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Business tasks

In this 20-part series, Adrian Doff provides a comprehensive set of worksheets covering functional language in business, along with business-related grammar practice and language development.

Each worksheet is completely self-contained and provides you with material for 20-30 minutes’ teaching. The worksheets are mostly suitable for classes at intermediate level or above, but as they focus on the language areas not usually dealt with in coursebooks, they can also be used successfully with more advanced classes.

Inside Business tasks

  • Introduction to the series

    Author: Adrian Doff Type: Article

    Adrian Doff introduces a new series of lesson plans specifically designed for teachers of English for business. This article provides an overview of the series, as well as hints and tips on how best to exploit it.

  • Progress and achievement

    Author: Adrian Doff Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A lesson by Adrian Doff for students to practise using common expressions for talking about making progress and achieving something.

  • Changes

    Author: Adrian Doff Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A lesson by Adrian Doff for students to practise talking about how things have changed or been altered.

  • Problems and difficulties

    Author: Adrian Doff Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A lesson by Adrian Doff focusing on the grammar and functional language of problems and how to solve them.

  • Money

    Author: Adrian Doff Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A lesson by Adrian Doff for students to talk about making, losing and saving money.

  • Talking

    Author: Adrian Doff Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A lesson by Adrian Doff for students to use common expressions to describe ways of communicating.

  • Studying and learning

    Author: Adrian Doff Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A lesson by Adrian Doff for students to talk about subjects of study and to discuss going to college or university.

  • Ability and skill

    Author: Adrian Doff Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A lesson by Adrian Doff for students to practise using common expressions for talking about ability and skill.

  • Probability

    Author: Adrian Doff Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A lesson by Adrian Doff for students to practise talking about probability: to talk about things you expect or don’t expect to happen, and to say whether things are likely or unlikely.

  • Getting and losing jobs

    Author: Adrian Doff Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A lesson by Adrian Doff for students to practise talking about looking for, finding and getting jobs, changing jobs and being promoted and leaving and losing jobs.

  • Contrast

    Author: Adrian Doff Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A lesson by Adrian Doff for students to talk about contrasts, to contrast opposing ideas and to say how things are different from what people believe or expect.

  • Chance and opportunity

    Author: Adrian Doff Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A lesson by Adrian Doff for students to practise talking about opportunities that are available, taking and missing opportunities and about scope for doing things.

  • Decisions

    Author: Adrian Doff Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A comprehensive lesson by Adrian Doff, for students to talk about decisions they have made and to say whether people are good at making decisions.

  • Knowledge

    Author: Adrian Doff Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A comprehensive lesson by Adrian Doff for students to practise using common expressions for talking about knowledge and expertise.

  • Things that often happen

    Author: Adrian Doff Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A comprehensive lesson by Adrian Doff for students to practise using common expressions for talking about frequent events and tendencies and to talk about routines at work.

  • Risk and danger

    Author: Adrian Doff Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A lesson for students to learn and practise common expressions for talking about risk and danger and to talk about whether or not to take risks.

  • Success and failure

    Author: Adrian Doff Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A lesson to equip students with common expressions for talking about success and failure.

  • Contact

    Author: Adrian Doff Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A lesson to help students to use common expressions for talking about contacting people and keeping in touch.

  • Work and responsibilities

    Author: Adrian Doff Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    A lesson to help students talk about jobs and what they involve and to talk about what people are responsible for in a company.

  • Notes and messages

    Level: Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: General lesson plan

    A lesson to help students learn common expressions for talking about notes, messages, and minutes.

  • Experience

    Author: Adrian Doff Type: General lesson plan

    A lesson to help students talk about their work experience and what they have and haven’t done before.

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