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Describing jobs
Lesson code: 12AP-344E-G4LH
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1 Jobs and people
Study the jobs and say which ones the people below would be suitable for using the expression
He/she would make a good ...
accountant
company director
programmer
architect
electrician
sales representative
bricklayer
firefighter
secretary
builder
private detective
university lecturer
1. Paul isn't very outgoing, but he has a very analytical mind and is good at solving problems.
2. Sara is a very confident and outgoing person. She's not afraid of talking to strangers.
3. Marcel doesn't have much of an education, but he's very good with his hands.
4. Andy has very good observation skills and pays extreme attention to detail. He also has a love for
adventure and is very brave.
5. Catherine is fascinated with buildings. She's quite creative and good at mathematics.
6. Mike doesn't have any qualifications, but he likes helping people and is not afraid of danger.
7. Shelly is very good with numbers. But she is a bit shy and generally prefers to work alone.
8. Daniel is his own boss. He can't imagine working for anybody else.
2 Describing jobs
Match the descriptions to their opposites.
1. It's very tedious.
a. It's a piece of cake.
2. It can be very stressful.
b. It's badly-paid.
3. It's well-paid.
c. It's exciting and interesting.
4. You work long hours.
d. It's usually very relaxing.
5. It's very challenging.
e. It's very safe.
6. It can be very hectic.
f. There's usually nothing to do.
7. You meet lots of people.
g. You can go home early.
8. It can be dangerous.
h. You don't need a degree.
9. You need very good qualifications.
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You feel very isolated.
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In pairs, take turns to describe a job from Exercise 1. Your partner must try to guess which job you are
describing. Try to describe each job with at least two or three expressions.
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3 Talking about work
Read the text below.
MY JOB
I work as a zookeeper. I'm responsible for feeding and caring for animals in
a zoo. It's also my job to clean the animals' cages, report health problems and entertain visitors.
For this job, you need special qualifications, for example a degree in biology or zoology. Of course, you
need to have a love for animals. Each species is different from the others and requires special attention
and care. You also need to be good at keeping records because you have to collect a lot of data for
each animal. And you must be outgoing because you need to conduct tours for visitors and answer their
questions.
I find my job really interesting. I've always loved animals, so caring for animals feels more like a hobby
than a job. But it can get a bit dirty and tedious sometimes, for example when you have to clean the
cages. And it can also be a little dangerous, especially when animals get sick -- they can hurt you! But
on the whole, I really enjoy my work. I can't imagine doing anything else.
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Would you like to work as a zookeeper? Why? Why not?
Now put the expressions in bold in the correct categories below.
I work as a . . .
What do you do?
What are your responsibilities?
What skills or qualifications do you need?
What's your job like?
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Which expressions are followed by an -ing form? Which expression is followed by an infinitive?
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4 Talk about your job
Match the expressions on the left with words on the right.
1. I work as a
a. a degree in chemistry/an MBA/a certificate in teaching Spanish
2. I'm responsible for
b. answering the phone/cooking meals/training
salesmen/teaching children
3. It's my job to
c. barman/sales manager/doctor/flight attendant/nurse/teacher
4. For this job, you need
d. really fascinating/very interesting/so exciting/really motivating
5. You need to be good at
e. sell houses/arrange meetings/design websites/repair cars
6. The work can get a bit
f. selling/teamwork/talking to people/working with children
7. I find my job
g. stressful/hectic/boring/dangerous/exhausting
Work with a partner. Interview each other about your jobs. Use the questions below and your own
ideas.
• What do you do?
• What are your responsibilities?
• What skills or qualifications do you need?
• What's your job like?
• Do you enjoy your work?
If you do not have a job or if you prefer not to talk about your work, your partner can interview you
about somebody you know, for example a friend or family member.
• What does he/she do?
• What are his/her responsibilities?
• What skills or qualifications do you need?
• What's his/her job like?
• Does he/she enjoy his/her work?
5 Vocabulary development
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Learn and review the names of over 30 different jobs and professions online. Go to
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1- Jobs and people
Go through all the jobs, translating or explaining any unfamiliar words, e.g. bricklayer (a person whose job is to
build walls). Students read the sentences. Pre-teach or be prepared to explain unfamiliar terms e.g. `outgoing'
(friendly and socially confident), `brave'. Explain the meaning of the sentence `He/she would make a good ...' (=
`he/she has the necessary talent, character traits etc. to be a good ...') and have the students come up with their
own answers.
2- Describing jobs
Go through all the words and expressions in the left column. Explain any unfamiliar terms e.g. `tedious' (too long,
monotonous and boring), `long hours' and `hectic'(very busy). Students match the expressions to their opposites
and take turns to select and describe jobs from Exercise 1. Set a time limit for this task.
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2. d
3. b
4. g
5. a
6. f
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3- Talking about work
Students read the text. Pre-teach or explain any unfamiliar vocabulary. Encourage a brief discussion on zoo
keeping and have the students put the bold expressions into the categories. In the last part of the exercise,
students focus on the structures `I'm responsible for + -ing', `You have to be good at + -ing', `It's also my job to
+ infinitive'. Point out the use of the impersonal `you', e.g. `You need to have special qualifications'.
WHAT ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES?
I'm responsible for (+ -ing)
It's also my job to (+ infinitive)
WHAT SKILLS OR QUALIFICATIONS DO YOU NEED?
For this job, you need ...
You also need to be good at (+ -ing)
You must be ...
WHAT'S YOUR JOB LIKE?
I find my job ...
It can get a bit ...
It can also be a little ...
4- Talk about your job
Students complete the phrases to become more comfortable with the structures from the text. They then interview
each other in pairs. If a student does not work or prefers to talk about someone else's job, the interviewer's
questions should be in the third person, e.g. `What does he/she do?'. However, point out or have the students
observe the use of the impersonal `you' in `What skills or qualifications do you need?'. Monitor the activity and do
a class feedback session.
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5. f
6. g
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