Stefanie Simmons - author of the lesson   Stefanie I May 02, 2022
Business English, Speaking Lessons, English for HR
Work, Human Resources
A2 Elementary, B1 Intermediate
Mixed Grammar
Grammar, Speaking, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
Students engaged in an ESL lesson about common questions to ask when starting a new job, learning question words and related vocabulary.

Lesson Overview

Welcome aboard! In this lesson, students will learn common questions you should ask when starting a new job. This lesson includes audio of two people communicating in an office and plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets. Students learn and practice question words and vocabulary relating to this topic. Also, students discuss common idioms used in the workplace. The lesson activities have been developed for adult and teenage learners.




Lesson Objectives

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To learn and review question words

  • To discuss questions you should ask when starting a new job

  • To practice vocabulary and idioms relating to the topic


Listen to the audio of a new employee on her first day of work. Will she like her new boss, coworkers, and office? Maybe she will do a bang-up job, or maybe she will have to work her fingers to the bone.

Audio Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

welcome aboard [idiom]: used to welcome someone who has just joined a company
go the extra mile [idiom]: to do more than one is required to do
expectations [noun]: the act or the state of expecting; the act or state of looking forward or anticipating
orientation [noun]: training or preparation for a new job or activity
objectives [noun]: something that you plan to do or achieve
evaluations [noun]: the process of evaluating or judging someone or something
on the job [idiom]: working at one’s job in an official capacity; working on a particular task
report to [phrasal verb]: to be in a position directly below someone who is in charge of reviewing one’s work
won’t bite [idiom]: used to indicate that something or someone is safe or accommodating
cubicle [noun]: a small sectioned off space especially one with a desk used for work in a business office
dream team [noun]: a team of people perceived as the perfect combination for a particular purpose
bang-up [adjective]: very good or excellent
work your fingers to the bone [idiom]: means to work very hard
dead-end job [noun]: used to describe a job that doesn’t offer any chance of promotion or advancement
don’t quit your day job [idiom]: used as a humorous way of recommending someone to not pursue something at which they are unlikely to be successful
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