Lessons

Business & Corporate

6 Steps for Writing Effective Emails

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about some steps for writing effective emails. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about email writing topics with colleagues and bosses, as well as deadlines. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on how to use 'would'. In the cooperation activity, students can collaborate on an activity for writing subject lines for emails and then writing short, informative, and direct emails.
Speaking:
Email Writing Tips, Etiquette, Structure
Viewing:
Mark What You Heard / Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, Expressions, Parts of Speech
Grammar:
How to Use 'would'
Cooperation:
Subject Line Writing, Writing Shorter and Clearer Emails
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 2:39
Topics: Email Writing Tips, Etiquette, Structure
MindTools presents some useful insight into how to form, write, convey, and communicate our ideas effectively using email. It's a valuable skill in today's modern age, and we write so many emails now at the office that it can be easy to get stressed out by it.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 18+

3 Tips to Write a Perfect Client Inquiry Response

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about email inquiries and how to respond. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about email inquiries, email pros and cons, and polite and impolite language. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on the difference between adjectives ending in "-ed" and "-ing". In the cooperation activity, students can collaborate on an activity for writing FAQ's and responding to email inquiries.
Speaking:
Email Inquiries, Polite & Impolite Language
Viewing:
True / False, Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, Expressions, Parts of Speech
Grammar:
Difference between adjective endings '-ed' and '-ing'
Cooperation:
FAQ Writing, Writing Email Inquiry Response
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 1:43
Topics: Responding to Email Inquiries
Learn how to write a great email inquiry response to your clients, which in turn will make a great first impression on them. As entrepreneurs, we are leaders for our clients and should know how to help them with their frustrations and problems.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 18+

Formal vs. Informal Emails | Good Manners

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about the main differences between a formal and informal email. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about formal and informal email etiquette. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on the difference between "whether" and "if". In the cooperation activity, students can collaborate on two different activities for informal and formal email writing.
Speaking:
Formal and Informal Email Writing
Viewing:
Choose the Correct Word, Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Examples & Usage, Acronyms
Grammar:
How to Use 'Whether' and 'If'
Cooperation:
Formal / Informal Email Writing Exercises
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 2:08
Topics: Formal and Informal Email Writing
Faye de Muyshondt with Social Sklz teaches you the main differences between formal and informal emails and how to approach writing them. Along the way she gives you some helpful phrases, tips, and advice related to this topic.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 18+

Replying to Business & Personal Emails

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about replying to business and personal emails. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about making arrangements, apologizing, and confirming times. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on prepositions of time. In the cooperation activity, students reply to emails and use prepositions of time.
Speaking:
Making Arrangements, Apologizing in Emails, Prepositions of Time
Viewing:
Fill in the Blanks, True / False
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, Email Phrases, CCQ
Grammar:
Prepositions of Time
Cooperation:
Replying to Emails
Type of video: Educational / Instructional
Length of video: 5:20
Topics: Replying to Emails
Jennifer demonstrates how to reply to emails. She shows excellent real life examples and explains how to write clearly and improve email writing skills.
*Most suitable for pre-intermediate - intermediate students. Suitable for ages 18+

Useful Phrases for Email Inquiries

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about useful email phrases for inquiries. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about inquiries. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on contractions. In the cooperation activity, students do an activity on writing an email inquiry for business.
Speaking:
Email Inquiries
Viewing:
Fill in the Blanks, True / False
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, Email Phrases, Contractions, CCQ
Grammar:
Contractions
Cooperation:
Writing and Email Inquiry
Type of video: Educational / Instructional
Length of video: 4:33
Topics: Email Inquiries
Jennifer demonstrates how to write the perfect email inquiry. She shows excellent real life examples and explains how to write clearly and improve email writing skills.
*Most suitable for pre-intermediate - intermediate students. Suitable for ages 18+

Writing an Effective Business Email

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about some tips on how to write an effective email. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about the structure of emails and business email etiquette. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on verb patterns with verb + infinitives and verbs + gerunds (-ing). In the cooperation activity, students can collaborate on two different email writing exercises.
Speaking:
Email Writing Tips, Etiquette, Structure
Viewing:
Short Answers, Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Examples & Usage, Expressions
Grammar:
Verb Patterns (verb + infintive / verb + gerund)
Cooperation:
Email & Structure Writing Exercises
Type of video: Educational / Professional / Business
Length of video: 2:16
Topics: Email Writing Tips, Etiquette, Structure
In this video, you get to learn some tips on how to make your email writing more effective, the structure of an email, formal greetings and closings, and how to convey your messages in a professional manner.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 18+

How to Close a Sale - 5 Reasons Clients Don't Buy - M.T. N.U.T.

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about some tips on how to make sales. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about sales and business. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on adjectives / verbs + prepositions + gerunds. In the cooperation activity, students can collaborate on a creative acronym building activity.
Speaking:
Sales, Business Skills
Viewing:
Short Answers, Multiple Choice, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Matching, Context Usage, Sentences, Questions
Grammar:
Adjectives / Verbs + Prepositions + Gerund
Cooperation:
Creative Acronym Building
Type of video: Educational / Business Training
Length of video: 5:03
Topics: Sales, Business Skills
Learn how to close sales more effectively with a simple acronym.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 18+

How to Negotiate Nicely Without Being a Pushover

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about how to manage negotiation situations and approach them as collaborative relationships. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about negotiating and business. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on parellelism and conjunctions. In the cooperation activity, students can work on email negotiations or do a verbal role play negotiation.
Speaking:
Negotiations, Business Skills
Viewing:
Short Answers, Questions, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Adjectives
Grammar:
Parallelism & Conjunctions
Cooperation:
Email Negotiations, Role Play Negotiation
Type of video: Educational / Business Training
Length of video: 2:45
Topics: Negotiations, Business Skills
Learning how to become a skilled negotiator can be a challenge. This video gives you some useful insight into approaching negotiations as a collaborative challenge rathen than a combative argument.
*Most suitable for upper-intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 18+

3 Steps to Better Presentation Visuals

In this Business English lesson plan for adults, students watch a video about how to improve their presentations skills using visuals. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about presentations for business and how to make slides. Students learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on modal verbs +be. In the cooperation activity, students can create presentation concepts and outlines.
Speaking:
Presentation, Slides, Visuals, Business
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Context Usage, Imagery
Grammar:
Modal Verbs + Be
Cooperation:
Presentation Concepts & Outline
Type of video: Educational / Business Training
Length of video: 2:35
Topics: Presentation, Slides, Visuals, Business
Learn some tricks and tips on how to improve your presentation using visuals.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper-intermediate students. Suitable for ages 18+

Diageo's Singapore Office | Office Envy

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about the Diageo (a liquor / spirits production company) office in Singapore, and all of the unique features of the office. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about offices, employment, work, and company culture. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on choosing collocations, prepositions, and have discussion tasks. In the cooperation activity, there are options for a presentation or email writing.
Speaking:
Offices, Work, Employment, Company Culture
Viewing:
Short Answers, Term & Context Reference, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Parts of Speech, Definition Deduction
Grammar:
Choosing Collocations / Prepositions / Discussion Task
Cooperation:
Presentation, Email Writing Practice
Type of video: Office Tour / News Report
Length of video: 3:24
Topics: Offices, Work, Employment, Company Culture
Diageo's office in Singapore has all kinds of special and interesting features that would be attractive to almost any employee. They focus a lot on a quniue reception area, hotdesking, collaborative working spaces, giving employees special access to the million dollar Johnnie Walker room, as well as a bar with a beautiful view.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 18+

Coca-Cola’s London Office | Office Envy

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about the Coca Cola office in London, and all of the unique features of the office. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about offices, employment, work, and company culture. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on choosing tenses and have discussion tasks. In the cooperation activity, there are options for a presentation or email writing.
Speaking:
Offices, Work, Employment, Company Culture
Viewing:
Short Answers, Term & Context Reference, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Image Matching, Definition Deduction
Grammar:
Choosing Tenses / Discussion Task
Cooperation:
Presentation, Email Writing Practice
Type of video: Office Tour / News Report
Length of video: 2:57
Topics: Offices, Work, Employment, Company Culture
Coca Cola's office in London has all kinds of special and interesting features that would be attractive to almost any employee. They focus a lot on advertising their heritage, providing good food options, giving employees special benefits, as well as a beautiful terrace, an orchard, and an overall positive company culture.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 18+

AirBnB’s Singapore Office | Office Envy

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about the Airbnb office in Singapore, and all of the unique features of the office. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about offices, employment, work, and company culture. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. For grammar, students do an activity on prepositions and have discussion tasks. In the cooperation activity, there are options for a presentation or email writing.
Speaking:
Offices, Work, Employment, Company Culture
Viewing:
Short Answers, Term & Context Reference, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Image Matching, Definition Deduction
Grammar:
Choosing Prepositions / Discussion Task
Cooperation:
Presentation, Email Writing Practice
Type of video: Office Tour / News Report
Length of video: 3:54
Topics: Offices, Work, Employment, Company Culture
Airbnb's office in Singapore has all kinds of special and interesting features that would be attractive to almost any employee. They focus a lot on good food and positive company culture, while also giving employees independence and fun activity and conference rooms.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 18+

It's not you. Commuting is bad for your health.

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about how commuting impacts our life. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about commuting and travel. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature present simple vs continuous, the first conditional, and a review of tenses. In the cooperation activity students can create a personal lifestyle or make YouTube comments.
Speaking:
Commuting, Lifestyle, Travel
Viewing:
Put Events in Order, Multiple Choice, True / False, Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Phrasal Verbs, Parts of Speech
Grammar:
Present Simple - Continuous / First conditional / Review of Tenses
Cooperation:
Creating a Personal Lifestyle, Making YouTube Comments
Type of video: Short Documentary
Length of video: 4:44
Topics: Commuting, Lifestyle, Travel
Let's face it - we all know commuting isn't much fun and can be really stressful. Anyone who commutes long distances regularly knows how big of an impact it has on your lifestyle, but so many of us still continue to do it. How can we make the most of our daily commutes to work and school?
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

Czech businessman leads vinyl revival

In these ESL lesson plans for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about how vinyl is making a comeback. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about music, media, and vinyl. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and expressions related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature the zero-conditional (if statements), the preposition & prefix 'over,' and past perfect. In the cooperation activity students do business planning or a presentation.
Speaking:
Music, Media, Vinyl
Viewing:
Multiple Choice, True / False, Number Matching
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage
Grammar:
'If' statements / Preposition & Prefix 'over' / Past Perfect
Cooperation:
Business Planning, Presentation
Type of video: News Report / Documentary
Length of video: 2:54
Topics: Music, Vinyl, Business
The recent boom in vinyl record was an unforeseen development in a music industry ever changed by downloads and internet sales. When most factories switched to CDs in the 1990s, Zdenek Pelc believed in the material enough to hold onto his machinery and staff.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

What Is Bitcoin & How Does It Work?

In these ESL lesson plans 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 related to these topics. The grammar exercises feature comparisons (as...as), passive voice, and prepositions + gerunds. In the cooperation activity students make interview questions, documentary scenes, or public statements.
Speaking:
Finance, Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, Economy
Viewing:
Multiple Choice, Short Answers, Matching, Choosing Correct Word
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage
Grammar:
Comparisons (as...as) / Passive Voice / Prepositions + Gerunds
Cooperation:
Making Interview Questions, Documentary Scenes, Public Statements
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.
*Suitable for pre-intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+