If you asked British people to name one British entrepreneur, the name most of them would probably come up with is Sir Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin group of companies. In this video from the British council, we find out a bit about his background, and then, in an interview, he gives us the secret of his success. I used this video as the basis for a lesson about famous entrepreneurs with my EM Normandie students, and you can find more details and resources below.
What makes a good entrepreneur?
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There's an interactive lesson and a lesson plan based on this video on the British Council LearnEnglish website, but I adapted it for my own use. Here's a brief summary of my lesson (you should definitely check out the British Council resources as well though).
a) First, I used this PowerPoint to introduce the topic and get some discussion going about what an entrepreneur is. The students had to identify the people and say what they have in common (they're all entrepreneurs). I then got them to tell me what they knew about the entrepreneurs presented, and give a definition of the term 'entrepreneur'.
b) Next, I took the students to the multimedia lab where they watched the video and completed this worksheet. Afterwards, I gave them the transcript so that they could go through the video again and check their answers.
c) To end the lesson, we held a balloon debate, in which each student had to pretend to be one of the entrepreneurs we'd studied and say why they should remain in the balloon.
d) As a follow-up, I asked them to prepare a short presentation of an entrepreneur to be given in class the following week (you can find details at the end of the PowerPoint).
My students are business English students, but I think this activity would work well with general English classes too.