English Lessons: How to Describe Jobs

English Lessons: How to Describe Jobs

How to Describe Jobs

How to Describe Jobs –Target Vocabulary and Grammar


  • Manager
  • Accountant
  • Secretary
  • Clerk
  • Cashier
  • Assistant
  • Bank Teller
  • Doctor
  • Police Officer
  • Professor
  • Receptionist
  • Supervisor
  • Journalist
  • Real State Agent
  • Architech
  • Police Officer
  • Website Designer
  • Translator
  • Engineer
  • 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.

Lesson Plan: Describe Professions and Occupations

Schema Activation

Describe Professions and Occupations
  1. Teacher shows a collage made up of different professions and occupations.
  2. Student try to identify as many professions as they can.


Task #1

  1. Students make group of  4 to 6 people
  2. Students are sent a wordle made up of professions and activities these professional do
  3. Students try to identify new vocabulary in it
  4. Group leaders do mimics so their groups guess what the words are.
  5. The group with more correct guesses within a minute wins

Task #2 

  1. Students are  divided into two categories: Student A and Student B
  2. Student A is given a list of occupations with a paranthesis
  3. Student B are given one or two responsibilities
  4. Students A have to talk to different students B to complete the matching (Column A)

Task #3 

Describe Professions and Occupations
  1. Student are given a set of question such as:
    • What’s your name?
    • What do you do?
    • Where do you work? 
    • Where is the company located?
    • What are some of your responsibilities?
    • What qualities do you need to do your job?
  2.  Student answer the question using any information they want
  3. Once they are ready, they ask  and answer these questions.

Main Task

  1. Student make groups of 4
  2. They choose a company or create a fictional one
  3. Each member of the group has a job in the company 
  4. once they are ready, they present their company to their classmates by having group to group conversations


Student answer a short quiz created using Google Forms.

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