FOCUS Business English
TIME 60-75 min

This time, instead of a TED Talk, the lesson plan is based on a part of a TV show that hosted a renown 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 and the reasons behind the problems of coping with the work life.

The 2-page handout found below mainly aims at stimulating students to talk about the millennials generation in the work environment. The warm-up questions concern the differences between various generation. 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 the 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 to ask the students to watch this Simon Sinek’s video at home (15 minutes) or incorporate it in the lesson at play it before the “Discussion about Sinek’s opinion” point. 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 possible changes that the millennials might have on corporations. The text has a pre-reading speaking prediction task and a post-reading gap-filling lexical exercise.

Let me know how you and your students liked this lesson! Is there anything there you would change? Have you got your own thoughts about the millennials? Just leave a comment and we’ll get back to you.









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  1. 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…


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