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Changing career

Worksheet made in collaboration with Jane Wescombe :)

Topics: Business English - changing careers, situations that make people change careers, reasons for changing careers, The effects of COVID on the world of work.

Level: B2 and above

Skills: Listening, speaking , reading, writing

Link to listening: How Covid killed my career

The listening is over 5 minutes long, but the lesson plan only covers the first 2 minutes. There is plenty of material to choose from for classes of 1 to 2 hours.


  • To expose students to authentic speech.

  • To encourage students to infer meaning of lexical items through context.

  • To speculate about a person's career (critical thinking).

  • To discuss factors that can influence people's careers.

  • To make predictions before listening to an audio.

  • To listen for gist and for detail.

  • To develop listening decoding skills.

  • To talk about and empathise with the protagonist.

  • To participate in a role play.

  • To write a short summary in the lesson takeaways.

Use of language and lexis:

  • To use different tenses to talk about past, present and future situations.

  • To learn/ review vocabulary extracted from the audio, especially phrasal verbs.

  • To work on pronunciation and connected speech to introduce/ review the structure should have+ past participle.

  • To expose students to elision in spoken English as found in should've, kind'uv and gonna.

Changing careers - Ss worksheet
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Changing careers - Ts notes
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