Free materials for busy Business English teachers

Is email making us stupid? (reading/discussion/roleplay)

By Helen Sinclair on Aug 29, 2018 2:45:00 PM in Free Materials

Technology in the workplace

The “memo” (along with the role play concept) and the “attached” article are best distributed well before a session begins, as it will take a bit of time for participants to read the whole article (some challenging...

Explain yourself: vocabulary practice

By Martin Wheeler on Aug 15, 2018 1:55:31 PM in Free Materials

This is a fun activity aimed at B1 and up.

For example: Yesterday you were seen driving an Audi TT.  Angelina Jolie was next to you. Explain yourself!


Don't shoot the messenger!

By Helen Sinclair on May 22, 2018 1:24:00 PM in Free Materials

Giving unpalatable advice diplomatically

Primary Aims:  Present and practice functional language connected with giving advice and handling sensitive HR situations. Secondary Aims: Present and practice vocabulary connected with this topic.


Plain English: the beauty of verbs

By Ian Taylor on May 7, 2018 9:43:00 AM in Free Materials

A fair number of learners I deal with speak reasonably well, but struggle when it comes to putting their ideas into writing. This is often a result of their trying to apply an over-complex, formal style they picked up at school. This piece, when...

Conflict resolution: language and strategies

By Helen Sinclair on Apr 24, 2018 10:21:08 AM in Free Materials

This set of materials is primarily to get participants thinking about the language and strategies they use when managing conflicts in English. This should be done with higher level participants who are experienced conflict managers in German.

Secret Agent Roleplay

By GeorgeBarse on Feb 19, 2018 10:02:00 AM in Free Materials

The aim of this task is to activate the latent vocabulary and grammar which participants need to make general chit chat with strangers, colleagues or acquaintances, but it can also be used in conjunction with other small talk activities to...

Exchanging opinions

By Ian Taylor on Feb 6, 2018 12:43:25 PM in Free Materials

Aims to help participants learn and practice set phrases in English, that can be used in a variety of business situations. E.g. when giving opinions, agreeing, disagreeing, and asking different types of questions.

Inventions - brilliant or stupid?

By Helen Sinclair on Jan 4, 2018 2:26:00 PM in Free Materials

Giving opinions / Discussions

This card game is to encourage critical thinking and fluency. The discussion questions can be put on the board before the session or you can print them out if you wish.

Passive Review

By Ian Taylor on Dec 20, 2017 1:12:00 PM in Free Materials

Active/Passive language

Thorough review of using passive language in business. The examples in this document are based on a software/IT department, but this can be easily changed.

Priorities - Time Management

By Martin Wheeler on Dec 13, 2017 12:26:00 PM in Free Materials

Language-based activity on personal priorities at work

This exercise is a chance to get participants to discuss how they prioritize their work while practicing a language point that is often difficult for them to remember.  (It’s also a crafty...