Конспект уроку на тему: "Let's talk about professions"

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Навчальний рівень: 

"Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country".

John F. Kennedy

"Wie must all work together to create a better place..."

Alex Barry

Language workshop


- to practise students' speaking skills;

- to revise vocabulary on the topic;

- to practise asking general questions in the Present Simple Tense;

- to identify and describe the peculiarities of various professions.

Equipment: handout "Jobs", cards with tasks.



T: Today we continue a very interesting, important and

serious topic "Jobs. Professions. Occupations".


T: Where does a working person spend a day?

Ss: At the factory, in the office, behind the counter, on a farm, at school, in hospital, at home etc.

T: What can work be like?

Ss: It can be monotonous, boring, challenging, tiring, rewarding, repetitive, demanding etc.

T: When can you work?

Ss: A full time job, seasonal employment, a temporary job, a part time job, work in shifts.


Pre-listening tasks

1. T: Listen to these descriptions and guess the profession.

  1. Somebody who teaches is called ____ (a teacher).
  2. A person who acts in films is called ____ (a film actor).

2. T: Now work in pairs and make your partner guess the profession.

drives a van

sings in operas

programmes computers

manages a bank

stores the books

plays football

operates machines

works on a farm

takes photographs

sells thing


S1: What do you call somebody who drives a van?

S2: A van driver.

While-listening task

• T: Four people are describing their daily routine. What do you think their jobs are? Choose from the following words, but note that some of the descriptions will fit mere than one job:


office worker



bank clerk

police officer

painter (artist)



1.1 start at 5 o'clock in the morning. I work very hard, especially at certain times of the year, and I don't have time to get bored.

2. I sometimes start work at midnight, sometimes at 8 o'clock in the morning, and sometimes at 2 o'clock in the afternoon. I often get worried in my work, which is stressful but never boring.

3. I get very tired and often annoyed, but I also feel very pleased when everyone is well and happy. My job is all hours of the day and night.

4. I sometimes work 12 hours a day, sometimes not at all; people think the work is easy, but it is very stressful because it is creative.


T: In our country people of what professions are well paid/earn average salary/underpaid?

Make three lists and try to arrange each list in the order of earnings.

In your opinion, people of what professions should be paid most/least/better paid?

Discuss your opinions and report to the class.


bus driver

company director


primary-school teacher


university professor

government minister


army general

factory worker

farm worker


T: Which of these things do you think are the most important in a job? Choose the four most important things and the one least important. Then try to find someone in the class who has made the same choice as you.

–        working with nice people getting on with your boss

–        security

–        travelling

–        good holidays

–        good pay

–        comfortable working conditions

–        flexible hours

–        freedom

–        the chance of promotion

–        interesting work

–        responsibility

T: Work in pairs. One of you chooses a job from the list (without telling a partner). The other student asks the questions and then tries to guess his/her partner's job.







coal miner


shop assistant


lorry driver


Possible questions:

1.       Do you have to get up early?

2.       Do you have to travel?

3.       Do you have to make decisions?

4.       Do you have to study for a long time to qualify for

5.       the job?

6.       Do you have to work long hours?

7.       Do you have to handle money?

8.       Do you have to write letters?

9.       Do you work with people or alone?

10.   Do you have much responsibility?


T: Find the mistakes. What is wrong with these definitions?

1.       Hostages look after passengers on plane journeys.

2.       A man who makes spectacles is called an optimist.

3.       Minors work underground.

4.       Someone who prepares meals in a restaurant is called a cooker.

5.       A paperback writer is a person who writes articles for the back page of a newspaper.

6.       A sturgeon operates on people in a hospital.

7.       Pleasemen and women keep law and order.

8.       An engineer drives engines.

9.       Taxis are driven by taxidermists.

10.   Pediatricians look after your feet.

11.   Sociable workers help people with problems.


T: Six people representing different professions are in the balloon over the Atlantic, and the balloon is slowly drifting towards the sea. It can only carry one person safely; five of the balloonists have to jump out of the balloon, so that one can survive. Each of the six people on board thinks that he or she should be the one to stay.

1. Students A, B, C, D, E, F are the six people in the balloon. They decide what professions they represent (e.g. doctor, cook, teacher, engineer, designer, dustman etc.) and prepare a two-minute speech, saying why they should be the one-to be saved.

2. In turn, the six balloonists give their speeches to the class.

3. The class ask any of the balloonists any questions they like.

4. The balloonists give a short closing speech, summarizing their arguments.

5. The class are divided into groups and try to think of the possibilities to save everybody.

6. Representatives of the groups suggest their ways of saving the balloonists, as they understand the importance of every profession.


All the students, in turn, say one sentence in the support of all the professions.


SI: Doctors are important because they treat people.

S2: Teachers are important because they teach children.

S3: Dustmen are important because everyone wants to live in clean places.


T: Write 100-150 words on the topic "I am going to be a/an...", describing your favourite profession.


1.       Meanings into Words. Intermediate. Student's Book. Adrian Doff, Christopher Jones and Keith Mitchel. CUP

2.       The Sourcebook. An alternative English course. John Shepherd, Frances Cox with Paul Roberts. Pre-intermediate. Student's Book. Longman

3.       The Cambridge English Course. Student's Book 2. Michael Swan and Catherine Walter. CUP

4.       Connect. Workbook 3. Jane Revell. MacMillan Publishers

Джерело: English. – 2006. - № 17

Level - A2 pre-intermediate

Svitlana Rakhmans'ka,

a teacher of English,

gymnasia, Pidvolochys lc, Temopil' region

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