Theresa Dash - author of the lesson   Theresa I December 03, 2021
General English, Business English, Speaking Lessons, English for HR
Employment, Vacations, Work, Human Resources
B2 Upper-Intermediate
Prepositions, Prepositions of Time
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Students actively engage in a discussion about work ethics and work-life balance during their online English class while practicing prepositions of time and time phrases.

Lesson Overview

Do you have a good or bad work-life balance? In this lesson, students will discuss work ethics and work-life balance. This lesson features a video in which Kevin O’Leary, Shark Tank Host, explains why he expects all of his employees to work on vacation. Students will learn and practice prepositions of time, time phrases, and vocabulary relating to this topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adults and teenagers.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Students will learn and review prepositions of time such as "at," "on," "in," and "by," and how they are used in different contexts to express time-related concepts. They will practice forming sentences using these prepositions accurately to discuss schedules and deadlines.

  • Listening: By listening to a video featuring Kevin O’Leary discussing work expectations during vacations, students will enhance their ability to understand spoken English related to work ethics and time management. They will identify key phrases and vocabulary related to the topic.

  • Speaking: Students will engage in discussion activities where they can express their opinions on work-life balance and the concept of 'workation.' They will practice using new vocabulary and time expressions to argue their viewpoints and share personal experiences related to working during vacations.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson will introduce vocabulary related to work-life balance and modern work environments, including terms like "workation," "overtime," and phrases such as "round-the-clock," "nine-to-five," and "time off."

  • Cultural Awareness: Students will explore different cultural perspectives on work-life balance and the increasing trend of blending work with vacation, known as 'workation.' They will discuss how various cultures view vacation time and the expectation to remain available for work during those periods.

  • Homework: Students will complete tasks that involve using prepositions of time to fill in blanks, correct sentences related to work situations, and complete sentences with correct phrases. They will also reflect on and write about their own experiences with work and leisure balance, using the vocabulary and structures learned during the lesson.


Watch this video of Kevin O'Leary, Shark Tank host, explaining why he expects all of his employees to work on vacation. When it comes to work, O’Leary says he doesn’t care whether his employees are on vacation, taking a personal day, or coming into the office at a later time, he just wants his employees to get the job done.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

workation [noun]: the combination of work and vacation
roll [verb]: to operate or function
timeline [noun]: a plan of how much time something should take
24/7 [adverb]: 24 hours a day, seven days a week; every day, all day and night
remote working [noun]: an arrangement in which an employee works from home or other places that are not the office of the company and communicates via email or telephone
overtime [noun]: time spent working in addition to your usual working hours
economy [noun]: the system according to which the money, industry, and trade of a country are organized
division [noun]: the separation of something into parts or groups
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