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English Language (A1/A2) - Job Interviews and Resume Writing

Course Summary

This course is intended for any educators who are A1+ and A2 speakers and want an opportunity to build their skill and confidence with English. The grammar and vocabulary will be targeted toward successful results with job interviews and resumes, but this class is for anyone who wants to enhance their language abilities with a native speaker in a fun workshop-style environment. 

This course provides a relaxed opportunity to practice basic conversation skills that are useful in job interviews, specifically targeted to the vocabulary needed by educators. Participants will also have an opportunity to practice writing skills by bringing a resume written in English and receiving help polishing that resume to impress any native English speaker.

Topics will be tailored to the level and needs of the members of the class but will include making introductions, discussing personal information and backgrounds, expressing needs and opinions, making suggestions and requests, giving instructions, clarifying rules and obligations, reviewing routines and timelines, negotiating finances, and making future arrangements.

Course Detailed Description

Finding a job is stressful enough and doing it in a foreign language adds to the difficulty. Having a chance to practice in advance and boost your confidence is invaluable!

Even those who aren’t looking for jobs will benefit from added confidence in school meetings, interactions with colleagues and students, and in their ability to write formal English.

This course is intended for any educators who are A1+ and A2 speakers and want an opportunity to build their skill and confidence with English. The grammar and vocabulary will be targeted toward successful results with job interviews and resumes, but this class is for anyone who wants to enhance their language abilities with a native speaker in a fun workshop-style environment. 

This course provides a relaxed opportunity to practice basic conversation skills that are useful in job interviews, specifically targeted to the vocabulary needed by educators. Participants will also have an opportunity to practice writing skills by bringing a resume written in English and receiving help polishing that resume to impress any native English speaker.

Topics will be tailored to the level and needs of the members of the class but will include making introductions, discussing personal information and backgrounds, expressing needs and opinions, making suggestions and requests, giving instructions, clarifying rules and obligations, reviewing routines and timelines, negotiating finances, and making future arrangements.

Students will have an opportunity to role-play multiple times throughout the week, developing the grammar and vocabulary skills that are most relevant, while gaining assurance in their ability to conduct an English language interview.

Taught with nuance and humor by a native speaker from California’s Silicon Valley, this course will give participants more ease and confidence with American English.

COURSE SCHEDULE (Day by day):

Day 1

  • Introduction 

  • Course outline 

  • Ice-breaking activities 

  • Introduction of the participants, their goals for the class and their challenges, school presentations 

  • Practicing introductions

  • Discussing personal information and backgrounds

  • Describing experiences

  • Guided city tour

Day 2

  • The Nitty Gritty

  • Discussing time, frequency and deadlines

  • Expressing needs, opinions and intentions

  • Making suggestions, requests

  • Understanding levels of formality and when to use them

  • Making language clean, strong and direct

Day 3

  • It Gets More Challenging

  • Discussing conditions, policies and obligations

  • Discussing finances

  • Making future arrangements


Day 4

  • All the Strange Stuff

  • Homographs, homophones, homonyms, contronyms

  • Difficult pronunciation

  • Slang

  • Nouns used as verbs

  • The problems with pronouns

  • Avoiding unintended double entendres

  • Cultural sensitivity

  • Differences in US and UK English

  • Common colloquial expressions

  • Abbreviations and the language of SMS


Day 5

  • Resumes and Other Formal Writing

  • Upgrading language with synonyms

  • Variations in sentence structure

  • Avoiding personal pronouns

  • Dangling participles

  • Complex sentences, but not run-on sentences

  • Contractions

  • Polishing your own resume

  • Additional topics submitted by the participants

  • What do you still find challenging?

  • Badly written or inappropriate writing: how would you make it better?

  • Skill-building workshops


Day 6 (Additional practice workshops for 7-day courses)

  • Final activities – Presentation of participant portfolios and projects

  • Course evaluation

  • Certificate awarding 

  • Excursion and other external cultural activities

Course outcomes

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Enhance vocabulary and grammar in both conversation and writing.

  • Practice the most relevant skills needed for successful results.

  • Gain ability to operate comfortably in business and educational environments.

  • Navigate the quirkiness of American English with a native speaker.

  • Discern differences in US and UK English.

  • Increase confidence and ease with American English.

  • Be able to present a polished English resume with assurance

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