Writing your CV in English – 90′

This lesson was first planned and taught in March 2017 and has been redesigned and (re)taught in 2018.  In this lesson, students are going to check the steps of writing a CV, god samples of a CV and will, of course, write one. Level B1 (CEFR).

Material used:

PPT file -> Writing a CV

Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBMJlFSRKb4 

Writing a resume: https://resume.io/create-resume 

[Slide 1]

1. Introduction of the topic “Writing your CV in English”

  • Interaction: T-S
  • Timing: 3′
  • Monitoring: Teacher checks whether students are on the same page an have “arrived” to the lesson. 
  • Feedback: only if need be. 

[Slide 2]

2. Setting the scene and getting to know students better

  • Interaction: T-S / S-S / Ss-S
  • Timing: 10′
  • Monitoring: Teacher walks around the room and, listens and takes notes on the students’ contributions. 
  • Feedback: board relevant vocabulary. Focus on vocabulary and pronunciation. 
  • Steps: The first step of the lesson goes -> To write your CV you have to understand what your goals are. (usually, candidates do not know how to describe them and what their goals are). 

* work on the pronunciation of the word “vitae” since it comes from Latin and it is different.

[Slides 3 & 4] 

3. Input 1 – Video Tips 1 (from Monster)

  • Interaction: T-S / S-S / Ss-S
  • Timing: 10′
  • Monitoring: Teacher walks around the room and, listens and takes notes on the students’ contributions. 
  • Feedback: board relevant vocabulary. Focus on vocabulary and pronunciation. 
  • Steps: Students watch the video and make notes on: What tips does this video provide you with writing your CV? Give students some minutes to brainstorm the information they got from the video, after that work on the tips (and ask students if they agree or if they have different ideas: 
  • a great personal statement.
  • don’t be shy. Sell yourself.
  • outstanding qualifications.
  • 2 pages long.
  • no crazy font.
  • check and double-check.

[Slide 5] FILLER = if time allows

4. Input 1 – Video 2 Working on useful expressions (from Monster)

  • Interaction: T-S / S-S / Ss-S
  • Timing: 5′
  • Monitoring: Teacher walks around the room and, listens and takes notes on the students’ contributions. 
  • Feedback: board relevant vocabulary. Focus on vocabulary and pronunciation. 
  • Steps: Show students the following, ask them to check their meanings with a peer and ask them how would they use these 
  • to blow their socks off
  • catch the potential employer’s eye
  • it is like having a well-stamped passport
  • things you have up your sleeve

[Slide 6] 

5. Working on a CV

  • Interaction: T-S / S-S / Ss-S
  • Timing: 10′
  • Monitoring: Teacher walks around the room and, listens and takes notes on the students’ contributions. 
  • Feedback: board relevant vocabulary. Focus on vocabulary and pronunciation. 
  • Steps: Ask students what should be necessarily included in a CV and what shouldn’t. After they discuss you show the points written on the slide. 

[Slides 7 – 9] 

6. Working on a CV 2

  • Interaction: T-S / S-S / Ss-S
  • Timing: 15′
  • Monitoring: Teacher walks around the room and, listens and takes notes on the students’ contributions. 
  • Feedback: board relevant vocabulary. Focus on vocabulary and pronunciation. 
  • Steps: Based on every input the students have had so far, they will be asked to check if that sample is a good one. After students decide it is, you can start working on the titles that are written, on the type of information they include, etc. 

[Slide 10] 

7. Writing YOUR CV (workshop part of the lesson)

  • Interaction: T-S / S-S / Ss-S
  • Timing: 20′
  • Monitoring: Teacher walks around the room and, listens and takes notes on the students’ contributions. 
  • Feedback: board relevant vocabulary. Focus on vocabulary and pronunciation. 
  • Steps: Students will now gather all the information they have on themselves and start writing it down into a CV layout. Using the good sample as a model to follow. It is important to walk around the room and check how they are feeling while they are doing this work. If they are not able to finish, share your email addresses so students can send you their CVs as they would to a company.

[Slide 11] 

8. Revisiting the topic of the lesson “Writing your CV”

  • Interaction: T-S
  • Timing: 5′
  • Monitoring: —
  • Feedback: ask students to share how relevant this session has been to them and their current professional situation. Also, ask them to tell you what they have acquired in this lesson. 
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