Setting Boundaries

Business English, Speaking Lessons, English for HR
Life Choices, Work
A2 Elementary, B1 Intermediate
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
Students discussing workplace boundary tips in English lesson for adults

Lesson Description

Do you always go above and beyond? In this ESL lesson, students will discuss the topic of setting boundaries. This lesson features a video about tips on setting boundaries in the workplace. 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

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To discuss the topic of setting boundaries at work

  • To learn and practice new vocabulary words relating to the topic


Do you keep it professional at work? Have you ever experienced burnout? Watch this video to learn tips for setting boundaries in the workplace.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

go above and beyond [idiom]: surpass expectations; exceed requirements
boundary [noun]: something that indicates or fixes a limit or extent
assertive [adjective]: having or showing a confident and forceful personality
burnout [noun]: a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that also involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity
take on [phrasal verb]: to begin to perform or deal with; undertake
overextend [verb]: to extend or expand beyond a safe or reasonable point
capacity [noun]: an individual's mental or physical ability; the maximum amount or number that can be contained or accommodated
professional [adjective]: exhibiting a courteous, conscientious, and generally businesslike manner in the workplace
lack [verb]: to be deficient or missing
low-risk [adjective]: not likely to result in failure, harm, or injury; not having a lot of risk
flip side [noun]: reverse or opposite side, aspect, or result
synonymous [adjective]: alike in meaning or significance
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