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The Job

Posted on May 22, 2011 by kierandonaghy

This EFL lesson is based on an award-winning comedy short film called The Job directed by Jonathan Browning , and the themes of jobs and employment. Students predict the content of a short film, watch a short film and speaking about jobs.



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Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Advanced (C1)

Learner type: Teens and adults

Time: 60 minutes

Activity: Predicting the content of a short film, watching a short film, and speaking about jobs

Topic: Jobs and employment

Language: Vocabulary related to jobs and employment

Materials: Short film, infographic and discussion questions

Downloadable materials: the job lesson instructions     top jobs infographic     jobs discussion questions

Step 1

Write Top Jobs on the board and then ask your students what they consider the best jobs to be.


Step 2

Show them the infographic of the top jobs in the USA.  Go through the vocabulary and ask them if they agree with the ranking, and what criteria have been used. Ask them if they would like to do any of the jobs.

best jobs infographic


Step 3

Put students into pairs and ask them to tell their partner what their perfect job would be and why it would be their top job.


Step 4

Tell your students that they are going to watch a short film called The Job in which the people in this photo appear.


Ask them the following questions:

What jobs do you think the people do?

What do you think the film is about?

What story does it tell?

What images do you expect to see?


Step 5

Show the students the film and ask them to compare their answers in Step 4 with what they see in the film.



Step 6

Get feedback from your students. Ask them what the message of the film is.


Step 7

Give your students the discussion questions about jobs and employment, and ask them to discuss them in small groups.


I hope you enjoy this English language lesson.


8 thoughts on “The Job

  1. I like your very creative ideas and the excellent choice of the video: it’s thought-provoking and very suitable for class activities. Thanks for sharing the lesson plan! Best wishes, Silvana

    • Dear Silvana,
      Thanks a lot. I also think the video is very thought-provoking especially in the present economic climate.
      All the best,

  2. thanks a lot for this material. I teach professional courses in Portugal and we talk a lot about this topic so this is going to be very useful!

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  4. I liked this lesson very much, but unfortunately I can’t understand what he is exactly saying….Thanks for your help:))))

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