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Going into business
Upper-intermediate level


In this lesson, students will learn some business-related collocations as well as reported speech. The lesson starts with a task in which students match business collocations. Next, students will listen to a recoding to practice listening for the gist. This will highlight the grammatical rules for the reported speech. Then, the students will do a controlled task to practice the rules. Finally, they produce the language they have learned though short conversations reporting them to class.


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of reported speech in the context of business

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide review and practice of business collocations in the context of business
  • To provide gist listening practice using a text about setting up a business in the context of business


Warm-up (3-5 minutes) • To set the context and generate interest in the topic

I start the class with a question: who is the richest person is the states? Bill Gates (the founder of Microsoft). Then, I write another question on the board: What makes a successful businessman? I put students in pair and have them discuss the question on the board. Students will work with their neighbor students and then share their ideas with the whole class.

Controlled practice 1 (4-6 minutes) • To clarify and review business related words.

I put students in pairs and give them a worksheet. They will match the verbs and the phrases is the box. I do the first one to demo the task. Then, I give students the answer key with definitions to get feedback. I model and drill some more difficult collocations.

Controlled practice 2 (4-5 minutes) • To practice the new words

i give students a worksheet. They work in pairs and complete the sentences in the worksheet with the collocations they have learned. Students will peer check their answers.

while listening (4-5 minutes) • To practice listening for the gist

I give students worksheets including four questions. I explain that they will hear a recording. They should listen and answer the questions. If needed, I play the recording for the second time. Students then check their answers with answer key.

While listening (4-5 minutes) • To practce listening for the gist

I play the recording again and have students listen and complete the sentences with two words. If needed I play the recording again. I have students check their answers with their partners. I give them the answer key.

Highlighting (10-12 minutes) • To draw students attentions to the grammatical rules

I give students a chart of questions. Students work in pairs and answer the questions together. i give them the answer key to check their answers. I write some sentences on the board and have students report them.

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