Free materials for busy Business English teachers

Do you understand?

By Jonny West on Dec 1, 2017 11:30:00 AM in Free Materials

Confirming information and giving instructions

The situations that this document presents can easily be replaced with your students' actual situations. This activity focuses on using firm, polite language.

Gains and losses - reporting on business performance

By Martin Wheeler on Nov 28, 2017 12:00:04 PM in Free Materials

Comprehensive exercise that works great for intermediate learners of business English...

 This activity starts with a reading comprehension on gains and losses in the autmotive industry. There are a total of 7 tasks to complete. The document can...

Changes in change management

By Jonny West on Nov 10, 2017 11:42:52 AM in Free Materials

Change management is a big topic in modern business. How should companies deal with major changes?

Student A

Takes on the role of divisional manager who has worked for the company for nearly 25 years. You are completely against investing any...

Communicative task grid: email and phone call

By Jonny West on Nov 10, 2017 11:26:18 AM in Free Materials

IT / Project Management


Daniel, an IT Manager and Project Leader based in Germany, has to set up a high-speed communications line between Vienna and Singapore (internet and phone). He has been told that the single telecoms provider has...

Giving and checking letters, numbers and symbols

By Martin Wheeler on Aug 2, 2017 1:56:38 PM in Free Materials

Telephoning / checking information

Taking note of names, email addresses, codes etc. is a tricky business for beginners. This exercise offers great practice for anyone at CEFR B1 or below who has to note down detailed information (particularly on...

Time will tell - Bingo

By Brenda van Seters on May 23, 2017 10:42:29 AM in Free Materials

Telling time / Checking understanding

How do you lighten-up telling the time (in all its various forms) for a group of beginners (up to CEFR A2)?

Budget cuts at Bunsen Glass

By Martin Wheeler on May 23, 2017 10:35:34 AM in Free Materials

Discussions / Information exchange 

This material touches on some pretty complex concepts using reasonably accessible language. Basically, it is the time-honoured concept of the hunter vs. the farmer and the “winner” depends entirely on a)...

Speak like a STAR

By Jonny West on May 17, 2017 10:54:40 AM in Free Materials

Questions & answers / Rephrasing / Making statements

Although the STAR approach can help B1 learners to make their first coherent, multi-layered statements, it can also be used to support more competent speakers who need to add structure and...

Survival in the desert

By Lynn Brincks on May 17, 2017 10:47:46 AM in Free Materials

Problem solving / Decision making / Teamwork

This is a problem to be solved by small groups of people. The situation is based on over 2,000 actual cases in which men or women have died depending on the survival decisions they make. Your own...

Listening & Summarising

By MattSchmid on May 17, 2017 10:36:52 AM in Free Materials

Linking phrases / Building arguments / Stating and refuting opinions

This is a great listening and summarising activity that you can comfortably use for groups at B2 level or above. All you need is half a dozen participants who are ready to...