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Blog: Teaching Professionalism

Teaching professionalism is a great potential lesson for your students! In today’s fast-paced and competitive world, mastering professionalism is not just an option—it’s a necessity. By teaching students how to cultivate professionalism it can significantly impact their success.


What is Professionalism?

Professionalism encompasses a set of attitudes, behaviors, and qualities that demonstrate respect, integrity, and competence in professional settings. It goes beyond simply dressing the part or following workplace protocols; it’s about embodying a mindset of excellence and accountability. From how someone communicates with their colleagues to how they handle challenges and setbacks, professionalism sets the tone for interactions and establishes credibility and reliability.

Discussing different aspects of professionalism can be a great jumping off point for a lesson. You can discuss key elements of professionalism such as appearance, behavior and attitude, communication, and workplace etiquette. These ideas can be used for both Adult Basic Education students and ESL students. The different aspects can also be adapted for different learning levels.

Target areas for Teaching Professionalism

Teaching professionalism can help you target vocabulary, writing, and speaking skills for students. All of these skills are important for students to develop, not just for their education,  but so they can have the tools to meet their goals and grow in their careers.


Below are some links that have some great resources for teaching different aspects of professionalism.

Business Etiquette Basics:

Rules of the Workplace:

Business Etiquette:

Email Practice:


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