On Monday we read, talked about and ran interviews for the ‘dream job’ of working on Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef.
The winner of this competition was a British guy called Ben Southall. If you’re interested, you can read about Ben’s experience here: http://islandreefjob.com.au/ , watch some news reports about him winning the competition here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fuvwA350ac&NR=1 / http://news.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/hi/newsbeat/newsid_8035000/8035981.stm (and here in Spanish: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/the-best-job-in-the-world/8405.html) and read about an accident he had during his last week on the island here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8434351.stm
What about tips for applying for jobs?
Here is some advice offered to people who were interested in applying for the island job: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7824386.stm
On a more general level, the video jug website has a wide collection of videos about common job interview questions like “Why don’t you tell me about yourself?” and “What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses?” You can find them here: http://www.videojug.com/film/job-interviews-why-dont-you-tell-me-about-yourself
Finally, on the subject of dream jobs, take a look at a page where people answer the same question we answered in class, “What’s your dream job?” http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8035375.stm
When reading some of the comments you could try to decide if the writer is being serious or joking.
Language in the text and activities:
- The short texts here are full of examples of would to talk about hypothetical situations – 65 examples in total. The most frequent would + verb is would be (37 examples) and there are about 12 examples of would + a verb of liking (would like to + infinitive (I’d like to make students like English)… / would love to…). The pattern would not + mind + verb+ing is also here (I would not mind being a quality control tester for a sweet manufactuer.) There are also a few examples of would in a conditional pattern (e.g. If I could help to allieviate the suffering (of animals), that would be the best job in the world.)
- Words for work: as you read through the text, how many words related to work do you meet? Make a list of work words: job, work abroad, retirement…
- Write about your own dream job below. What would it be? Why would you like to do it? If you couldn’t do that first choice, what would your runner-up job be?