Corporate Culture

Tom Panas - reviewer of the lesson plan   Tom April 09, 2023
Business English, Speaking Lessons, English for HR
Work, Human Resources
B2 Upper-Intermediate, C1 Advanced
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
First page of the ESL lesson plan for Human Resources (HR)

Lesson Description

A great corporate culture is an alchemy of individual spirit and passion and companywide habits.” In this lesson, students will discuss corporate culture. This lesson features a video about the different aspects of corporate culture and its importance. 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 watch and listen to a video clip focusing on what corporate culture is and why it is important. This activity aims to improve their listening comprehension skills, enabling them to grasp and understand spoken English in the context of corporate matters.

Speaking: Learners will engage in speaking exercises by participating in role-plays that simulate corporate scenarios, such as discussing company values or employee engagement. These activities will help students practice fluent conversation and articulate thoughts clearly in English, focusing on the corporate culture context.

Vocabulary: The lesson will introduce specific vocabulary items related to corporate culture, such as "dress code," "strategy," "mission," and "vision." Students will learn these terms through definitions, example sentences, and contextual usage, enhancing their ability to discuss complex business concepts in English.

Homework: For homework, students will engage with exercises that include filling in blanks with corporate culture-related words, choosing correct answers from multiple-choice questions about corporate culture, and identifying and correcting errors in sentences that pertain to corporate culture.


What is corporate culture? If strategy is the engine of your business, then corporate culture is the fuel and the tires. Watch this video to learn about the different aspects of corporate culture.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

corporate culture [noun phrase]: the shared values, beliefs, and behaviors of a company's employees that are expressed through their social interactions and work environment
mission [noun]: a short statement of why an organization exists, what its overall goal is, the goal of its operations
ethics [noun]: moral principles that govern a person's behavior or the conducting of an activity
self-development [noun]: the process by which a person's character or abilities are gradually developed
dress code [noun]: a set of rules specifying the required manner of dress at a particular office, club, event, etc.
talent [noun]: natural aptitude or skill; person with a lot of skill or knowledge
bind [verb]: tie or fasten (something) tightly together
buzzword [noun]: a word or phrase, often an item of jargon, that is fashionable at a particular time or in a particular context
core [noun]: the part of something that is central to its existence or character
persona [noun]: the aspect of someone's character that is presented to or perceived by others
stagnate [verb]: cease developing; become inactive or dull
touchstone [noun]: a standard or criterion by which something is judged or recognized
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