Success at Work

Rob - author of the lesson plan   Rob I November 09, 2021
General English, Business English, Speaking Lessons, English for HR
Success, Employment, Work, Human Resources
C1 Advanced
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
ESL lesson plan for an online class titled “Success at Work”

Lesson Overview

No pain, no gain! In this lesson, students will learn about the benefits of feeling discomfort at work. This lesson features a video that discusses imposter syndrome and competence at work. Students will learn and practice phrasal verbs, idioms, and vocabulary relating to this topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • To discuss competence and the benefits of feeling discomfort at work

  • To learn and review phrasal verbs and idioms

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To learn and use new vocabulary relating to the topic


Watch this video to learn about the four stages of “The Conscious Competence Ladder”. Acknowledging and embracing the feeling of discomfort can actually be beneficial to your success at work and in your personal life.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

imposter syndrome [noun]: the feeling that your achievements are not genuine or that you do not deserve praise or success
phony [noun]: someone who is not sincere; a fraud
blissfully [adverb]: without knowing or realizing something
brush up on something [phrasal verb]: to improve your knowledge regarding something you have already learned but have slightly forgotten
competency [noun]: competency [noun]: the skills or knowledge needed to do a job
recognition [noun]: public appreciation and admiration for a person’s or group’s achievements
line of work [noun]: a profession, job, occupation, or business
perseverance [noun]: continued effort and determination
put one’s nose to the grindstone [idiom]: informal; to work very hard for a long time
go the extra mile [idiom]: to put in more effort than is expected of you
dead-end job [noun]: a job which does not offer any opportunity for promotion or any improvement of your situation
get your foot in the door [idiom]: to enter a business or organization at a low level, but with prospects of being more successful in the future
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