The Great Resignation

Lesson plan overview

This Business English lesson plan looks into The Great Resignation. Students learn tons of useful vocabulary to talk about how they feel at work, their job satisfaction and possible ways to increase it. They watch a video outlining the reasons behind The Great Resignation and discuss the issue using survey questions, conversation questions and role-play scenarios.

The lesson starts with a vocabulary and speaking activity. Students look at different opinions on how people feel about their jobs and learn and revise important adjectives (overworked, underpaid, burned out, undervalued). Then they discuss whether or not these opinions are true for them and the reasons why they feel like that.

Collocations and synonyms: Students learn collocations with the words quit, leave and resign by working out which is the incorrect alternative in each of the sentences given and then they use the questions given as conversation starters.

Pre-listening vocabulary and video: A few more expressions from the video are pre-taught (stem from, gravitate toward, employee turnover) and then students move on to watch the video: “The Great Resignation – the disconnect between employees and employers”. Students complete 2 activities: first they answer 7 questions about the video. Then they try to complete extracts from the video with the correct words and watch the video again to check their answers.

Speaking: Students look at possible perks and talk about how much each of them will increase their job satisfaction. They are also asked to add a few more perks to the list. The last activity is a role-play activity: Students are given 4 situations and they need to work in small groups to propose solutions for each one.

Homework: 3 research topic ideas are given which students can use to enrich their knowledge on the topic, as well as links to additional videos and articles on

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Pre-class activities

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Vocabulary matching


The first time you watch the video, pay special attention to the correct pronunciation of the following words:

  1. prioritize 2. isolating 3.morale

Comprehension questions

In-class activities

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Conversation cards PDF

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