This ESL lesson on corporate jargon includes a video, a lot of discussion and practice of some popular phrases.
WARM-UP & VOCABULARY
The lesson starts with a short discussion of corporate jargon and students’ experiences with it. Then, students move to a vocabulary activity. They read sentences that include some popular expressions from corporate language (e.g. synergy, move the needle, circle back, not have the bandwidth, etc). Students try to explain the words and phrases and have another short discussion. They share whether they use these phrases and if they think such corporate language makes communication more effective.
PRACTISING CORPORATE JARGON
The lesson on corporate jargon continues with a few video activities. At first, students read sentences and guess missing words and phrases. Then, they watch the first part of the video and check their answers. After that, students talk more about corporate jargon and discuss acronyms, their colleagues and jargon overuse. Then, students watch another part of the video and answer the questions. Finally, students watch the third part of the video and choose one statement that is not mentioned in the video. After that, students also discuss whether they agree or disagree with the statements. While watching the video, students also learn some metaphors (trim the fat, boil the ocean, low-hanging fruit). To wrap up the lesson and practise the vocabulary, students do two more exercises. First, they complete sentences with their ideas using corporate jargon. At the end of the worksheet, students choose one of the sentences they completed and have a role play.
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