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C1 – Workplace Scams & Red Flags

It’s been some time since we offered a free lesson for advanced ESL students, and we’re excited to share our latest one. This lesson, based on a short article, will have your students read in class and come up with titles. The topic of workplace scams, annoying phrases, and clichés is highly relevant for those working in the corporate world, where such language is common. The lesson includes discussion questions, vocabulary practice, definitions, synonyms, sentence-making exercises, a fun activity involving office scenes, and optional video homework. It’s ideal for C1 level ESL students with a business background.

TypeLevelVocabularyReading timeLesson Time
Regular LessonC1 / Advanced10 words500 words / 3 min60 min

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  • compensation
  • tough luck
  • mental health day
  • trade
  • talent
  • office committee
  • ulterior motive
  • morale
  • subjective opinion
  • mind game


  • Lead-in
  • Corporate cliches
  • Vocabulary preview
  • Vocabulary
  • Article
  • Questions
  • Vocabulary practice
  • Synonyms
  • Discussion
  • Office scenes
  • Optional video (homework)