Work-Life Balance

Theresa Dash - reviewer of the lesson   Theresa I November 24, 2022
Business English, Speaking Lessons, English for HR
Work, Human Resources
A2 Elementary, B1 Intermediate
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
Illustration depicting students discussing work-life balance and practicing topic-related vocabulary in an Business English lesson.

Lesson Overview

"You will never feel truly satisfied by work until you are satisfied by life.” This lesson will touch on the topic of work-life balance. Students will discuss the reasons and effects of working too much. The lesson features a video with some tips on maintaining a good work-life balance and why it is important. Students will learn some topic-related vocabulary and practice it by talking about their situation. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adults and teenagers.

Lesson Objectives

  • Listening: Students will listen to a conversation in a video about strategies for maintaining a good work-life balance, enhancing their understanding of advice and suggestions related to the topic.

  • Speaking: Through discussions and role-plays, students will practice talking about their own experiences and strategies related to work-life balance, enhancing their ability to communicate personal viewpoints and solutions.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson will introduce vocabulary related to work-life balance, including terms such as "prioritize," "invest," "outsource," and phrases like "play to your strengths" and "set work hours," expanding their lexicon in a business and personal development context.

  • Homework: Tasks will include matching vocabulary words to their definitions, filling in blanks with the correct terms, choosing correct answers related to work-life balance concepts, and correcting sentences with mistakes. These tasks aim to reinforce the vocabulary and concepts discussed in class.


How can you maintain a good work-life balance? Make sure to make a list of the tasks that are urgent and important to properly prioritize your time. Watch this video to learn about the tips you should follow to get the most out of your workday and personal time.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

work-life balance [noun]: the amount of time you spend doing your job compared with the amount of time you spend with your family and doing things you enjoy
workaholism [noun]: a strong desire to work excessively hard and long hours
burnout [noun]: exhaustion of physical or emotional strength or motivation usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustration
assertiveness [noun]: confident and forceful behavior
unrealistic [adjective]: not realistic; inappropriate to reality or fact
consequence [noun]: a result or effect of an action or condition
outsource [verb]: to give or contract work out or abroad
urgent [adjective]: calling for immediate attention or action; critical
bookkeeping [noun]: the activity or occupation of keeping records of the financial affairs of a business
prioritize [verb]: to designate or treat (something) as more important than other things
out of the blue [idiom]: unexpectedly
miss out [phrasal verb]: to not have or use an opportunity to experience something good
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