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Business English ESL Worksheets and Lesson Plans.







 Business English ESL Worksheets and Activities




Job Skills and Qualifications:

A one-hour information gap activity where students interview each other about their skills and qualifications. This business English information gap activity covers a lot of useful vocabulary for working environments, yet grammatically it should not be too challenging for even beginner/intermediate classes.


Job Fair:

A  one hour job fair role-play where students are divided into employers and job seekers. The job seekers will go from employer to employer asking about job benefits and the employers in turn will ask about job qualifications.


Banking Role-Play I:

A one hour banking role-play that explores the expressions needed to do five basic transactions at a bank: deposit money, withdraw money, cash checks, exchange currency, and pay bills. Students are divided into bank tellers and bank clients. Bank clients approach tellers and conduct banking transactions.


Banking Role-Play II:

A two hour banking role-play where students are divided into bankers and clients. The bankers will explain finacial products such as mortgages and credit cards. Then the bankers will create banking profiles for their clients by asking questions about income and debt. Lost of good finacial vocabulary worksheets for this lesson plan.


Would You like to Leave a Message:

In this business telephone English role-play. Clients call the 'Stellar Corporation' looking for a manager, Mary Jenkins. Mary is out so clients have to leave a message with the secretary.


Reporting Changes Role-play:

Students have to summarize an annual report of some corporate indicator such as profit, revenue, sales, or costs to other students in this making reports role-play. They also have to explain the reasons why the corporate indicators changed.


Reporting Changes:

This cloze activity reviews language that can be used to describe how profits, costs, revenue or other economic indicators are changing over time. Students describe the change while examing a graph using vocabulary such as 'increased dramatically, fluctuated wildly, peaked, dipped, rose, and dropped.

Relaying News Role-play:

This business role-play helps students practice using reported speech to relay news to coworkers. In addition, the students practice stating how real outcomes were different from expecations.

The News and Expectations Worksheets:

These two worksheets were originally made as support for the Relaying News role-play above. However, they can also be used as stand alone vocabulary exercises.


The first worksheet shows how students can use noun clauses to report the news. (The good news is + that noun clause).


The second worksheet gives language support for talking about real outcomes and expectations using phrases like higher than expected and lower than anticipated.

Have You Seen Jill?:

This business role-play helps students practice using relative clauses to describe people. The role-play will also give students a lot of chances to use basic workplace expressions such as sending a fax, talking to a client, or meeting with the boss.

Introducing Your Business?:

This business role-play helps students practice introducing their firms using phrases such as specialize in, based in, have offices in.

Did Anybody Call While I Was Out?:

Students relay telephone messages in this business information gap.

There's a Rumor Going Around Gap:

This information gap students report stock price changes and rumor about companies.

Rumor Going Around Gap

Have You Seen Today's Headlines?

Student's relay newspaper headlines about future events related to business. (Government to Cut Taxes--> The government is going to cut taxes.)

Business Newspaper Headlines Gap

Have You Finished That Report? Information Gap:

This information gap students relay information about when a report is needed and why. There is an easier version and a more difficult version.

Have You Finished That Report Yet? (Easy)     Have You Finished That Report Yet? (Hard)     

Are You Free on Tuesday?

Students arrange their schedules so that they can meet to discuss some important issues.

Arranging Schedules Information Gap

Year-on-year comparison: Information Gap

Students have to compare third quarter figures with second quarter figures and then make a year-on-year comparison.

Year-on-year Comparison Information Gap