ESL Business English Vocabulary Lesson Plan

Instructor: Suzanne Rose

Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.

Through this lesson plan focusing on business English vocabulary, English Language Learners will identify common roles, tools, and locations in an office setting, and will use these vocabulary terms to engage in conversations with others.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify common business-related vocabulary terms
  • categorize business-related vocabulary
  • use business-related vocabulary terms in conversations


30-45 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • ELP 9-12.2

An ELL can participate in grade-appropriate oral and written exchanges of information, ideas, analyses, responding to peer, audience or reader comments and questions.

  • ELP 9-12.7

An ELL can adapt language choices to purpose, task, and audience when speaking and writing.

Materials Needed

  • photographs of offices
  • photograph or clip art example of each vocabulary word listed below
    • for Office Tools such as ''file folder'' or ''paper clip,'' you could have a physical example
  • projector or SMART Board
  • prepared vocabulary cards with the vocabulary word and image on one side and the label for that term (Office Role, Office Tool, and Office Location) on the other side
    • one set of vocabulary cards per pair of students


  • Office Roles:
    • assistant
    • board of directors
    • boss
    • CEO
    • clerk
    • client
    • co-worker
    • customer
    • manager
    • receptionist
    • secretary
  • Office Tools:
    • binder
    • chart
    • computer
    • desk
    • envelope
    • fax machine
    • file folder
    • form
    • invoice
    • keyboard
    • laptop
    • monitor
    • notepad
    • paper clip
    • pen
    • pencil
    • photocopier
    • postage stamp
    • printer
    • safe
    • stapler
    • telephone
    • whiteboard
  • Office Locations:
    • break room
    • conference room
    • counter
    • cubicle
    • office
    • stock room
    • supply room

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