Quitting Your Job

Theresa Dash - author of the lesson   Theresa I December 03, 2021
General English, Business English, Speaking Lessons, English for HR
Work, Human Resources
B2 Upper-Intermediate
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Students discussing when to quit their job in an online business English lesson, practicing phrases and clauses.

Lesson Overview

It’s time to put in my two-week notice! In this engaging lesson, students will explore the pivotal moments when one decides it’s time to quit a job and the appropriate steps to take in doing so. This lesson includes a compelling video that discusses the primary reasons for leaving a job and outlines a strategic plan for executing such a decision. Students will learn and practice using specific phrases and clauses, as well as vocabulary directly related to workplace transitions. The lesson not only covers these key language points but also incorporates a variety of discussion activities and interactive tasks designed for both adults and teenagers, making it a dynamic learning experience for all participants.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Students will learn and practice various phrases and clauses that express reasons, contrasts, and purposes. They will understand how to use expressions like "owing to," "despite," and "in order to," enhancing their ability to construct complex sentences relevant to discussions about job situations.

  • Listening: By listening to a video about the reasons to consider quitting a job and strategies for doing so, students will sharpen their listening skills. They will focus on identifying key phrases that signal the speaker's intention to leave a job and understand the conditions under which one might stay at a job despite dissatisfaction.

  • Speaking: Learners will participate in discussions on whether it’s appropriate to leave a job and share personal experiences related to job satisfaction and career changes. They will use the language structures learned to argue their points, discuss hypothetical scenarios, and articulate plans for potential job changes.

  • Vocabulary: This lesson will introduce vocabulary related to job resignation and career planning, including terms like "resignation," "temporary," "game plan," and phrases like "living for the weekend," "turn your crank," and "dead giveaway." These will be used in context to discuss job satisfaction and the decision-making process regarding employment.

  • Cultural Awareness: Students will explore different cultural attitudes towards job stability, career changes, and personal fulfillment at work. They will discuss how societal values influence individual decisions about employment and consider how these values vary in different cultures.

  • Homework: Students will complete several tasks to reinforce their understanding of the lesson's vocabulary and structures. The first task involves choosing the correct meanings for specific underlined words. In the second task, students will fill in blanks with the correct words to complete sentences that relate to job quitting scenarios. The third task requires students to complete sentences using phrases like "because of," "even though," and "to" to show reasons and conditions. This homework will help students apply what they've learned about discussing job situations and decisions.


Are you living for the weekend? Are you miserable and know that your job is never going to turn your crank? This video discusses the signs or reasons you might need to quit your job and a plan on how to do it. You want to live for Mondays too.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

be a dead giveaway [verb]: to be a clear sign or clue
hand in [phrasal verb]: to give something to somebody, especially somebody in authority or power
draw up [phrasal verb]: to prepare something in writing, document, plan, or contract
rent [noun]: a fixed amount of money you pay regularly for using an apartment, house, or business space
mortgage [noun]: a legal agreement to borrow money from a bank, especially to buy a house or other property; also the money borrowed for that purpose
prospects [noun]: the possibility of something good happening in the future
turn somebody’s crank [idiom]: to excite or interest somebody
crank up [phrasal verb]: increase or improve something; turn up volume
workload [noun]: the amount of work that needs to be done
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