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Task-Based Lesson: How to Describe Jobs

How to Describe Jobs

How to Describe Jobs –Target Vocabulary and Grammar



  1. Manager
  2. Accountant
  3. Secretary
  4. Clerk
  5. Cashier
  6. Assistant
  7. Bank Teller
  8. Doctor
  9. Police Officer
  10. Professor
  11. Receptionist


  1. Supervisor
  2. Journalist
  3. Real State Agent
  4. Architech
  5. Police Officer
  6. Enterpreneur
  7. Factory Worker
  8. Website Designers
  9. Translator
  10. Engineer
  11. It Professional



  1. To design Websites
  2. To sell properties
  3. To keep people safe
  4. To keep people healthy
  5. To filter calls
  6. To write stories for the press
  7. To supervise factory workers
  8. To charge for products you buy
  9. To keep financial accounts
  10. To help with bank transactions
  11. To teach about subjects
  12. To design buildings
  13. To supervise constructions
  14. To translate from one language into another
  15. To offer computer support


  • Where do you work ?
  • I work for  Microsoft
  • I work at Google INC
  • Where do you do there ?
  • What do you do exactly?
  • I design websites
  • What do you do as a receptionist for microsoft?
  • I take calls and sometimes I take notes during meetings
  • What do you usually do at the Bank?
  • As a bank teller, I help people with transactions.

How to Describe Jobs –Target Vocabulary and Grammar

Schema Activation (5 Mins)

  1. Teacher shows a collage made of different jobs and occupations and student identify the professions included there.


Task #1 ( 20 Mins)

  1. Teacher uses this quizlet set about occupations  to review jobs and professions vocabulary.
  2. Then teacher gives students a matching to students to complete in pairs.
  3. Student A is given  a list of occupations.
  4. Student B is given job descriptions
  5. Students don’t show their sheets of papers to their partners and complete the matching using their listening and speaking skills

Task #2 ( 20 Mins)

  1. Students are sent a dialogue, they read it once.
  2. Once students read it once, students  delete two words from the dialogue and pass it to another group.
  3. Once students practice the dialogue again, they delete three words from the dialogue and pass it to another group.
  4. Then four and then five.
  5. By the time this is over, students have to remember most key expressions.

Task #3 (15 Mins)

Listen for main ideas

  1. Teacher sends an audio to students.
  2. Students listen to the listening passage at least two or three times and write in their notebooks the professions and description mentioned in it.

MainTask (20 Mins)

Create a company and talk about the different professions that are part of the company:

  1. Students make groups of four to talk about a company, they create the name of the company first.
  2. They must assign a role within the company  to every member of the group
  3. Every group member must  say at least four job responsibilities they have.

Post-Task (15 Mins)

Speaking about jobs

  1. Students make four to five groups.
  2. Every member of the group think about two jobs responsibilities.
  3. Once they have it ready, they record their professions and their responsibilities.

Teacher  and students listen to it and give feedback to students based on that performance.

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