Teaching Tips… Job Benefits

Teaching Tips… Job Benefits
In this Teaching Tips blog, we will be focusing on useful work and jobs related vocabulary. Specifically, terms for benefits a company provides. Students who are learning English to help with their employment opportunities will appreciate the ‘benefits’ of a class like this.

The core benefits discussed in this class include, Maternity leave, Flexible hours, Paid holiday, Private healthcare, Gym membership, Company car, Annual bonus, and a pension scheme. Although you may add any number of other benefits you can think of.

Tell the students that they will be split into company managers and job hunters. They will receive a card which instructs them to note down benefits they do and don’t offer (for managers) OR benefits they would like their job to have (for job hunters). Give them time to note their ideas before moving on to the main task.


You are a company manager, you are going to meet someone looking for a new job. Write down 4 benefits your company offers, and three benefits your company cannot offer:

Offers:                     Cannot offer:


You are looking for a new job, your current job isn’t very generous and you want more benefits. Note down 4 or 5 benefits that would attract you to a new job:





Useful Language:

Before pairing students off, provide them with some useful language to use in their meetings. Here are some of the ones I use:


We offer… (private healthcare)

Another benefit we provide is… (an annual bonus)

Job Seekers-

Do you provide… (maternity leave) ?

Do you offer… (a pension scheme)?

Responses (Managers)-

Sorry, I’m afraid we don’t.

Yes, we do. We provide… (4 weeks paid holiday)

Responses (Job Seekers)-

That’s a shame.

Never mind.

That’s great.

Speaking Practice:

Tell students they are all (as managers and job seekers) going to take part in a Job Fair’.

Students form pairs, one manager and one job hunter. The managers inform the job hunters what benefits their company can offer. The job hunters then ask for any other benefits they would like. Demonstrate this with a strong student before having them begin.

NOTE: For extra creativity, students could come up with their own company names.

Once the exchanges are finished, pairs will then switch partners. Repeat this until all the managers have seen all the job hunters. In Feedback find out which company each of the job hunters felt was more suitable for them and ask why. Often the result shows one company as offering nothing of use and one gets nearly all the new employees, ie:

“I chose Grant’s company because it offers an annual bonus and maternity leave, which will be useful if I have kids! They also provide a company car.”

“I don’t think Leslie’s company is very good, they don’t provide a pension scheme or paid holiday. They only offer gym membership, but I don’t like going to the gym!”