What would be the best job in the world? A Cambridge PET Reading lesson with a pinch of business (90′).

In this lesson, I present a PET Reading material with a pinch of business included. The Reading is about James Waltham – who is a chocolate taster and I decided to link it to “how would you decide or choose the best job for you”. To make this link I’m using Scott Dinsmore’s TED talk – “How to find work you love?”.

Level: B1 (CEFR)

Age: Young Adults/ Adults (16- on)

Material: 

Scott Dinsmore TED – How to find work you love: https://www.ted.com/talks/scott_dinsmore_how_to_find_work_you_love#t-293026 

PET TEST 2 READING PART 4 (taken from Preliminary English Test 8) – 2014 – PET test 2 Reading part 4

PPT file to be used in class: What would be the best Job for you

[Slide 1]

1. Presenting the topic of the lesson What would be the best job in the world?

  • Timing: 2′
  • Interaction: T-SS
  • Monitoring: Check if students understand the topic of the lesson and the lesson’s objective.
  • Feedback: —

[Slide 2]

2. Setting the scene

  • Timing: 5′
  • Interaction: T-SS
  • Monitoring: Teacher does around listening to ss’ contributions and making notes to be used later on.
  • Feedback: Board the important items that were shared.

Students answer this question: “Based on your opinion, make a list of 10 great Jobs and support why you think so”.

[Slide 3]

3. Pre-watching TEd video (linking it to the previous step)

  • Timing: 7′
  • Interaction: T-SS
  • Monitoring: Teacher does around listening to ss’ contributions and making notes to be used later on.
  • Feedback: Board the important items that were shared.

Students answer this question: “How do you know the Jobs you listed before are the best Jobs?”

[Slides 4, 5]

Scott 2

4. Watching TEd video (linking it to the previous step)

  • Timing: 15′
  • Interaction: T-SS
  • Monitoring: Teacher does around listening to ss’ contributions and making notes to be used later on.
  • Feedback: Board the important items that were shared.

Here I present Scott Dinsmore:

This is Scott Dinsmore, and he quit a job that made him miserable and spent the next four years wondering how to find work that was joyful and meaningful. He shares what he has learned in this deceptively simple talk about finding out what matters to you — and then getting started doing it.

Students are to watch minutes 3’00” to 5’00” and answer this question: “What did he do in order to find the best job for him? What is his three-step advice?”

Slide 5 is going to present the three-step advice Scott provides:

  • Becoming a self-expert and understanding who you are and what you are looking for – UNIQUE STRENGTHS
  • What’s your framework? What is your hierarchy for making decisions? – VALUES
  • We learn things every day about what we love, what we hate, what we are good at, what we are terrible at – EXPERIENCES

And then we move on to the follow-up:

  • Do you agree with Scott? Would you add anything?
  • Did you change your mind about the Jobs you have mentioned before?

[Slide 6]

6. Pre-reading PET task (linking it to the previous steps)

  • Timing: 3′
  • Interaction: T-SS
  • Monitoring: Teacher does around listening to ss’ contributions and making notes to be used later on.
  • Feedback: Board the important items that were shared.

Students read a quote: “Chocolate makes everything better” and have to agree or disagree with it. 

[Slide 7]

7. Pre-reading PET task 1

  • Timing: 7′
  • Interaction: T-SS
  • Monitoring: Teacher does around listening to ss’ contributions and making notes to be used later on.
  • Feedback: Board the important items that were shared.

James Waltham is a chocolate taster. Students answer the setting the scene question: “What do you think of his job?”

[Slide 8]

8. Pre-teaching vocabulary from reading 

  • Timing: 10′
  • Interaction: T-SS
  • Monitoring: Teacher does around listening to ss’ contributions and making notes to be used later on.
  • Feedback: Board the important items that were shared.

Work on the following words:

  • Samples
  • Texture
  • Raw material
  • Suitable
  • Bored of

[Slide 9]

9. Reading PET task – Skimming

  • Timing: 7′
  • Interaction: T-SS
  • Monitoring: Teacher does around listening to ss’ contributions and making notes to be used later on.
  • Feedback: Board the important items that were shared.

Students answer: “What is hard about this job?”  “Has he got a routine?”  “Would you say this job is a drudgery?”

[Slide 10]

10. Reading PET task – Scanning

  • Timing: 15′
  • Interaction: T-SS
  • Monitoring: Teacher does around listening to ss’ contributions and making notes to be used later on.
  • Feedback: Board the important items that were shared.

Students do the PET task. 

[Slide 11]

11. Reading PET task – Follow-up

  • Timing: 10′
  • Interaction: T-SS
  • Monitoring: Teacher does around listening to ss’ contributions and making notes to be used later on.
  • Feedback: Board the important items that were shared.

Students answer: “Would you be a chocolate taster?” “If you could, what other jobs would you do?”

Revisit the topic of the lesson, assign homework.

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