Essential Job Skills

Stefanie Simmons - author of the lesson   Stefanie I May 30, 2023
Business English, Speaking Lessons, English for HR
Skills, Work, Human Resources, Recruitment
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 Overview

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 activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • Listening: Learners will watch and listen to a video discussing the critical skills and abilities needed for career advancement. This will help improve their listening comprehension and introduce them to specific vocabulary about career skills.

  • Speaking: Students will share their thoughts on essential skills for various jobs and how these skills can be developed. This activity aims to enhance their spoken English and ability to express opinions and experiences related to career development.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson will introduce vocabulary related to job skills, such as "problem-solving skills," "communication skills," and "technical skills." Students will learn how to use these terms in context, discussing career requirements and personal skill sets.

  • Homework: The homework involves three types of exercises: fill in the blanks, correct the mistakes, and choose the correct options. These tasks are designed to reinforce the vocabulary and concepts introduced in the lesson, focusing on career skills and their importance.


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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