The stories of famous entrepreneurs

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Grammar - Past Simple revision

Past Simple revision




This flipped lesson plans is perfect for Past Simple revision. Students practise using Past Simple by doing a few grammar and speaking exercises as well as learn verbs and phrases related to setting up and running a business. Moreover, they will do a jigsaw tasks and discover the stories of some famous entrepreneurs such as Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Zhou Qunfei or Amancio Ortega.

B1 / Intermediate60 minFlipped LessonPrintable & Digital$12 Plan/ Free

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In this part, students do exercises which help them revise the rules and use of the Past Simple tense. First, they study a table presenting how we create questions, affirmative and negative sentences in the Past Simple tense and need to fill in some sentences with the correct forms of the verbs given. All the sentences are about famous people and their lives. Next, they learn some vocabulary connected with running a business, e.g. bankrupt, found, expand. To practise both, the use of Past Simple and the vocabulary, students read a short text about Bill Gates and have to fill in the gaps with the correct forms of the verbs in brackets.


Speaking and listening

The in‐class part starts with a discussion. Students are asked to recognize some famous entrepreneurs and talk about successful people. Next, there is a short task on regular and irregular verbs in which students just need to write down the past forms of the verbs given. After that, they move to the video‐related tasks. First, they brainstorm what they know about Steve Jobs, watch a short video and learn about his early life. Then, they watch the second video, which concerns his early career, and have to mark the given sentences true or false.


Finally, students move to a speaking part. A good idea for the Past Simple revision is a jigsaw exercise. Give your students an infographic about a famous entrepreneur. Each person gets an infographic, but with some facts missing. Students read the information they get and ask their partner about the missing parts. The lesson plan includes three sets of infographics (about the lives of Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, Zhou Qunfei, the richest self-made woman and Amancio Ortega, founder of Zara and the Inditex group).



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    1. Infographics are visual representations of data and information. Normally, you’d use them in their digital, online format. But if you want to print them out, go to where they are published (the Teacher’s worksheet includes links), right click anywhere and select Print. Remember to scale it so that each fits on an A4 page.

  1. It is my first time teaching English and working with teenagers I was feeling really lost because of that. But, because of this lesson plan, I got the premium version and I’m incredibly in love with this lesson plan. I wish my ESL teachers would have taught me English this way. Thank you! I’m sure my students will love this as I do!

  2. love this plan. I believe it would be great to have more info gap activities included. I believe they’re amazing for all levels but mostly for the lower ones as students also practice question formation. Thanks!

    1. Good point! I personally love such tasks and see the need for students to practise question making. In my experience, they sometimes have problems with that.

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