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Living in English: Employment

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Lesson Plan Index
p3 – Group Discussion - intro to employment p4 - Vocabulary Development - occupations p5 - Vocabulary Development - personal qualities and employment p6 - Vocabulary Development – review of personal qualities p7 - Reading - abbreviations, help wanted ads p8 - Reading - help wanted ads p9 - Pair Work, Info Gap - application forms (student A) p10 - Pair Work, Info Gap - application forms (student B) p11 - Filling in an application form p12 - Vocabulary Development - application forms p13 - Vocabulary Development - employment related p14 - Group Interaction - find someone who... p15 – Teacher’s notes

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Employment - Group Discussion
A. Discuss the following questions in your groups. 1. Do you have a job now? If so, where do you work? 2. How many hours per week do you work? 3. What did you do in your country? 4. Did you belong to a union? 5. If you could choose any occupation, what would it be? Why? 6. Which jobs do you think are the most stressful? Why? 7. Which jobs in your country are considered the most prestigious (highest status and respect)? 8. Do most women work outside the home in your country? 9. Do men and women receive equal pay for the same job? 10. At what age do people generally retire in your country? 11. How many hours per week do people generally work in your country? 12. How much paid vacation time do people generally have in your country? B. Complete the chart below by asking your partners questions. Ex. What did you do in your country? Where did you work? Name Occupation in own country Place of work Number of hours per week Job description/ responsibilities Skills, training, education required for the job Frequency of payment How long at that job Classmate 1 Classmate 2 Classmate 3

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Vocabulary Worksheet #1 – Occupations
A. Match the occupation on the left with the job description on the right. _____ 1. mechanic _____ 2. real estate agent _____ 3. accountant _____ 4. secretary _____ 5. tailor _____ 6. plumber _____ 7. nanny _____ 8. carpenter _____ 9. receptionist _____ 10. architect _____ 11. waiter _____ 12. journalist _____ 13. social worker _____ 14. teller _____ 15. electrician a. designs houses and buildings b. writes for magazines and newspapers c. helps people with family problems d. installs and fixes lights, wiring, etc. e. sells houses, property, buildings f. builds furniture, houses g. keeps financial records, does tax forms h. looks after children i. works as a cashier in a bank j. repairs car engines k. answers the phone and greets people in an office l. takes orders, serves people in restaurants m. makes and alters clothes n. fixes water pipes, toilets, sinks o. types letters, files office information

B. Write the occupation beside the job description. There may be more than one correct answer. 1. This person works in a flower shop and arranges flowers. _________________________ 2. This person works in a courthouse._________________________ 3. This person makes and sells breads, cakes, cookies, etc. _________________________ 4. This person works in a hospital, looks after patients and helps the doctors._________________ 5. This person wears a uniform and patrols buildings._________________________ 6. This person fills prescriptions in a drugstore._________________________ 7. This person is an animal doctor._________________________ 8. This person cleans and looks after apartment buildings._________________________ 9. This person gives religious guidance._________________________ 10. This person prepares meals in a restaurant._________________________
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Vocabulary Worksheet #2 -Personal Qualities and Employment
A. Match the quality with the correct definition.
_____ 1. responsible/dependable/reliable _____ 2. punctual _____ 3. energetic _____ 4. mature _____ 5. honest _____ 6. conscientious _____ 7. polite _____ 8. co-operative _____ 9. thorough _____ 10. patient _____ 11. organized _____ 12. open-minded a. comes on time b. doesn’t tire easily c. acts like an adult, not a child d. does what he/she says he/she’ll do e. has good manners f. works well with others g. tells the truth, doesn’t lie or steal h. takes the job seriously i. orderly, works according to plans j. can accept new or different ideas k. stays with the job, doesn’t give up easily, can wait without being mad l. does a good job, doesn’t forget anything, pays attention to detail m. correct n. can accept change easily o. clean and tidy, not messy p. pushes oneself to do a good job q. not lazy r. can control oneself s. has a talent for making new things and new ideas t. good at solving problems with whatever is available u. sociable, not shy v. neat and clean in appearance w. feels good about him/herself x. speaks well

_____ 13. neat _____ 14. flexible _____ 15. accurate _____ 16. motivated _____ 17. creative _____ 18. hard-working _____ 19. resourceful _____ 20. disciplined

_____ 21. well-groomed _____ 22. articulate _____ 23. self-confident _____ 24. out-going

B. Some qualities are very important for all jobs. Others are important for certain jobs, but not for others. Give three or four qualities that you think are desirable for all jobs. Make a list of ten occupations and write two qualities that you feel are most important for each. Ex. childcare worker – patient, energetic Share your ideas with your classmates.

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Vocabulary Worksheet #3 – Review of Personal Qualities
Fill in the blanks with the correct word or expression from the list below. well-groomed – mature – reliable – strengths – motivated – neat – flexible creative – punctual – thorough – energetic – organized – patient co-operative – resourceful – accurate 1. A person who can adapt to change easily is ___________________________. 2. Mary is a very ____________________ person. I can always depend on her. 3. Artists and musicians are usually very _________________ people. 4. It is important for an accountant to be ____________________ in his/her work. 5. You don’t have to be very _________________________ if you work on construction. It is different if you are working with the public. 6. He is rarely on time. He is not a very _____________________ person. 7. An ________________________ person plans things carefully and keeps things in order. 8. A __________________________ student likes to learn and doesn’t have to be pushed to do it. 9. She is a very _____________________ worker. She completes everything and pays attention to every detail. 10. He is not very __________________. He doesn’t work well with his co-workers. 11. His desk is never ___________________. He can never find anything on it. 12. She is a very _______________________ cook. If she doesn’t have one of the ingredients, she just substitutes something else. 13. He hates waiting in lines. He is not a very _________________ person. 14. He is a very _______________ person. He can work long hours and never gets tired. 15. Even though he is still a teenager, he is very __________________ and responsible. 16. When an interviewer asks you about your __________________, he wants to know about your good qualities.
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Abbreviations Found in the Help Wanted Ads
Newspapers usually use abbreviations in the advertisements in order to save space. There are different ways of forming abbreviations. 1. Some abbreviations may use the first few letters of the word: ex. nec. – necessary. 2. Others are formed by using consonants without any vowels: ex. afts. – afternoons. 3. When there is a compound word or an expression with two or more words, often the abbreviation is formed from the initial letter of each word: w.p.m. – words per minute. There may be slight variations in abbreviations in want ads from one region of the country to another. By reading the want ads in your local newspaper, you will become familiar with many of the abbreviations commonly used. afts. - afternoons appt. - appointment approx. - approximately asst. - assistant cert. - certified co. - company comm. - commission dent. - dental eves. - evenings exc. - excellent exp. - experienced fin. - financial f/t - full-timere hr. - hour immed. - immediately incl. - include info. - information jr. - junior lic. - license ltd. - limited max. - maximum mech. - mechanical med. - medical m/f - male or female mfg. - manufacturing min. - minimum mo. - month nec. - necessary neg. - negotiable nr. - near pd. - paid p/t - part-time perm. - permanent ph. - phone p.o. - post office pref.(d) - preferred ref. - references q.(d) - required resp. - responsible rge. - range sal. - salary sr. - senior temp. - temporary vic. - vicinity w. - with wk. - week or work w.p.m. - words per minute wtd. - wanted yr. - year

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Reading - Help Wanted Ads
Waiters/Waitresses Wtd. immed. for busy new rest., f/t and p/t, ref. & exp. req; must be well-groomed. Call between 9:00 & 11:00, wkdays. 457-0987

#1

Secretary Large law office needs exp. resp. sec. Typing 60 w.p.m., exec. tel.skills; min. 5 yrs. exp. Send resume to ABC Law Firm, 120 Main St., Toronto, Ontario Nanny Live-in nanny for young busy family, some housework req.mature, respon., exp nec. Driv. lic. an asset. Ref. req. Sal. Neg. Call 489-2098 Service Station Attendant P/T eves. & wkends, must be polite, hardworking, no exp.nec., will train. $10 per hr. Apply in person to 123 Pembina Ave. wk days betw. 9:00 & 4:00.

#2

St. Regis Hotel Cook Exp. cook wanted to work 12 noon to 8 P.M. f/t inc. wkends. Perm. position. Ph. Bet. 10 & 4 P.M. 964-3452

#3

#4

Req. exp. receptionist For busy doctor’s office. 15 hrs. weekly, 3days/ wk. Good organ. skills, good tel. manner essential; typing 45 w.p.m. e-mail resumeto: [email protected]

#5

#6

A. Read the above ads. With your partner, discuss the following for each ad: 1. Job description – kind of work, hours, salary, benefits, etc. 2. Qualifications / Requirements – skills, qualities, education, experience, etc. 3. How to apply – in person; by phone, fax or e-mail; in writing B. Read the ads again and answer the following questions. 1. Are there any jobs that do not require experience? If so, which one(s)? __________________ 2. For which job(s) do you need to have references? _____________________________________ 3. Which jobs are full-time? ______________________________________________________________ 4. Explain the term “asset” in ad # 4. _____________________________________________________ 5. Which job requires a neat appearance? _______________________________________________ 6. Which jobs mention salary? ____________________________________________________________ 7. Which ad says the employer will teach you how to do the job? __________________________ 8. Two ads ask for two similar qualifications. Which ads are they? ___________________________ What are the two similar qualifications? ___________________________________________________

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Application Forms – Pair Work – Student A
Directions: You and your partner each have the same application form but some information is missing from each. Complete the form by asking your partner questions. Ex. What is the applicant’s surname? Is the applicant male or female?

Application for Employment
Date: ________________________ april 10/ 03 Name: Address: Phone No. Sex: (Last)

________________________ Sampson 745 St. ________________________
(no.) (street)

Position Applied For: ________________________ bartender _______________________________ (First)

Victoria _______________
(city)

____________________ (postal code)

____________________________ Male: ______ X Female ________ No: _______

Are you legally able to work in this country? Yes: _______ Social Insurance Number: ______________________ Are you bondable? ________________________ Do you have a valid driver’s license? ______ Yes Employment History Dates of Employment Name & Address of Company

Job Titlles

Duties

Jan.98 – Dec. 02 Feb. 96 – Dec. 97.

Blue Moon Rest., Vancouver bus boy Pizza Hut

Education and Training University –_______________________________________________________________________ University of the North West – B.A. 2002 High School - __________________________________________________________________________ Other – Bartending School – Jan.03 __________________________________________________________________________ Other Skills or Experiences - _____________________________________________________________ Signature: ______________________________________________________________________________
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Application Forms – Pair Work – Student B
Directions: You and your partner each have the same application form but some information is missing from each. Complete the form by asking your partner questions. Ex. What is the applicant’s surname? Is the applicant male or female?

Application for Employment
Date: ______________________ Name: ____________________________ (Last) Address: Phone No. Sex: Position Applied For: ______________________

________________________ Leslie
(First) _________________ (city)

Brock St. ________________________
(no.) (street) (205) 362-1254 Male: ___________

V8X 7B9 _______________
(postal code)

Female ________ No: _______

Are you legally able to work in this country? Yes: _______ Social Insurance Number: ___________________ 678 098 789 1111 Are you bondable? ___________________ yes Do you have a valid driver’s license? ________________ Employment History Dates of Employment Name & Address of Company

Job Titlles

Duties

Waiter Big Apple Restaurant April 95 – Jan. 96
Education and Training

served customers Cleared tables

pizza deliverer

University: ________________________________________________________________________________ High School: River Bend High School, Victoria, BC, 1997 _______________________________________________________________________ Other: ___________________________________________________________________________________ Other Skills or Experiences: _________________________________________________________ bilingual - speak English and French Signature: ______________________________________________________________________________

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Application for Employment
Filling out an application form for a job is very important. The application must be neat, accurate and complete. Print clearly and check your spelling. Do not leave out any important information. Make sure that all the information you give is correct. If there is something you do not understand on the form, ask about it. Directions: Complete the following application form.

Application For Employment
Date: __________________ Position Applied For: __________________ Name: _____________________________________________________________
(Last) (First)

Address:

______________________________________________________________
(no.) (street) (city) (postal code)

Phone No. __________________ Sex: Male ________ Female ________ Are you legally able to work in this country? Yes: ________ No: _________ Social Insurance Number: __________________ Are you bondable? __________________ Do you have a valid driver’s license? __________________ Employment History
Dates of Employment Name & Address of Company Job Titlles Duties

Education and Training University: _____________________________________________________________________________ High School: __________________________________________________________________________ Other: ________________________________________________________________________________ Other Skills or Experiences: _____________________________________________________________ Signature: _____________________________________________________________________________
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Vocabulary Worksheet #4 - Application Forms
Match the expressions on the left with the correct meaning on the right. _____ 1. position desired _____ 2. surname _____ 3. maiden name _____ 4. bondable _____ 5. valid _____ 6. previous employer _____ 7. legally entitled to work _____ 8. duties _____ 9. skills _____ 10. qualifications _____ 11. salary _____ 12. wages _____ 13. graveyard shift _____ 14. references _____ 15. applicant _____ 16. job title _____ 17. relocate _____ 18. N/A A. place you last worked B. abilities, things you can do C. not applicable, doesn’t apply in this situation D. money earned per hour E. late night work period F. last name or family name G. money earned per month or year H. no criminal record; employer can get insurance on the employee I. person applying for a job J. effective, current, legal K. woman’s name before marriage L. allowed by law to work M. job wanted or applied for N. skills, experience, education needed for a job O. move to a different place P. responsibilities, things employee must do at work Q. name of the work position R. names of people who can give positive opinions about the applicant

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Vocabulary Worksheet #5 – Employment Terms
Fill in the blanks with the correct word from the list below.
hire – fire – lay off – available – reference – resume – retire – asset essential – bondable – train – shift – wage – benefits – union – qualifications – raise

1. His previous employer gave him a very good __________________ because he was an excellent worker. 2. You don’t need experience for that job. The company will _________________ you. 3. You shouldn’t hire a cleaning company to clean your home unless their workers are ________________________. 4. The restaurants will _________________________ many waiters when the tourist season is over. 5. When you write your _________________________, you should include your education, skills, and work experience. 6. Mario wants to quit his job. He doesn’t like working the night ___________________________. 7. When Joe applied at the store, the manager told him there were no jobs ________________ at that time, but there would be some openings in about a month. 8. Knowing a second language is an _______________________________ if you work in a hotel. 9. Besides a good salary, the company offers many _______________________such as medical insurance, pension plan and a three week paid holiday. 10. He works at a fast food restaurant. His hourly ____________________________ is eight dollars. 11. He won’t get the job. He doesn’t have the necessary _________________________________. 12. A _______________________________ is an organization of workers. 13. It is ___________________________ to have a car if you are a traveling salesman. 14. John earns $10.00 an hour, but his boss promised to give him a _____________________in a few months. He’ll probably be making $11.50 an hour then. 15. Most workers _____________________________ by the age of 65. 16. You should apply to ABC Co. right away. I hear they are planning to ____________________ twenty new employees. 17. The boss is going to ___________________________ John because he is always late.
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Find Someone Who.....
Find someone in the class..... 1. who can type well. _________________________________________________________________________________________ 2. who was laid off recently. _________________________________________________________________________________________ 3. who prefers manual work to office work. _________________________________________________________________________________________ 4. who has worked a night shift at some time in his/her life. _________________________________________________________________________________________ 5. who has belonged to a union. _________________________________________________________________________________________ 6. who likes working outdoors. _________________________________________________________________________________________ 7. who is willing to train for a new occupation. _________________________________________________________________________________________ 8. who enjoys working with computers. _________________________________________________________________________________________ 9. who reads the want ads in the newspaper regularly. _________________________________________________________________________________________ 10. who has written a resume in English. _________________________________________________________________________________________ 11. who looks for jobs on the Internet. _________________________________________________________________________________________ 12. who is very resourceful. _________________________________________________________________________________________ 13. who always tries to be punctual. _________________________________________________________________________________________ 14. who is willing to relocate for a good job. _________________________________________________________________________________________
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Teacher’s Notes
These activities are designed for low-intermediate level adult ESL learners; however, with some modification, they may also be suitable for upper–beginner through upper-intermediate levels. Recommended Flashcards to Accompany the Unit Jobs and Occupations; People in Medicine, People in Schools Group Work - Discussion Break the class into groups of three to discuss the questions in section A and to complete the chart in section B. There are some words you may need to teach in advance of these activities – ex. union, stressful, prestigious, retire, etc. Always teach the new words in context, using several examples, and ask students to give sentences of their own to illustrate meaning. Before the students do exercise B, ask them to make the questions for the highlighted words to ensure they are asking them correctly. After the students have completed both activities, you may have them report back to the whole class to share their ideas. Vocabulary Development – Worksheet #1 – Occupations This worksheet can be used as a review after occupations and job descriptions have been taught. Answers A. 1.j 2.e 3.g 4.o 5.m 6.n 7.h 8.f 9. k 10.a 11.l 12.b 13.c 14.i 15.d B 1. florist 2. lawyer, judge 3. baker 4. nurse 5. security guard 6. pharmacist, druggist 7. veterinarian 8. caretaker, janitor, custodian 9. clergyman, priest, minister, rabbi, etc. 10. chef, cook Vocabulary Development – Worksheet #2 - Personal Qualities Before beginning this worksheet, try to elicit vocabulary from the students. Ask them about qualities they think are important for certain jobs and why. Many of the words on the sheet may be new for the students; therefore, the matching exercise has been divided into groups of four. Answers A. 1.d 2.a 3.b 4.c 5.g 6.h 7.e 8.f 9.l 10.k 11.i 12.j 13.o 14.n 15.m 16.p 17.s 18.q 19.t 20.r 21.v22.x 23.w 24.u Exercise B may be done first in pairs or small groups, but the information should later be shared with the whole class. After the group discussion, have the students do the second vocabulary exercise on their own to ensure understanding. Correct with the class as a whole.
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Vocabulary – Worksheet #3 – Review of Personal Qualities Answers 1. flexible 2. reliable 3. creative 4. accurate 5. well-groomed 6 punctual 7. organized 8. motivated 9. thorough 10. co-operative 11. neat 12. resourceful 13. patient 14. energetic 15. mature 16. strengths Help Wanted Ads – Abbreviations and Reading Comprehension Abbreviations – Explain that want ads do not use sentences, but rather shortened forms and abbreviations. Explain the different ways abbreviations are made and give several examples. Have students take turns reading the words aloud to monitor pronunciation and check for comprehension. Have the students first read the want ads individually and then discuss them with a partner.

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