IELTS Speaking Parts 1 & 2- Work Prepositions


Collocations with "work" for speaking about yourself in IELTS

Work plus preposition in IELTS Speaking Parts One and Two

Without writing in the gaps for now, decide if each sentence below is about a time in the past, present or future:

I had a summer job _________ a department store, but I didn’t like it and I left after two weeks.

I’d like to work _______ a journalist

I work part-time ____________ a shop assistant

I want to work ____________ a foreign company

I couldn’t work __________ children or old people

I would prefer to work __________ a big company.

My mother used to work __________ a receptionist.

My brother is going to work _________ a charity next summer.

My father is working _______ the Osaka office of this company at the moment.

Fill each gap in the sentences about work above with one word.

Check your answers as a class.

Which sentences above do you think are true for your partner?

Make similar sentences which you think are true for your partner.


Make past, present and future versions of each of these questions: 

Where _____________________ (work)? 

Who _________________________ (work for)?

What ______________________________ (work as)?

Who _________________________________ (work with)?


Ask and answer the 12 questions in pairs, using the example answers above to help if you like.

Use similar vocabulary to speak about the Part Two tasks on the next page for one or two minutes, then answer a follow-up question from your partner.


IELTS Speaking Part Two tasks on work

Student A


Talk about a job you have done or would like to do in the future


You should say:

- How you chose that job

- What the good things about that job are

- What the difficulties of doing that job are

And describe how it is different to other jobs





Student B 


Talk about a job someone you know does


You should say:

- How long they have had that job

- What the good things about that job are

- What the difficulties of doing that job are

And say if you think that job suits that person and why






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