Austin Austin

Job, Career, Work
Pre-intermediate (A2) level


This lesson will focus on vocabulary surrounding the context of jobs, careers, the work you might do and other words around work.


Abc Lexis card pictures
Abc Job Description sheet
Abc Resume

Main Aims

  • To provide practice of work vocabulary in the context of careers

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of about work
  • To provide writing practice of a job description and resume in the context of work


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

I will project images of different people working in their careers. This will give me as the teacher a chance to elicit some of the vocabulary that they will be using surrounding careers.

Exposure (CAREER, JOB, WORK) (5-7 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

The students will have a chance to interact with physical pictures that eilicit vocabulary surrounding "careers." Each student will be given a different picture and they must find the other students in the room who have pictures relating to the same type of work. I will provide a model. Students will begin to interact with the MEANING of the TL. 1. Show the materials and describe activity 2. Model the activity "How many things in common?" 3 3. Distribute materials to students - students mingle and sit

Clarification (JOB DESCRIPTION) (6-9 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Students will be given a "Job Description" to fill out for their person. They will learn to categorize different vocabulary according to their meaning. They will provide a "Job Title" such as "Math teacher for elementary students" and a short list of work/tasks that the teacher should be expected to do. Each table group will do this for a different career character. **begin as soon as students have sat down from previous activity 1. Show HO and describe - you need to answer 3 things, Who (Math Teacher) What (what work he will do) and Where (elementary school) "what will you answer?" who, what where 2. Give HO and TIME (5 min) 3. MONITOR and check for ERRORS (make note if needed for delayed correction) 4. Elicit target language CAREER, JOB, WORK 5. one at a time drill pronunciation, SPELL on board, elicite stress and type of language.

Controlled Practice (FIRED!) (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Oh no! Something terrible has happened and the students lose their jobs (get FIRED - elicit, DRILL). Elicit from students what they need to do now? Students must now get a new job, but first they must create a resume for their person. They must describe WHERE they worked before and WHAT they are good at. This would be a good opportunity to use superlatives from yesterdays lesson. "I'm the best math teacher!" 1. Explain HO and MODEL "What are we going to write on the resume?" WHERE and WHAT 2. Give HO and give 5 min. 3. FB have students exchange resumes and now they get to decide if they will hire each other or not! 4. Teacher collect resumes after (I will check for error correction here while students move into freer practice).

Free Practice (DREAM JOB) (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

REGROUP Students will use this time to practice talking about themselves while asking questions of each other. They will ask each other "What is your dream job?" Ask each other WHO would you be? WHAT would you do? WHERE would you work? Monitor and check for errors around the target language that can be clarified at the end.

Conclude & Error Correct (2-5 minutes) • To wrap up the last lesson of the week with the students and correct any errors that I found

The teacher will take a few moments to correct the errors that were found and thank the class for their participation during the week.

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