15 minutes
Stage:
Lead-in/Extended speaking task
Work:
Students work in pairs
Focus:
Barriers to Market Entry
 
 
Not just for economic students, although they will do well with this. If you're looking for a lead-in to markets and competition this is an idea-generation task where students analyse the barriers that stop new entrants entering five markets.
Type:
An individual writing task
Skill:
Writing
Time:
20 minutes
Stage:
Language writing practice
Work:
Students work individually
Focus:
Being Vague and Being Precise
 
 
Teach your business English learners the differences between language for being precise and language for being vague with this higher level handout. In it, the learners change twelve chunks of formulaic language from precise to vague.
Type:
A topical lead-in
Skill:
Speaking
Time:
15 minutes
Stage:
Lead-in
Work:
Students work in pairs
Focus:
Brainstorming
 
 
What are the main tenets of brainstorming in a business context? In this pair work introduction handout, the learners match eight sentence halves together to make principles which they then discuss the validity of. A nice opener on the topic.
Type:
A vocabulary practice activity
Skill:
Writing
Time:
20 minutes
Stage:
Language writing practice
Work:
Students work in pairs
Focus:
Brainstorming
 
 
This is a controlled practice of formulaic language for business brainstorming. The learners, working either in pairs or individually, read a selection of dialogues and correct mistakes in the key language. Excellent to prepare learners for speaking practice with this language function.
Type:
A pair work activity
Skill:
Speaking
Time:
10 minutes
Stage:
Lead-in
Work:
Students work in pairs
Focus:
Brands
 
 
For a fun introduction to brands or just a general lead-in, this handout is excellent. Students have to identify a number of companies in specific markets from a huge number of brand logos.
Type:
A vocabulary challenge
Skill:
Reading/Speaking
Time:
20 minutes
Stage:
Vocabulary speaking practice
Work:
Students work in pairs
Focus:
Brands Vocabulary
 
 
Brands are at the forefront of modern business so there is no denying that non-native English speakers should be familiar with brand terminology. This handout features several fluency and accuracy tasks.
Type:
A vocabulary challenge
Skill:
Writing
Time:
10 minutes
Stage:
Vocabulary writing practice
Work:
Students work individually
Focus:
British/American English
 
 
This short, but intensive writing handout requires learners to make equivalents of common British and American English. Involves thinking of the right words in both types of English. Useful for vocabulary building.
Type:
A vocabulary challenge
Skill:
Writing
Time:
15 minutes
Stage:
Vocabulary writing practice
Work:
Students work individually
Focus:
British/American English
 
 
Get learners to practise the difference between British and American nouns with this challenging writing worksheet involving a whole host of words across the Trans-Atlantic divide.
Type:
A topical lead-in
Skill:
Speaking
Time:
10 minutes
Stage:
Lead-in
Work:
Students work in pairs
Focus:
Bureaucracy
 
 
'Bureaucracy is the art of making the possible impossible!' This handout however makes the art of starting a business lesson, not only possible, but great fun. Features seven questions on an issue few people can say nice things about.
Type:
A crossword activity
Skill:
Speaking
Time:
15 minutes
Stage:
Vocabulary writing practice
Work:
Students work individually
Focus:
Business English Synonyms
 
 
This higher level crossword tasks students to think of one correct synonym for the words and expressions in the clues. It sounds easy, but not when confronted with the array of challenging formal English words.
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