The Working World
As International Worker's Day was last week, it was only appropriate that we discuss the world of work, especially good jobs, bad jobs, and unemployment.
This week to practice listening, learners could try any of the following activities for learners: an episode of the BBC podcast the Roommates, any of the conversations about employment or unempoyment or a 6-minute English episode about the British Unemployment Crisis. For original version listening, try Are People With Dirty Jobs the Most Successful (with transcript)
Learners should try reading a comprehension exercise called Applying for a Job, Job Descriptions or The Interview. For original version reading try 7 New Yorkers About to Lose Their Unemployment Benefits share their Stories, or Caught in a Revolving Door of Unemployment.
This week you have a few different options for writing tasks. If you are currently job searching, it may be a good idea to write your C.V. and/or cover letter in English. If you are currently employed, write a text describing a typical day at work for you, including the good, the bad, and the ugly.
"Work is a necessary evil to be avoided." -- Mark Twain