Let’s get the ball rolling

Let’s get the ball rolling

Lesson overview

In this Business English lesson plan, students will review language related to project management and gain new language and expressions related to leading a project.



As an introduction to the lesson, the student reads a short paragraph and identifies phrasal verbs (e.g. put together, set up, meet up, etc.). They also try to guess their meanings from the context.


Phrasal verbs: Project management

The student is introduced to a list of phrasal verbs related to project management (kick off, look through, run through, etc.). Next, they practice using these phrasal verbs by filling in the gaps. 


Phrasal verbs: Problem-solving

Here, the student learns phrasal verbs they can use to describe problems, find the root cause, and solve issues (sort out, work out, come up with, etc.). Then, they practice using these verbs.


Reading: How to organize and deploy a project

The student reads a passage about organizing a project and answers reading comprehension questions. Some topic-related vocabulary is extracted from the text for the student to match it with synonyms (e.g. rolling out, action plan, specifications, etc.).


Reading: Time management

In this text, the student learns about the importance of time when managing a project. They complete the reading comprehension exercise and get familiar with the new vocabulary in the text.


Video: How to manage your time more effectively

The student watches a TedEd video on time management and answers the video comprehension questions. They also learn and match new words with their synonyms (e.g. currency, duration, temperament, etc.).


Idioms: Teamwork

The student learns some interesting and useful idioms applied to teamwork (e.g. gel with, take one for the team, bounce ideas off, etc.). The student’s knowledge of these idioms is then checked.


Mind map: How to organize a project

This is a brief summary of the entire lesson. The student fills in the gaps in the mind map using vocabulary they learned during the lesson.

Finally, they fill in the word family table with the missing verbs and nouns.



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