No CEO is the way to go

No CEO is the way to go

Lesson overview

In this Business English lesson plan, the student will develop an understanding of the co-op business model. They will learn vocabulary related to different types of companies and organizational structures. The student will practice preparatory subjects (there and it).



The lesson starts with a warm-up activity in which the student discusses business-related words from the word cloud (joint ownership, co-op, CEO, etc.).


Reading: Types of businesses

The student reads and learns about types of businesses and how to determine them (service, merchandising, and manufacturing). They try to come up with three examples for each type of business. 


Reading: All about organizational structure

The student learns about types of organizational structure by clicking on them and reading cards with graphs that come up (functional, multidivisional, flat, and matrix). Next, they discuss what they learned. They match the type of company (business structure) with the correct description.


Video: These companies with no CEO are thriving

The student watches a TED-Ed video about companies with no CEO and discusses the questions that follow. The student then reads statements based on the video and checks if they are true or false. 

They learn about cooperatives in Brazil, it being the most co-operative country, and match them with their descriptions (waste picker, farmers’, credit co-ops, etc.).


Reading: Working in co-ops

The student clicks on buttons and learns about benefits and challenges of working in co-ops. Then, they decide if the statements based on the information they read are true or false. 


Vocabulary: Business organization and structure

The student learns new vocabulary they can use to talk about business organization and structure (maximize, staff, profit, etc.). They practice using them by completing sentences and completing a word map related to words profit and maximize.


Grammar: Preparatory subjects (there and it)

The student learns about the proper use of preparatory subjects. Next, they complete sentences with correct forms of the missing preparatory subjects.


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