Job Loss

General English, Business English, Speaking Lessons, English for HR
Employment, Human Resources
A2 Elementary
Be Going To
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Job Loss | Business English Lesson

Lesson Description

Have you ever gotten the sack at work? In this lesson, students will discuss job loss and other work-related problems. This lesson features audio explaining typical problems managers face at their job. Students will learn and practice the use of “be going to + verb” and vocabulary relating to this topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adults and teenagers.

Lesson Objectives

  • To discuss job loss and other work-related problems

  • To learn and review the use of “be going to + verb”

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To learn and use new vocabulary relating to the topic


Listen to the audio to learn how to get along with your colleagues. You could host a team-building workshop or invite everybody to a fun night out on the town! By the end of the night, you will hopefully be two peas in a pod.

Audio Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

team-building [adjective]: relating to the process of training and encouraging a group of people to work together effectively
delegate [verb]: to give tasks or responsibilities to another person, usually of a lower position
workshop [noun]: a meeting in which a group of people discuss and learn how to do something or perform an activity
department [noun]: a division or part of a business, school, or government
socialize [verb]: to spend time with other people usually for pleasure
HR [noun]: human resources; the department in a company responsible for dealing with employees
résumé [noun]: a written statement of your qualifications and work experience
restructuring [noun]: the act of reorganizing a company or business to make it operate better and more effectively
office supplies [noun]: the materials such as printing paper and pencils that are needed in offices
dress code [noun]: a set of rules describing what clothes to wear at a school, office, restaurant, etc.
deadline [noun]: a time by which something must be done or finished
promotion [noun]: when someone is moved to a more important rank or position
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