ESL: Occupations Conversation Material





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Published on Oct 6, 2012

Vocabulary & Expressions 5"

White collar, blue collar, prestigious, high-paying, lucrative, hazardous, entrepreneur, private sector, bigwigs, overtime, sick days, benefits, perks, manual labor, punch in/out, salary, wages, to get a pay raise, to be /get hired, to be/get fired, to be/get laid off, nepotism, job security, unemployed

"You can't teach an old dog new tricks."
"When the cat's away, the mice will play."
"It's not what you know. It's who you know."

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Conversation Questions

Let's talk about occupations. Prepare to lead the discussion using my questions and some of your own.
1. Talk about your job, how long you have had it, and the training and experience that are required for it.
2. How important is your career to you compared to other things in your life?
3. What are your future career plans?
4. What is the typical process in your country for getting hired, fired, laid off, and a raise?
5. Which jobs in your country are the most prestigious, lucrative, and hazardous?
6. What are the differences in the job market for men and women in your country?
7. Is it common for people in your country to change professions?
8. Describe the difference between private sector jobs and government jobs in your country.
9. Which occupations do you think provide the best job security?
10. Talk about the future of occupations. Which jobs do you think will cease to exist and which new ones will created?
11. Do you have any comments or questions about the article?


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