Monday, 05 December 2016

Jobs, Work Activities and Careers - ESL EFL Activities, Games, Worksheets and Lessons

Jobs

ESL EFL Lesson - Elementary - 1 Hour +

This extensive lesson can be used to teach jobs vocabulary and describing jobs using 'has to' and 'doesn't have to'. In the first part of the lesson, students play a pelmanism game where they have to match pictures to the names of jobs. In pairs, students spread out a set of picture cards and job cards, face down on the desk. The students take it in turns to turn over a picture card and a job card. If the picture and the name of the job match, they keep the cards and have another go. The student with the highest number of cards at the end of game is the winner. For the second part of the lesson, every student is given a job card and told to imagine that this is their job. Each student is also given a picture cards worksheet. The object of the activity is to find out which student does each job on their worksheet. To do this, the students stand up and move round the class asking everyone ‘What do you do?’ Students reply, "I am a/an ..." After they have spoken to each student, they write the student's name next to the appropriate picture on their worksheet. For the final part of the lesson, students work in groups of four. Each group is given a set of picture cards, which they deal out evenly. Students then take it in turns to choose a picture and make sentences about the job with 'has to' and 'doesn't have to'. The other students in the group try to guess the job. The first student to guess correctly wins a point and keeps the card. Students play until all the jobs have been described.

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Scrambled Jobs

ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 15 Minutes

In this supplementary worksheet, students unscramble letters to reveal jobs and occupations. There are twenty jobs in all. This worksheet helps students to learn jobs vocabulary and spelling. An answer key is provided.

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Work Activities

ESL EFL Lesson - Elementary - 1 Hour +

Here is an impressive lesson for teaching students about verbs related to work. The lesson is comprised of four teaching activities. There is a matching game, miming game, quiz game, and guessing game. The lesson covers occupations, verbs and actions relating to work, and describing jobs. To begin the lesson, the students work in pairs, they play a pelmanism game where they take turns turning over a picture card and a verb card. If the picture and the verb match, the student makes a sentence, e.g. A chef cooks meals. If the sentence is correct, the student keeps the cards and has another go. The student with the highest number of cards at the end of the game is the winner. For the second activity, the students work in groups of four. They take it in turns to pick up a card and mime the work action on the card. The other students have to guess the action being mimed. For the third activity, the students stay in their groups. One student has a set of verb cards. The other students all have picture cards. The student with the verb cards picks up one of their cards and asks a question, e.g. (cook meals) ‘Who cooks meals?’ The student with the matching picture in his/her hand must answer 'A chef'. If the student is right, the student throws away the picture card. The object of the game is to get rid of all the cards by answering questions correctly. Finally, the students practice describing jobs using verbs. Students take it in turns to pick up a picture card and describe the job to the group, pretending that it is their job. The student describes the job by talking about the actions that are performed. The other students listen and try to guess the name of the job.

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What do they do?

ESL EFL Reading and Matching Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this fun card game, students make sentences describing different jobs. The students are divided into pairs and given a set of cards. The students shuffle the cards and then spread them out on the table face down. Students take it in turns to pick up and put back cards until one of them picks up a job picture card. When this happens, the student who picks up the picture card puts it face up in front of them. The student must then start to make a sentence describing the job in the picture on their next turn. All the sentences are four cards long and start with 'A' or 'An'. When a student finds an 'A' or 'An' card, they place the card next to the picture and then move on to find the next word in the sentence. This continues until the sentence is complete, e.g. A postman delivers mail. If a student picks up another picture card, they can start a new sentence to describe that job, so a student maybe working on many sentences at the same time. If a student picks a word that cannot go next in one of their sentences, they place the card back, and the other student picks a card. The student with the most sentences at the end of the game wins.

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What do I do?

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this intriguing guessing game, students ask 20 yes/no questions in order to find out someone’s job. The class is divided into groups of four and each group is given a worksheet. On the sheet are words relating to and describing different jobs. Working together, the students write down as many yes/no questions as they can think of using the suggestions on the worksheet and their own ideas. When they have finished, the questions are checked as a class. Each group is then given a set of job (picture) cards. The students take it in turns to pick up a job card and the other students in the group ask 20 questions in order to discover that job. The first student to guess the job correctly keeps the card. This continues until all the cards have been used. The winner is the student with the most cards at the end of the game.

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Before they were famous

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes

In this pairwork speaking activity, students guess what jobs celebrities did before they were famous. They then check their answers by asking past simple yes/no questions with the verb to be. The class is divided into two groups (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The students work together with the people in their group and guess what jobs the celebrities did before they were famous by matching the people to the jobs. When they have finished, the students pair up with someone from the other group. Students then take it in turns to check their answers by asking their partner past simple yes/no questions with the verb to be, e.g. Was Hugh Jackman an aerobics instructor? If the student asking the question gets the answer wrong, they should keep asking questions until they get it right. The student with the most correct first-time guesses wins the game.

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Likes and Dislikes at Work

ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this compelling teaching activity, students talk about likes and dislikes at work. Students express their likes and dislikes for different work activities and choose a job for their partner based on their preferences. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Working alone, the students think about the work activities in the questionnaire and number them (1 to 7), according to how much they like or dislike doing them. When they have finished, the students work with a partner. They ask their partner the questions and complete the questionnaire with their answers, asking for explanations as they go. The students then think of a job for their partner based on the work activities he/she likes doing. After that, they tell the class about the job they chose for their partner and the reasons for their choice.

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The Right Person for the Job

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes

In this insightful teaching activity, students talk about their likes and dislikes for work activities. Students also give reasons for their answers and choose a career for a partner based on their preferences. Students begin by answering a set of 'Do you like...?' questions about work activities on their worksheet. When they have finished, the class is divided into pairs. The students interview their partner and find out about their likes and dislikes for the same work activities. Students also ask for reasons why and write the explanations down on their sheet. After that, the students look at their partner’s answers and think of a career for their partner based on their preferences. Finally, the students report back to the class on the career they chose for their partner, explaining the reasons for their choice.

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This job...

ESL EFL Reading and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

Here is an enjoyable activity that helps students practice describing jobs. The students also practice stating opinions about various jobs, agreeing and disagreeing. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Working alone, the students think of a job for each statement and write their answers on the worksheet. When the students have finished, the class is divided into pairs. Their task is to find a job they both agree on for each of the 20 statements. If they both have the same answer, this will be easy. If they don't, they will have to discuss the statement and agree on a new answer. When the task has been completed, each pair joins with another pair to make a group of four. Each pair then explains their choices to the other pair. Finally, there is a class feedback session. The students tell the class what jobs they would like to do in the future and what jobs they would never do.

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What's my job?

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes

In this entertaining teaching activity, students practice describing different jobs to their classmates. The class is divided into groups of four. Each group is given a set of shuffled job cards, which they place in a pile, face down on the desk. Each student takes a card. The students then have one minute to prepare five clues about the job for their group members. They take it in turns to give their clues and the other students try to guess the job. If a student guesses the job, that student gets a point and wins the card. If no one guesses correctly, the student with the card gets a point and keeps the card. Students repeat the procedure until all the cards are finished. The student with the most points at the end of the game is the winner. This game can also be played in two teams with students coming to the front of the class to give their clues. For lower-level students, you can have the students mime the jobs for the other students to guess.

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Work Skills & Preferences

ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 40 Minutes

Here is an engaging teaching activity to help students practice talking about work skills and preferences. Each student is given a work skills and preferences questionnaire, and the students are divided into pairs. The students take it in turns to interview their partner about job skills and preferences and they write down their classmate’s answers on the questionnaire. When the students have finished, they summarize their partner’s information.  Then, the students advise their partner on what type of job or career would be suitable for them based on their results. After that, each pair of students joins with another pair to make a group of four. In their groups, the students discuss the jobs available on a ‘Jobs Board’ and say which skills are needed for each job. When they have finished, the students look at their completed questionnaire and propose a job for their partner by completing a paragraph with their partner’s work skills and preferences. Finally, each student reports back to the class on the job they chose for their partner by reading the completed paragraph. Their partner says whether they agree or not with their classmate’s decision.

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Comments  

#2 Marimar 2016-11-02 16:20
I love your material, really engaging! My students prefer this than working with the book.Thankyou!
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#1 Camille L Mac Lean 2016-05-17 03:05
Very helpful, thank you!
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