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Business English Vocabulary You Need to Know


Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Duration: 60 minutes

Objective: By the end of this lesson, students will be able to use a variety of business English vocabulary words and phrases in context.


  • Whiteboard or blackboard

  • Markers or chalk

  • Handouts with vocabulary exercises (included below)

  • Audiovisual resources (optional)


Warm-up (5 minutes)

  • Begin the lesson by asking students about their experiences with business English and why they believe it is important to learn vocabulary related to this field.

  • Discuss the role of effective communication in the business world and how vocabulary plays a crucial role in understanding and being understood.

Introduction to Key Vocabulary (10 minutes)

  • Introduce a list of key business English vocabulary words and phrases related to various business scenarios. Examples:

    • Negotiation terms: win-win, bargaining power, compromise

    • Presentation phrases: outline, key points, visuals

    • Job interview vocabulary: qualifications, skills, references

    • Email communication: attachment, forward, reply

    • Business idioms: think outside the box, cut corners, in the red

  • Write the words and phrases on the board, along with their definitions or explanations. Encourage students to ask questions and provide examples if they have any.

Vocabulary Practice (15 minutes)

  • Distribute handouts with vocabulary exercises or use online resources if available.

  • Ask students to complete the exercises individually or in pairs, focusing on using the new vocabulary in context.

  • Monitor their progress and provide assistance as needed.

Group Discussion (15 minutes)

  • Divide the class into small groups and assign each group a business scenario (e.g., negotiating a contract, giving a presentation, conducting a job interview).

  • Ask each group either to read the dialogues to become familiar with these expressions in context or to create their own dialogue or role-play based on the assigned scenario, using as many vocabulary words and phrases as possible.

  • Encourage creativity and active participation within the groups.

  • After the role-plays, have each group present their dialogue to the class. Provide feedback and suggestions for improvement.


Real-Life Application (10 minutes)

  • Engage the class in a discussion about real-life situations where the vocabulary they learned would be applicable.

  • Encourage students to share personal experiences or stories related to business English vocabulary.

  • Discuss the importance of adapting vocabulary usage to different business cultures and situations.


Wrap-up and Reflection (5 minutes)

  • Summarize the key points covered in the lesson and review any challenging vocabulary words or phrases.

  • Have students reflect on their learning experience and ask them to identify at least three new words or phrases they plan to incorporate into their business English communication.

  • Provide additional resources (websites, books, etc.) for self-study and vocabulary expansion.


Extension Activities (optional):

  • Encourage students to read business articles or watch TED Talks related to their field of interest and identify new vocabulary words.

  • Create a vocabulary-building competition where students can earn points for correctly using the target vocabulary in written or spoken communication.

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