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Building Fluency: How Can Businesses Be Sustainable?

These materials below will help you to prepare for fluency building lessons on the topic: How Can Businesses Be Sustainable?

How to use the materials:

Firstly, look at the topic questions - we will start the lesson by answering these. Then look at the materials that I have chosen to help you to start building your vocabulary and ideas around the topic and to answer the questions. Each material has been given an approximate difficulty level to understand which will suit you best.

The main focus of individual lessons is to use the materials as the basis of natural conversation about the topic to give you the opportunity to really develop your speaking skills, identify missing vocabulary, correct grammatical and pronunciation errors and actively teach you skills that will bring your English forwards.

When using the materials, write down any new vocabulary that you think you would need to talk about the topic - Any new vocabulary can be learnt most effectively using Anki flashcards. If you find a lot of new vocabulary, set a limit to how much you want to learn and only learn what you think is most relevant for yourself. Also, make a note of any questions that you have about the language or grammar used in the materials to discuss together.


How Can Businesses Be Sustainable?


  1. What is sustainability and why is it important?

  2. How can a business be more sustainable, and what steps has your company or business taken to become more sustainable?

  3. What are the biggest limitations on businesses becoming more sustainable, and how might they be overcome?


Britannica Kids, despite being created for younger learners is actually a brilliant resource for language learners wanting to expand their vocabulary. The entry Sustainability gives a very detailed overview of everything you would want to know about Sustainability. (B1 - B2).

The Conversation have published an article based on an interview with the director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability called How sustainable manufacturing could help reduce the environmental impact of industry. (C1 - C2).

The video below gives an interesting insight into the dangers of not properly defining what makes a business sustainable. (C1 - C2).

Over to you

Having thought about the topic questions to answer and looked through some of the materials you are ready to talk about this topic for some excellent speaking practice and to activate any new language you have learnt!

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