Essential Job Skills

Business English, Speaking Lessons, English for HR
Skills, Work
A2 Elementary, B1 Intermediate
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
American English lesson about the skills necessary to be successful on the job. The lesson focuses on speaking, vocabulary, and

Lesson Description

What do you have in your bag of tricks? In this lesson, students will discuss the skills and abilities that are critical for one’s career. This lesson features a video that explains some of the most important skills needed in certain jobs. Students will learn and practice vocabulary relating to the topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To discuss the topic of skills and abilities needed in one’s career

  • To learn and use new vocabulary in practice


Is math easy for you? Are you good at simplifying complex problems? Watch this video to learn about some of the most valuable skills you can have in certain jobs.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

bag of tricks [idiom]: a set of plans, techniques, or resources
acquire [verb]: to come to have as a new or added characteristic, trait, or ability
negotiation [noun]: discussion aimed at reaching an agreement
persuasion [noun]: the action or process of persuading someone or of being convinced to do or believe something
computer literacy [noun]: the knowledge and ability to use computers and related technology efficiently
initiative [noun]: the power or opportunity to act or take charge before others do
technical skills [noun]: the specialized knowledge and expertise required to perform specific tasks and use specific tools and programs in real world situations
computer model [noun]: a representation of a system or process created on a computer, to assist calculations and predictions
critical [adjective]: of, relating to, or being a turning point or specially important time
upgrade [verb]: raise (something) to a higher standard; make better or more improved
carpenter [noun]: a person who makes and repairs wooden objects and structures
valuable [adjective]: worth a great deal of money or importance
problem-solving [noun]: the process of finding solutions to difficult or complex issues
communication skills [noun]: the ability to convey or share ideas and feelings effectively
creativity [noun]: the use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness
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