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Career / Work

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.

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.

Communicate / Cooperate

Macmillan Life Skills: Communicate / Cooperate – Blackout

In this Macmillan Life Skills lesson, students role play being stuck in a blackout developing the following life skills: adaptability and decision making.

Macmillan Life Skills: Communicate / Cooperate – A class or company newsletter

In this Macmillan Life Skills lesson, students work together as a whole class to create a one-page newsletter developing the following life skills: cooperation, communication and time management.

Respect Others

Macmillan Life Skills: Respect Others – Confrontation

In this Macmillan Life Skills lesson, students role play mini-conversations about difficult situations at work developing the following life skills: handling criticism, receiving and giving feedback.

Macmillan Life Skills: Respect Others – We can’t choose who we work with

In this Macmillan Life Skills lesson, students role play a conversation about people at work as well as talk about the best people they have worked with developing the following life skills: social development and people management.

Get Thinking

Macmillan Life Skills: Get Thinking – Politics

In this Macmillan Life Skills lesson, students read extracts from newspaper articles about politics as well as listen to a radio news story developing the following life skills: critical thinking and social responsibility.

Macmillan Life Skills: Get Thinking – Museums

In this Macmillan Life Skills lesson, students read and listen to reviews about museums and discuss their own preferences developing the following life skills: learner autonomy, giving feedback and social responsibility.

Know Yourself

Macmillan Life Skills: Know Yourself – Have you ever ... ?

In this Macmillan Life Skills lesson, students play a speaking board game developing the following life skills: analysing information, creativity and imagination.

Macmillan Life Skills: Know Yourself – Phobias

In this Macmillan Life Skills lesson, students explore phobias developing the following life skills: self-knowledge, communication and respecting diversity.

Get Organised

Macmillan Life Skills: Get Organised – Making arrangements

In this Macmillan Life Skills lesson, students practise making arrangements with their classmates developing the following life skills: time management and prioritising.

Macmillan Life Skills: Get Organised – Opening a hotel

In this Macmillan Life Skills lesson, students must work with a partner to open a new hotel developing the following life skills: organisation, negotiation and problem solving.

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.

People Management

Problems with people

A pairwork reading and speaking activity to discuss and report on some problems at work.

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.

Critical Thinking

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.

Macmillan Life Skills: Critical Thinking – Reviews

In this Macmillan Life Skills lesson, students brainstorm vocabulary for writing a restaurant review, read some example reviews and write their own developing the following life skills: expressing an opinion, critical thinking (analysis and evaluation).

Study Skills

Lesson Share: Macmillan Life Skills: Study Skills – Short answer questions

In this Macmillan Life Skills lesson, students become experts on obscure topics and practice skimming to find answers to questions their classmates have written developing the following life skills: analysing and extracting key information, evaluating content of a reply or argument, and time management.

Macmillan Life Skills: Study Skills – Learning styles

In this Macmillan Life Skills lesson, students interview each other about how they learn English best developing the following life skills: recognising and appreciating different social and personal styles of learning.

Time Management

Macmillan Life Skills: Time Management – Time is money

In this Macmillan Life Skills lesson, students discuss the metaphor time is money and other time-related expressions developing the following life skills: time management and prioritisation.

Macmillan Life Skills: Time Management – What are you doing next week?

In this Macmillan Life Skills lesson, students make plans for the following week using an agenda developing the following life skills: time management and planning.

Networking

Macmillan Life Skills: Networking – Meeting people

In this Macmillan Life Skills lesson, students practise sharing business card information developing the following life skills: networking and making connections.

Macmillan Life Skills: Networking – The office party

In this Macmillan Life Skills lesson, students take part in a role-play which prompts them to gossip with colleagues and network with the president of the company developing the following life skills: networking, active listening and building confidence.

Self / Social

Macmillan Life Skills: Self / Social – Are you experienced?

In this Macmillan Life Skills lesson, students complete a questionnaire about life experiences and find out what their score means developing the following life skills: self-awareness and challenging stereotypes.

Macmillan Life Skills: Self / Social – My kind of people

In this Macmillan Life Skills lesson, students complete sentences about people, things and places they like. Then, they ask each other questions to find out about their classmates’ preferences developing the following life skills: expressing your opinion and accepting diversity.