Talking about Jobs - Business English Worksheets, Activities and Games

Do you like your job?

Business English Work Likes and Dislikes Activity - Vocabulary, Writing and Speaking Activity: Matching, Gap-fill, Rewriting Sentences, Asking and Answering Questions - Pair Work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 40 minutes

Here is a work preferences worksheet and Find Someone Who activity to help students talk about what they like and don't like about their jobs. First, students match work-related vocabulary to definitions. Students then complete sentences with the work-related words in their correct form. Next, students rewrite the sentences, so they change from a like to a dislike or vice versa. Students then discuss the things they like and dislike about their jobs with a partner. After that, students take part in a Find someone who activity where they go around the class asking each other questions about work likes and dislikes. When a classmate answers 'yes' to a question, the student writes down their name and asks a follow-up question to gain more information. Afterwards, students give feedback to the class on what they found out.
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I'm in...

Business English Jobs and Industries Game - Vocabulary: Matching, Forming Sentences - Pair Work - Pre-intermediate (A2-B1) - 25 minutes

In this talking about jobs game, students match industries to jobs and form sentences with the phrases I'm in... and I work in the ... industry. In pairs, students take turns turning over one industry card and one job card. If the industry matches with the job (e.g. health care and nurse), the student picks up a phrase card from the pile and forms two sentences using the cards, e.g. 'I'm in health care. I'm a nurse', or 'I work in the health care industry. I'm a nurse.' The student then keeps the two cards and has another turn. If the two cards don't match, the student turns them back over, keeping them in the same place. The student with the most pairs of cards at the end of the game wins. After reviewing the correct answers, students practice forming sentences about their own jobs and industries using the two phrases.
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What do you do?

Business English Talking about Work Activity - Listening and Speaking: Dictation, Asking and Answering Questions from Prompts, Controlled and Freer Practice - Pair Work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

Here is a useful talking about work activity that students can use to practice common questions about jobs and work. First, dictate the 12 questions about work from the worksheet to the class, saying each question twice. When the dictation is complete, students check their answers using the worksheet. After reviewing the questions, students answer them by writing complete sentences in the column marked 'You'. Next, in pairs, students take it in turns to ask and answer the questions, noting down their partner's answers in the last column. Finally, students report back to the class on what they found out about their partner.
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Roles and Responsibilities

Business English Job Descriptions Worksheet - Vocabulary Exercises: Matching, Gap-fill - Writing Activity: Describing, Freer practice - Intermediate (B1) - 40 minutes

This job descriptions worksheet helps students learn and practice common verbs used to describe job roles and responsibilities. To begin, students match job titles to their descriptions. Next, students match the verbs in bold from Exercise A to their definitions. Students then complete job descriptions with the verbs. Afterwards, each student is given two job cards. Students then write descriptions for the two professions using verbs from a box. When the students have finished, they read out their descriptions to the class, who tries to guess which job is being described.
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Work as, in, on, for, at, with

Business English Talking about Jobs Worksheet - Vocabulary Exercises : Gap-fill, Error Correction, Rewriting sentences - Speaking Activity: Asking and Answering Questions - Pair Work - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this talking about jobs worksheet, students practice talking about jobs and work using the phrasal verbs: work as, work in, work on, work for, work at, and work with. First, students match phrasal verbs with work to their definitions. Students then complete sentences with the six phrasal verbs in their correct form. Next, students correct phrasal verb mistakes in sentences. After that, students rewrite sentences, adding in one of the six phrasal verbs related to work. Lastly, students complete questions about work with the six phrasal verbs and then ask and answer the questions with a partner.
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Job Titles Pelmanism

Business English Job Titles Activity - Vocabulary Game: Matching, Pelmanism - Group Work - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 40 minutes

Here is a talking about jobs vocabulary game for students to play in class. In groups, students take it in turns to turn over one job title card and one description card. If the job title card matches the description card, the student reads it aloud, keeps the two cards and has another turn. If the cards don't match, the student turns them back over, keeping them in the same place. The game continues until all the cards have been matched. The student with the most pairs of cards at the end of the game wins.
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