Business Ethics ESL Lesson

Here is a Business Ethics ESL Lesson plan, which will provide food for thought, and plenty of scope for discussion in your Business English classes. All of us have faced issues, where we've had to ask ourselves the question whether the behaviour of others around us (or - horror of horrors - our own actions) are ethical or not. Often situations are very clear cut, but sometimes we walk into a grey area, and it can even occur that our behaviour is unethical without us even realising it.

This lesson is designed not only to provide opportunity for speaking and vocabulary, but also to get your students to consider their everyday actions in the workplace and the value that they provide to their company. Some points up for discussion are:t aking recognition for the work of others, holding grievances, not paying attention to detail, blaming others for your mistakes, not keeping others informed ....... and many more.

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This business English lesson plan is suitable for upper-intermediate, advanced and proficiency level students (B2, C1 and C2).

Language Focus

I have based this lesson on a series of articles written by The Ethics Office at Texas Instruments Corporation. I have selected eighteen points that discuss 'Silent Saboteurs' - areas of work and attitude that effect us every day at work. The students need to have a look at the points, discuss possible examples relevant behaviour and decide whether they think these actions are ethical or not. There is therefore obviously plenty of scope for discussion (and dispute!).

The lesson also has vocabulary and idioms that are linked to business crime, ethics and the workplace. So if you want to earn some brownie points with your students, bite the bullet and don't keep this lesson under wraps.

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