Conversation Questions
Jobs & Occupations

  • At what age do people usually begin to work in your country?
  • At what age do people usually retire in your country?
  • At what age would you like to retire?
  • Can you talk about what a typical day at your current job is like?
  • Can you describe some of the people that you work with?
  • What was your first job?
  • Do you have to attend a lot of meetings for your job?
  • Do you have to do a lot of paperwork?
  • Do you like your boss? Why or why not?
  • Do you like your job? Why or why not?
  • Do you think it is more important to make a lot of money or to enjoy your job?
  • Have you ever been promoted?
  • Have you ever taken any courses that specifically help you with the job you are doing now?
  • How have working conditions changed recently? If so, in what ways?
  • How long do you plan to continue working where you are?
  • How long have you been working at your present job?
  • How old were you when you got your first job?
  • Would you consider yourself to be an ambitious person at work?
  • Would you describe yourself as a workaholic?
  • Would you like a job in which you traveled a lot?
  • Would you like a job that required you to sit at a computer all day?
  • Would you like to do the same job for the rest of your life?
  • Would you like to work in an office? Why or why not?
  • Would you rather be a doctor or a banker?
  • Would you rather work inside or outside?


Conversation Questions: Work

What’s your ideal job? Why? How has technology changed business? Do you think it’s created more work or less?
Is it typical for men and women to have the same jobs in your counrty? Would you prefer to have an easy routine job or a job in which you made a lot of decisions?
Do you think office romances can be successful? Why or why not? Do you know of any couples who have met at work? Do people usually work for one company for a long time in your country or is it common for people to change jobs every few years? Why do you think people in the US change jobs so often?
Describe the first job you had for money. Would you prefer to work four ten-hour days or five eight hour ones?
In your opinion, which jobs are most prestigious? Why? How do people address each other at work in your counrty? How do you address your boss? Your co-workers? What do you think of the idea that at most offices in the US nearly everyone goes by their first names?
What three things are most important for you in a job? Why? Do women usually work after they get married in your country?
Would you like a job that involved a lot of travel? Why or why not? Have you ever known anyone with one of these jobs? Tell about them. If you could own your own business, what would it be?
Who in your family or among our friends has the most interesting job? What about the most boring? How important are clothes at work? How does your job determine what you wear in your


  • Getting a Job
    • How is your relationship with your co-workers?
    • Why would I choose you instead of the 50 others wanting this position?
    • What degrees do you have?
    • How much experience do you have?
    • Where have you worked?
    • Why did you choose this employment?
    • How much would you like to earn?
    • Have you ever worked in this field?
    • Where would you like to work? Why?
    • Why do you find your job interesting?


easy listening http://www.eslfast.com/easydialogs/ec/jobs01.htm

jobs etc listening http://www.cdlponline.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=stories&topicID=1

listening http://esl.about.com/library/listening/bllis_joblikes1.htm

jobs listening http://www.esl-lab.com/eslbasic/jobhunting-2.htm

listening 6 jobs http://www.elllo.org/yeartwo/Jan10th/jobcenter.htm

jobs quiz http://www.bbc.co.uk/apps/ifl/worldservice/quiznet/quizengine?ContentType=text/html;quiz=1548_work

jobs quiz 2 http://www.bbc.co.uk/apps/ifl/worldservice/quiznet/quizengine?ContentType=text/html;quiz=1213_jobs

what’s my profession quiz http://www.vocabulary.co.il/word-play/vocabulary-quiz/

occupations quiz http://a4esl.org/q/h/fb-bd-occupations.html


Cool Jobs – A Debate Roleplay Lesson Plan


teacher, human resources, flight attendant, life coach, daycare worker, personal assistant.

library assistant, editor, web developer, professional organizer, accountant, private investigator.

chef, cake decorator, repair person, carpenter, antiques dealer, dog trainer, mechanic.

writer, photographer, singer, interior decorator, graphic artist, fashion designer.


 Babysitter Pros

You can watch TV

It’s comfortable.

Children are fun.

Babysitters have free time during the day.

No taxes.

Food is usually free.

No pressure.

You can read books.

Work in a friendly environment.

No boss to control you.

 STEP 3 STUDENTS COMPARE THEIR JOBS IN PAIRSSelect a pair of students and

 “Being a babysitter is better than being a chef’s assistant

because it’s easier work and you don’t have a boss watching you”.

 A student might reply

 “But being a chef’s assistant is more useful

because you gain work experience and learn about food”.





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