jobs conversation questions for English learning

25 jobs conversation questions

Jobs conversation questions

Questions about employment for speaking classes.

The 16 jobs in the picture from left to right are – carpenter, artist, flight attendant, painter, veterinarian, firefighter, pilot, chef, farmer, architect, cleaner, businessman, waiter, doctor, builder, and musician.

The difficult vocabulary on this worksheet includes – fired, laid off, well-paid, badly-paid, long hours, retire, manual labor, benefits, self-employed, and entire.


The jobs conversation questions are –


1 – What is a job? At what age should a person get one?

2 – Do you have a job? Would you like to have a job?

3 – What jobs do people in your family do?

4 – What do you think are the best and worst jobs in the world?

5 – What jobs do you think are exciting? What jobs are dangerous?

6 – Have you ever had a part-time job? What was it?

7 – Have you ever been fired or laid off? Why did it happen?

8 – Would you prefer to work indoors or outdoors?

9 – What jobs are well-paid and badly paid in your country?

10 – Do your parents have a say in what job you choose?

11 – In what jobs do people wear a uniform?

12 – What jobs are usually only for women? What jobs are mostly for men?

13 – What jobs require people to work long hours?

14 – How long would you need to study to get your dream job?

15 – Is it difficult to get a good job in your home country?

16 – Do you think being a housewife or househusband is a job?

17 – At what age do you expect to retire? What will you do then?

18 – Have you ever done manual labor? What did you do?

19 – What job do you expect to be doing in 10 years’ time?

20 – What is the best way to find a job where you live?

21 – Would you like to take a job overseas? In what country?

22 – What are some of the benefits of working at home?

23 – Do you think you will ever be self-employed?

24 – What jobs are dirty? What jobs are easy?

25 – Is it common for people in your country to have 1 job for their entire life?

An artisian in a workshop
Related job idioms

If you do a hatchet job on somebody, you attack them to destroy or hurt there reputation. This is usually done through the media or social media.

If you get a cushy job, it is very easy, usually fun and doesn’t require much effort at all.

If a person says they are between jobs, they are saying they currently don’t have one.

Odd jobs are small tasks or chores that don’t take a lot of time. You might stay home to do odd jobs around the house on a Sunday such as fixing and cleaning things. Alternatively a tradesman might do odd jobs around his/her town. This would be small pieces of work that only take a few hours or so.

Follow-up jobs activities

For further activities check out the jobs puzzles. They are a good way of reinforcing job vocabulary. There are also the jobs vocabulary worksheets to help students learn the names of different occupations.

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