When you walk into an Apple store, you may get the feeling that Steve Jobs has the perfect life. People stand in line waiting for the store to open each day. When a new gadget is about to be released, Apple lovers go wild. It didn’t start out that way for Steve Jobs. As you and your students will learn in ESL Library’s Famous People lesson on Steve Jobs, Apple’s longterm CEO faced rejection more than one time in life. Despite several potential road blocks along the way, Steve Jobs continues to come out on top, and Apple was recently announced as the most valuable company in America. What is Steve Jobs’ secret to success? This video How to Live Before you Die offers some excellent clues for any human who wants to live an authentic life.
Before showing the video, ask your students what they know about Steve Jobs. Why is Steve Jobs in the news this week?
“I’d been rejected, but I was still in love.” Steve Jobs on being a beginner again, after being fired from his own company.
Here are some ideas to get the conversation started after showing the video:
- “Sometimes life is going to hit you on the head with a brick.” Do you agree with Steve Jobs’ statement? Has it happened to you.
- What does Steve Jobs mean by “don’t settle”?
- What do the words “curiosity” and “intuition” mean?
- What does “stay hungry, stay foolish” mean?
- What is the most important tool Steve Jobs has?
- If today were the last day of your life, would you want to live it?
- Will Apple be okay without Steve Jobs as CEO?
If your students enjoy talking about Steve Jobs, why not try our Famous People lesson plan on this topic? It includes a reading, comprehension questions, vocabulary review and discussion topics. Go to this lesson.
While our Something to Talk About suggestions are useful for getting your students involved in a group or pair discussion or debate, the topics, articles, and videos can also be used if you are looking for something for your students to blog/Skype/or write an opinion essay about.
Related Lessons in the ESL-Library
Famous People: Steve Jobs (intermediate)
Famous People: Steve Jobs (beginner)
Famous People: Bill Gates (intermediate)
Mini Debates: Cell Phones in Class (intermediate)