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Type:
A group taboo game
Skill:
Speaking
Time:
20 minutes
Stage:
Vocabulary speaking practice
Work:
Students work in groups of 4 with 2 teams of 2
Focus:
Business English Vocabulary
 
 
Business English doesn't have to be dreary or dull and this fun speaking activity focusing on general business vocabulary proves it. In the form of the popular game taboo, two teams of two players must explain words to their opponents without saying three pieces of key vocabulary.
Type:
A crossword activity
Skill:
Writing
Time:
15 minutes
Stage:
Vocabulary writing practice
Work:
Students work individually
Focus:
Business English Vocabulary
 
 
A crossword with unspecific vocabulary, this handout is great for a review of test on student's understanding of business concepts. A mid to high level crossword, this is ideal for Upper-Intermediate to Advanced level business English.
Type:
A topical lead-in
Skill:
Speaking
Time:
15 minutes
Stage:
Lead-in
Work:
Students work in pairs
Focus:
Business Ethics
 
 
To introduce the slippery topic of ethics in business, use this conversational introductory handout to get your students talking about ethical and unethical business. The activity involves the learners discussing their opinions of eight examples of tenuous business behaviour.
Type:
A topical lead-in
Skill:
Speaking
Time:
15 minutes
Stage:
Lead-in
Work:
Students work in pairs
Focus:
Business Ethics
 
 
It’s hard to escape ethics in business and this handout provides a non-controversial introduction into the topic, by involving your learners in a discussion of the nature and importance of business ethics. Learners read eight different quotes about business ethics and decide if they agree with them or not.
Type:
A language discovery sheet
Skill:
Writing
Time:
20 minutes
Stage:
Language discovery
Work:
Students work in pairs
Focus:
Business Metaphors
 
 
The metaphor is ubiquitous in business English contexts. ‘Glass ceilings’, ‘time is money’, ‘golden handshakes’ – it’s hard to communicate without them. But how did it come to this and are metaphors necessarily a good thing? The learners read this article and locate twelve metaphors to discuss the meaning of. Useful for discerning the meaning of language from context.
Type:
A vocabulary practice activity
Skill:
Speaking
Time:
15 minutes
Stage:
Vocabulary speaking practice
Work:
Students work in pairs
Focus:
Careers Vocabulary
 
 
This introductory conversational handout on careers gets pre and intermediate learners talking about careers vocabulary. In this activity, the learners discuss the differences between pairs of words, such as ‘get the sack’ and ‘resign’. Useful for vocabulary practice or to see what your learners know.
Type:
A vocabulary acquisition task
Skill:
Writing
Time:
20 minutes
Stage:
Vocabulary acquisition
Work:
Students work individually
Focus:
Careers Vocabulary
 
 
Vocabulary acquisition and collocations are the name of the game with this lexis handout. In this two stage activity the learners match six verbs with a range of nouns to make verb phrases relating to careers. Next, the learners search these phrases to find seven with a difficult meaning or form.
Type:
A pair work activity
Skill:
Speaking
Time:
15 minutes
Stage:
Controlled grammar speaking practice
Work:
Students work in pairs
Focus:
Cause and Result
 
 
For an excellent handout focusing on the language for cause and result, use this communicative worksheet where this language is practised neatly through a discussion on supply and demand in five markets.
Type:
A pair work activity
Skill:
Speaking
Time:
15 minutes
Stage:
Language speaking practice
Work:
Students work in pairs
Focus:
Communication
 
 
This handout offers lower level business English learners the chance to practise giving and receiving basic information such as addresses, websites, email addresses, and telephone numbers. Set up in the format of information gap, the learners exchange the information as accurately and concisely as possible.
Type:
A pair work activity
Skill:
Speaking
Time:
20 minutes
Stage:
Vocabulary speaking practice
Work:
Students work in pairs
Focus:
Communication Vocabulary
 
 
Communication vocabulary is the focus of this handout which offers four different sections of activities demanding students converse in English using the communication vocabulary given.
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