Present Progressive and Simple- Jobs Miming

Level: Beginner

Topic: Profession, work or study

Grammar Topic: Verbs and Tenses

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Present Progressive and Simple- Jobs Miming

Choose one of the jobs below and mime one action which that person often does, e.g. 
miming 
“I’m carrying a heavy bag” or “I’m cycling” for “Postal worker”, and ask “What am I 
doing?” If your partner guesses correctly, ask “What do I do?” and get them to guess the 
job. If they are wrong, do the same for other actions for the same job until they get the 
right job. 

(Security) guard/

Bouncer/ Bodyguard

Flight attendant/

Cabin crew

Architect

Artist, e.g. painter or

sculptor

Athlete (=

Sportsman)

Au pair/ Babysitter/

Nanny

Baker

Bank clerk

Barber/ Hairdresser

Barman/ Barmaid/

Bar tender

Builder/ Construction

worker

Cameraman

Care worker

Carpenter

Cashier/ Shop

assistant

Cleaner/ Maid

Cook/ Chef

Delivery man/

(Motor)cycle courier

Doctor/ GP/ Surgeon

Farmer

Fire fighter/ Fireman

Fisherman

Homemaker (=

Housewife/husband)

Journalist/ Reporter

Librarian

Member of the royal

family

Nurse

Office worker/ Clerk

Photographer

PI (= Private

investigator/

detective)

Police officer (=

Policeman)

Politician (e.g.

mayor or MP)

Postal worker/

Postman/ Mailman

Priest/ Monk/ Nun

Receptionist

Secretary/ PA

Sailor

Server (= Waiter/

Waitress)

Soldier

Spy/ Secret agent

Tailor

Taxi driver/

Chauffeur

Teacher/ Lecturer/

Professor/ Tutor

Technician/ Service

engineer/ Mechanic

Television celebrity/

Television presenter

Tour guide

Vet (= Veterinarian)

Are there any differences between similar jobs above?

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2014

Which of these expressions is more recent/ politically correct?

Air hostess/ Cabin crew

Athlete/ Sportsman

Barmaid/ Bar tender

Fireman/ Fire fighter

Homemaker/ Housewife

Police officer/ Policeman

Postman/ Postal worker

Waitress/ Server

What do the older/ less politically correct expressions have in common?

What are the differences between the following words and expressions?

Cameraman and photographer

Body guard and security guard

Babysitter, au pair and nanny

Bank clerk and banker

Barber and hairdresser

Doctor and surgeon

Office worker and businessman

Secretary and PA

Taxi driver and chauffeur

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2014

Mime an action below until your partner guesses the action and what job from above you 
are thinking of. You need to think about which object you are using before you start. 

You are answering the phone.

You are bowing.

You are brushing something. 

You are carrying something.

You are changing something.

You are choosing.

You are cleaning.

You are clicking on something.

You are counting something. 

You are cutting something. 

You are drawing.

You are driving.

You are fixing something (= mending something = repairing something)

You are giving something.

You are greeting someone.

You are holding something.

You are kneeling.

You are listening.

You are looking at something.

You are looking for something.

You are measuring.

You are moving something.

You are picking up something.

You are pointing. 

You are pulling something.

You are pushing something.

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2014

You are putting on some clothes. 

You are reading something.

You are running.

You are serving someone.

You are shaking hands.

You are showing something. 

You are signing something.

You are speaking.

You are tidying (up).

You are typing.

You are washing.

You are wearing something.

You are wiping.

You are writing.

You are connecting something(s).

You are meeting someone. 

You’re travelling (on a plane/ on a bus/ on a train/ in a taxi). 

Work together to mime any actions that you haven’t used yet. 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2014