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B2 – The Startups You Can Learn From

This is a conversational ESL lesson about startups. The lesson includes a discussion on starting a business, vocabulary practice, and a reading section about startups that provide valuable insights. Additionally, there is a discussion of some startup ideas where students need to decide which ones are promising and which ones may face challenges. The final speaking section involves coming up with a startup idea for your city and presenting it in class.

TypeLevelVocabularyLesson Time
Regular lessonB2 / Upper-Intermediate14 words60 min
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  • Word-of-mouth
  • Demand
  • Pay off
  • Side project
  • Fortune
  • Uphill battle
  • Established
  • Expand
  • From scratch
  • Startup bootcamp
  • Elevator pitch
  • Angel investor
  • Go public
  • Unicorn


  • Lead-in
  • Agree or Disagree
  • Vocabulary match
  • Discussion
  • Reading
  • Startup ideas
  • Speaking