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Talking About Work for IELTS

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This PPT gives some essential vocabulary to help students talk about work in the IELTS Speaking Exam (it may also help for the Writing Task 2). See http://www.ted-ielts.com for more IELTS materials.

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Talking About Work for IELTS

  1. 1. IELTS Topic: Work Why you need to be able to talk about work and jobs
  2. 2. Why? O Work is one of the most common topics in the IELTS exam. You are very likely to be asked about it. O It is most common in the IELTS Speaking Test.
  3. 3. How O It could appear in any of three sections of the speaking test: O Part 1 and 2: Personal experience O Part 3: General discussion
  4. 4. Personal Experience O In part one you may be asked some simple questions like: O “Do you have a job?” O “Do you work or are you a student?” O As you are students, you can say you don’t work and are in full-time education.
  5. 5. Personal Experience O However, if you said yes, you may be asked: O “Why did you choose that job?” O “Do you enjoy your job?” O “Do you get along well with your co- workers?” O “What responsibilities do you have?” O “What would you like to change about your job?” O etc
  6. 6. Personal Experience O In Part 2, you may be asked about: O A job you have done in the past O A job you would like to do in the future O Your dream job O An interesting/challenging job you know about
  7. 7. Personal Experience O Here’s an example: Describe a job that you would like to do in the future. You should say: O what the job is O how much training would be necessary O what is so special about this job and explain why you are attracted to this job
  8. 8. General Discussion O These topics may be raised in the IELTS Speaking Test Part 3, or the Writing Test Task 2. O You will be asked about difficult social or ethical issues.
  9. 9. General Discussion O Possible topics: O Sexual equality O Should men and women get paid the same? O Can men and women do the same work? O Ageism O Should people be forced to retire at a certain age? O Work-related health O What can employers do to safeguard their employees’ health or reduce workplace stress?
  10. 10. General Discussion O Other workplace issues: O What are the advantages and disadvantages of wearing uniforms at work? O Will more people work from home in the future? O Should co-workers spend their leisure time together?
  11. 11. Essential Language How to talk about jobs
  12. 12. Current Job O What do you do? What’s your job? O I’m a dentist. O I work as a lawyer. O I work in an insurance company. O I’m unemployed right now.
  13. 13. Current Job O Be prepared to give more details: O Tell me about your job. O My job involves… ing O My job involves giving presentations. O My job involves meeting people. O My job involves tracking sales. O I have to … and … O I have to fix computers and set up networks. O I have to meet guests and organize files.
  14. 14. Future Jobs O What are your career plans? What job do you want to do? O I’m hoping to be a chemist. O I’m studying to be an accountant. O I plan on becoming a programmer. O As you are students, you may also say: O After graduating, I’d like to…
  15. 15. Future Job O Tell me about the job you hope to do. O You have to… and … O You have to call people and collect information. O You need to have … O You need to have patience. O You need to have a lot of energy.
  16. 16. Future Job O You need to be … O You need to be cautious. O You need to be highly motivated. O Note: We use “you” to refer to people in general.
  17. 17. Practice Mind mapping aspects of a job
  18. 18. Job Boss/ Colleagues Personal Qualities Training/ Qualificatio ns Best/ worst Things About the Job Place of Work Duties/ Hours Vet Many years of training Must be very caring and patient Work with other vetsWorst thing is seeing animals suffer Work at a pet hospital Work long hours caring for animals
  19. 19. Questions and Answers 1. Complete a mind map for a job you would like to do. 2. Ask your partner questions about the job they have chosen. O Example: What sort of personal qualities do you need to do this job? Why?

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