The Future of Jobs

Author of the Lesson   Stefanie | December 15, 2023
Business English, Speaking Lessons, English for HR
Work, Technology, Future, Human Resources
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 Overview

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

Listening: Improve listening skills by watching a video about the future of work, focusing on key predictions, the impact of automation, and the importance of reskilling.

Speaking: Engage in discussions about the future of work, sharing opinions on automation, new job roles, and necessary skills for future success.

Vocabulary: Learn and use vocabulary related to job market trends, automation, and future skills, including specific job titles and terms related to economic changes.

Homework: Students are tasked with identifying phrases with similar meanings, completing sentences with correct vocabulary related to job trends, and correcting mistakes in sentences about future work predictions.


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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