Millennials in the workplace

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millennials lesson plan

LESSON OVERVIEW

This time, instead of a TED talk, the lesson plan is based on a part of a TV show that hosted a renowned motivational speaker Simon Sinek. When this video hit YouTube in December 2016, it quickly went viral. His speech, and thus the lesson, focuses on the issues connected with the millennials and their situation on the modern labour market, as well as the reasons behind the problems of coping with the work life.

C1 / Advanced75 minStandard LessonFree / Premium Plan

The 2-page handout mainly aims at stimulating students to talk about the millennials generation in the work environment. The warm-up questions concern the differences between various generations. This is followed by a 4-minute comedy video that looks at the stereotype of millennials through the eyes of previous generations. Then there are two conversation practice tasks that focus on Simon Sinek’s speech video: one based on describing the key terms from the video and the second consisting of a few discussion points to be discussed in pairs or small groups.

I recommend asking the students to watch Simon Sinek’s video at home (15 minutes). Otherwise, just follow the lesson plan and watch it after exercise 2. The video itself is not very challenging and should be understandable for B2-level students.

The second page of the handout is a reading section that looks at some changes that the millennials can bring to corporations. The text has a pre-reading speaking prediction task and a post-reading gap-filling lexical exercise.

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  1. Maria Ines Lorenzo

    Very interesting and I am planning to use it with my business students. However I seem to be unable to find the 4 minute comedy you mention…

    1. Stan

      There is a link in the pdfs. It’s the second exercise. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sz0o9clVQu8

      1. Maria Ines Lorenzo

        Thanks! got it!

  2. Eleanor Every-Clayton

    This is great. thank you. Is it possible to get hold of the transcript please?

    1. Stan

      Hi Eleanor, I don’t think there’s any transcript prepared for that. What you can do is go to Youtube and get an auto-generated transcript but the quality of that is mediocre – you’d have to correct it yourself because sometimes it’s just gibberish. To get the transcript, click the elipsis button in Youtube and then click “open transcript”transcript - youtube

  3. Alice RWL

    In the gap fill exercise, “…they also want to access their personal life during work,” says Espinoza. Gone will be systems that lock employees out of their personal lives while they’re at work…” What does “Gone” in the text mean?

    1. Stan

      In a nutshell, the phrase “gone will be sth” means that something will no longer exist / disappear.

  4. Marie

    Hi ~
    I’m a great fan of Simon Sinek, but as I was checking out some responses to his take on Millennials, I came across Crystal Kadakia, a millennial author and TED Talk speaker who has a very strong rebuttal to the interview and comments that were shown in your “Millennials in the workplace” activity. Her article (below) and book The Millennial Myth might make a good counterpoint activity.

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/why-millennials-cant-stand-simon-sineks-viral-interview_b_59a423cce4b0a62d0987b0cb

    1. Stan

      Nice! Thanks for sharing. We need to check it out and maybe update our worksheet 🙂

  5. Aga Maj

    It’s a super nice lesson plan. I’m about to try it out with Business students. There’s one thing I can’t make out in the funny video on Millenials in the workplace. What’s the second girl’s excuse for taking extra three weeks off? “Argentinian soul quest”?

    1. Stan

      it’s a three-week Argentinian surf-spirit quest 🙂

  6. BTL

    There are some grammar mistakes in the lesson overview.
    The presentation needs to edited for such mistakes .
    Examples :renowned
    different generations
    their impact on the modern workplace
    I recommend asking
    that focus on Simon Sinek’s video
    some discussion points to be given to groups

    1. Stan

      Hi! Thanks for your comment! Truth be told we wrote this description 4 years ago and it seems that nobody really had a look at it. I’ve just fixed some of the issues you mentioned and will review it more thoroughly soon.

  7. BTL

    There are also some mistakes in the worksheet so check it carefully before you give it to an advanced class.

    1. Stan

      This worksheet was proofread not so long ago but it seems something must have been missed and nobody is perfect. I found two typos that you might be referring to ‘you comment > your comment’ and ‘buzzword > buzzwords’. IMHO, there are no grammatical mistakes in the worksheets but if you think otherwise share them with us at hello@eslbrains.com and we’ll fix that quickly.

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