Matt has degrees in Journalism and Business and has taught a variety of courses at high schools and universities around the world.
After completing this lesson, students should be able to:
- use appropriate vocabulary when talking about jobs
- accurately describe various job roles and functions
- share personal opinions about different jobs
60 to 90 minutes
Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech.
Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
Key Vocabulary and Phrases
- Doctor / nurse / teacher / police officer / firefighter
- Banker / engineer / cook / waiter / pilot
- Journalist / secretary / accountant / driver / writer
- Mechanic / truck driver / carpenter / plumber
- Astronaut / actor / soldier / dentist / veterinarian
- Author / barber / butcher / chef / engineer
- Farmer / judge / fisherman / pastor / sailor
- Job / occupation / profession / line of work / career
- Resume / CV / experience / education / reference
- Full-time / part-time / seasonal employment / contractor
- Hourly pay / salary / benefits / retirement
- Write each of the words from the vocabulary section above on an index card.
- Give one index card to each student.
- Instruct students to look at the word on the card and then to look up the definition of the word in a dictionary.
- After getting the definition, each student should draw a picture of the word on the other side of the card.
- Collect the cards and show the pictures to the class.
- See who can guess the vocabulary the picture is depicting. (Be sure to accept synonyms as correct answers.)
Dream Job Report
- Instruct each student to prepare a short oral report on their dream job. The report should include:
- Description of the job / average salary and work hours
- Required skills / education / experience
- How to get the job
- Why he or she wants the job
- Give each student approximately one minute to present his or her oral report to the class.
In this activity, each student will interview someone with a job. The person can be a family member, friend, or stranger. Before conducting the interviews, students should submit at least five questions to you for approval. For example:
- How did you get this job?
- Describe a typical work day.
- What's your favorite and least favorite part of the job?
- How can other people get this job?
- What advice would you give to someone just starting this job?
Give students a few days to conduct their interviews and then have them submit the answers in the form of a short profile of the interview subject.
Class Job Fair
For this activity, you will need to divide the class into two camps: employers and job-seekers. Have each student in the employer group choose an existing company to represent and research some basic information about the company. For instance, what types of jobs the company offers. If possible, give these students some time to create company signs.
While the employers are researching, the job-seeker group should be creating simple resumes. Be sure to make several copies of the resumes for students to distribute.
- Set-up the classroom in a job fair layout with desks serving as employer booths.
- When everything is set, the employers should sit at their booths and the job seekers should mingle around having informal interviews and giving out resumes.
- At the conclusion of the job fair, ask employers to share which job seekers they want to hire and why. You can also ask job seekers why they either did or didn't approach certain employers.
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