Amarantha  Voss Amarantha Voss

Job Application Lesson
Elementary level


This is a reading and writing lesson. In this lesson students will learn about writing a job application. Students will learn a few reading vocab words on the board. They will read a job application letter that has a few mistakes in the form of the letter and students will learn about these and correct them. They will do a gist/scan reading task from the text. They will write their own job application with the focus being on the form of this type of letter.


Main Aims

  • To provide gist/scan and detailed reading about applying for jobs.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide students with job application writing skills.


Lead In (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Teacher will put three photos on the whiteboard and elicit students to tell whats going on in the pictures. The teacher will engage students and limit talking only to clarify and set the context. Students will learn that Tania is a friend who works in an ice cream shop and is looking for a job as a waitress making coffee in a coffee shop.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading

Students will get the first version of the text. They will need to answer a gist question alone and then check with their partner. The teacher will correct on the board. Then students do a detailed reading task and they check with their partner when they're done. The teacher makes corrections on the board.

Useful Language (8-10 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

The teacher will write the lexis words on the whiteboard and other words students had trouble with. The teacher will explain the meaning and write the meaning on the board. Next the teacher will have the students open the paper and their task is to do a scan reading to see what is different about the two texts. The teacher explains to the students that the first one wrong because it's informal and the right way to write a job application is the second one.

Productive Task(s) (18-20 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

The teacher writes a model version of the writing task ahead for the students. Next students write their own job applications and when they're done they will come and read them to the class. The teacher makes a note of the common mistakes that matter to the lesson.

Feedback and Error Correction (8-10 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

After teacher has monitored them during the task, and sees students are all done and at the very end gives the whole class feedback and makes corrections.

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