10 Jobs and Careers Vocabulary, Language and Speaking Exercises

Language skills for job seekers can be taught with a variety of activities including worksheets using pictures to illustrate context,  and other engaging exercises such as brainstorming, questionnaires and simulated interviews that encourage students to use their  critical thinking abilities.

1 Elements of Employment -vocabulary & language (with answers)

This is an  English  language  exercise  introducing and exploring the language and vocabulary of  careers and employment. Students try to match the vocabulary with the appropriate pictures.  Click on the image or the link .to download the printable PDF file.


Jobs and employment vocabulary and language exercise for ESL students.

Elements of employment (PDF)

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2 Job interview scenarios

   This is a  language lesson  for practicing job interviews. Students try to complete the job interview speech bubbles with their own ideas.


Job-interview-scenarios vocabulary and speaking complete-the speech-bubble exercise.

Job interview scenarios (PDF)

3 Job interview expressions & phrases

This is an English language exploring further the language and vocabulary of job interviews. Students try to match the vocabulary with the appropriate pictures. Then they write sentences using the expressions.Common job expressions worksheet for English language learners.

Job interview expressions (PDF)

4 Job enquiry by telephone (with answers)

     This is a telephone dialogue that might take place while applying f for a job. It includes language and vocabulary commonly used during the job application process. Students try to complete the conversation.

Job-enquiry-dialogue exercise for ESL students

Job enquiry conversation (PDF)

5 Job skills interview brainstorm and questions

   This is a  jobs skills interview lesson involving a brainstorm exercise and interview creation and role play activities to help graduating English language students prepare and role play the process of applying for a job. Students brainstorm vocabulary and write their own questions before doing an interview.


Job skills brainstorm (PDF)

6 Job interview adjectives

  This   exercise  introduces employment related adjectives. Students try to match the adjectives with the appropriate pictures. 


Job interview adjectives (PDF)

7  Career discussion questionnaire

   This is a  discussion  lesson  for talking about career paths. Students
can interview classmates and try to decide what kind of career might
meet their needs.

career discussion questionnaire

Career discussion questionnaire (PDF)

8 Job interview lesson

This is a speaking and writing lesson for practicing job interviews. Each student chooses a a partner and they role play a job interview. One student is the company interviewer and the other student is the applicant. Then they switch roles. The interviewer can take notes. Finally, they write a short report from their interviews notes.

job interview lesson

Job interview lesson (PDF)

  9 Job-related vocabulary worksheet

This is exercise is a good way of introducing the vocabulary associated with work and careers to learners of the English language. Dictate the jobs vocabulary on Page 2 of the PDF and tell the students to find the appropriate picture and to write the job title on the picture. Dictate the words randomly. Alternatively, if the students are quite weak scramble the words on the whiteboard.

Job related vocabulary exercise

Job related vocabulary (PDF)

10 Leadership potential interview/questionnaire

Students interview a classmate about their leadership potential and write their opinions at the bottom of the page

Leadership potential interview speaking exercise

Leadership potential questionnaire(PDF)

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