In this lesson, students learn and practise some advanced Business English vocabulary. They also watch a video and talk about mergers and acquisitions.
ADVANCED BUSINESS ENGLISH VOCABULARY
The lesson starts with a warm-up task in which students read a definition and decide if it refers to a merger or an acquisition. They also need to explain how the other term is different. Then, students briefly discuss reasons for pursuing mergers or what makes a merger successful. After that, students work with some advanced Business English vocabulary. They need to complete gaps with the correct form of words in capitals (e.g. monopoly – monopolistic, oversee – oversight, acquire – acquisitive) to create different categories. They also need to say the words you created out loud to make sure they know how they are stressed. Students look at the categories and think of one example for each one.
After that, students learn some more vocabulary. They need to choose correct meanings of words and phrases in context (e.g. exercise due diligence, make concessions, antitrust laws). Students also have to finish some sentences containing the advanced Business English vocabulary from the lesson.
VIDEO & SPEAKING
Before watching the video, students say what they know about some topics related to aviation. They watch the first part of the video and answer two comprehension questions. Then, they watch the second part of the video and have to take some notes. Next, students discuss some questions about the video and about mergers and acquisitions. Finally, students read three short texts about successful and unsuccessful mergers and try to guess what companies were involved. They also discuss the questions about each of the cases.
This lesson also includes an additional task that you can use as homework or revision. In the task, students practise the use of the advanced Business English vocabulary from 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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