Is Networking Important?

Rob - author of the lesson plan   Rob I November 17, 2021
General English, Business English, Speaking Lessons, English for HR
Employment, Networking, Human Resources
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 Overview

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

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Students will focus on mastering the use of modal verbs, which are crucial for discussing possibilities and capabilities in professional settings. They will practice these verbs in context, learning to articulate potential actions and suggestions more effectively.

  • Listening: Students will enhance their listening skills by engaging with a video that offers practical tips for successful networking. They will concentrate on understanding the strategic advice provided and how it can be applied in real-life networking scenarios.

  • Speaking: Through role-playing exercises, students will simulate networking situations to practice the newly learned strategies and language. They will engage in conversations designed to help them build professional relationships and improve their verbal communication skills in a networking context.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson will introduce and practice vocabulary and phrases related to networking, such as "networking forums," "strategic," and "professional connections." These terms are vital for discussing and reflecting on networking experiences.

  • Cultural Awareness: Students will explore cultural differences in networking practices and discuss how cultural perceptions can influence networking styles. They will examine the importance of understanding these nuances when interacting in diverse professional environments.

  • Homework: Students will complete tasks that reinforce the vocabulary and concepts discussed during the lesson. This includes unscrambling letters to form words relevant to networking, matching sentence fragments to build coherent networking tips, and correcting mistakes in sentences related to networking scenarios. These activities aim to deepen students' understanding of the networking process and enhance their ability to communicate effectively in professional settings.


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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