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Education Referees Personal Details Profile

Jasper Bergfeld, a German graduate, is compiling his CV. He has collected the relevant details but now he must organise them.

Ask students to look at the following points and decide which heading Jasper should put them under.

– Fluent in English: Additional skills

– Nationality – German: Personal details

– Concept AG – Assistant Project Manager: Professional experience

– Excellent communication skills: Profile

– Full driving license: Additional skills

– Diploma in English with Business Studies: Education

– Skiing and windsurfing: Interests

– Computer literate: Additional skills

– Able to work on own initiative and under pressure: Profile

– Responsible for customer service: Professional experience

– Dr H. Mayer, University of Bath: Referees

BBC Learning English

http://bbc.co.uk

VI. A Human Resources Manager has drawn up a shortlist of applicants he feels would be suitable for a vacancy in his company.

Ask students to look at the descriptions of the candidates he plans to invite for interview.

· Hamed has a can-do attitude and is able to meet deadlines

· Tomoko is a self-starter who can work on her own initiative

· Ivan is able to multi-task and has a proven track record

· Li is an effective team player with a customer-focused approach

· Cristina is numerate and computer literate

which candidate...

is good with figures? Cristina

co-operates with colleagues? Li

is good at working on his/her own? Tomoko

can finish a job on time? Hamed

has a good rapport with clients? Li

has a history of success? Ivan

has a positive approach? Hamed

has IT skills? Cristina

can cope with several jobs at the same time? Ivan

BBC Learning English

http://bbc.co.uk

VII. It's always a good idea to try to predict what questions you will get asked in an interview and prepare some answers before you go in. Here are some examples of quite common interview questions.

Ask students to match them with suitable responses.

Why did you choose this company? Because I think I will find the work environment both challenging and rewarding.
What are your strengths/weaknesses? I have excellent time management, but I can be impatient for results.
How would your friends describe you? People say I’m sociable, organised, and decisive.
What is your greatest achievement? Leading the University football team to the national championships.
How well do you work in a team? I always support my colleagues and believe we should work toward a common goal.
Where will you be in 5 year’s time? My aim is to have a position in the Management Team.

BBC Learning English

http://bbc.co.uk

VIII. Ask students working in pairs to make a dialogue using the questions from the exercise 7 and to perform it to the class. Give students 5 minutes for preparation.

Grammar explanation

Explain students the formation of the Future Continuous Tense. You may use it as a self-study activity. Additional information students can find in “Essential Grammar In Use. Raymond Murphy”.

Ask students to listen to the explanation of the difference between the Future Simple and the Future Continuous from BBC Learning English (04:39 min). Stop the audio file and ask students to write down some examples and to pronounce them and then continue playing the audio file.

A question from Ben in Germany:

Hi, my name is Ben, I'm from Germany, I live in Rostock. My question is what is the difference between and "How long will you be staying in London?" and "How long will you stay in London?" What's the difference?

Callum Robertson answers:

This is quite a difficult question to answer. First off, I should say that if you used either of these forms you would be understood without difficulty and they are both asking for the same information. The answer would be a period of time, three weeks, 10 minutes, a couple of years, for example.

But which is the most natural, which are you likely to hear? Well first let's look at the different forms. How long will you stay in London? This is what's commonly called the 'future simple'. How long will you be staying in London is the 'future continuous', also called the 'future progressive'.

To understand the difference, I think it might be useful to look at an example showing the differences between a present simple and continuous.

Let's compare these two – "I work in London" and "I'm working in London". Both of these are similar in that they identify the place where I work. One form is present simple, "I work in London", the other, "I'm working in London", is present continuous.

So which is correct? Well, the answer is both of them are correct, depending on the attitude of the person who is speaking. One of the general meanings of simple verb forms is that they describe things that are seen to be a fact, a statement of what is believed to be true and therefore permanent. Often there isn't actually any time connection with the present simple. This might sound strange, but think of a sentence like – "Fish live in water" – this is a statement of fact which is always true, past present and future, there is no real time connection.

In our example, "I work in London", this is just my stating a fact about me in the same way.

Now, "I'm working in London" is a little different. There's more information here. Present continuous verb forms are often used to describe things which the speaker believes to be temporary or in progress. They started before now and will end sometime after now. So this suggests perhaps that if I say "I'm working in London", I don’t necessarily believe that to be a permanent thing, I imagine that sometime in the future I might work somewhere else.

So, in very simple terms you could say that often simple verb forms are for permanent things and continuous verb forms for temporary things.

Now, let's go back to the original question – "How long will you stay?" or "How long will you be staying?"

I think it would probably be unusual for a native speaker to say "How long will you stay?"

This is the future simple. Simple forms often go with permanent ideas – but if you are asking someone this question, then you believe that they will not stay permanently, their stay will be temporary, they're going to leave at some point. I don't think we'd use the future simple to ask a question about a temporary condition. So I don't think it quite matches.

If someone is visiting you or your country, I think it'll be much more likely that we'd ask, 'How long will you be staying.'

BBC Learning English

http://www.bbc.co.uk

Then ask students to listen to the audio explanation from BBC Learning English once more. Ask students to tell what the audio file is about.

SPEAKING PRACTICE

I. Ask students to discuss the problem of being nervous at an interview. How to avoid of being nervous? For this task they should use the previous and this lesson new vocabulary and its explanation.

II. Working in pairs. Acting an interview. One student plays a role of an interviewer and another student – a role of an interviewee. You should take into account the logical structure of an interview.


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