Is Networking Important?

General English, Business English, Speaking Lessons, English for HR
C1 Advanced
Modals, Tenses
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
ESL lesson plan for an online class titled “Is Networking Important?”

Lesson Description

It’s not what you know but who you know. In this lesson, students will learn about the do’s and don’ts of networking and the best ways to do it. The lesson features a video of three tips on how to socialize your way confidently and professionally through a networking event. Students will learn and practice the use of modal verbs and vocabulary relating to this topic. This lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • To learn about the do’s and don’ts and best tips for networking

  • To learn and review the use of modal verbs

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To learn and use new vocabulary relating to the topic


Networking: you hate it, I hate it, why does anybody do it?” In this video, you will learn three tips on how to socialize your way confidently and professionally through a networking event.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

networking [noun]: the activity of trying to meet people that might be useful to know, especially those from your line of work
ply somebody with something [phrasal verb]: to keep giving a person something, such as food or drink
mingle [verb]: to mix or be with or among other people, especially talking to them
land a new job [phrase]: to get a new job
narcissistic [adjective]: having too much interest in and admiration for yourself
pitch [noun]: a short persuasive speech used to get someone to do something
roll [verb]: keep going, continue
bust up [phrasal verb]: to ruin something and make it end
narrative [noun]: a description of a series of events
show up [phrasal verb]: appear or arrive for a gathering or event
intimidating [adjective]: causing you to feel frightened or nervous
strike up [phrasal verb]: to start a conversation or relationship with someone
saunter [verb]: to walk somewhere in a slow and relaxed way
break free [verb]: to suddenly escape or become separate from something
fruitless [adjective]: not achieving good results; not successful
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