the students to think back to when they were 8 years old. Ask
them, "What were some of the things that you learned that
year in school? Could you read and write? Spell? Did you know
grammar? Could you add? Subtract? Multiply?"
ask the class to pretend that they stopped attending school at
age 8 - they had to quit school to work on their family farm.
Remind the class about all the knowledge that they have gained
since the time they were 8 years old. Do they think they could
survive? Get a well-paying job? Become a teacher? Doctor?
the students divide into pairs. Tell them that they are going
to enact a pretend job interview. Provide each student in the
pair with a different biography and set of questions. Encourage
the students to make up their own interview questions.
are Ricardo Lopez from Mexico City, Mexico. You dropped
out of school when you were 10 years old. You thought school
was dumb and a waste of time. You ended up homeless on the
streets of Mexico City by the age of 14. You are now 18
years old and have a hard time reading and doing simple
math. You are applying for a job as a cashier at a grocery
What kinds of skills do you have for the cashier position?
Our cash registers do not total the customers change,
can you count the right change for their purchases?
Many times we have sales ads that appear in the newspaper.
We need you to know what items are on sale and what their
sale price is. Can you do this on your own?
What is your past job experience? Do you have any job
references we can call?
Why are you the right person for this job?
are Johanna from South Africa. You finished high school
and just completed your college degree in international
business. You graduated magna cum laude and had an internship
in the marketing department with AT& T your last year
of college. They have asked you to interview for an open
position in their marketing department at their offices
What kinds of skills do you have for open position?
What did you learn from your internship that will apply
to this position?
Why are you the right person for this position?
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the students are done interviewing, ask the class the following
How did you feel as Ricardo? Did you think you could do the
job they were asking for?
How did you feel as Johanna? Did you feel prepared for the position
they were interviewing you for?
What are some jobs you are interested in?
What are some skills that you think are important to get a job?