Work Questions for ESL Students

Instructor: Matthew Hamel

Matt has degrees in Journalism and Business and has taught a variety of courses at high schools and universities around the world.

Work-related topics are among the most important to ESL (English as a Second Language) learners because many of them are trying to develop the language skills necessary to get a job. This lesson provides teachers with work-related conversation questions designed for classroom use.

Talking About Work

The ability to talk about work-related topics is a valuable skill for ESL (English as a Second Language) learners. It's important to bolster the vocabulary and grammar you teach in class with ample speaking practice. The questions below are specifically intended to help your students practicing natural English conversation with either you or each other.

Before giving the questions to students to practice in pairs, choose a few questions to use as part of an entire class discussion. This is a great way to introduce the topic and to get the students in the right mindset for individual conversations. Be sure to switch up the partnerships after a few minutes so that learners can hear different voices and opinions.

Easy Work Questions

  1. Have you ever had a part-time job?
  2. Could you ever be a farmer?
  3. What kind of animals are used to help humans work?
  4. Do most people work too much or too little?
  5. Is there any job you would never do?
  6. Do you want to be a teacher?
  7. Would you like to be an astronaut?
  8. What types of jobs do young people want?
  9. Do you want to do the same job as your mother or father?

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