Jobs and Professions
to extend pupils’ knowledge about different jobs and professions
to develop pupils’ speaking and reading skills
to enrich pupils’ vocabulary
Materials and aids: recordings, a tape-recorder, flashcards of jobs and professions, Pair Work2 by Peter Watkin-Jones, “Reward” Macmillan, “Enterprise” Express-Publishing.
Procedure: “If you don’t think about the future, you will not have one”.
Greeting students and setting up objectives.
T: Today we will discuss the importance of choosing your road in life and speak about different professions. We will do a lot of various activities which will develop your reading, speaking, writing and listening skills.
II. Warming-up. Group-Work
а) T: Work in groups commenting on proverbs and trying to find their Ukrainian equivalent. (The proverbs are typed or written on the blackboard).
Jack of all trades is master of none. / Завсе береться, та не все вдається./
No pains, no gains. /Без труда – нема плода./
Actions speak louder than words. /Не по словах судять, а по ділах./
Practice what you preach. /Не на словах, а на ділах./
b) T: What is their job? Listen to the sentences and say.
I’ve always loved animals. When I was a child, I was always helping injured cats and dogs. (vet)
I wanted to travel and I enjoy talking to people. Sometimes I get tired on long trips, though. (flight attendant)
Buildings have always fascinated me and I was very good at Art and Design at school. (architect)
Most of my clients are rich and I spend a lot of time in court. (lawyer) etc.
III. Main Part.
Brain storming. T:
What jobs are shown in the pictures?
Which of these jobs are dangerous?
Which of these jobs do you need to be well-qualified to do?
Do you think there are jobs that should be done only by men? Why? Why not?
Vocabulary and Speaking.
T: Look at these words for jobs.
Teacher, nurse, vet, journalist, designer, hairdresser, secretary, bank worker, receptionist, police officer, soldier, sailor, farmer, gardener, park keeper, waitress, photographer, archaeologist,
architect, athlete, chef, computer programmer, dentist, doctor, electrician, fire fighter, lawyer, lifeguard, mechanic, pilot, plumber, shop assistant, surgeon, teacher
T: What do you need to be to do these jobs? Choose from the words below.
e.g. You need to be creative, imaginative, sociable and patient to be a photographer.
T: What would you like to be and why?
e.g. I’d like to be a vet because I like animals.
T: One of you chooses a job and the others ask the following questions and try to guess the job.
a) T: The passage below consists of two texts in which two people talk about their jobs. The texts have been mixed up. First, read the passage and decide what the two jobs are. Work in pairs and check your answers.
b) T: Read the passage again and separate the two texts by underlining the sentences which belong to the same text. The sentences are in the right order. Work in pairs and check your answers.
It can be very tiring and the hours are very long because some people don’t leave until two or three in the morning. People think it’s an exciting job, but it’s not really, just hard work. I usually get to the studio at about ten in the morning, and open the mail, make a few phone calls, plan my works for the next few months. Then you have to get some sleep and be ready to start again at about half past eleven the next morning. Then my assistant arrives and he starts getting the equipment ready for the session which usually begins at about eleven o’clock. Some of the customers can be really difficult, complaining about everything, but usually they are only showing off to their friends. The most interesting ones are the fashion shoots, but the ones I do most often are what are known as pack shots, where I take photos of objects. For example, it could be an advertising campaign for a brand of soap powder or maybe a new car. For example, we had one man here who sent back three bottles of wine, saying that they were no good. The manager had to tell him the wine was fine, which the man didn’t like at all. Two or three times a year I travel abroad, and do some location work, which I enjoy. We don’t get paid very much and people can be very mean with their tips. But on a good night it can be good fun.
Communication (a job interview).
a) Match the exchanges, then, in pairs, read the dialogue aloud.
1 A: So, why do you want to work for us, Ms Taylor?
2 A: Why do you think you’d be good at this job?
3 A: I see. When would you be able to start?
4 A: Is there anything you would like to ask?
5 A: Certainly. It’s $1,650 a month.
a B: Well, I’m very creative. I mean, I always manage to come up with original ideas.
b B: That sounds fine. Thank you.
c B: Because it’s a large company and I’m really interested in advertising.
d B: Yes. I’d like to know what the salary is.
e B: I could start any time after 1st September.
Key: 1c; 2a; 3e; 4d; 5b.
b) Now, in pairs, use the prompts below to act out similar dialogues.
1 sales/sociable/communicate well with people/1st January/$1,300
2 computers/reliable/meet deadlines on time/ 1st June/$1,500.
6. Rank order: The ideal job. Pair-work.
T: Work in pairs, look at the blackboard and choose the three most important things to look for in a good English teacher, and rank them 1-3, with number 1 being the most important. You may have to compromise.
has good pronunciation is friendly can keep order in class
has a clear voice is interesting is young and enthusiastic
is a native speaker is patient gives lots of homework
T: Tell me your order and write them on the board. Are the results the same or very different?
Now you are going to do a similar activity.
c) Rank order: The ideal job.
T: Work alone. What do you look for in an ideal job? From the list below choose eight that you consider to be the most important. Mark your choices with a cross (x).
T: Now work with your partner. Find out and write down which eight things he/she has marked. (You will also be asked for your choices.)
From the things you have both marked, you must now choose the five most important ones and arrange them 1-5 (1=the most important).
If you don’t agree, you may have to compromise or try to persuade your partner to accept your choice(s).
T: Read the table, then listen and fill in the missing information.
Teacher: as a part of our career’s advice week we have two guests with us here today to tell us a bit about their work. Our first speaker is Miss Rachel Banner who’s going to talk about her work as a news reporter.
Miss Banner: thank you for inviting me here today, Mr Peacock. Well, first of all, I’d like to say that one of the best things about being a news reporter is that it’s so exciting. I get to travel around the world and meet lots of people. My job is interesting too. The news stories I do are different every day, so it never gets boring. Of course, there are disadvantages – as there are with any job. It is often very stressful as we have to do everything in a very short time. It can be dangerous, too, because we often have to work in places where there are wars.
Teacher: Thank you Miss Banner. Next we have Dr Geoff Chalmers who is a surgeon at Bryanston City Hospital. Thank you for coming Dr Chalmers.
Doctor: Thank you. Well, I must admit that I am very well-paid, but there’s a good reason for that: the job needs a lot of skill, and for that you need to spend many years studying. It’s a very rewarding job too as it’s great being able to save people’s lives. Unfortunately, there are also a couple of things that I don’t like much about my job. Firstly, it is tiring because we work long unsteady hours. It can also be stressful as you are responsible for people’s lives.
Teacher: thank you Dr Chalmers. Now, if you have any questions …Home assignment.
T: And now, your home assignment. For the next lesson, you are to write an article for your school magazine about the advantages and disadvantages of being either a reporter or a surgeon, using the information in the table.
III. Feedback. T: I like your work very much. Your marks are …Our lesson is over. See you tomorrow. Good-bye!
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