Employee mindset vs entrepreneur mindset

Lesson plan overview

This intermediate Business English worksheet deals with the topic of entrepreneur mindset vs employee mindset. Students will discuss the pros and cons of being an employee and being an entrepreneur, as well as which mindset they possess. You can combine this lesson with the video-based lessons “Start and grow your side hustle”, “Quiet quitting”, “How to get promoted“, “Dealing with setbacks and failure“,  and the worksheets “Idioms: entrepreneurship”. “Idioms: ambition” and “Idioms: burnout”.

The lesson starts with a couple of activities that will prompt students to talk about their attitudes towards work. First, they are asked to write the first 5 words that they think of when thinking of work. Then, they are given a set of words (e.g. fulfillment, achievement, success, growth, rewarding, stress, overwhelm, monotony, burnout), which they are asked to put into the correct category (positive/negative), and say which words most accurately describe how they feel about work and why.

Speaking: Next, students discuss a few questions about employees and entrepreneurs, and talk about the pros and cons of being an employee or an entrepreneur, discussing 7 different factors.

After that, students are given different sentences and are asked to decide whether the sentences refer to employees or entrepreneurs. Then they are asked to tick the sentences that are true for them and determine whether their mindset is more similar to an entrepreneur or an employee. This activity also introduces useful vocabulary and serves as a pre-listening activity. 

Vocabulary: Students match the verbs from the previous activity (e.g. to thrive,  to excel, to prioritize, to envision, to embrace, to seize (an opportunity), to be driven by) to their definitions. To practice, they complete 6 sentences so that they are true for them.

Listening: Students watch a video called  10 characteristics of successful entrepreneurs” and complete 2 listening comprehension activities.

Speaking: The lessons concludes with a few conversation questions related to entrepreneurship.

For more speaking practice, you can use the conversation cards.

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