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March 22, 2008

Lesson Plan - Job Interviews

Hello Readers,

If you're teaching adults who are interested in using English at work, this lesson plan on job interviews should prove to be a relevant and worthwhile lesson for your students. To start: ...

... 1. Ask your students to think of some different jobs. Write them on the left side of the white board. Then, choose one job to discuss. Ask students to think about what skills a person would need for that particular job. Write them on the board. The students can then work in pairs to discuss the rest of the jobs in the same way. Feedback with the whole-class.

2. Pre-teach vocabulary: job title, responsibilities, role, qualifications, skills, achievements, work experience, etc.

3. Distribute a job ad for a position that your students might be interested in (e.g., a tour guide, an English teacher, a receptionist, etc.). You can use a real ad from a local newspaper/magazine or create your own.

4. Divide students in half. Group A will be prepare to give an interview. Group B will prepare to be the interviewee. Break Group A into small groups and have them each prepare 10 questions that they would ask interviewees. Break Group B into small groups and have them prepare 10 statements they think they could use in an interview (this will require the students to anticipate questions that might be asked). These statements can be made up. Monitor students and help them by providing them with relevant language. Of course, remind them that the point of this activity is fluency, not accuracy.

5. Pair students from Group A with students from Group B. Give them 10 minutes for the interview. To make the interview more authentic, arrange the chairs so it is conducive to job interviews, if possible. If students get through their 10 questions before the 10 minutes is up, Group B students should be asked if they have any further questions about the job. Monitor the students by writing down common mistakes, but do not interfere with the interviews at this point.

6. Feedback. Elicit questions and answers on the board. Allow students to ask further questions and to write notes down in their notebooks.

7. Have students switch roles. Group A students become the interviewees and Group B students become the interviewers. Match the students up again and allow them 5 minutes for an interview. Continue switching partners and roles a few times if time permits.

8. Feedback on the board.

9. A good follow-up/closing activity would be to discuss interview etiquette, including how to greet someone, what to wear, how to prepare for a job interview, how to answer difficult questions, cultural differences, etc.

Have you tried this activity? Do you have any ideas to expand this lesson plan? Feel free to share your comments below.

Hope that helps!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

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About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker hailing from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked at universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, and did private tutoring as well. Besides teaching, she also worked as a Head teacher, an Education Manager, and a Material Development Manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she also writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing, authors ESL textbooks for publishing houses in China, and is an Editor for Garnet Publishing in Reading, England. Carol holds a BA in Communications from the College of St. Benedict/ St. John's University, and a CELTA, and has just finished her MA TESOL course at Oxford Brookes University. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at March 22, 2008 06:07 AM

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I think this is a good and an effective lesson plan, the only problem is that I don't think that it can be implemented to students who have low proficiency of English (like he one whom I'm teaching right now...so maybe if u could provide adjustment according to the student's English level, that would be very great! anyway, thank you! Now I have an idea for my teaching1

Posted by: Patricia Lasut at May 26, 2008 01:03 AM

Hi Patricia,

You're absolutely correct - this lesson plan would need adjusting for beginner levels. What you might want to do to adjust it, is to break the lesson up into chunks which would be more manageable for your students.

It's unlikely that your students will need to do a full interview in English. However, introducing themselves in a business scenario might be useful.

Target language might include:
It's nice to meet you.
My name is (name).
I am a/an (occupation).
I work at (company's name).
It's in (city's name).
I (simple verbs to describe what they do).

Exercises to practise this language:
* unscrambling words (e.g., rcehtae = teacher)
* matching exercises (e.g., picture of a teacher and 'a teacher')
* fill in the blank (e.g., A ________ takes care of sick people.)
* substitution exercises (e.g., I am a teacher. doctor. I am a doctor. editor. I am an editor.)
* sample dialogues (in pairs, students can read through the dialogue together, each taking a part- make sure you practise the pronunciation of the words together)
* guided role-plays (for beginners, think short and simple)

Hope that helps!!


Hope that helps.

Posted by: Carol Rueckert at May 26, 2008 01:19 AM

it is a good lesson.... so pls everyone read this.


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