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See also:
vocabulary: jobs
vocabulary: business / economics
vocabulary: office speak / office jargon
writing: job application

Worksheets for work
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Work speaking topics (115)
Cut up sentences. Ss take it turn to ask / speak about each


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Work - idomatic phrases matching (116)
Cut up for a walkabout or do as a worksheet.


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Obligation and necessity (186)
Cue sheet for Ss talking about rules and regulations in their workplace


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Decsribing jobs - guessing game (348)


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Talking about your work (349)



Reading passages for workPage top ↑
Are you going forward? Then stop now. (97)
Amusing piece on the horros of management speak by Lucy Kellaway, management correspondent at the UK Financial Times. A good source of management buzzwords and phrases; a challenging read if unedited. c 1700 words.


Bad bosses may damage your heart (149)
Ungraded language. c500 words



Audio for workPage top ↑
Interview: a former chef (52)
A woman who used to be a chef talks about her experiences working in restaurants


Interview: a former baker talks (61)
...about baking BREAD! Routine, likes and dislikes


Management (96)
Two presenters talk about what it is to be a manager, the language of management and hear from Lucy Kellaway, a management journalist who thinks that management is a job that is 'intrinsically miserable'.




Book references for workPage top ↑

General English course books (adults)

Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate book cover Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate 
Susan Kay   Vaughan Jones   
Unit 10 Time  Page 89 
T.39 Three people talk about rules in their workplaces

New Cutting Edge Pre-Intermediate students' book book cover New Cutting Edge Pre-Intermediate students' book 
Sarah Cunningham   Peter Moore   
Module 3 At rest, at work  Page 29 
Four people describe themselves and the jobs they would like to do
Module 13 Choosing the right person  Pages 114 - 115
Matching: jobs and personal qualities - adjectives and nouns - Listening: owner of employement agency

New Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate book cover New Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate 
Susan Kay   Vaughan Jones   
Unit 6 Eat  Page 58   Interview with a restaurant critic

General English adult course resource packs

Reward Pre-Intermediate Resource Pack  book cover Reward Pre-Intermediate Resource Pack  
Sue Kay   
11 Job priorities  Page 11 
Students talk about the jobs they would like to do

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