Work conversation questions
Like it or not, work is something we all have to do to stay afloat in this world. You can discuss these work conversation questions with just about any adult on the planet to learn more about their thoughts on work.
Note that this worksheet is for older students and working teens, anyone who is working, or has worked before. ESL Vault has an easier worksheet that can be used for younger students about jobs.
It is a fairly advanced speaking activity with the most challenging terms used being – job title, job description, duties, commute, part-time, deserve, raise, dress code, (make) a living, unemployed, support, days off, break, contribute, society, get along, and disagreement.
The work conversation questions are –
Would you say that you are a hard worker or a lazy person? Why do you think so?
How many hours a day do you work? What time do you start and finish work?
What are your job title and description? What kind of duties do you need to do?
Do you enjoy your job? How long do you think you will continue doing it?
How do you commute to work? How much time does it take to get there and back?
If you could change one thing about your workplace, what would it be?
Have you ever had a part-time job? What did you do and where was it?
What do you usually eat at work? Do you bring food from home or buy it outside?
Do you think that you are well-paid or do you believe that you deserve a raise?
What do you wear to work? Is there a dress code or can you wear what you want?
If you had a chance to move to work anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Who is the hardest worker that you know? What do they do for a living?
How do people usually find work in your country? How did you get your job?
Have you ever been unemployed? How did you manage to support yourself?
Can you think of 3 workplaces or industries that you would hate to work in?
Does your work give you much time off? How many days a year do you get off?
If you had to take on a second job, what kind of work would you choose to do?
Why did you choose to work where you do now? Were there any special reasons?
Have you ever done any volunteer work? What did you do and who did you help?
What kind of work do your best friends do? How is it different from your work?
Do you get many breaks at work? How much time do you get and what do you do?
What do you think you would do if you never had to work another day in your life?
In what ways does your work contribute to your country and general society?
Does everybody in your workplace get along well or are there often disagreements?
Work idioms and expressions
You can introduce and discuss these related work idioms once you have completed the work conversation questions to further the discussion. See if your students can make sentences using them and if they have similar idioms in their native language.
There are many expressions that mean to work very hard, these include – to work like a dog, to work your fingers to the bone and to work your socks off.
If you make short or light work of something you do it very quickly and easily.
A work of art is something that has been done extremely well.
If you knock off, you finish work and go home.
To work for peanuts means to work for a very small amount of money.