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Your Dream Job

Talking about jobs

Do you think you have the right skills for carrying out your ideal job? What are these skills?

There are several jobs that may interest you for different reasons, but because of your age or lack of training you are not still allowed to do them. What is your dream job? What tasks does your dream job involve?

At the end of this section, you will have:

  • Learnt and revised vocabulary related to jobs and job tasks.
  • Listened to common jobs for teens.
  • Described and compared jobs.
  • Read about job adverts.
  • Created a short video on your ideal job.

For a start, enter the Audio-lingua site and listen to Sam describing popular jobs among teenagers. 

Searching for your ideal job

With a partner, comment on the points below.

  • What jobs are mentioned?
  • What do people do at these jobs?
  • What qualities do you need to do these jobs?
  • In your country, is there a limit of age to have these occupations?

Read the job list and agree with your partner on three jobs that you would like to do in the future. Comment on other tasks that you can perform at these jobs.

Open the Jobs for Business document and describe the jobs using the words provided. What skills do these jobs require? Comment your ideas with your partner.

Visit the eslgamesworld site and play a memory game related to job vocabulary. You can also revise and learn more job-related words at the learnenglish.de site. Have more fun playing the Wheel of Fortune game based on jobs and work places at the eslgamesplus site.

Write your own list of the job nouns you have learnt and publish it on the 'key vocabulary' page of your Weebly site.

Speaking

Do you think that you can do any job? Are you a Jack of all trades? With a partner, list a few jobs and answer the questions included in the job list document. Say why you like these jobs and make comparisons between them. Use the comparative and superlative forms of the adjectives, which you can revise at the learnenglish.britishcouncil site.

Do you agree with your partner on which jobs are more interesting or better?

Have some more practice using comparative and superlative adjectives to compare people at the document 'Comparing people'.

With your classmates, read the job adverts available at the Learn English teens site and make comparisons between the jobs.

The best job!

So far you have revised and practised vocabulary related to jobs and job tasks. Also, you have commented with your classmate on which jobs you prefer. Now it is time for you to work with some classmates on a one-minute video consisting of the description of a dream job.

Before you start your mission, we suggest that you watch the video entitled The best job in the world. It is a job offer from the Australian Government to promote tourism in their country. The fact is that 35,000 applicants replied to the job offer and, eventually, one of them got the job. Pay attention to the tasks that this job of island caretaker involves. After watching, answer the questions below.

  • Which tasks does the caretaker have to do?
  • Do you consider this job as your 'dream job'? Why?/why not?
  • Does this job have any negative aspects? If any, which ones?

You are going to work in groups of four students to carry out the mission of creating a brief video on a dream job. Please, follow the guidelines below.

  • Your partners and you need to agree on a dream job. You can choose the job from the ones you have commented on in the previous section or you can search the Internet to find a job that is extraordinary and unique. In the latter case, enter the totaljobs website to get some ideas.
  • Agree on the tasks that this job involves (include at least four tasks).
  • Try to attract the audience with positive qualities about the job.
  • Refer to the salary that the candidate can earn.
  • Include in your video attractive images and concise information.
  • Do not forget to mention how candidates can apply for the job.
  • You can use the online tool Storyboardthat to prepare the draft of your video.
  • In order to create and edit your video, you can use the Wevideo tool or a similar tool.
  • Share the video with the rest of your classmates on Pinterest.

Read the criteria in the 'Rubric for assessing a video in the classroom' that your teacher will take into account to evaluate your work. 

Your teacher will publish your video on a educational channel so that you can embed it in your Weebly site, on the page entitled 'My digital resources' .

Learning Diary

We hope you finished your mission successfully. Reflect on how you performed it and write down your reflections and thoughts about your learning process in your Learning Diary. This will help you become aware of what you have achieved or what you need to reinforce.

your learning diary

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Create a new post on your blog with the title  'Your Dream Job' and answer the following questions:

  • What are the most difficult aspects?
  • What tool was the most difficult for you to work with?
  • What do you think is the most important aspect you have learned?
  • Are there any aspects you didn't understand?

Do not forget it would be great if you shared these feelings and thoughts with your classmates. You will have 10 or 15 minutes to complete this part.