Being Your Own Boss

Theresa Dash - author of the lesson   Theresa I November 27, 2020
General English, Business English, Speaking Lessons
Life Choices
B1 Intermediate
Time Clauses, Phrases, Conditionals
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Being Your Own Boss | Speaking Lesson Plan

Lesson Overview

Do you have what it takes to be your own boss? In this lesson, students will learn about the pros and cons of being self-employed. This lesson features a video that discusses self-employment. Students will learn and practice the zero and first conditionals, time clauses, phrases, and vocabulary relating to this topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adults and teenagers.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Students will learn and review the zero and first conditionals and time clauses. They will practice forming sentences that express general truths, as well as probable and possible future events, using appropriate conditional forms. This grammatical focus aims to improve their ability to discuss hypothetical situations and predict outcomes based on specific conditions.

  • Listening: By engaging with the video content, students will enhance their listening comprehension, focusing on narratives around self-employment. They will listen for specific information regarding the do's and don'ts of working independently, enabling them to better understand and analyze spoken English within a contextual framework.

  • Speaking: This lesson offers numerous opportunities for speaking practice. Students will share their views on self-employment, discuss the pros and cons, and reflect on their personal aspirations and concerns regarding being their own boss. These discussions are intended to foster confidence and fluency in expressing complex ideas and opinions in English.

  • Vocabulary: New vocabulary related to self-employment will be introduced, including terms such as "self-employed," "flexibility," "motivation," "counterarguments," and phrases relevant to the topic. Examples from the lesson include "have a break," "get promoted," and "feel unmotivated." Students will learn to use these terms effectively in conversations about work and employment, expanding their ability to communicate nuanced thoughts and opinions.

  • Homework: To solidify the learning objectives, students will be assigned tasks that include matching sentence halves, choosing correct conditional forms, rewriting sentences to practice conditionals and time clauses, and completing sentences with reflexive pronouns.


The video presents the pros and cons of being self-employed. If you want to be your own boss, plan for some lifestyle changes. No matter which way you slice it, life will be different as a self-employed business owner.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

employee [noun]: a person working in a company
employer [noun]: a person or business that provides a job
self employment [noun]: the state of working for yourself
employ [verb]: to hire
unemployment [noun]: not having a job
sleep in [verb]: to stay in bed longer than usual in the morning
sloppy [adjective]: careless
a bum [noun]: a person with no job, home, or money who wanders
accomplish [verb]: to achieve
trap [noun]: a situation from which it is impossible to escape
co-working space [noun]:a place in which workers of different companies share an office space
unemployed [adjective]: a person without a job
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