Are Perks Enough?

Tom Panas - reviewer of the lesson plan / editor   Tom | February 11, 2023
Business English, Speaking Lessons, English for HR
Work, Perks, Human Resources
B2 Upper-Intermediate, C1 Advanced
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
Illustration depicting students discussing the perks and benefits offered at some companies and their importance in the workplace in an ESL lesson

Lesson Overview

How can you get more bang for you buck at work? In this lesson, students will discuss perks and benefits offered at some companies and their importance in the workplace. This lesson features a video of tech industry employees describing the perks they were previously offered at their job. Students will learn and practice vocabulary relating to the topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • Listening: Students will improve their listening skills by watching a video about employees describing various job perks. They will focus on understanding detailed descriptions and the personal opinions of speakers about workplace benefits. The exercise aims to help students recognize different accents and informal speech patterns used in a professional context.

  • Speaking: Students will engage in discussions and debates about the importance and impact of workplace perks. They will use phrases and vocabulary introduced in the lesson to express their views, share personal experiences, and respond to others' opinions. This activity is designed to enhance their ability to speak confidently on business-related topics.

  • Vocabulary: Key vocabulary related to workplace benefits will be introduced, such as "reimbursement," "retention," "turnover," and "lucrative." These terms will be used in various activities throughout the lesson to ensure students can discuss job perks accurately and fluently.

  • Cultural Awareness: Through the discussion of different types of perks offered in various industries, especially the tech industry, students will explore how cultural values influence company policies and employee satisfaction. They may compare how perks are viewed in different cultures and discuss the role of benefits in employee retention and satisfaction.

  • Homework: Learners will complete sentence-matching activities and fill-in-the-blank exercises to reinforce their understanding of the vocabulary and concepts discussed in class. They will also respond to statements about workplace benefits, agreeing or disagreeing based on their perspectives and writing short explanations for their views. This will help consolidate their learning and apply the language skills they have developed.


Do you want $2,000 to spend anywhere in the world, unlimited time off, or the freedom to work from home forever? Would these perks be worth it considering the downsides? Watch this video to learn about some of the amazing perks employees in the tech industry have.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

bang for your buck [idiom]: value for money
perk [noun]: money, goods, or other benefits to which one is entitled as an employee
instability [noun]: the state of being unstable, unpredictable, or changeable
promotion prospects [noun]: the chances an employee has for gaining a better position or higher salary
millennial [noun]: a person born between 1981 and 1996
tech industry [noun]: a group of technology companies that are electronics-based, such as businesses relating to digital electronics, software, and internet-related services
lose luster [idiom]: to become dull, unexciting, or uninteresting
paradox [noun]: a seemingly strange or self-contradictory statement
reimburse [verb]: to repay (a person who has spent or lost money)
lavish [adjective]: fancy, costly, luxurious
lucrative [adjective]: producing a great deal of profit or money
enticing [adjective]: attractive and tempting because it offers you advantages or pleasure
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