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Idioms: innovation

Worksheet overview

This Business English worksheet is dedicated to 12 idioms used when talking about innovation. Students will learn and practise them, and will discuss innovative companies, as well as how innovative their company is. You can also check out “Phrasal verbs: change and innovation”, and “Phrasal verbs: new ideas”.

The first group of idioms (e.g. cutting edge, to be streets ahead, if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it, to reinvent the wheel) are introduced through 2 short dialogues. Students match the idioms to their definitions. To practise, they complete 5 sentences with the correct idiom. Then, they discuss 5 statements. 

The second group of idioms (e.g. take something to the next level, to be ahead of one’s time, to pave the way, to break new ground) are introduced through 2 more dialogues. Then, students discuss a few questions given, including the idioms. After that, students think of 5 innovative companies, and complete sentences related to each company.

Finally, students discuss the company they work for and how innovative it is.

For more speaking practice, and to review these innovation-related idioms, you can use the conversation cards.


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