Decision time (business case study)

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Discussing business case studies

business case study worksheet


Thanks to this business case study worksheet, students learn phrasal verbs to talk about companies, watch a video presenting a case study and discuss situations in which companies face different problems.

B2 / Upper Intermediate
C1 / Advanced
60 minFlipped LessonUnlimited 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.


The pre‐class part includes two vocabulary exercises. First, students read a few sentences and have to choose the best word (A, B or C) to complete them. Thanks to that, students will learn words and phrases such as flat revenues, equity stake, majority shareholder, etc. All of the vocabulary will later appear in the video. Next, students read some sentences and complete phrasal verbs with the correct words provided in the box. The phrasal verbs in this exercise are connected with companies and their operations, e.g. buy out, step aside or sell off.


Video & Discussion

The in‐class part starts with a short discussion about companies, the problems they face and some exit strategies. After that, students watch the first part of a short video presenting a business case study and need to complete a table with the missing information. In the second listening comprehension task, students watch the rest of the video and need to discuss a few questions.

Vocabulary & Case Studies

Then, students read three short texts and have to complete them with missing prepositions. Apart from checking students’ knowledge of phrasal verbs they learnt beforehand, we also revise some common expressions such as see eye to eye, click with someone or be on the same page. After completing the texts, in their own words, students need to explain what the expressions mean. Finally, this business case study worksheet ends with a discussion. Students read the three situations again,  weigh up the possible options and say what decisions they would take when faced with such challenges.



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  1. deborah

    You’re the BEST! Going to try this brand new class tomorrow and let you know how it goes 🙂

    1. Justa

      Perfect! Looking forward to your feedback 🙂

  2. Natasha Bergen

    FANTASTIC! I’m really looking forward to use this in my coming lessons. Thank you!

  3. Agnieszka Turzańska

    Hi guys! Thanks for another great lesson plan. One question concerning exercise 2 sentence C: there is a choice between “step down” and “step aside”. The dictionary says that both expressions mean withdraw or resign from an important position or office. What do you think about this case?

    1. Agnieszka Turzańska

      Sorry! I’ve just realised my mistake 🙂

      1. Justa

        No worries, it happens 🙂

  4. Marcia C

    When I download the PowerPoint it’s all messed up and I can’t fix it. It always happens and I have always fixed all lessons but this one is just impossible to fix…
    I really want to use the lesson but I can’t. Can you help me, Pleeeeease?

    1. Stan

      As we design our lessons in Google Slides, we recommend using that for teaching online and editing our e-lesson plans. There’s an option to download our e-lesson plans in pptx but as you already know the formatting will be off. We simply can’t guarantee the same experience using pptx as when using Google Slides. I’m sorry but there’s not much I can do here.
      If you really need this lesson in an offline version, download it as a PDF. You’ll lose the animations and editing capabilities but it will look the way it should.


    Excellent, as usual. I used in my class today. Awesome!

  6. ddjur7

    This is actually perfect for my business English students! Thank you so much 🙂

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