Lesson Plan Theme: Jobs and Work

On this page, you will find lessons plans relating to "Jobs and Work".

Young Learners

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Tell Me Lies

Target Language: Jobs vocabulary, Present simple vs. Present continuous.
Description: Students play around with the truth to practice present verb forms and talking about routines. There is also practice of job name vocabulary.
Duration: 45 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: YL10


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The Inquisitive Guest

Target Language: Verb "to be" interrogative form, job vocabulary.
Description: After some initial work on job names, we meet Harry, an odd character who goes to a party and asks lots of questions using the verb 'to be'. We look at the structure of these questions and then the lesson finishes with a dice game that should also be downloaded and can be found just below.
Duration: 60 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 0G3
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The Man Who Lives On Mars

Target Language: Present Simple Negative, /aI/ and /eI/ phonemes, animal vocabulary.
Description: The lesson opens with some there is/are/it's revision to describe places that are easy or hard to live in. The main reading deals with an astronaut who lives in a simulated Mars environment and introduces the negative form of the Present Simple. There is a look at the structure of the negative before some pronunciation work on two frequently used vowel phonemes: /aI/ and /eI/. The lesson ends with a fun game to give practice of negative forms.
Duration: 70 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 0G9
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Small Bedroom, Great View

Target Language: Present Simple questions, numbers 20-100, phonemes /f/ and /θ/ phonemes.
Description: This lesson, which focuses on Present Simple questions, centers around an astronaut who works on the Space Station. After some work on hyphenated numbers, we read about Ben and his daily routine miles above the Earth's surface. After focusing on 'do' and 'does' questions, the lesson finishes with some pronunciation work on two often-confused phonemes: /f/ and /θ/
Duration: 75 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 0G11


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The Lost Property Office

Target Language: Spelling and pronunciation of plurals.
Description: Based around objects often found in a lost property office, this lesson focuses above all on the spelling and pronunciation of regular plurals such as families, watches, cases, etc.
Duration: 55 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 1G10
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A Musician's Day

Target Language: Adverbs of frequency.
Description: Practice of using adverbs of frequency and a recording of a fictional rock star talking about her daily routine.
Duration: 40 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 1L2
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The Man Who Saves Ships

Target Language: Present Simple to talk about routines, unusual jobs.
Description: An article (quite challenging for this level) about Jake, a man who spends 4 months looking after a lighthouse. Using present simple to talk about routines with a particular focus on forming interrogative sentences. Optional writing activity at the end.
Duration: 55 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 1R3
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The Garbage Man

Target Language: Job vocabulary, present simple to describe jobs.
Description: Some job vocabulary for your students before they read about Derek, who picks up garbage at the sports stadium. There is a reading comprehension exercise and the lesson finishes with a game in which students use the present simple to describe jobs to their partner.
Duration: 60 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 1R5


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Elisa Pili

Target Language: Have to \ don't have to \ mustn't.
Description: The story of an Italian girl and her work are used to describe obligation and lack of obligation. The American version uses "can't do something" whereas the UK version concentrates more on "mustn't do something". Take your pick!
Duration: 60 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 2G8
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Diana's New Job

Target Language: Quantifiers, job vocabulary.
Description: Some discussion about work and jobs is followed by a vocabulary exercise where students see work-related vocabulary in context. A listening based on someone's experience in a new job. Grammar focus is on quantifiers and lesson ends with countable/uncountable noun game.
Duration: 60 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 2L2
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The Job Interview

Target Language: Present perfect, for/since, work experience.
Description: Recording of a job interview in a lesson which focuses on present perfect to talk about life/work experience. Some work on for/since.
Duration: 40 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 2L3
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I've Been A Secretary

Target Language: Present perfect, past simple to talk about life experiences; work.
Description: Talking about life experiences and especially jobs that you have done. Main activity is a jigsaw reading activity which gets students using present perfect or past simple tenses.
Duration: 30 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 2R1
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Company Car Included

Target Language: Vocabulary of jobs/employment.
Description: Students learn the vocabulary of the resume/CV and the employment pages of newspapers/job websites. A reading comprehension exercise based on job ads follows and the lesson finishes with a speaking activity.
Duration: 70 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 2V6


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Desperate Measures

Target Language: Reported and direct speech differences.
Description: The lesson begins by asking students what they would do if they found themselves in a variety of difficult circumstances. A short reading introduces the theme of illegal immigration and employment. The grammar focus is on the time shifts of reported speech. The lesson closes with a card-based game to practice reported/direct speech differences.
Duration: 65 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3G15
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Far From The Office

Target Language: Talking about work routine, unusual jobs.
Description: The lesson opens with a warmer based on very unusual jobs. Students get a chance to talk about their own work situations before the main listening part of the lesson: three people talk about their unusual jobs. The lesson finishes with a general speaking activity inspired by the listenings.
Duration: 45 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3L19
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The Traveling Wilburys

Target Language: Be Used To/Get Used To.
Description: The reading in this lesson is about a traveling circus family and the difficulty the children of the family have in adapting to a new life every time they travel to another country. Some focus on both the form and meaning of be/get used to structures.
Duration: 55 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3R5


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The New York Business Trip

Target Language: Future continuous to talk about arrangements.
Description: Cathy is going on a business trip and has a very hectic schedule! Students use the future continuous to talk about future arrangements and what they will be doing at a particular time in the future.
Duration: 60 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4G3
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Interview with an Actress

Target Language: Talking about positive/negative aspects of jobs, multiple choice listening exercise.
Description: Recording of radio programme where theatre actress talks about her recent career. Vocabulary exercise which focuses on understanding the meaning with little context or clues.
Duration: 45 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4L1
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The Pet Caterer

Target Language: Unusual jobs, looking after animals.
Description: A lesson based around an interview on a radio program about Dan Smith's unusual job. What are the benefits or downsides of doing an unusual job?
Duration: 55 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4L3
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Who You Gonna Call?

Target Language: Be able to/managed to/succeeded in/couldn't, emergency services.
Description: Students think about the different emergency services and what they each do and then read about a group of police officers involved in search and rescue work in a rural setting. Grammar focus: using could/be able to, etc. for ability in the past.
Duration: 55 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4R6
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Treasure Hunt

Target Language: Treasure hunts, solving and writing clues, reading.
Description: A lesson about the modern phenomenon of executive/tourist treasure hunts. After students help solve an introductory treasure hunt clue, there's a short reading with true/false questions, a short discussion about treasure hunts - and then your students will create and participate in their very own hunt!
Duration: 55 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4T2


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Your Working Day

Target Language: Present simple, "do" auxilary.
Description: Using the context of businesspeople meeting for the first time, this lesson plan looks at the use of the auxiliary verb "do/does" to make the interrogative form. Open speaking activity to finish with.
Duration: 65 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: B1G2
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Tools & Gadgets

Target Language: Describing objects and their uses.
Description: The class thinks about what objects and gadgets are required for an office. The listening section of the lesson consists of people describing other similar tools and gadgets and students then use functional expressions such as 'is made for' and 'is used to' in a speaking exercise that finishes the lesson.
Duration: 55 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: B2L3
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