Minara Minara

Productive skills lesson/Writing
Pre-intermediate level


This lesson is about CV writing and is aimed at Pre-Intermediate students. It provides students with a simple example of a CV and uses this as a model for the students to handwrite and then type their own CV.


Main Aims

  • To provide product writing practice of a CV in the context of applying for a job

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of CV in the context of applying for a job


Warmer/Lead-in (7-8 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

The picture related to job search will be demonstrated on the first slide. First step: I will ask Sts 2 questions: 1) How do you apply for a job? 2) What document do you need to write and send when you apply for a job? Second step: Once I elicit the word CV I will ask: What information is in a CV? They will discuss this question in pairs and answer me. Finally, I will play a Kahoot game in order to check their prior knowledge about CVs. It is a fun competition to check their existing knowledge and also provide them with new one.

Nisa Thaoto's CV sample (6-7 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

The teacher will introduce Nisa Thaoto to Sts. Let me introduce you Nisa Thaoto She is from Thailand She is a nurse. She moved to England. Now she is looking for a job. She prepared a CV but there are some missing parts. Let's help her to complete her CV. Please, complete the CV with the correct heading. Feedback: Sts, check their answers in groups. A few students from each group present the answers on the board At the end when all answers are on the board I will ask all Sts' opinions.

Useful Language (7-8 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

The teacher will provide Sts with matching activity. Do you know what parts does Cv have? On the left side, you see CV's parts, But there are some missing letters, find them. On the right side, you see their meanings Match the parts of Cv with their meanings, please. Feedback: Sts, check their answers in groups. Sts from 1 group present all the missing letters from the parts of the CV Sts from the second group match the meaning to the parts of the CV.

Blank CV – for students to complete (10-15 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

The teacher will demonstrate the blank CV template to Sts. Now they are going to practice writing their own CV. They need to write information about themselves. They can use Nisa's CV as an example. Instructions: Look at this blank Cv sample You will write your own CV Write all information about yourself Use Nisa's CV as an example

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

Feedback: First Sts will stick the CVs on the board. In order to encourage them to love writing, I decided to let them monitor the feedback and error correction stage. They will play the role of HR managers and check their peers' CVs and decide who will be hired, why, and why not. Instructions: Imagine you are an HR manager You have lots of CVs You need to check them all Take a piece of paper Come and check the CVs Make notes about mistakes Make a decision: Who will be hired? While discussing their notes in groups I will have a chance to look through their mistakes on the board. The most common mistakes I will highlight. I will not give the correct answer but let them say their opinions. I think it would be better than corrections with red color on their papers.

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