Is Entrepreneurship For You?

Stefanie Simmons - reviewer of the lesson   Stefanie I December 20, 2022
Business English, Speaking Lessons, English for HR
Work, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources
A2 Elementary, B1 Intermediate
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
Illustration depicting students discussing entrepreneurship and the different aspects of running a business in an ESL lesson.

Lesson Overview

"If you started your own company, do you think you would be able to learn the ropes quickly or do you think there would be a learning curve?" In this lesson, students will discuss entrepreneurship and the different aspects of running a business. This lesson features a video of a business owner describing a variety of things she does in her company. Students will learn and practice vocabulary relating to the topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • Listening: Students will improve their listening skills by engaging with a video about a business owner's journey in entrepreneurship. They will focus on understanding the challenges and rewards of starting a business, including the need for flexibility and learning various business aspects. The aim is to develop comprehension of English in the context of entrepreneurship.

  • Speaking: Learners will engage in discussions about the dynamics of entrepreneurship and running a business. They will practice expressing their views on starting a company, the skills needed for entrepreneurship, and the challenges they may face. This will enhance their spoken English abilities in a business context.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson will introduce and practice vocabulary related to entrepreneurship and business management. Examples include "pivot," "client interaction," "billing," "legal matters," "employee engagement," or "infrastructure." These terms will help students discuss and understand various aspects of running a business.

  • Homework: Students will complete tasks like choosing correct options related to business and entrepreneurship, completing sentences with the appropriate words, and determining true or false statements about business concepts. These activities aim to strengthen their grasp of entrepreneurship-related English vocabulary and ideas.


Have you ever wondered if you would be a successful entrepreneur? Does having flexibility, being your own boss, and having room to explore sound like a dream come true? Watch this video to learn about the different aspects of running your own business and if this is a path you would like to pursue.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

learn the ropes [idiom]: to learn how a particular job or task is done
learning curve [noun]: the course or progress made in learning something
delegate [verb]: to assign responsibility or authority
legal [adjective]: of or relating to law
infrastructure [noun]: the underlying foundation or basic framework (as of a system or organization)
entrepreneurship [noun]: the activity of setting up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit
perk [noun]: money, goods, or another benefit to which one is entitled as an employee of a company
insight [noun]: a deep understanding of a person or thing
virtual assistant [noun]: an independent contractor who provides administrative services to clients while operating outside of the client's office
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