Out of Office

Topics: Business English – vacations – time off – mental health

Level: B2 and above

Skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading

Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Io08RFTu2Wc

Link to original Forbes article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/adp/2018/06/01/science-says-your-employees-need-days-off/?sh=df4d83c2218d

Links to articles Bonus task: https://www.indiatoday.in/lifestyle/travel/story/what-are-bleisure-and-staycation-the-new-travel-trends-indians-are-saying-yes-to-1648391-2020-02-20



  • To discuss the importance of paid vacations.

  • To talk about vacation experiences and feelings.

  • To talk about advantages and disadvantages of taking time off.

  • To read a short article to activate prior knowledge.

  • To make predictions before watching a video.

  • To listen for gist and for detail.

  • To compare and contrast information from the video and the short article.

  • To make a short presentation about students’ last vacations.

  • To read articles about staycation, workation and bleisure (optional).

Use of language & lexis:

  • To use different tenses to talk about present and past situations.

  • To learn / review vocabulary and collocations related to time off.

  • To review comparatives and quantifiers.

  • To learn / review portmanteau words.

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