Is Entrepreneurship For You?

Business English, Speaking Lessons
Work, Running a Business
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 Description

"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

  • To discuss the topic of entrepreneurship and running a business

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To learn and practice new vocabulary words relating to the topic


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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