Jobs & Personality ESL Lesson

In this high beginner to intermediate-level ESL lesson, you will learn grammar, vocabulary, and phrases to talk about everyday English topics: an English conversation lesson to talk about good personality fits for specific jobs.

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This ESL video lesson for daily English will help ESL students learn vocabulary, grammar, improve listening and be confident English speakers.

Practical English for everyday situations.

talk about personality

Warm Up Questions


What are your strengths?


What are your weaknesses?


What is a skill that you want to improve?


What makes a good leader?


How many hours per day can you be productive?


What three adjectives best describe your personality?

Watch, Read or Listen

ESL Video about Personality

Watch the following ESL YouTube video lesson about jobs & describing personality.

Listening Questions

Watch the YouTube video and answer the following questions.

Jobs & Personality


What is the meeting about?


What will the project require?


Why was Sandy selected?


Why was Elias selected?


Why wasn’t Chin selected?


Why was Johnny selected?


Why wasn’t Rob selected?


Was Rob a quiet or shy person?

Speaking Activity

Use the illustrations to talk about the passage and personality.

Talking About Personality

Talking About Jobs

Talking About Jobs & Personality

Describing Personality

Describing Personality ESL

Word Bank

Word Bank

attitude | capability | due to | easy-going | extended
sense of humor | inability | issue | leadership
motivated | period of time | personality | potentially
primarily | require | review | technical | trait


Match the words on the left with the meanings on the right.

1. attitude (n)

A. a quality that makes one person or thing different from another

2. potentially (adv)

B. the ability to say funny things and not take things too seriously

3. capability (n)

C. relaxed and not easily upset or worried

4. trait (n)

D. need for a particular purpose

5. easy-going (adj)

E. the way you think, feel and act about something

6. motivated (adj)

F. the power or ability to do something

7. due to (phr)

G. to feel enthusiastic and determined to achieve something

8. require (v)

H. packed closely together

9. tight (adj)

I. to describe something that could happen or be true

10. sense of humor (n)

J. as a result of; because


Discuss the following quotes about personality.

Jobs & Personality ESL

Make no apologies for your personality.

You can’t photoshop personality.

I have a strong personality, and I say what I think.
Penelope Cruz

An ugly personality destroys a pretty face.

Your personality is not set in stone; you can always develop yourself to be a better version of yourself.
Asad Meah

I think it’s my personality to overcome things, learn from them and become stronger, both personally and professionally. To be honest, I welcome those hardships.
– Hope Solo


Discuss the following questions about personality.

  1. What types of people do you prefer to work with? (Talkative, outgoing, serious, etc.)
  2. Is easy-going a good personality trait to have for a co-worker or boss?
  3. Is there a difference between argumentative and opinionated?
  4. Do you always follow the rules? Or do you sometimes bend or break them?
  5. Do you have good technical skills? Admin skills? Are you good with your hands?

In Your Own Words

Explain what the word or phrase in bold means and give an example.

Example: She was exhausted because she worked until midnight.
Meaning: very tired - I’m exhausted because I stayed up and studied all night.

Jobs & Personality ESL Lesson


Sandy is very easy-going.

Meaning /


Johnny has a very positive attitude and great leadership skills.

Meaning /


Elias has a great sense of humor.

Meaning /


Chin was not selected because of his inability to follow the rules.

Meaning /


These traits could have potentially led to other issues.

Meaning /

Missing Words

Watch the video or listen to the passage again and complete the sentences.


Dear all,

Thank you all for attending the _____________ 1 to help select the team for our first project with Crown Corporation. As you know, this project will ______________ 2 working in a small, tight environment with other people for an extended period of time. After reviewing all of the information we have gathered, we have decided to select the following people. 

Sandy B.

Sandy was selected ___________________ 3 her desire to work in a team and her easy-going personality. We believe that she will be _________________ 4 to helping the entire team work together. 

Johnny W.

Johnny was selected for his leadership ______________ 5 and his positive attitude. We believe this will be key to ___________________ 6 the team in times of difficult

Elias T.

Elias was selected _________________ 7 for his technical knowledge, but also for his sense of humor. We believe that this will also be key in keeping the team happy and motivated.

The following people were not selected:

Chin Y.

Chin was not selected because of his ____________________ 8 to follow the rules and not arriving with enough time to prepare before meetings.

Rob S.

Rob was not selected due to him often disagreeing with other team members and talking too much. We believe that these _______________ 9 could have potentially led to issues with the other team members.

We hope you will join us in __________________ 10 our team the best for this important project.

Ghita Gupta
Head of HR


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