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Idioms: competition

Worksheet overview

This Business English worksheet is dedicated to idioms used when talking about competition. Students will learn and practise 12 idioms, will discuss highly competitive industries and ways a company can stay competitive.

The first 7 idioms (e.g. beat to the punch, level the playing field, throw in the towel) are introduced through a short text about business competition and competitive industries. Next, students match the 2 halves of 6 questions, each containing an idiom, and use the questions to start a conversation with a partner.

The rest of the idioms (blow the competition away, sink or swim, get a leg up) are introduced through a dialogue. Students read the dialogue and match the idioms to their definition. Then they complete 3 questions with the correct word and ask and answer the questions.

For further practice, students complete a multiple-choice activity. 

Finally, 3 debate topics are given for students to discuss, using the idioms from this lesson.

The conversation cards provide further speaking opportunities.

You can combine this lesson with other business English worksheets and lesson plans.


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