John Coen John Coen

Business English : Cultures : Unit 7, pp66-67
Intermediate level


In this lesson students will discuss ideas of culture(s) and their influence on business.


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Main Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy in conversation related to culture within the business context.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice with new vocabulary.


Warmer/Lead-in (8-11 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students.

General introduction of myself to students and vice versa. Questions to class regarding their requirements and a needs analysis if required. 4-5 mins Use of the pictures on pp66-67 of book to introduce the idea of culture and cultures. 2-3 mins Use the quotation on pp66, ask students do they agree or disagree. 2-3 mins

Exposure : A (5-7 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through speaking/listening

Will give example of difference I've found between UK and Turkey: Standing in queue for a bus. 1-2 mins Ask the students if they have been abroad on vacation or working and if they have noticed the differences when at home in Turkey.

Exposure: B (5-7 minutes) • To prepare students for the vocabulary and make it accessible.

Ask the students if they are aware of cultural issues that might prevent a good business relationship developing. I will ask students to write any suggestions on board and discuss. 4-6mins

Useful Language: C (8-10 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language.

Ask students to individually go through the list in 'C' and pick the four they think are the most important. 2 mins Then have the class discuss the list and decide the most important. 3 mins Will go through any of the vocabulary the class is unsure of using whiteboard to show meaning and stress. 5 mins

Cultural awareness : D (4-6 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to discuss and speak about culture(s).

Ask students to discuss the culture with reference to the four bullet points. 2-3 mins Will indicate on the whiteboard meanings and intonations. 2-3 mins I will explain acronyms.

Reflection: E (8-10 minutes) • To provide opportunity for students to reflect on previous discussions.

I will write the 3 headings up on the board, a) important, b) not important, c) best avoided. I will ask students to individually create their own 3 lists. 2 mins Then ask the class to discuss their own lists and decide on a definitive list for the class. 6-8 mins

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