Couples at Work

Theresa Dash - reviewer of the lesson   Theresa I March 21, 2023
Business English, Speaking Lessons, English for HR
Relationships, Work, Human Resources
B2 Upper-Intermediate, C1 Advanced
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
In this speaking lesson, students will discuss work relationships. The activities are straightforward and engaging.ities are ea

Lesson Overview

Have you ever hit it off with a coworker or a boss? In this lesson, students will discuss relationships in the workplace. This lesson features a video about the pros and cons of working with someone you know. Students will learn and practice vocabulary and idioms 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 listen to a discussion about navigating personal and professional relationships at work, emphasizing the importance of setting boundaries and effective communication.

  • Speaking: They'll express their thoughts and personal experiences on maintaining both professional and personal connections in the workplace.

  • Vocabulary: Key terms and phrases related to managing workplace relationships, setting boundaries, and effective communication will be covered.

  • Homework: Students will work on exercises that include identifying different relationship dynamics in the workplace, applying new vocabulary to describe potential challenges and benefits of working closely with friends or romantic partners.


Do you know the pros and cons of working with a family member or partner? What are important boundaries to have in workplace relationships? Watch this video to learn tips regarding working with a significant other.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

hit it off [idiom]: be naturally friendly or well suited; get along well
allocate [verb]: to give something to someone as their share of a total amount; to use in a particular way
resolve [verb]: to settle or find a solution to (a problem)
see eye to eye [idiom]: be in full agreement; to have or come to the same opinion or point of view
beat around the bush [idiom]: discuss a matter without coming to the point
cave in [phrasal verb]: submit under pressure; surrender or back down
have each other’s back [idiom]: to be prepared and willing to support or defend someone
stand your ground [idiom]: not retreat or lose one's advantage in the face of opposition
on the same wavelength [idiom]: to think in a similar way and to understand each other well
meet halfway [idiom]: make a compromise with someone
go to bat for someone [idiom]: to support someone when the person needs help
delegate [verb]: entrust (a task or responsibility) to another person, typically one who is less senior than oneself
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