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One Week Job

Posted on May 19, 2012 by kierandonaghy

This EFL lesson is designed around a short film called When I Grow Up and a trailer for a documentary called One Week Job in which a young man does 52 jobs in one year.

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Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper-intermediate (B2.1)

Learner type: Teens and adults

Time: 90 minutes

Activity: Watching a short film, trailer and video, speaking and writing

Topic: Jobs and choosing a career

Language: Job vocabulary and second conditional

Materials: Short film, trailer and video of short speech.

Downloadable materials:  one week job lesson instructions     one week job transcript

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This lesson is designed around a short film called When I Grow Up and a trailer for a documentary called One Week Job in which a young man does 52 jobs in one year.

Step 1

Brainstorm jobs. Ask your students to come up with 52 different jobs.

 

Step 2

Tell your students they are going to watch a short film called When I Grow Up. As they watch the film they should try to identify as many jobs as they can. After watching the film put your students in pairs and tell them to recall the jobs they saw. Next get feedback from the whole class. Then show the film a second time and clarify any vocabulary.

 

 

Ask your students what the message of the film is.

 

Step 3

Ask your students the following questions:

 

If you’re already working, how did you decide on your career?

If you’re still at school or university, what factors may determine your choice of career?

 

Get them to discuss the questions in pairs and then get feedback from all the class.

 

Step 4

Tell your students they are going to watch the trailer for a documentary in which a young man decides what he wants to follow in an unusual way.

 

Ask them to answer the following question as they watch the trailer:

How is he going to decide what he’s going to do?

How do his parents react?

 

 

 

Step 5

Watch the film a second time and ask your students what jobs are mentioned or shown in the trailer.

 

Step 6

Ask your students the following questions:

How is it possible to discover your passion?

Would you do the same as Sean?

Would you have done the same as Sean when you were younger?

 

Step 7

Tell your students that they are going to watch a short video in which the director of the documentary Ian McKenzie gives a short speech.

 

 

Ask the following questions:

According to Ian:

What is the true relationship between work and fun?

What is the task of parents, educators and employers?

Show the film and ask students to answer the questions. Get feedback and then ask them if they agree with Ian.

 

Step 8

Give students the transcript of Ian’s speech and ask them to read it. Watch the film a second time.

 

Homework

Tell your students you want them to watch Sean doing some of the jobs. Give them a link to One Week Job website. They should choose three jobs which they find interesting and watch the episodes. In the following class they have to report back on wath they saw.

One Week Job Transcript

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I hope you enjoy this English language lesson.

 

14 thoughts on “One Week Job

  1. Dear Kieran,
    Film English looks awesome! Really awesome! The design is energetic, I just love it. But I love Film English by Kieran above all. I can’t wait to try this lesson about jobs with my students and let you know. Thanks for your fantastic work.
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    Debbie

    • Dear Débora, Thanks a lot. I’m really happy that you like the new site, energetic is a great adjective to describe the new design. Thanks for your spport. : ) All the best, Kieran

  2. Congratulations on the new look, it’s fresh, simple, very eye-catching and important for many of us – user friendly. One query, can we still search by topic? Thanks Kieran, GREAT work.

    • Thanks a lot, Fiona. I’m really happy you like the new design. Yes, you can still search by topic using the search box in the top right-hand corner or using the tag cloud. All the best, Kieran

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