Topic: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) (Upper-Intermediate Lesson Plan)

ESL/EFL Level: Upper-Intermediate
Lesson Topic: Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethical Consumerism, Negative and Positive Rights
Skill Focus: Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary
Approximate Class Time: 2 hours
Lesson Plan Download: Topic-Corporate-Social-Responsibility-UppIntermediate-10092011.docx
Lesson Overview:

  • The lesson’s reading passage introduces the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the arguments for CSR, and the arguments against as argued by Milton Friedman. It also introduces the concept of ethical consumerism.
  • Post-reading activities include a roleplay/debate about incorporating a CSR campaign at a company and supporting a charitable organization. There is also an ethics-related section that outlines the difference between positive and negative rights which includes follow-up questions. Finally, there is an activity that has students consider how to integrate CSR into different areas of a business.
  • All lessons come with warm-up questions, comprehension questions, a vocabulary section, and discussion questions.

The pollution of factories: who's responsible?

Advanced CSR ESL News Lesson Plan: Warm-up

1)    What words do you associate with 'corporation'? Write down five words.
2)    What companies/brands do you like? Why?
3)    Do you know companies that have bad reputations? What for?
4)    Are there products you won't buy for ethical reasons? If so, what are they?

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1 comments on “Topic: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) (Upper-Intermediate Lesson Plan)

  1. Maciej (Posted on 3-23-2022 at 00:12) Reply

    Great lesson! Thank yuou!

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