Here’s a small collection of short videos I’ve used to set the mood of Business English lessons, to provoke some interesting discussions and to promote some language noticing.
Negotiation – Fifth Element (film)
Specially funny for those who haven’t watched the film; or who don’t remember the scene. It works well in discussions on negotiating styles and cross-cultural differences.
Talent = 10,000 hours + luck
One of my favorites! So much material for discussion, and the guy speaks quite fast which is good to challenge students’ comprehension (and attention!); also a bit of bad language and sarcasm, just enough to be funny and critical at the same time.
Did you know? (Technology)
Not so up-to-date but still incredible. I often ask students to choose one of two pieces of data here and comment on them, trying to relate what they see in the video to their own lives.
Monty Phyton’s – Job Interview
Actually, this is my favorite! No much to say, just watch it and enjoy! Chances are you already did, but not one of my students had when I showed them, so even if it’s old, it’s new.
Hiring the Right People – Mark Zuckerberg
Quite challenging concepts here for those used to traditional recruitment processes where specific qualifications and lots of experience are the order of the day. This video is part of a series made by Stanford University.
And you? Any videos you use in Business English lessons? Let us know!