This lesson plan for teachers of teenage and adult students at pre-intermediate and above is based on the theme of jobs. Students will expand their vocabulary focusing primarily on jobs and improve their reading and speaking skills.


The aims of this lesson are to provide practice of the vocabulary of jobs and of reading and speaking skills.

The lesson is based around a jigsaw reading exercise on a text about a survey of hairdressers. It introduces the topic of jobs with discussion and a dictation, then asks learners to identify and exchange information. It finishes with learners giving their own opinions about what makes a good/bad job.




Pre-Intermediate and above


60-90 mins


  • To provide practice of the vocabulary of jobs and of reading and speaking skills
  • To introduce the topic of jobs with discussion and a dictation
  • To identify and exchange information
  • To allow learners to give their own opinions about what makes a good/bad job


 Lesson plan: guide for teacher on procedure including answers to tasks.

Download lesson plan 111k pdf 

Worksheets:  exercises which can be printed out for use in class. The worksheet contains:

  • Pre reading activity
  • Split reading text
  • Vocabulary task
  • Discussion task

Download worksheets 67k pdf

For more information about this topic you can visit these British Council and BBC sites:


Paul Kaye, British Council, Syria

This lesson plan was first published in 2005

The plans and worksheets are downloadable and in pdf format. If you have difficulty downloading the materials see the download section of the Help page.

Copyright - please read
All the materials on these pages are free for you to download and copy for educational use only. You may not redistribute, sell or place these materials on any other web site without written permission from the BBC and British Council. If you have any questions about the use of these materials please email us at:



I can't get access to the lesson plan Pdf. Is that the problem of the pdf or my computer? However I can read the worksheets. Would you kindly sort this out as I find this material useful?

Hi Christopher,This is a problem that several users are having and we are currently investigating the situation. Hopefully it will be resolved soon. The only thing I can suggest at the moment is that you try downloading the lesson plan from a different computer and see if this helps.DuncanTeachingEnglish team 

Pity, I cant print the lessons or anything in PDF, some parts are missing!

Hi Galves,The problem has now been resolved and you can download the pdfs. Please make sure you have Acrobat Reader properly installed.Duncan

This is fun! Thanks, I'm looking forward to using it with my class - i'm going to use it to lead into the conditional tense

Add new comment

Log in or register to post comments