10 secrets to starting your own small business (C1 CEFR) – 75′

This lesson was based on an article from the Entrepreneur online magazine. It was planned to a student who was staring her own business with her family. I decided to provide her with more vocabulary then. It was also based on the BEC HIGHER Cambridge Exam. This lesson ended-up being very meaningful to her and also me. 

Material:

PPT file: 10 to starting your own small business

Youtube Video: #askchristywright https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Gie8lAIsno 

FORBES: https://www.forbes.com/sites/natalierobehmed/2013/12/16/what-is-a-startup/#41aae74d4044

The Entrepreneur article: Adapted by me 10 Secrets to Starting Your Own Small Business

Original: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/314208

[Slide 1]

1. Introducing the topic of the lesson

“10 tips to starting a small business”

  • Interaction: T-SS
  • Timing: 3′
  • Monitoring: Check whether students are on the same page.
  • Feedback: only if need be.
  • Steps: The teacher presents the topic of this lesson to students.

[Slide 2]

2. Setting the scene

  • Interaction: T-SS / SS-S / SS-SS
  • Timing: 7′
  • Monitoring: The teacher walks around the room, listening to students’ contributions and taking notes.
  • Feedback: board items referring to startup and starting a new business. Focus on pronunciation and vocabulary.
  • Steps: Students answer these questions in pairs or trios: Have you ever thought of starting your own business?  / What about quick and easier startups?
  • At this stage, the teacher can extend the topic a little bit to show the FORBES website explaining what a startup is.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/natalierobehmed/2013/12/16/what-is-a-startup/#41aae74d4044

[Slides 3 – 7]

3. Reading Task

    • Interaction: T-SS / SS-S / SS-SS
    • Timing: 25′
    • Monitoring: The teacher walks around the room, listening to students’ contributions and taking notes.
    • Feedback: board relevant items. Focus on pronunciation and vocabulary.

 

3.1 Reading Lead-in (3′) [Slide 3]

  • Steps: The teacher shows Christy Wright’s picture and her Business Boutique and asks students if they have ever heard of BB. If so, what it is all about. If not, what they think it might be.

3.2 Reading brainstorming + skimming (7′) [Slide 4]

  • Steps: The teacher asks students to check the title of the article from the Entrepreneur MAgazine and students answer: Christy talks about 10 tips to starting a small business. What do you think these tips are?
  • Students skim through the article and check if their ideas were correct. Tell ss not to be bothered with the bold words yet. We are going to work on them later on. 

3.3 Reading Scanning (7′) [Slide 5]

  • Steps: Students are going to reread the article taking more time, they will talk about the meaning of the bold words/phrases based on context.
  • Brick-and-mortar
  • Barter
  • Bypass
  • Slide into

3.4 Follow-up (use of vocabulary in context) (7′) [Slides 6 & 7]

  • Steps: Students are going to answer the following:
  • Have you ever bartered your services? If so, for what?
    Have you ever thought of starting a virtual business as opposed to a brick-and-mortar one?
  • When you think about starting your own business do you have the end in mind or do you just slide into it?

[Slides 8 -10]

4. Video Tasks

  • Interaction: T-SS / SS-S / SS-SS
  • Timing: 30′
  • Monitoring: The teacher walks around the room, listening to students’ contributions and taking notes.
  • Feedback: board relevant items. Focus on pronunciation and vocabulary.

4.1 Video Task – skimming (8′) [Slide 8]

  • Steps: Based on what is being discussed so far, students are going to answer the following question in pairs or trios: How will you find out what you are good at? 
  • After they talk about it, they watch the video to check their answers.

4.2 Video task – scanning (10′) [Slide 9]

  • Steps: Students are going to watch the video again and answer the question: What are the 5 personality assessment questions Christy shares with us?

4.3 Video task – Follow-up (10′) [Slide 10]

  • Steps: Students are going to answer the 5 questions posed by Christy Wright.

[Slide 11]

5. Wrap-up

  • Interaction: T-SS / SS-S / SS-SS
  • Timing: 5′
  • Monitoring: The teacher walks around the room, listening to students’ contributions and taking notes.
  • Feedback: board relevant items. Focus on pronunciation and vocabulary.
  • Steps: Ask students: What question(s) was more meaningful to you? Why?

[Slide 12]

12. Revisiting the topic of the lesson

“10 tips to starting a small business”

  • Interaction: T-SS
  • Timing: 3′
  • Monitoring: Check whether students are on the same page.
  • Feedback: only if need be.
  • Steps: Ask students to share what was meaningful to them, if they are leaving this lesson with new ideas and what were the words/phrases (hopefully) learned. 

 

 

Advertisement

Published by

BeYouSolutions

- 16 years of teaching experience (Seven Idiomas / Cultura Inglesa Jundiaí) - 5 years as an Academic and Pedagogic coordinator - 1 year as a Pedagogic Bilingual coordinator at a Regular school - Letras Inglês Licenciatura Plena (PUC-SP) (2007) - CELTA - St. Giles SP (2008) - ETYL (English Teaching for Younger Learners) - International House Sydney (2012) - Cambridge DELTA MOD II, III - Cambridge Train the Trainer Cambridge Course - Pós em Pegagogia - PUC RS - MBA em finanças e geração de valores - PUC RS - MBA em Gestão da Escola na Contemporaneidade

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s