Lesson 19 – Great perks

Warm up

  1. Do you know what perk means?
  2. Mention the examples of perks, have you ever had any perks in jobs that you have done?

Main Activity

  1. You are going to look at other examples of perks. Make groups of four people.
  2. Work together and answer the question. There may be more than one answer for some perks.
  3. Work together in your groups to choose the best jobs for the people and prepare notes, not sentences, explaining the reasons for your decisions.

Which jobs would be most suitable for which people?

Having young twins is really demanding, but they’re worth it! They’re my whole life now really. When my wife died, I couldn’t manage at first. Of course, I had to give up college, which limits my future. That’s worrying.
My wife Mary is a registered Disabled Person, but we don’t get much help from the state. She’s fine if I don’t leave her on her own too much, as long as I check she’s OK now and then. The hospital appointments can be awkward to fit in.
I was divorced six years ago when our kids left home. I got the house, but he’s got the pension! I do feel lonely, though. I’ve got my own little hairdressing business, going to people’s houses, but I’d like to meet someone special.
Seven children take a lot of looking after. But now they’re all at school, I can go back to work. We need the money! Living out in the countryside gives us room to grow our own vegetables, but we’re so isolated. Four of the kids travel nearly two hours to school.


Follow up

  • In your groups of four, imagine how life has changed for the people since you took one of the jobs. You should include descriptions of your working life and developments in your personal life that have happened as a result of taking the job.
    Each group member adopts the role of one of the characters, a different one each. You play the part of the class, speaking as if the character yourselves, describing the changes to your working and personal lives.


In the intricate web of job hunting, I found myself standing at the crossroads of diverse opportunities, each offering a unique blend of facilities and salary packages. Company A boasted a swanky office with perks like a gym and game room, while Company B presented an attractive salary package with additional bonuses. However, as I delved deeper, Company C emerged as a potential fit, aligning seamlessly with my skills, capabilities, and the specific requirements of the role. The workplace culture felt like a second skin, and the offered salary reflected a fair acknowledgment of my expertise. It was a decision not solely based on the dazzling facilities or the numbers on the paycheck but rather on a holistic evaluation of my own strengths, the company’s ethos, and the mutual investment in growth. In the end, I chose Company C, not just as a job but as a meaningful step in my career journey—a place where my contributions mattered, my potential was nurtured, and the compensation was a reflection of a mutually beneficial partnership.

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