There’s no business without challenges

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Vocabulary - Company-related language

Business English worksheet for B1


This Business English worksheet for B1 students gives them opportunity to speak about different businesses and challenges they might face as well as analyse case studies of companies experiencing some problems.

B1 / Intermediate60 minFlipped LessonPrintable & Digital$12 Plan

This is a Flipped Classroom lesson plan. In a nutshell, it means that first part of the lesson needs to be done by students at home. Learn more about flipped classroom and how we implement it in those lesson plans in our post.


First, students have to learn vocabulary that they will use throughout the lesson. In the first task, they just need to study the mind map to learn different synonyms of the word company. Next, they move to an exercise on collocations and have to complete the gaps in phrases by selecting correct verbs. In that task students learn phrases such as: keep up with demand, juggle children and a career, source something locally, find a niche in the market, etc. To practise the vocab, they complete sentences with the correct verbs from the previous exercise.



The in‐class part starts with a general discussion about setting up a business, the advantages and disadvantages of being your own boss and running an enterprise, as well as reasons for opening a company. After that, students work in groups and discuss what challenges different businesses might face (e.g. a multinational corporation, a tech start-up, a state-owned enterprise).

Listening comprehension (video) and speaking part

This section starts with a pre-watching task. Students match the listed establishments to challenges they might face. Later, they watch a series of short interviews to check the answers. In the second listening comprehension task, they need to fill in the gaps with words they hear in the video. After doing the video‐related tasks, students discuss the challenges their business or the company they work for faces and has to deal with.

Finally, this Business English worksheet for B1 students finishes with 2 case studies that students should analyse in groups. Give each pair one case, let them analyse and discuss it, then you can either ask them to report their recommendations to the other group or, if you have a big enough group, you may get pairs doing the same case study together so that they can compare their opinions.



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  1. Great lesson but the video is not adapted to B1 students. The accents are really difficult for English learners to understand. I advise using the subtitles.

    1. Thanks for the feedback! It might be challenging to Ss because of the background noise and street-like style of the interviews but we encourage exposing Ss to such real-life language and variety of accents whenever possible. The video itself is not long so you can easily let your Ss listen to it (or parts of it) a few times.

  2. The video is definitely too difficult for B1, do you have any other suggestions or a different video you could link it too, a range of accents isn’t just the problem here it’s the clarity of what they are saying

    1. Naomi, thanks for your comment! It will definitely help other teachers decide whether they should use the lesson plan with their students. It’s hard to suggest other video here as the whole worksheet is built around the one we chose.

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