In this lesson about success and failure students watch an interview with Jeff Bezos and learn a few idioms related to failure. They also put them into practice through a role-play activity involving different aspects of business failures.
WARM-UP & BUSINESS VOCABULARY
The warm-up activity starts with students brainstorming the words they associate with the word failure. Then, they engage in a discussion about failures in personal and professional life. The next two exercises focus on pre-teaching the vocabulary students will hear in an interview in the second part of the lesson. First, they match eight words with their meanings (e.g. morph into, iterate, prone). Then, they see them used incorrectly in eight sentences and have to correct the mistakes.
VIDEO & IDIOMS RELATED TO FAILURE
This part of the lesson starts with a video. Students watch an interview with Jeff Bezos from Amazon and make a list of successes and failures at Amazon which he mentions. Then, they listen to the interview once again focusing on six specific statements. Students’ task is to decide whether the statements are true or false. The video activities are followed by another discussion in which students get the opportunity to reflect on the businessman’s views on success and failure, agree or disagree with him. After that, they analyse eight idioms related to failure (e.g. throw in the towel, fight a losing battle, a blind alley) and choose one correct explanation of each of them out of the given two. Then, they put the idioms into practice and use them to complete eight questions. Once the correct answers are clear, students answer the questions in pairs or groups. You can assign questions to a group or tell them to choose four which they want to answer. The final activity consists of a role-play. Students work in groups of three and each of them picks a card with instructions. They have to prepare a speech imagining the situation described in the card and make it more interesting by using the idioms related to failure from the lesson.
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