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6 Teaching Business English Lesson Plans for All Learner Levels
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- May 31, 2022
From learning corporate terms to mastering expressions for negotiating, Business English is brimming with topics on how students can thrive in the workplace. Teaching each concept, however, requires thorough planning and choosing the most effective materials and methods. Whether you’re new to teaching professionals or are a seasoned Business English teacher looking to design better classes, here are some teaching Business English lesson plans you can use for different types of learners.
Learn more about what teaching Business English entails.
What are some tips for teaching Business English lessons?
Before you get started in mapping your Business English classes out, here are some pointers to keep in mind when specializing in this ELT niche :
- Make sure that you know your students’ backgrounds. Where do they work? What are they responsible for? How do they use English at work? Conduct a needs assessment before launching into your course.
- Get your learners comfortable before you start your lessons by using icebreakers , Business English games , and other warm-up activities .
- Provide vocabulary and practice activities that students will be able to use at their actual jobs.
- Prioritize skills that your learners need at work. If they often meet with offshore clients, for example, business meeting phrases should be one of the first lessons you teach.
- Better define your lesson objectives and teaching strategies by making use of Bloom’s taxonomy , which classifies cognitive skills.
Consider these additional strategies, from the Bridge Specialized Certification in Teaching Business English course , when planning your overall curriculum, as well as your individual lesson plans:
Business English lessons for beginners
These free Business English lesson plans are great for professional students with a lower level of English. They can be used in both online and in-person classes.
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Lesson plan #1: Types of companies
Lesson topic: Types of companies
Lesson objectives: By the end of the lesson, students will be able to describe different types of companies and say the products or services each one produces or provides.
- A physical or virtual whiteboard
- PowerPoint slides containing 10 logos of different companies and pictures of different types of companies
Lesson plan #2: Staying at a hotel
Lesson topic: Staying at a hotel
Lesson objectives: By the end of the lesson, students will be able to make requests and ask for information in a hotel.
- PowerPoint slides containing a list of expressions for booking a room, checking in, and asking about hotel services
- An audio file or video of a hotel receptionist and guest ( like this one )
Business English lessons for intermediate learners
The following teaching Business English lesson plans are great for intermediate learners who already have a thorough understanding of basic English concepts.
Lesson plan #3: Modals of obligation, necessity, and prohibition
Lesson topic: Modals of obligation, necessity, and prohibition
Lesson objectives: By the end of the lesson, students will be able to talk about the rules in their workplace using the modals of obligation, necessity, and prohibition.
- Handouts (or PowerPoint slides) of the some of the points from this article on company policies
Lesson plan #4: Making a request by email
Lesson topic: Making a request by email
Lesson objectives : By the end of the lesson, students will be able to write a formal email to make a request.
- PowerPoint slides showing expressions for writing formal emails
- An example of a professional email chain
In a recent BridgeUniverse Expert Series webinar , panelists discussed how Business English teachers can tackle the topic of writing business emails with their students. For additional lesson plan ideas, check out what these experts had to say:
Business English lessons for advanced learners
Lastly, these teaching Business English lesson plans should ideally be used with advanced students who are looking to take their language skills to the ultimate level: fluency.
Lesson plan #5: Working with people from different cultures
Lesson topic: Working with people from different cultures
Lesson objectives : By the end of the lesson, students will be able to talk about their experiences working with people from other countries and give advice on cross-cultural work relationships.
- Handouts (or PowerPoint slides) of the article “10 Ways to Work Effectively Across Cultures”
If you’re struggling when it comes to incorporating classroom tasks like those outlined in these free Business English lesson plans, take a look at the following video from the Specialized Certification in Teaching Business English course . It offers tips for conducting task-based learning in a Business English classroom:
Lesson plan #6: Creative presentations
Lesson topic: Creative presentations
Lesson objectives: By the end of the lesson, students will be able to present a product, a service, or an idea creatively.
- Five different simple objects (a ball, a bag, etc.)
- Equipment to play a video
Teaching professional students is one of the most rewarding ELT niches to pursue, as these students are highly motivated individuals. With the right teaching Business English lesson plans, you can be sure you’re meeting stakeholder expectations and helping your students succeed.
Learn the 21st-century skills and tools you need to effectively teach English to professionals by earning Specialized Certification in Teaching Business English.
Back in her hometown in the Philippines, Krzl worked as a writer at a TV station before moving to Chile. After she completed her TESOL certification, she worked for language institutes and then decided to become an independent English teacher to business professionals. When she’s not giving classes, she’s either surfing along Chile’s long stretch of coastline, traveling, or practicing photography by the beach.
Best Business English Lesson Plans (8 Websites)
Looking for ready-made business English lesson plans for your learners?
There are a ton of websites out there. The only problem is taking the time to sort through the worksheets and exercises and piece them together to create an excellent plan. Now that can take quite some time, especially if you are a perfectionist like me.
While some sites with high-quality lesson plans are paid resources, that doesn’t mean you can’t find decent lesson plans on other free sites. In fact, you can find some great lessons for business English if you know where to look.
So, what are the best (preferably free) websites for business English plans? Let’s explore some of the most popular ones below.
1. Breaking News English
Breaking News English makes news-based lesson plans highly accessible. They are constantly updating their lesson plans, unlike other websites that gave up back in 2013/2014.
This site is great for relevant news topics you and your students can relate to. They even have a section devoted to business English lessons. Here you can find news stories related to companies.
If you choose a news story , you can select the same story’s easier or more difficult levels to suit different clients’ needs.
Typically each lesson plan features some discussion, a reading, key vocabulary, gap-fill exercises, synonym matching, phrase matching, listening, and writing activities. There is plenty to keep students busy!
The lessons are printable, and teachers can choose a long or short version of the lesson plan.
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2. British Council
The British Council has many Business English lesson plans aimed at B1 and B2 (CEFR) English learners.
The lesson plans here are very high quality and differ from Breaking News English because you can find more lessons related to workplace issues rather than news stories.
The British Council’s lesson plan usually includes a preparation task, reading, cloze tests, and discussion questions.
They also have podcasts for business English (upper-intermediate), English for emails series (pre-intermediate to intermediate), and videos for interviews (intermediate and upper-intermediate).
Ted contains a large number of videos by experts from various work backgrounds. They are produced to inspire and teach something new, which has proven extremely popular, with some videos garnering millions of Youtube views.
Teachers can sign up for Ted-Ed with an educator account. Here you can create a lesson from one of the TED talks or an already prebuilt lesson. The lessons are short but a great way to get students to discuss their views on a matter.
To find business lessons, simply search business in the search bar, and all the lessons with that keyword will come up. You could also search for other keywords relating to the client’s industry.
If anything, TED teaches us how to make a superb presentation that wins over an audience and keeps their attention.
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Linguahouse is mainly a paid resource; however, there are a few ESL lesson plans that teachers can find free of charge.
They also update their library and send an email to their subscribers’ list when they add more ESL lesson plans (free and paid).
The free business English lesson plans on Linguahouse are of great quality. They usually include a video and some exercises, with student worksheets and teacher lesson plans ready to download.
They have British English and American English versions of their lesson plans and show the approximate time it takes to complete a lesson.
5. Dave’s ESL Cafe
There are some ideas to take from Dave’s ESL Cafe business English lesson plans. They are shared by anyone who wants to contribute to the site.
There are about thirty informal lesson plans on the site that you can go through and decide which to deploy in your classroom. There are some suitable filler activities and creative ideas available here.
Most of these lesson plans are group-based activities, suitable in the ESL classroom.
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Fluentu provides some great free ideas for your next business English lesson. Each lesson is built on the PPP (presentation, practice, production) method.
In this article, they summarise four possible lesson plans:
- “Breaking the Ice” lesson plan
- Business meetings lesson plan
- Negotiation lesson plan
- Meeting management lesson plan
The site features many other lessons plans to explore, and you can sign up for a free trial if your school wishes to avail of Fluentu’s classes.
7. Business English Site
People with years of corporate experience created Business English Site , which shows through the clever use of expressions and phrases in their exercises.
I like this site because it features lessons for specific job roles, such as medical English, project management, and accounting. They have intermediate to advanced lessons .
Most of the lessons are just gap-fill exercises, but they might give useful insight into your niche and the appropriate phrases they can use.
This may not be a great place to find a full business English lesson plan, but it is useful for finding the vocabulary to teach if you have some extra time.
If you haven’t found what you are looking for, Off2Class might be a good option. They are subscription-based (about $16 per month).
Off2Class has a price tag, but you may find the lesson you want. Off2Class features an array of ESL lesson plans for teachers. They are high quality and feature several Business English lessons and general English lessons.
These are slides, easily shared online or with a projector. They require little to no preparation and are highly engaging. Off2Class is a good option for stuck teachers who need a high-quality lesson to present.
Sign up for a free account and see if they have any lessons that interest you.
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Teachers have a lot of creative options when teaching business English online or in the classroom. While some teachers prefer to stick to the textbook, many amazing resources can be found with a quick search on the web.
Are there any other paid or free business English lesson plans you use? Let me know in the comments section below!
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Executive English: 4 Business English Lesson Plans That Turn Students into Influencers
Building confidence in business is a lifelong gift you can give your students.
Never again will they clam up when coworkers make chit-chat.
No longer will their voices lose power during interviews and meetings.
Taking your ESL students to the next level in their careers is rewarding for not only your students, but for you as well. It gives you, their ever enthusiastic teacher , a great sense of accomplishment.
You will see your business English students blossom, get promoted, develop confidence and take on different professional personas—ones loaded with strength and self-assurance.
Crafting exceptional and informative business English lesson plans is the first step to your students’ success.
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The Cornerstones of Business English Lessons
If this is your very first time developing plans for business English classes , we have you covered here.
One of the most essential aspects in developing ESL business English lesson plans is to get to know your students and find out the information needed to make the lesson practical for them .
If you have a student working in corporate marketing, then a business English lesson pertaining to accounting would be almost useless. Knowing your students, their careers and needs will help you connect with them in an informative, concise way. Your lessons will be useful to them outside of the classroom, building more confidence on their professional paths, whatever those might be.
So, you should know the following about every student:
- Where they work
- What their job responsibilities are
- What they do on a normal day at the office
- When and how are they exposed to English at work (email, meetings, calls, conferences, etc.)
These questions are essential to building a lesson plan your students will enjoy!
Give your students a survey on the first day of class that asks these questions and more like them, then save the completed surveys in your teaching binder or folder.
Take the following lesson plans, combined with the specific information about your students, to create targeted lesson plans students can use in their everyday professional lives and to better their career prospects.
4 Business English Lesson Plans That Promote Rapid Career Growth
Each of these lesson plans is built on the PPP (Presentation, Practice, Production) method of creating plans for language lessons. You can learn more about how this works (and how to create your own from scratch) here!
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1. Breaking the Ice
In your students’ business lives, breaking the ice in their native tongue is terrifying enough at times.
Imagine the anxiety and stress having to break the ice in English must induce.
This does not need to be the norm. You can give your students the essential ESL skills they need to feel confident and to succeed. After all, speaking English and speaking (any language) at work is mostly about confidence, and the role of psychology is almost as important as knowing the right words and grammar to use in these situations.
This English lesson plan focuses on starting a conversation, ending a conversation and general role playing for students to hone what they have learned. Let’s take a look at what this lesson will contain and how to present your business English lesson plan material.
This lesson plan’s presentation will consist of useful phrases. You will present to your class the essential knowledge they will need to make ample English small talk in any and all business situations .
An excellent place to start is with the actual phrase “breaking the ice.” What do they think this phrase means? What are some examples of “breaking the ice” with coworkers? You will elicit answers from your students and discuss some ways they think they can “break the ice” in a business situation—or examples of when they have done this in the past.
You will also discuss other important phrases, useful for opening a business conversation in English.
Here are a few example phrases you can use in your lesson:
- Hello, my name is ______, are you enjoying your evening?
- Where are you from?
- What company do you represent?
- How long have you worked here/there?
- Which department do you work in?
- How do you like your job?
- Did you catch the morning lecture?
- Do you mind if I join your group?
After you share and discuss these quick little door openers, you can move on to excellent ways to end a business conversation in English. Many of your students use these in their native language already, so, in my experience, they will catch on fast.
Here are a few conversation closers you will share with your students in the presentation:
- It was nice to talk to you, I must excuse myself.
- Great to meet you, do you have a card? (or, here is my card).
- I must be going, I see my boss signaling toward me.
- Thank you, it was nice to meet you and we should discuss this further later.
- Do you have LinkedIn? Let’s connect there to continue our conversation.
These conversational wrap-ups are great for your students and will eliminate those awkward moments of saying goodbye in business settings.
When your students have listened and understand the phrases, you can move into this practicing stage.
You will have all the phrases you discussed cut into two parts a set for each pair of students. Once your students are paired up, you will distribute the mixed up parts of the phrases and they will work together trying to piece each phrase back together.
This jigsaw of sorts will allow your students to communicate and discuss which section goes with which, further creating the phrase in their mind. For example, one piece of paper will contain “Did you catch… ” and your students will try to match it with ” …the morning lecture?”
Go over which combinations are correct and take questions, then have the students copy down the correct phrases in their notebooks for future reference.
Once all pairs have matched and discussed the jigsaw business English phrases, they are ready for a more practical exercise.
Each student will be given a card you have made with their occupation, company, the lecture they attended and a few family/hobby details. Students will then be paired up. The pairs will change every five minutes and the students will have an opportunity to break the ice, discuss a few topics and end the conversation.
You can float around the room and make sure the conversations are on track, while answering any questions which may arise.
All in all, this is a wonderful business English lesson plan with communication, collaboration, vocabulary and self-expression at the core.
2. Involvement in Meetings
Business meetings are an essential part of business and there are often several meetings held within an average work week.
Participation in business meetings can be another daunting engagement your students may currently try to avoid. Your students need to be prepared and have the business English skills necessary to participate with confidence and increase their chances for recognition, responsibility and promotion.
This business English lesson plan can help them understand the importance of meeting involvement while gaining the ESL skills they need to be successful in all areas of life.
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For this business lesson, you will need to craft a well-organized worksheet to help guide your students in the right direction.
The worksheet will contain two parts. Part one will have useful words, phrases and lead-in sentences commonly found in business meetings, while part two of the worksheet will have two different role playing scenarios your students will use in their mock meetings.
Your first objective will be to ask your students about business meetings they have been involved in or their concepts of a normal business meeting.
Many of your students will have had some type of meeting experience, but maybe not in English. You should draw from their previous experiences and allow them to describe it and discuss it in English. Next, you will discuss several business English phrases used in meetings. You can get more great phrases to introduce from this post .
Here are a few great examples to put into your presentation and worksheet:
- Could you please clarify what you mean?
- Can you please speak up a bit, I can’t hear you very well?
- Please continue, I apologize for interrupting.
- What if we… ?
- What would you think about…?
You and your class will discuss these phrases as a class and you will give examples of how each could be used.
In this step of your business English lesson plan, you will organize the class into small groups. The size of each group depends on your class size, of course.
Then you will hand out the worksheet and allow your students to practice using the new business meeting phrases with one another. Give them time to discuss the phrases amongst themselves and ask you any questions they may have.
Once all practice has been enthusiastically carried out, it is time to let the role playing commence!
Part two of the worksheet will be the guide to a specific business meeting scenario. For example, if you want your students to brainstorm a few marketing strategies for a certain product, you will give them a product to discuss in a meeting scenario.
“The meeting will be centered around new marketing strategies for Starbucks coffee.
What can you and your team come up with during this meeting?
Take notes, deliver concise ideas and support each idea with why you think this idea is effective.”
Let your students loose to collaborate and participate in a mock meeting using the new business English phrases discussed in the presentation and practice stages of your lesson plan. This activity will give your students key business meeting phrases, collaboration, English expression of ideas and also allow them to gain more confidence for practical use.
3. Questions in Negotiation Situations
Negotiations are another key aspect of business English.
Many business English students shy away from their native language style of negotiating when it comes down to trying to negotiate in English. Developing confidence is essential in negotiations and, if your students possess this key element, they will have more success at the negotiating table.
This business English lesson plan will give your students the four steps of negotiation and how to embody each step when at the office.
In order to ask the right questions in negotiation, your students must first know the cycle of a negotiation. You will present each step and discuss them as a class, giving examples or answering important questions.
These are the steps of negotiation to cover in your lesson plan:
1. Exploration . This is when two parties explore what each offers, expects and hopes to obtain in the negotiation.
2. Bidding. The bidding stage is when exploration is complete and one of two parties offers and exchange for goods or money.
3. Bargaining. This is an essential stage, when both parties negotiate until a satisfactory term is met.
4. Settling. Settling is essentially the finalized agreement. This is the handshake and signing of contracts stage.
Each stage is important and knowing the right questions to ask in each stage is also very important for your students to understand.
After the stages are discussed and fully understood, you can partner your students up and have them brainstorm questions that would be useful in each stage. For example:
“What warranty or guarantee does your company offer on this particular product?”
This question is a perfect Exploration question used to get the facts and details out on the table. Your students will brainstorm essential questions for each stage of negotiation together. This will create collaboration and develop ideas useful for the practice stage.
You could even craft a worksheet about the above stages, along with useful questions and answers, to help guide your students during the lesson.
With your students still in pairs, they will be given a role-play scenario in which one is the buyer and the other is the seller. Your example role-play will look something like this:
Seller: You are the representative for a groundbreaking MP3 player similar to the iPod. You must convince your buyer to sell your product and not the others.
Buyer: You see potential in the new music product, but you are still uncertain about making the switch in products and need to get more information.
This role playing scenario will follow the four stages of negotiation and your students will use the questions they brainstormed while practicing to have a successful negotiation which may or may not lead to a successful Settling stage agreement.
4. Meeting management
Meeting management in business is another important task your students may need more confidence and ESL skills to perform.
This practical exercise is the next step up from getting involved in a meeting, since your students will now plan and guide a business meeting in class.
This business English lesson plan will allow your students to practice emailing, collaboration and build confidence to guide and keep other members of a meeting on track.
Your students will need the key aspects of email structure to allow them to email colleagues effectively and efficiently to get the meeting time, date and location set.
Before introducing any new material, ask your students to write a short email inviting a colleague to join a meeting. Afterwards, have each student read theirs aloud. You can use their emails as a guide to introduce the proper email language necessary for landing a business meeting.
Here are the essential aspects of a well-developed email for planning a business meeting:
- Project details and objectives
- Q & A about the project
- Brainstorming and collaboration to make project a success
- Important points to note
This short and concise email format will be a great template not only for the lesson, but for them to also use in a more practical business situation. You can also give great examples on the board or in a slideshow to really allow your students to soak up the new information.
Once your students have crafted their own emails without any instruction on proper language, and have then watched your presentation of relevant words, phrases and grammar, they are ready to do some more serious email drafting.
Put them into small groups and let them discuss, collaborate and craft their new business meeting emails to one another in the group.
Each student will write an email using the business meeting email format, addressing it to another student in their group. The receiving student will then write a reply to the email as well.
Your students have crafted emails and invited others to their meetings. Next, they will each take turns running the meeting and keeping everyone on task.
You will give each student a meeting topic and let them present the project details and objectives before opening the floor up for Q & A from other meeting members. For example:
“Introduce a new MP3 player which rivals the iPod to your meeting members. It costs less, holds more music, comes with better headphones and also has an interactive touch screen. Your team must brainstorm new ideas to market this product.”
Each student will have an opportunity to introduce a new product and run the meeting accordingly. They will learn valuable communication skills, writing , leadership skills and also develop more confidence when taking charge in a business meeting scenario.
So, as you can now see, business English lesson plans are excellent to have in your teaching arsenal.
They are perfect for your pre-intermediate to advanced level students who have a career (or are preparing for a future career) in the corporate world.
These lesson plans are simply essential for ESL students looking to make a shift and move into the business sector of employment, seeking promotion within their company or generally wanting to build more confidence when speaking to foreign clients and colleagues.
These business English lessons will give your students the important resources needed to be successful in their career and beyond.
Plan those lessons well, with their needs in mind, and hand them the keys to success!
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The theme of this lesson is what makes a country attractive to potential investors. Students read about the investment potential of Germany and learn a variety of important terms for describing a nation’s economy. At the end of the lesson, students discuss the investment potential of their own countries using vocabulary from the worksheet.
In this lesson, students read an article about the investment potential of Africa. The worksheet includes several vocabulary and discussion activities.
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.
In this lesson, students watch David Grady talk about how bad, inefficient and overcrowded meetings negatively affect businesses and employees. The worksheet focuses on listening, vocabulary and speaking.
In this lesson, students learn useful words and phrases for talking about advertising methods and promotional strategies.
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.
In this lesson, students learn how to describe different types of corporate crime and read about big corporate scandals including Enron, Worldcom and Parmalat. There are plenty of opportunities for discussion.
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.
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.
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 plan is the first of a two-part worksheet series based on an interview recorded in 2007 with the British entrepreneur and founder of the Virgin business empire, Sir Richard Branson. In this extract from the interview, Branson talks about the foundations of his empire, what the Virgin brand stands for and what drives him to launch new businesses.
Disclaimer: At 06.55, Sir Richard makes a joke that some teachers or students might find to be inappropriate.
In the second part of our Richard Branson interview series, Branson jokes about some of his business ventures, including his Virgin Galactic space tourism business. He recalls a daring hot air balloon flight and talks about his adventurous spirit.
This lesson plan covers a range of vocabulary for talking about general areas of IT, including software, hardware, web hosting, web design and troubleshooting.
The theme of this lesson is the growth of the social networking tool Twitter . Students watch Evan Williams, co-founder of Twitter, talking about the reasons for Twitter’s popularity. Several idioms and phrases related to launching a business are studied. In the grammar section, emphatic structures used by the speaker are studied and practised. Finally there is a discussion activity on Twitter and how social networking tools can be used in business, as well as an optional video-based exercise for more tech-savvy students.
The theme of this light-hearted lesson is office jargon. Students read a satirical article on everyday business clichés used in the modern workplace. There is a speaking activity at the end of the lesson in which the students describe situations that illustrate particular clichés and discuss the use of business jargon in their own countries. The worksheet works well with advanced, good-natured classes.
In this lesson, students watch speaker Richard St John talk about the road to success.
In this third part of our Business Idioms lesson plans, students learn 13 more English idioms used in business. The worksheet focuses on vocabulary and speaking practice.
In this lesson plan, students read about bitcoin and its part in illegal trading on the internet. Activities cover key words, phrases, and understanding the text. There is also an exercise on adverbs. The lessons ends with a speaking activity for students to discuss the topic.
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If you teach business English, then you’re certainly in the right place! We’re going to give you the rundown on our top business English games and activities as well as recommendations for worksheets, lesson plans and more.
Activities for Teaching Business English
Are you ready to see some of the best ESL activities and games for teaching business English? Then let’s get to everything you need to know!
#1: Role Plays
I love to incorporate role plays into my business English classes. The situations are endless! For example, an important telephone conversation with a client. Or, present your passport to the immigration officer at the airport. Or, meeting a potential client for the first time.
You can use role-plays to help your students practice these important situations which will increase their confidence in a huge way. Find out more about using them in your classes here: ESL Role Plays .
#2: Current Events Presentations for ESL Business English
Business English students are generally pretty up-to-date on what’s happening in the world. Plus, they’re often expected to do presentations at work so this is a nice activity to use in your classes. Find out more about how I set it up here:
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#3: Help with Expressing Opinions
In business, you’ll often be called upon to express an opinion about something. For example, which marketing idea is the best, or who to partner up with for a project. However, ESL students are often quite weak at this because they don’t have the necessary vocabulary and they may also lack practice.
Here’s some solid advice that you can give your students about how to do this well: Expressing Opinions in English .
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#4: Task Based Activities for Business ESL Lessons
We love to use task-based activities with our students. There are just so many things you can do! In groups, students could do any of the following:
- Come up with a new product
- Create an innovative advertising campaign for a current product
- Do a company profile
- Audit a website
The possibilities are endless so get creative and think of some interesting things for your students to do. You can find more ideas here: ESL Task Based Teaching .
#5: Cocktail Party
It’s quite common for business people to meet important clients at a party or meet and greet event. However, for English learners, this can be a challenging situation because they may not feel that confident at small talk. Try out this ESL activity that replicates these very situations:
ESL Cocktail Party Activity .
#6: English Central or YouTube Videos Related to Business
We LOVE to use videos in our English classes. You can find one for just about any topic, grammar point or vocabulary set under the sun. Except there’s more to it than just pressing play and sitting back and relaxing. The best teachers design activities that help get the most out of them.
Here are some of our best ideas: English Central and YouTube Videos for ESL Students.
#7: Business English Reading Lesson
It’s very easy to plan your own ESL reading lesson about literally any topic. I love to make my own lessons for Business English because you can include the most recent topics in the news. Find out how to do that here:
#8: Conversation Starters
Small talk and basic conversational English is vital for business English students. It often doesn’t work that well if you tell students to just talk to each other. Instead, give them some conversation starters to get the ball rolling and you’ll usually find that the results are much better.
Here are some of my best ideas: ESL Conversation Starters.
#9: Practice Opening Conversations
It’s sometimes not that easy to start a conversation with someone that you don’t know. However, there are certainly some tried and true topics that work very well for this situation. Find out more details right here: How to Open a Conversation in English.
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#10: Dialogue Substitution for Business English ESL
If you’re teaching beginners, it can be a little bit tricky to design activities for them. One of the best ones to consider is dialogue substitution. You can use it for a variety of situations that business people might encounter from situations at the airport, telephone conversations or talking about a problem related to their company.
The way it works is that you give students the beginning of a conversation with blanks in it. Students have to work together to finish the conversation and then present it to the class. Find out more details about it here: ESL Dialogue Substitution .
#11: The Expert Speaking Activity
If you want to give your students some practice with small talk, try out this fun, interactive activity. The way it works is that students think of three things that they know a lot about, or are an expert in. Then, students go into pairs and can talk about these topics with each other. You can switch partners every few minutes.
Find out more details here: The Expert Speaking Activity .
#12: Plans for the Future
Business often involves making plans for the future. For example, planning for that next marketing campaign or deciding on a vision for the company. Students will need to be proficient in using future grammatical constructions for this. Find out some of our top recommendations here: Future Forms ESL Activities .
Or, you may want to check out some of these ideas here: Making Predictions Games .
#13: ESL Surveys
We LOVE to use surveys in our classes. They’re interactive and get students up and out of their seats talking to everyone in the class. Plus, you design them for any topic and in this case, you’d want to lean towards current events or business-type things.
Do you want to try them out in your classes? Find out more details about how to design them and use them in your classes here: ESL Surveys .
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#14: Filling out an Application Form
If students are in our business English classes, it’s quite likely that they may apply for jobs abroad. In this case, they’ll have to fill out applications in English. We can give them some practice with this in class before they have to do it for real.
You can easily find applications on Google. Print them off and have your students work on them in class or for homework.
#15: Running Dictation
If you want to introduce some grammar, vocabulary or topic via a conversation, here’s a fun way to do it that gets beyond just reading it from the textbook. Print off the dialogue and then cut it up into strips which you’ll tape on the wall around the classroom.
Put students into pairs and one person is the runner/reader/speaker while the other person is sitting down with pen and paper and is the writer. Students have to work together to get the entire conversation down on paper and then put it into the correct order.
It’s challenging, fun and students always really enjoy it! Try out this 4-skills ESL activity today: ESL Running Dictation.
#16: Mock Interviews
English interviews are very common these days, even in non-English speaking countries. They’re an excellent way for companies to weed out the people who can actually converse in English from those who can’t.
Help your students out with them by doing some mock interviews in your classes. But, remember this key tip. DO NOT let your students memorize answers. Interviewers can smell this out from a mile away. Instead, encourage taking a few notes about answers to common questions but then just speaking.
#17: Proof-Reading and Editing
It’s quite common for our students to have to write business emails in English. We can help them out with this in a big way by teaching them about proofreading and editing. After all, it’s not that common to have a colleague or boss checking emails before they go out to clients, so it’s an important skill for our students to know.
Check this article out to find out how I teach this skill to my students: Proof-Reading and Editing for English Learners.
#18: Resume and Cover Letter Writing
When I teach business English, one of the primary homework assignments is that students have to prepare a resume as well as a cover letter for a sample job that I think of. Of course, give students lots of help with how to do this, along with some samples that they can follow.
My goal is that students have something they can take with them and use when applying for positions with just a little bit of editing.
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#19: TED Talks
I love to use TED Talks with my business English learners. There are just so many good presentations on a huge variety of topics, especially important business ideas.
A self-introduction in English is a great skill for your students to have. They’ll often have to do one in a job interview, at a conference or at a meeting where the people aren’t familiar with each other. Check out this video for the simple steps to follow:
#21: Breaking News English
With my students, I’ll often print off some lessons from Breaking News English . They take current events and grade them to make them easier for beginner to intermediate students (more advanced students should just use the regular article). There are also some excellent discussion questions and vocabulary activities that you might want to consider using.
#22: Business English Pod
If students are motivated to study business English on their own, one of my favourite resources that I like to direct them to is BE Pod . They are podcasts, phone conversations and a whole ton of other good stuff related to business. There is a paid version, but the free one is useful enough.
#23: Business English Vocabulary and Dialogues
One of the more valuable things for our students can be to help them expand their business English vocabulary. One way to do this is with real-life dialogues, filled with idioms, expressions, and phrases. Check out these Business English dialogues here:
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#24: Business English ESL, Using Movie and TV Clips
There are a ton of great movies and TV shows that cover various aspects of the business world. You can easily find them on YouTube, or you may already have a few favourites.
I love to include these in my ESL business English conversation classes. They make a nice lead-in activity for just about any grammar, vocabulary or skill you might want to focus on. Find out some of my top options here:
Teaching with Movies and TV .
#25: Business English Listening Lesson Plan
It’s super easy to create your own listening lesson about almost any topic. Just follow these simple steps:
#26: Have a Debate
I love to talk about interesting things and I’m sure that your students are the same! Why not have a little debate about something related to the business world? Here are some ideas:
For something a bit more casual, check these ones out:
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#27: Business English Game: Describe the Word
A simple business English game is to put students into pairs or small groups. Then, one student has to pick a word from a list and describe it to the other people who have to guess what it is. It’s a nice time-filler game at the end of class because it’s a nice review activity.
#28: Business English Charades
Another fun game to try out in class is charades. Come up with a bunch of words or phrases related to what you’ve been teaching the students. Then, put students into teams and they have to take turns acting out that word or phrases and their teammates have to guess what it is. Check it out:
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#29: Make a Sentence using Business English Vocabulary
Try out this challenging sentence-making activity. If you’re using a textbook, open it up to a page at random and quickly choose a word. Students have 30 seconds to make an interesting sentence about it. If you have a big class, they can share with a partner. If a small class, share with everyone.
#30: Make a Crossword Puzzle
It’s quite easy to make your own puzzle using Discovery’s puzzle maker (do a Google search for it). Input the clues and the answers and the website does the rest! It can serve as a nice review activity or homework assignment before a midterm or final exam.
What about Business English for Beginners?
Business English for beginners can be a little bit tricky. How can you negotiate a complicated deal, or talk about a contract if you struggle with making a basic sentence and don’t know a lot of even general vocabulary?
Here are my top 5 tips for teaching beginners Business English:
- Start with basic conversational English skills first. It’s quite difficult to teach exclusively Business English unless students are at least a very high beginner level of basic skills.
- For topics and contexts, choose something with a business focus. Perhaps a simple reading or listening passage talking about a company or a problem that someone may face in the business world.
- A lot of business involves small talk! Focus on this skill by giving students lots of practice.
- Don’t ignore basic writing skills. Things like capital letters and punctuation, along with basic openings and closings can go a long way in writing a business email, for example.
- Focus on industry-specific jargon. Each industry has a specific vocabulary related to it. Target this to your students. A needs analysis is key to this.
What are some Common Business English Topics?
There are a few business English topics that must be covered in a class. Here are some of the most popular topics and skills for a Business English class to cover:
- Negotiations . A large part of business involves negotiation so this topic should certainly be covered!
- Interviews . Help students out with their English interview skills.
- Managing a crisis . Businesses have problems. Help students work through these problems, in English. It’s certainly an important topic to consider teaching.
- Presentations . Many people in the business world have to make a presentation at one point, or another. Help students out with this!
- Meetings . All meetings have certain conventions including opening and closing, turn-taking, etc. Conducting a meeting as a class is a nice topic.
- Hiring and firing . All businesses need employees! This makes hiring and firing them an important topic to include.
- Performance reviews . Similar to the one above, there is a certain set of language used to evaluate work.
- Resumes and cover letters . A nice topic is to help students prepare their resumes and cover letters in English.
- Risk management. An interesting Business English topic is how a company can manage risk and prevent bad things from happening.
- Small talk. A lot of business happens informally, at lunch or around the office. Help students learn how to initiate, conduct and close these types of conversations.
Business English dialogues and topics
Business English Resources
If you’re looking for some resources for teaching Business English, here are a few of my go-to websites and course books:
- Business English Pod
- Market Leader textbook
- Breaking News English
- CBC (Canada), BBC (UK), CNN (USA), etc. websites for higher-level students and authentic materials.
- How I Built Thing podcast
- Learn English (British Council) has a nice section for business English
- How to Teach Business English Book (Evan Frendo)
Business English Worksheets
If you want to find some business English worksheets that you can just print and use with your students, here are some of the best resources:
Business English Lesson Plans
If you’re looking for some ready-made ESL lesson plans for business students, then you’re in the right place. Here are some of our top recommendations for ESL business English lesson plans:
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Business English ESL FAQs
There are a number of common questions that people have about teaching ESL business English. Here are the answers to some of the most popular ones.
What is ESL Business English?
ESL Business English is a specific ESL niche tailored to business terminology, topics and corporate culture. It is useful for businessmen, businesswomen, and business students.
How do I teach Business English for ESL?
Here are a few quick tips for teaching Business English ESL:
- Do a detailed needs analysis to find out what students want to achieve and also to uncover strengths and weaknesses.
- Find out which contexts students use business English (negotiation, writing emails, interviews, etc.)
- Dress and act professionally.
- Choose materials well to keep students motivated and interested.
- Have a high degree of flexibility.
Is Business English formal?
Business English is more formal than just regular chit-chat with friends. It may also have some industry-specific jargon which you’ll need to learn. However, simple communication is often best so aim for this instead of overly complicated grammatical structures.
What makes a Good Business English Instructor?
A good business English instructor is one who dresses and acts professionally, the same as their students. This means that they are punctual, competent and well-prepared for each lesson. It can also be useful for the instructor to have a background in business themselves.
What is one of the challenges of teaching Business English?
One of the main challenges in teaching business English is that companies and students often expect some serious results. This may mean increased pressure on the teacher to deliver them. However, many teachers are handsomely rewarded for this stress if they are elite teachers.
What are some fun Business English games?
Some fun business English games are charades, Pictionary, describing a word, role-plays, crossword puzzles with business English vocabulary, and running dictation.
Business English Dialogues
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If you’re looking for some business English dialogues for your students, look no further than these books! They are filled with dialogues, vocabulary, and practice exercises to cover a huge range of business topics.
They’re ideal for use in a course, or for self-study at home. Consider using them for 1-1 tutoring as well. Whatever the case, get ready for some great results with these dialogues for Business English.
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Thank you! Will definitely be trying some of these business English activities out with my students next week.
I teach business English in China and found this list so helpful! Thanks so much for all the ideas and I’ve honestly never heard of Business English Pod before. I know, crazy!
Thank you, Jackie. It’s great to know there’s support out there like yours.
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Lesson Share: Business writing basics
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Students review important elements of good business writing in English, especially for letters and emails.
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This activity revises key aspects of business writing in English and is applicable for any business sector.
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Business writing worksheet.
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You shouldn't have done that.
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A mixed skill activity to talk about business mistakes.
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ESL Flow Business English https://www.eslflow.com/BusinessEnglish.html A site with lots of links to Business English lessons. 7. China232.com Podcasts https://www.china232.com/business_english/podcasts.php Business English Podacsts. 8. China232.com https://www.china232.com/business_english/ Business English lessons. 9. BusinessEnglishPod.com https://www.businessenglishpod.com/ Podcasts with accompanying texts 10. Business English Pod (on YouTube) https://www.youtube.com/user/bizpod?gl=GB&hl=en-GB Some Business English videos for vocabulary. 11. TalkEnglish.com https://www.talkenglish.com/Speaking/listBusiness.aspx Sentences to help with speaking in business situations. 12. NonStopEnglish.com https://www.nonstopenglish.com/allexercises/business_english/ Activities and Flash quizzes using Buisness English. 13. ESL Go.com https://www.eslgo.com/resources/ba.html A few activities here. 14. Stock Market Yellow Pages.com https://www.StockMarketYellowPages.com This site allows you to search for public companies based upon their descriptions. 15. Internet-based projects https://aei.uoregon.edu/esp/resources.html Kay Westerfield and Leslie Opp-Beckman provide Internet-based projects for Business English with a wealth of links to other resources. 16. TEFLtastic with Alex Case https://www.tefl.net/alexcase/worksheets/business-esp/ A large list of resources and PDFs. 17. BusinessEnglishSite.com https://www.businessenglishsite.com/ A collection of grammar and vocabulary exercises for ESL students. 18. ESL All.com https://www.eslall.com/learn_english_870.html Pages of links to Business English activities. Not all the links work. 19. The Business Emporium https://www.emse.fr/~yukna/business/businessemporium.html Lots of humorous activities for Business English. 20. Linguarama.com https://www.linguarama.com/ps/reading.htm A Business English blog. 21. 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Charles Kelly's Business English in the USA (VOA Special English) https://www.voiceblog.jp/joke/118809.html Listen to an MP3 file and read the text about Individual Proprietorship. 35. Charles Kelly's Business English in the USA (VOA Special English) https://www.voiceblog.jp/joke/118806.html Listen to an MP3 file and read the text about Partnerships. 36. Charles Kelly's Business English in the USA (VOA Special English) https://www.voiceblog.jp/joke/118804.html Listen to an MP3 file and read the text about Corporations. 37. Business Letter Corpus - Online KWIC Concordancer https://www.someya-net.com/concordancer/index.html Has a corpus of personal letters. 38. 'Business Week' magazine podcasts https://www.businessweek.com/search/podcasting.htm MP3 files and a podcast from the 'Business' Week magazine. 39. Marketing Edge https://feeds.feedburner.com/marketingedge. The URL to the RSS (podcast) feed of the Marketing Edge website. 40. 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