Socializing at Work

Stefanie Simmons - author of the lesson   Stefanie I February 11, 2023
Business English, Speaking Lessons, English for HR
People, Work, Human Resources
A2 Elementary, B1 Intermediate
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
Students engaged in a lesson about workplace relationships, discussing the content of a Google-hosted event featured in the lesson.

Lesson Overview

Let’s paint the town red! In this lesson, students will discuss workplace relationships, socializing with colleagues, and appropriate behaviors at work. This lesson features a video of an event “Take Your Parents to Work Day” at Google. Students will learn and practice vocabulary and idioms 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 enhance their listening skills by watching a video about an event of taking parents to work at Google. They will focus on understanding narratives about workplace experiences, the significance of family influence in professional life, and the work culture at Google. The aim is to develop comprehension of spoken English in the context of workplace socializing.

  • Speaking: Learners will engage in discussions and role-playing activities centered around workplace relationships and socializing with colleagues. They will practice expressing their views on appropriate behaviors at work and sharing personal experiences related to the topic. This will improve their fluency and confidence in speaking English in a professional context.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson will introduce and practice vocabulary and idioms related to workplace socializing and relationships. Students will learn terms and expressions that describe professional environments, social activities at work, and interpersonal dynamics in a business setting. The goal is to expand their English vocabulary in a professional and social context.

  • Homework: For homework, students will complete exercises that involve identifying incorrect phrases (related to socializing at work), filling in blanks, and correcting mistakes in sentences. These activities are designed to reinforce their understanding and usage of the vocabulary and idioms learned in the lesson, enhancing their ability to communicate effectively in a workplace setting.


What is Google all about? Who inspires you? Watch this video that features two employees who take their parents to a “Take Your Parents to Work Day” event at Google.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

paint the town red [idiom]: to go out and for an enjoyable night; to go out drinking, dancing, etc.
gossip [verb]: to engage in gossip; to spread rumors or stories
play fast and loose [idiom]: to behave in a clever, irresponsible, and/or dishonest way
talk shop [idiom]: discuss matters concerning one's work, especially at a social occasion when this is inappropriate
get the ball rolling [idiom]: to set an activity in motion; make a start
blow off steam [idiom]: to get rid of strong feelings or energy
rub elbows (with) [idiom]: to associate or come into contact with another person
break the ice [idiom]: to do or say something to relieve tension or get conversation going at the start of a party or when people meet for the first time
escape room [noun]: a room in which people are locked in order to play a game requiring them to solve a series of puzzles within a certain amount of time to accomplish a goal, typically finding the key to unlock the room
bar crawl [noun]: is the act of visiting multiple pubs or bars in a single session
socialize [verb]: to participate in social activities; interact and spend time with others
showbiz [noun]: short for show business; the entertainment industry, including movies, television, popular music, and theater
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