Work and employment is one topic of discussion. But one way to present the topic in a CALL environment would be to have students use this handy post I discovered on the BBC news site comparing work hours. One idea here would be to have students enter the number of days they work if they have a job, or if they don’t work they could enter the data of someone they know (parent, friend, etc.) or maybe their “ideal” work hours. Then they could talk about their work situation, make comparisons with other countries and/or other students situations. You can also access the related article about Who gets the most time off? for more discussion material.
I recommend giving this a try yourself!
But would this be appropriate in some cultures to talk about their occupation with others? For North Americans is fine but for other countries it might be taboo. What do you think?