Megan Behn Megan Behn

Job interviews - Listening/Speaking
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson Ss will practice listening and speaking in the general context of job interviews. They will listen to 5 people speak about their experience in job interviews to get gist and then complete a more detailed task highlighting colloquial english phrases. Finally the Ss will complete a speaking task based on their own experiences of job interviews.


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Main Aims

  • To provide Ss with practice in listening for gist and detail through a text about different people's experience in job interviews.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To introduce Ss to some colloquial phrases related to job interviews. To give Ss practice in speaking for fluency.


Warmer/Lead-in (2-4 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Show Ss a picture of 4 people waiting for a job interview. Ask Ss what they think the 4 people in the picture might be doing? Explain the context of the lesson will be about job interviews.

Pre - Listening (3-5 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Write the names of the speakers in the listening exercise on the WB Explain to Ss that we will be completing a listening task about these people.

While Listening #1 (5-10 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information listening tasks

Hand out material to students (HO1). Point to the pictures on the hand out. Tell them they are going to listen to these 5 people talk about their job interviews. Tell them to listen to see how many of the people got the job. Check answers

While Listening #2 (14-16 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference listening tasks

Get Ss to refer to part b of the HO. Tell Ss to read the questions in part b. Play the recording whilst pausing after each person speaks to that Ss have time to write their answers. Peer Check then WC check.

While Listening #3 (14-16 minutes) • Allowing students to listen for more detail and notice language in the text.

Refer students to section c on the HO. Get them to read the questions Ask them as a group what a colloquial phrase is? (an informal phrase) Play the recording, pausing between speakers to allow students time to do the task. Peer check check answers WC

Post-Listening (3-7 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned while speaking.

Hand out HO2 to Ss Ask students to work in pairs and discuss there personal experiences about job interviews from the questions provided in the text.

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