Does everyone need a mentor?

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Vocabulary - mentorship

lesson about mentorship


In this lesson about mentorship students discuss mentor and mentee’s relationships, define what successful mentorship is and watch a video about it. Students also do a role play discussing work problems and exchanging advice. 

B1 / Intermediate60 minStandard LessonUnlimited Plan


The worksheet starts with students reading a short definition of a mentor and a mentee. They have to add more details to it using the suggested words and phrases (e.g. help someone grow, inspire, ask for help). Then, students work with word formation and discuss more words that are formed in a similar way (with -er and -ee endings). Students also try to come up with more synonyms for the word ‘mentor’. After that, they have a discussion about mentorship in the workplace. This lesson about mentorship also includes a vocabulary activity. Students have to match the words to create phrases (e.g. be hard on somebody). Then, they use these phrases to discuss what makes a successful mentorship. 


In this part of the worksheet, students watch the video about the power of mentorship. At first, they compare what they hear in the video to the ideas they have discussed previously in the lesson. Then, they watch it for the second time and complete the gaps with one word. After that, students read a short text about working with a mentor. They have to find and correct three mistakes with the word ‘advice’. Then, they discuss the text and answer more questions about mentorship. Students share their experience of having a mentor or being one. They also talk about asking for or giving advice. To wrap up this ESL lesson about mentorship, students do a role play activity. They have six cards with problems a mentee can ask their mentor (e.g. ‘I’m not developing professionally.’, ‘I often miss deadlines’). Students have to come up with good advice for each problem.  




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  1. HiImMikeEnglish

    This is nice! A fresh topic on here is always lovely to see. Good work, Olia!

    1. Olia

      Thank you! I’m happy you like it 🙂

  2. andrea tills

    I’m going to try this today with my work/study students who all probably have a mentor, or equivalent, in their workplace.

    1. Olia

      Great, I hope your students like the lesson and find it useful. Let me know how it goes 🙂

  3. jeffreyalan

    Great lesson

    1. Olia


  4. Alijah

    Such a GREAT lesson!

    1. Olia

      Thank you 🙂

  5. Olga Kimm

    Just a quick comment – advice is uncountable, so it shouldn’t be advices or an advice 🙂

    Great lesson tho, thank you!

    1. Olga Kimm

      oh, sorry! Please ignore my comment, just noticed that the task is to find mistakes. I guess I accomplished the task correctly 🙂

      1. Olia

        Good job spotting the mistakes 😉
        Thank you for your comment!

  6. Masha2111

    Thank you for such a fresh take on this topic!


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