The Future of Jobs

Business English, Free Lessons, Speaking Lessons
Work, Technology, Future
B2 Upper-Intermediate, C1 Advanced
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
Illustration of free ESL worksheets, ESL activities, videos, vocabulary, and pronunciation exercises for online teaching or face-to-face classes.

Lesson Description

Innovation. Technology. The cutting edge. And…the pink slip? In this lesson, students consider how work will be different in the future as a result of recent shifts in job market trends. Students learn and practice vocabulary by taking part in engaging discussion activities concerning the job skills necessary for the future. Students also watch a video with predictions about the future of work. The lesson activities have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To discuss work in the future

  • To learn and use new vocabulary


What does the future hold for the job market? A lot of jobs are getting irrelevant, but, at the same time, new ones are created. This video talks about what we need to do to prepare for the job market in the upcoming years.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

automation [noun]: the use of machines or computers instead of people, especially in a factory or office
recession [noun]: a period when the economy of a country is not doing well, industrial production and business activity are at a low level
upskilling [noun]: the process of improving workers' skills
inclusive [adjective]: including everything or all types of people
sustainable [adjective]: able to continue at the same level for a period of time
emerge [verb]: to become known or develop as a result of something; to appear
human capital [noun]: employees, and all of their knowledge, skills, experience, etc., which makes them valuable to a company or economy
shortage [noun]: a lack of something needed
asset [noun]: a person or thing that is very useful or valuable
displaced worker [noun]: a worker who has lost their job because the company they work for has failed or closed down
step in [phrasal verb]: to become involved
safety net [noun]: something, especially a government program, that protects or helps people with financial problems
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