Local Businesses

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on November 16, 2020 and last updated on July 20, 2023

The topic of Local Businesses is essential for English learners as it offers insights into the economic and cultural fabric of communities. Exploring this subject enhances learners’ language proficiency, enabling them to discuss business-related topics confidently.

Moreover, it promotes cultural awareness and fosters an appreciation for the diversity and authenticity of local products and services. Embracing this topic empowers learners to make informed decisions, support sustainable practices and actively contribute to the well-being of their local communities.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Local Businesses Review

Local businesses play a pivotal role in shaping the identity and vitality of communities. These small-scale enterprises, independently owned and operated, serve as cultural landmarks, providing unique products, services and personalised experiences to local residents. The success of local businesses fosters economic growth, job creation and a sense of community pride.

Amidst the rise of large corporations and online retailers, supporting local businesses becomes a means of preserving local traditions, promoting sustainability and sustaining the distinct character of neighbourhoods. Embracing the topic of local businesses encourages a deeper understanding of their significance in nurturing vibrant and resilient communities.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • company (noun)
  • local (adjective)
  • suceed (verb)
  • fail (verb)
  • close down (phrasal verb)
  • successful (adjective)
  • thrive (verb)
  • come up with (phrasal verb)
  • community (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • What are some examples of local businesses in your community? What products or services do they offer?
  • What is the best business to start in your local area?
  • What successful businesses can you think of in your local area?
  • Why do you think they succeeded?
  • Can you think of any businesses that have failed in your local area?
  • Why do you think they failed?
  • What are some challenges that local businesses face in competing with larger companies?
  • If you were going to start a business in your local area what would it be? Why?
  • Why do you think it's important to support local businesses instead of only buying from large corporations or online retailers?
  • How do local businesses contribute to the unique character and identity of your community?
  • How can communities and governments support local businesses to help them thrive?
  • In your opinion, is it more rewarding to work for a local business or a large corporation?
  • Should governments provide financial incentives or tax breaks to encourage people to support local businesses?
  • Is it more important to prioritise low prices and convenience or to support local businesses even if their products or services are more expensive?
  • Should there be regulations to limit the expansion of large chain stores to protect the existence of local businesses?
  • Are local businesses more likely to provide better customer service and a more personalised experience than larger corporations?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.