What if we redefined ambition?

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Vocabulary - personal fulfillment


Business English flipped lesson


The main objectives of this Business English flipped lesson are to:

  • learn and practise advanced vocabulary for talking about success, ambition and fulfillment;
  • discuss the traditional notions of success and ambition;
  • reflect upon alternative perspectives on personal fulfillment and well-being based on input material (authentic video).

Students learn and use advanced vocabulary to talk about success, ambition, and fulfillment. Using an authentic TV interview, they explore and discuss alternative perspectives on personal fulfillment and well-being. They also explain and share their opinion on downshifting as an alternative approach to the traditional career path, while practising using new vocabulary.

C1 / Advanced60 minFlipped LessonUnlimited Plan

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


In the pre-class part of this Business English flipped lesson, students complete gaps with prepositions and understand expressions related to success and ambition. Then, they apply the studied vocabulary to complete dialogues and reinforce comprehension and application of new vocabulary, so that they can use it during the lesson



As a warm-up to this Business English flipped lesson, students articulate their understanding of downshifting and its benefits in a task in which they need to finish statements.. Then, they read sentences describing various situations and provide advice using the vocabulary from the pre-class part. They also have the chance to share their personal experiences. 

Video and discussion about ambition

After the warm-up, students read an introduction to a video (TV interview) to predict the content of the video based on the information provided. After that, they discuss and identify the key points mentioned in the TV interview they watch and consolidate the ideas and vocabulary from it. Finally, this Business English flipped lesson ends with further discussion utilising the vocabulary from the lesson and promoting critical thinking. The students have the opportunity to explain societal expectations related to success for young adults and reflect upon alternative perspectives on personal fulfilment and well-being.


This lesson plan also includes an additional task that you can use as homework or revision. In the task, students practise the use of the vocabulary found in the lesson. The task is available in the teacher’s version of the worksheet. You can print it and hand it out to your students. It’s also included in the e-lesson plan.



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  1. deborah

    Wow…. fabulous! Thanks so much. Love the clear objectives!

  2. Christiane IG

    Amazing lesson. Great vocab and great practice. thanks!


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