Why Do We Work?


After a quick greeting, use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  • People work because they need money to live. What are some other reasons that people work? Discuss one or more of these reasons. Use specific examples and details to support your answer.
    • What is a reason someone who enjoys their job would work?
    • What is a reason someone who doesn’t enjoy their job would work?
    • What are your reasons for doing your work?


Skip this section if you have 15 minute plan. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
value (n) the importance, usefulness of something
She wondered what the value of her everyday work was.
employment (n) the condition of having paid work
He was thankful to have consistent employment.
satisfied (adj) contented, pleased
Everyone wants a job where they feel satisfied.
monetary (adj) relating to currency
Monetary gain shouldn’t be the only reason one works.
cultivate (v) prepare, acquire something
She wanted to cultivate an environment of learning.
flourish (v) develop efficiently
The students flourished in their new classroom.
rope into (expression) get someone to help
He wondered how he got roped into doing this project.
shake up (expression) change something in a process
The manager decided to shake up their regular processes.
slack off (expression) reduce one’s work
He was tempted to slack off when his manager wasn’t looking.
work like a charm (expression) something turns out exactly how you wanted
With the new system in place, the machine worked like a charm. 

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“Work like you don’t need money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.”
― Satchel Paige


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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