A2 Collaborative Speaking Task: Jobs & Job descriptions



Age: 16-116
ESL level: CEFR A2
Type: matching, describing and guessing job (3 pages in pdf format to be printed and cut up into cards)
Target language: jobs, present simple (positive, negative form, questions)

Description of activity:
The sheet consists of two columns: job cards and info-cards. They are paired up in the original setting. You will need to print the sheets (one copy for a pair of students) and cut them up, separating the jobs from their descriptions.
Students work in pairs or small groups. First give them the cards with the jobs and their descriptions in two separate piles. Ask them to match the descriptions to the jobs.
Ask for feedback.

The info-cards give useful expressions for the second phase.
In the second phase, collect and place the job cards in the middle of each desk (face-down). Students in turn draw one card and

  • either describe the job without pronouncing its name (to practice present simple in positive and negative form)
  • or ask each other questions about the job on the card (without showing it to their partners and giving only short answers (to practice present simple questions and short answers).

In both cases, the student who cannot see the card guesses the job.
Variation: You can also show first the info-cards to the students and ask them to guess the job.

Time: 30 min
Font: Bodoni 72 Oldstyle, Garamond


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