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Life skills resources

Macmillan Life Skills lessons designed to give students the skills needed to prepare for educational and employment opportunities.

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Latest life skills resources: Part 1

Macmillan Life Skills: Career / Work – Who gets the money?

In this Macmillan Life Skills lesson, students work in groups to expand on a business idea and present it to the rest of the class developing the following life skills: critical thinking and citizenship.

Macmillan Life Skills: Career / Work – CV Builder

In this Macmillan Life Skills lesson, students discuss the purpose of a CV and using the worksheet create their own CV developing the following life skills: gathering and organizing information, prioritization, motivation, goal setting and values.

Thinking skills

Problems and difficulties

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

Creating characters

This lesson plan will encourage creativity and inspire an appreciation of literature. Young learners design a book cover and then create and describe their own fictional character, while learning to plan their ideas and organise their work before writing.

Working skills

Business Basics: Making suggestions

In this business lesson, students practise describing a colleague’s difficult behaviour and making suggestions on how to deal with it. 

Time to take a 'RISC'

This lesson, based on an article from Business Spotlight magazine, is about negotiating and, in particular, a four-step guide to structuring a successful negotiation. 

Latest life skills resources: Part 2

Macmillan Life Skills: People Management – Problems with people

In this Macmillan Life Skills lesson, students discuss some problems at work and then report on the discussions developing the following life skills: giving advice and stating your opinions.

Macmillan Life Skills: Critical Thinking – Movie review

In this Macmillan Life Skills lesson, students use pictures to write their own film review developing the following life skills: expressing opinions, analysing information and critical thinking.

Learning skills

Tech Tasks: Music videos for digital storytelling

In the latest instalment of the Tech Tasks series, Tom Walton looks at music videos as an educational resource, exploring how they can be used to help students develop their listening and speaking skills both inside and outside the classroom.

Tech Tools for Teachers: Podcasting Video

In the first instalment of his brand-new series, Nik Peachey looks at podcasting and how it can be used to help students develop their listening and speaking skills both inside and outside the classroom. Nik provides a comprehensive overview article on podcasting and a downloadable lesson plan.

Video projects: At the movies

In this first instalment of the integrated skills series by Jackie McAvoy, students produce a short video or audio recording of their own movie review.

Social skills

Good connections

This lesson, based on an article from Business Spotlight, is about how social media can help you find a job or sell a business idea. 

Vocabulary: Personality assessment task

To improve vocabulary when describing character, especially when dealing with literature (most of the time students use good, bad, happy, nice).

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