This lesson plan presents a phenomenon known as workplace ghosting. The trend involves applicants not turning up for interviews, or new hires not showing up at work at all. The topic gives a good opportunity to talk with your students (HR specialists, recruiters) about the trend and also teach them ways to present statistics and data.
You can do this lesson with your students only in class as the video is short. So you decide whether you want to use this worksheet as a flipped lesson plan or not.
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.
At home, students first need to study a short definition of ghosting in its primary meaning, that is the practice of ending a relationship by simply disappearing, without any explanation, and by stopping all communication with somebody. It will help them understand the concept of ghosting at work discussed in a video. In the next task, students get five incomplete phrasal verbs and their meanings. They have to fill in the gaps by selecting correct words from the box. Then, they have to watch a video for the first time and check whether they’ve completed those phrasal verbs correctly.
In the next activity, your students will practise using the phrasal verbs they’ve just learnt by putting them in sentences. Finally, students watch the video again and answer three questions about it.
The in-class worksheet starts with a discussion about the trend of ghosting in the workplace and students’ own attitude towards it. Next, students move to a part about statistics. They get a few sentences and all of them include very specific figures. Students have to change the sentences by rounding figures. To make it easier, there is a box with a lot of different words and phrases that students can use, e.g. approximately, roughly, nearly, well over, etc. In the next task, students first study a short table containing fractions and other expressions for numbers. Then, they have to change the underlined parts in given sentences by using phrases from the previous exercise as well as information from the table. Then, as the last task students need to discuss these sentences as all of them concern the phenomenon of ghosting at work.
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