Learning how to talk about work and education in English is a useful skill and one you definitely need if you’re going to take the TOEFL exams. We would recommend finding an English language partner to practise with and then using pre-made questions about work and education to practise this topic.
If you don’t know how to find a language partner then read our article here for some tips on how to find the right partner for you.
Here are some questions that you can use in your next English language exchange to practise talking about work and education. and remember when you’re answering them to say why as well, to help you practise your speaking as much as possible.
Questions about work – general
- What do you do for work?
- What would you like to be when you’re older?
- What do you do on a day to day basis in work?
- How many people do you work with?
- How many people are in your team?
- Are you responsible for anyone else?
- Do you like your boss?
- Do you ever take sick days?
- Do you find interviews easy or difficult?
- What is the most difficult thing about your job?
- What is the easiest thing about your job?
- Do you regret your career choice? Would you like to change it?
- Do you tend to get stressed at work or are you more relaxed?
- What industry do you work in?
- Do you ever want to quit your job and travel the world?
Either or questions about work
- Do you prefer to move about at work or stay at a desk?
- Do you prefer to work in the morning or the afternoon?
- Do you prefer to be managed or work alone?
- Do you prefer to travel for work or stay in your own country?
- Do you prefer to work in a small team or a big team?
- Do you prefer to wear smart clothes to work or casual clothes to work?
Questions about work in the past tense
- Tell me about the worst boss you’ve ever had?
- Tell me about the best boss you’ve ever had?
- When was the last time you took a sick day?
- What was the last job interview you had for? How did it go?
- How many job interviews have you had?
- What was your worst interview?
- Who is the best person you’ve ever worked with? Do you miss them? Do you still talk to them?
- What did you do in work yesterday?
- When has been the busiest you’ve ever been in work?
- When has been the most stressed you’ve ever been in work?
Questions about work using the conditional tense
- If you could do any job in the world what would you do?
- If you could work in any country in the world where would you work?
- If you could have any boss in the world who would you want to have as your boss?
- If you could work in any industry, which industry would you like to work in?
- If you could change one thing about your job what would it be?
- If you could fire anyone in your office is there anyone you would want to fire?
Questions about education in general
- What are you studying?
- What is your favourite subject?
- What is your least favourite subject?
- Who is your favourite teacher?
- Who is your least favourite teacher?
- Tell me about your school day.
- What time do you start and finish school?
- Do you have many exams?
- Do you have much coursework?
- Do you like homework?
- Do you study languages at school? If so then which ones?
- How do you get to school?
- What do you think of private schools?
- What type of school do you go to?
- How many students are in your class?
- How many students are in your year group?
- How many teachers do you have?
- How long do you usually have for break and lunch time?
- What are your parents thoughts on the importance of education?
- Are you on any sports teams at school?
- Does your school specialise in any subject in particular?
- How many weeks do you get off for holidays?
- Do you do any after school clubs?
- Do you have any famous alumni from your school?
Either or questions about education
- Do you prefer coursework or exams?
- Do you prefer to study alone or in a group?
- Do you prefer words based subjects or number based subjects?
- Do you do your homework straight away or do you leave it until the last minute?
- Do you prefer to take the bus or walk to school?
- Do you find exams stressful or easy?
- Do you prefer to ask the teachers questions or work things out for yourself?
- Do you prefer mixed schools or same sex schools?
- Do you prefer lectures or seminars?
- Do you prefer large class sizes or small class sizes?
- Do you prefer private schools or state schools?
- Do you parents help you with your homework or let you do it yourself?
Questions about education using the past tense
- Have you ever had a detention?
- What was the last detention you had for?
- What was the last exams you had?
- When was the last time you did something in school that you were proud of?
- What was the last exam you took? How did it go?
- What did you study yesterday in school?
- When was the last time you had PE? What sport did you do?
Questions about education using the conditional tense
- If could study any subject in the world what would you like to study?
- If you could be good at any subject in the world what would you be good at?
- If you could study any foreign language which language would you like to study?
- Would you like to go to a private school?
- Would you like to go to university?
- If you could study in any country in the world where would you like to study?
We hope you’ve found our questions about work and education in English useful. If you have any other questions about these topics that you could recommend then please let us know in the comments below. Also if you have any other topics that you’d like us to cover then please let us know in the comments as well.
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Good luck with your English and be sure to let us know how you’re getting on.