Lessons

Business & Corporate

Microbrewery Makes Biodegradable 6-Pack Packaging

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about a microbrewery in Florida which produces biodegradable and edible six-pack rings made from grains. It includes discussion questions, conversation, and other activities about the ocean and eco-friendliness. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms, expressions, and phrases from the video. The grammar exercise features how to use the phrase 'even if'. There is also a quiz & review section with a bonus activity. Interactive Lesson Available!
Speaking:
Ocean, Eco-Friendliness
Viewing:
Finish the Sentences, True / False
Vocabulary:
Images, Verbs, Adjectives, Nouns, Context Usage
Grammar:
Usage of 'Even if...'
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activity
Type of video: News Report, Short Company Story
Length of video: 2:38
Topics: Eco-Innovation, Microbrewery
Freethink presents the microbrewery 'Saltwater Brewery' who produces six-pack rings which are biodegradable and ecofriendly. The founders were worried their plastic six-pack rings were polluting the oceans and harming wildlife. These ecofriendly six pack rings aren’t just biodegradable - they’re edible.

What Is Bitcoin & How Does It Work?

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about Bitcoin and cryptocurrency. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about finance, cryptocurrency, and the economy. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms from the video. The grammar exercises feature comparisons (as...as) and the passive voice. There is also a quiz & review with a bonus activity.
Speaking:
Finance, Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, Economy
Viewing:
Multiple Choice, Short Answers, Matching, Choosing Correct Word
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage
Grammar:
Comparisons (as...as) / Passive Voice
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activity
Type of video: Informational Animation
Length of video: 1:36
Topics: Finance, Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, Economy
Many people have heard of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency but some are still a little unclear about how exactly it works. Educate your students on it using this short, but very clear, breakdown on the ins and outs of cryptocurrency. A hot topic today that will definitely stir up some good conversation about the evolution and future of money.

How to be an Entrepreneur

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise on how to be an entrepreneur and what makes them successful. It includes discussion questions, conversation, and other activities about entrepreneurs / entrepreneurship. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms, expressions, and phrases from the video. The grammar exercise features nouns + gerunds and infinitives. There is also a quiz & review section which includes some bonus activities. Interactive Lesson Available!
Speaking:
Entrepreneurs, Business
Viewing:
Short Answers, Finish the Sentences
Vocabulary:
Adjectives / Adverbs, Phrases, Context Usage
Grammar:
Nouns + Gerunds / Infinitives
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activities
Type of video: Animated Explainer Video
Length of video: 3:24
Topics: Entrepreneurship, Business
Becoming an entrepreneur is one of the greatest dreams of our time. The School of Life dives into what's at the heart of entrepreneurship and how to become one.

The single biggest reason why start-ups succeed

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise on startup companies and what makes them successful. It includes discussion questions, conversation, and other activities about entrepreneurs and startups. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms, expressions, and phrases from the video. The grammar exercise features the modal verb 'would' in the progressive form. There is also a quiz & review section which includes some bonus activities. Interactive Lesson Available!
Speaking:
Startup Companies, Entrepreneurship
Viewing:
Short Answers, Finish the Sentences
Vocabulary:
Nouns, Parts of Speech, Phrases, Context Usage
Grammar:
How to Use: 'Would' + be + -ing Verb
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activities
Type of video: TED Talk / Speech
Length of video: 6:40
Topics: Startup Companies & Entrepreneurship
Bill Gross, the founder of IdeaLab, has a lot of experience in the field of startups and carried out some research on what exactly makes them succeed and fail. So he collected data from hundreds of companies, ranked each company on five key factors, and pinpointed which factor came on top as the most important factor for startup success.

How 9 Billionaires Start Their Mornings

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise on the morning routines of 9 billionaires. It includes discussion questions, conversation, and other activities about morning routines. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms, expressions, and phrases from the video. The grammar exercise features the difference between 'while' and 'when'. There is also a quiz & review section which includes a bonus activity. Interactive Lesson Available!
Speaking:
Morning Routines
Viewing:
Match the Sentence Halves, Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Adjectives / Adverbs, Missing Letters, Phrases, Images, Context Usage
Grammar:
Difference Between 'While' and 'When'
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activity
Type of video: Business / Informational
Length of video: 3:21
Topics: Morning Routines of Billionaires
This video from Business Insider features 9 billionaires and how they start their morning. Some billionaires seem to be just like the rest of us!

Fake meat is the future. Here's why

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about 'Impossible Foods' and 'Beyond Meats', and the surge in plant-based burgers. It includes discussion questions, conversation, and other activities about vegetarianism and plant-based foods. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms, expressions, and phrases from the video. The grammar exercise features the usage of 'though'. There is also a quiz & review section which includes a bonus activity. Interactive Lesson Available!
Speaking:
Vegetarianism, Plant-Based "Meats"
Viewing:
True / False, Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Verbs, Nouns, Context Usage
Grammar:
Usage of the Adverb 'though'
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activity
Type of video: News Report
Length of video: 4:47
Topics: Vegetarianism, Plant-Based "Meats"
Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat are surging in popularity with consumers and investors. Here's how meat alternatives like these will actually change the way we eat in coming decades.

What is Neuralink - Neural Lace Explained

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about 'Neuralink' and neural lace, what exactly it is, and how it works. It includes discussion questions, conversation, and other activities about advanced technology and AI. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms, expressions, and phrases from the video. The grammar exercise features the usage of 'recently' and 'so far' in the present perfect simple and continuous. There is also a quiz & review section which includes a bonus activity. Interactive Lesson Available!
Speaking:
Advanced Technology, Artificial Intelligence
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Nouns, Verbs, Images, Context Usage
Grammar:
'Recently' and 'So far' with Present Perfect Simple & Continuous
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activity
Type of video: Informational / Educational
Length of video: 4:35
Topics: Neuralink, Neural Lace, AI
Elon Musk’s new project Neuralink has been making headlines recently, but very little is known about this mysterious company so far. We’re going to answer the question ‘What is Neuralink?’ and let you know why you should be paying very close attention.

Google's AI Assistant Can Now Make Real Phone Calls

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video of Google's AI assistant making a phone call. It includes discussion questions and activities about scheduling appointments and booking reservations. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic and do an activity using the important vocabulary terms from the video. For grammar, students do an exercise on prepositions of time. In the cooperation activity, students can do a dialogue and role play.
Speaking:
Scheduling, Booking, Reserving
Viewing:
Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Phrases, Dialogue, Booking
Grammar:
Prepositions of Time
Cooperation:
Dialogue & Role Play
Type of video: Technology & Business
Length of video: 3:57
Topics: AI Assistant Scheduling Appointments & Reservations
Google showed off its Assistant having a humanlike conversation with someone at a hair salon and a small restaurant. Google CEO Sundar Pichai explains Google Duplex at Google I/O.

How to Close a Sales Deal

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about how to close sales. It includes discussion questions and activities about closing sales, finalizing deals, and action plans. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic and do an activity using the important vocabulary terms from the video. For grammar, students do an exercise on the difference between above and beyond. In the cooperation activity, students can create and action plan.
Speaking:
Closing Sales, Finalizing Deals, Action Plans
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False, Sales Technique Matching
Vocabulary:
Adjectives, Nouns, Idioms, Context Usage
Grammar:
Difference Between 'Above' and 'Beyond'
Cooperation:
Creating an Action Plan
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 2:10
Topics: Closing Sales
Craig frequently gets asked by clients: “Craig, how do we close a sales deal?” He believes there's so much angst around this subject, and that it isn't warranted. Closing a deal is the natural outcome of a sales process executed well.

Handling Customer Complaints: Defusing Frustration

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about how to handle customer complaints on the phone. It includes discussion questions and activities about customer service, and making & handling complaints. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic and do an activity using the important vocabulary terms from the video. For grammar, students do an exercise on using gerunds. In the cooperation activity, students can do a dialogue and role play activity.
Speaking:
Customer Complaints, Customer Service
Viewing:
Short Answers, List the Events in Order, Fill in the Letters
Vocabulary:
Expressions, Terms, Phrases, Verbs, Context Usage
Grammar:
Using Gerunds
Cooperation:
Dialogue & Role Play
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 2:48
Topics: Customer Complaints & Customer Service
An instructional video from Skillsoft about handling customer complaints, implementing effective customer service techniques, and how to deal with angry customers.

When the Phone Rings: Telephone Skills for Better Service

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about phone call communication and taking and leaving messages. It includes discussion questions and activities about phone call communication. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic. Students also do some activities using the important vocabulary terms from the video. For grammar, students do an exercise on how to use say, tell, talk, and ask. In the cooperation activity, students can do a dialogue and role play activity.
Speaking:
Phone Call Communication
Viewing:
Choose the Correct Word, List Phrases in Order, Comparing Calls
Vocabulary:
Expressions, Phrases, Terms, Context Usage
Grammar:
How to Use Say, Tell, Talk, Ask
Cooperation:
Dialogue & Role Play
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 3:48
Topics: Phone Call Communication Tips
Learn what to do and what not to do in three example phone calls from an experienced and unexperienced secretary, in addition to a call from a sales manager who leaves a voicemail for his customer.

The Basics of Making Motions & Voting in Meetings

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about making motions and taking votes in meetings. It includes discussion questions and activities about making motions, Robert's Rules of Order, and voting. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic. Students also do some activities using the important vocabulary terms from the video. For grammar, students do an exercise on using present continuous in the passive. In the cooperation activity, students can create two motions and then practice agreeing and disagreeing.
Speaking:
Making Motions, Taking Votes
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Adjectives, Nouns, Phrases, Context Usage
Grammar:
Present Continuous in the Passive
Cooperation:
Making Motions and Agreeing / Disagreeing
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 3:16
Topics: Making Motions, Parliamentary Procedure
Learn all about how a board of directors discusses and votes on important company issues through the parliamentary procedure.

Negotiation Deadlocks

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about negotiation deadlocks. It includes discussion questions and activities about deadlocks and how to resolve them. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to negotiations. Students also do some activities using the important vocabulary terms from the video. For grammar, students do exercises on present perfect + yet, still, and already. In the cooperation activity, students can resolve a negotiation deadlock related to their professional life.
Speaking:
Resolving Deadlocks
Viewing:
Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Phrases, Adverbs, Context Usage
Grammar:
Present Perfect + Yet, Still, Already
Cooperation:
Resolving a Deadlock, Quiz & Review
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 3:46
Topics: Negotiation Deadlocks
Simon Horton, an international negotiations coach, explains his three most valuable tips for resolving negotiation deadlocks.

Negotiation Tutorial: Reviewing the Offer

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about how to handle a new job offer. It includes discussion questions and activities about different types of negotiations and conversation activities about job offers. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to job offers. Students also do some activities using the important vocabulary terms from the video. For grammar, students do exercises on question formation with auxiliary verbs. In the cooperation activity, students can put together a response to a job offer.
Speaking:
Types of Negotiation, Job Offers, Clarifying
Viewing:
Short Answers, Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Adjectives, Adjectives + Nouns, Phrases, Context Usage
Grammar:
Questions Using Auxiliary Verbs
Cooperation:
Responding to a Job Offer, Quiz & Review
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 2:35
Topics: Job Offers, Negotiations
This tutorial is presented by lynda.com, author Valerie Sutton. This video shows you how to best respond to a job offer and what kinds of things you should be thinking about and asking with an offer in front of you.

Sales Proposal Structure

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about how to structure a sales proposal. It includes discussion questions and activities about accepting offers, counter proposals, and the sales process. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to proposal structure. Students also do some activities using the important vocabulary terms from the video. For grammar, students do exercises on how to use 'get + someone + doing something.' In the cooperation activity, students can do an activity on making a sales proposal.
Speaking:
Proposals, Accepting an Offer, Counter Proposal
Viewing:
Parts of the Proposal Structure, Description, Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Verbs, Phrases, Context Usage
Grammar:
Get + Someone + [Doing] Something
Cooperation:
Sales Proposal Structure, Quiz & Review
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 2:39
Topics: Sales Proposal Structure
Greg Donlan shares some tips on how to improve your sales proposal structure and move the deal forward with your prospective client or customer.