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Business English - Mid Level

Business English is becoming ever more important around the world. Thousands of companies worldwide want their employees to be able to cope in a business world that increasingly speaks English. On this page you will find mid level business English materials that you will be able to use with intermediate level students.

Grammar

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Presenting Your Company

Target Language: Passive, vocabulary of company information.
Description: Some basic vocabulary work on words and expressions used to describe company history and function. Student then learn how to present their company with some grammar focus on the use of the passive voice.
Duration: 60 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: B2G1
Tags: | Passive
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Reported Speech

Target Language: Reported speech, making complaints.
Description: Based around a customer complaining about a computer, this lesson plan looks at the structure of reported speech. The lesson finishes with a speaking game that gets students practising what they have learned about reported speech.
Duration: 60 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: B2G2
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Have To

Target Language: Obligation and lack of obligation: have to / had to.
Description: What do students have to do as part of their daily work routine? This lesson focuses on both the positive and negative forms of "have to" and ends with a look at the past form too in the context of a customer making a complaint by phone.
Duration: 65 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: B2G3
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Meetings Abroad

Target Language: Modals & expressions of advice, obligation.
Description: Looks at the important issue of business trips abroad and differences in culture to teach modal verbs of necessity, obligation and prohibition. In this lesson, there is a particular focus on reading and writing e-mails about the issue.
Duration: 60 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: B2G4
Tags: Modals

Listening

These are the listening worksheets. The mp3 listening files have to be downloaded from the Listening Bank where you will also find the transcripts.

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Urgent Mails

Target Language: Giving and receiving instructions.
Description: Students listen to a boss telling her assistant about some urgent e-mails she needs sending out. Students complete the notes and then use relevant language to write parts of the e-mails in a final game.
Duration: 55 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: B2L1
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Tools & Gadgets

Target Language: Describing objects and their uses.
Description: The class thinks about what objects and gadgets are required for an office. The listening section of the lesson consists of people describing other similar tools and gadgets and students then use functional expressions such as 'is made for' and 'is used to' in a speaking exercise that finishes the lesson.
Duration: 55 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: B2L3

Writing

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Letters Requesting Information

Target Language: Requesting and Sending Information.
Description: In this lesson, students will learn more about both sending and requesting information with practice of letter openings, structure, register and salutations.
Duration: 60 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: B2W1

Speaking

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Making Phone Calls

Target Language: Using the telephone in English.
Description: This lesson plan will help to give your students more confidence when having to use the phone in English, especially in a business environment. There is a particular focus on using the correct register in a business context.
Duration: 50 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: B2S1
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