Setting Boundaries

Theresa Dash - author of the lesson   Theresa I March 20, 2023
Business English, Speaking Lessons, English for HR
Life Choices, Work, Human Resources
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 Overview

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

  • Listening: Students will watch a video about practical tips for maintaining professional boundaries at work. The speaker discusses important aspects such as keeping relationships professional, not overextending oneself, and getting clear on one’s role. This will enhance students' comprehension of spoken English in professional contexts and understanding of workplace dynamics.

  • Speaking: Students will engage in discussions and role-play activities about workplace boundaries. This includes expressing opinions on personal experiences and hypothetical scenarios related to setting boundaries at work. These activities aim to improve their conversational English skills and ability to articulate thoughts on professional conduct.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson introduces vocabulary and phrases related to workplace boundaries, such as "professional", "overextend", "role clarity", and "healthy boundaries". Learning these terms will enhance students' ability to discuss workplace conduct and personal professional strategies effectively.

  • Homework: Students will complete tasks including filling in blanks, choosing correct answers, and discussing statements related to workplace boundaries. These tasks will reinforce the vocabulary and concepts learned in the lesson, improving their understanding and application of language related to professional conduct and self-care in the workplace.


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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