Are Perks Enough?

Business English, Speaking Lessons, English for HR
Work, Perks
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 Description

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

  • ​​​​​​To discuss the topic of perks and benefits and their importance in the workplace

  • To learn and practice new vocabulary words relating to the topic

  • To develop speaking and listening skills


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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