How to Stay Motivated

reviewer and author of pronunciation   Tom | April 24, 2023
Business English, Speaking Lessons, English for HR
Work, Strategies, Human Resources
B2 Upper-Intermediate, C1 Advanced
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
ESL lesson plan about motivation

Lesson Overview

The sky is the limit! In this lesson, students will discuss motivation at work. The lesson features a video about how employees can stay motivated in the workplace and what companies can do to help. 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 listen to a conversation in a video about strategies to stay motivated at work and ways to avoid productivity pitfalls, enhancing their comprehension of practical advice and solutions.

  • Speaking: Students will engage in discussions about their personal experiences and strategies for staying motivated at work, allowing them to share tips and reflect on their practices.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson introduces words related to workplace productivity and motivation, such as "prioritize," "notifications," and "extensions," expanding students' business English vocabulary.

  • Homework: Tasks will include using new words in sentences, rewriting phrases for clarity and brevity, and selecting the correct vocabulary in context.


Time is money! If you’re wasting your time, you’re wasting your money. Watch this video to learn about how employees can stay motivated in the workplace and what companies can do to help.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

the sky’s the limit [idiom]: used to say that there are no limits and that anything is possible, and you can achieve anything if you really want to
motivation [noun]: reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way; inspiration
intrinsic [adjective]: being an extremely important and basic characteristic of a person or thing
extrinsic [adjective]: not part of the essential nature of someone or something; coming or operating from outside
sense of security [noun phrase]: the feeling of being confident, secure, or safe in oneself or a situation
commission [noun]: a sum of money paid to an employee upon completion of a task, usually selling a certain amount of goods or services
recognition [noun]: acknowledgment of the existence, validity, or legality of something; acceptance
empowerment [noun]: the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one's life and claiming one's rights
contribute [verb]: help to cause or bring about; play a part in
facilitate [verb]: to make easier; help bring about
fulfilled [adjective]: satisfied or happy because of fully developing one's abilities or character
solicit [verb]: ask for or try to obtain (something) from someone; request
autonomy [noun]: the quality or state of being self-governing; independence
pressure [noun]: the use of persuasion or intimidation to make someone do something
tap into [phrasal verb]: to understand and express something such as people's beliefs or attitudes
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