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B1 – Everyday Work Idioms

This ESL lesson, designed for B1-level students, explores common idioms used in workplace and everyday situations. Featuring 12 idioms, the lesson maintains a manageable level of complexity for students. It encompasses diverse activities including reading, discussions, picture description, solo speaking tasks, practice exercises, matching activities, and error correction tasks. Tailored for adult learners with prior work experience.

TypeLevelVocabularyLesson Time
Regular lessonB1 / Intermediate12 idioms60 min
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  • Cut corners
  • It’s not rocket science
  • Get the ball rolling
  • On the same page
  • Jump the gun
  • Back to square one
  • Rock the boat
  • See eye to eye
  • The bottom line
  • I’ve got a lot on my plate
  • I’m swamped
  • I’m burned out


  • Lead-in
  • Reading
  • Questions
  • Idioms for “I’m busy”
  • Discussion
  • Practice 1
  • Practice 2
  • Correct the mistakes
  • Questions
  • Speaking