Lesson plan on how to write a CV

Topic Level: Writing a CV

Level: A2 CEFR

Time: 85 minutes

Aims:

  • To develop students’ ability to identify parts of a CV
  • To develop students’ ability to write a simple CV
  • To give practice of word processing a CV

Introduction

This lesson is about CV writing and is aimed at lower level ESOL 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.

Procedure Warmer (5 mins)

  • Introduce the topic of applying for a job. Ask questions such as:

o How do you apply for a job?

o What document do you need to write and send when you apply for a job?

  • Tell the students that they are going to talk about CVs. Dictate these questions:

o What is a CV?What information is in aCV?Do you have a CV?

  • Ask the students to work in groups of three/four, and to ask and answer the questions. This

should only take 2 minutes or so.

  • Conduct feedback; tell the class they are going to learn more about CVs, see an example of a

CV, and also write their own CV in English.

Task 1: What do you know about a CV? (15 mins)

  • Put the students in pairs or small groups. Get them to look at Task 1 and decide if the

statements are true or false. Monitor, and encourage them to give reasons for their opinions if they can.

  • Conduct feedback, eliciting or providing reasons why the statements are true or false.
  • Ask if the students know what parts a CV usually has, and elicit suggestions.

Tip – A data projector will be useful for using the Powerpoint to show the answers to Task 3.

If possible, use a room with multiple computers available for students to type their CV. Alternatively, this part of the lesson (Task 5) could be set for homework.

Tip – There are two versions of Nisa’s CV in the students’ worksheets. You need to decide which one is more suitable for your students to use, or whether you wish to print and distribute both versions in the lesson.

Differentiation – If some students have already written a CV while others haven’t, arrange the groups so that the students who have sit with those who haven’t. This will provide them with the opportunity to peer-coach.

Task 2: What parts does a CV have? (10 mins)

  • Tell the students to look at Task 2, and work in pairs to write the missing letters in Task 2a.

Check answers and then model and drill the pronunciation.

  • Then set Task 2b; Get the students to draw lines between words 1-6 and definitions A-F.
  • Conduct feedback.

Task 3: Parts of Nisa’s CV (10 mins)

  • Show the students the picture of Nisa. (Slide 1 of the Powerpoint). Ask question such as: o What’s her job?What country do you think she’s from?
  • Explain that Nisa has moved to the UK and has written a CV. Say:
    o Before you see Nisa’s CV,you’re going to see six of the things she wrote on her CV.
  • Ask the students to do Task 3, writing the phrase under the correct heading, as shown in the example answer.
  • Conduct feedback, using slides 2 and 3 of the Powerpoint presentation. During feedback, elicit students’ ideas about what else should be included in each section of Nisa’s CV. Ask questions such as:

o On her CV,should she say if she’s married,or how many children she has?(no) o Should she include information about what she did in her own country,before she came to the UK? (yes)

Task 4: Looking at Nisa’s CV (15 mins)

  • Distribute version 1 of Nisa’s CV (Page 3 of Student handout) if you haven’t used version 2 –

see note on Differentiation.

  • Ask the students to discuss Task 4 in groups, then conduct feedback. Explain that Nisa’s CV

is a good example of how to write a short CV in English.

Task 5: Writing a CV (35 mins)

  • Distribute one copy of the blank CV in the worksheets to each student. Using Nisa’s CV as a

model, ask the students to complete the blank CV, using their own details. Monitor and help

with corrections and suggestions.

  • Once the students have handwritten their CV, get them to word-process it on computers.

Ensure that they save and print the final versions.

  • Get the students to compare their CVs with their colleagues. You could set them a task while

they do this, such as:

o Read your partner’s CV,and find one thing that you didn’ t know about them. o Try to find any mistakes in your partner’s CV.

Cooler (5 mins)

  • To check learning, you could ask the students to write on a blank piece of paper the six headings from Nisa’s CV (e.g. Personal details) in order.
  • Put the students in groups and get them to write some advice (Dos and Don’ts) for writing a CV, e.g. Don’t write a very very long CV; Do check your English carefully.

Extension

Differentiation – If the students need more help to understand the layout of a CV, and / or what to include in each section, you could at this stage use version 2 of Nisa’s CV, and get them to write the headings in the right place. You can then use this for Task 4.

Lesson plan

Answer key

Task 1: What do you know about a CV?

  1. true
  2. true
  3. false – because of equal opportunities policies, most companies don’t require a photo. In fact,

some firms / agencies actually remove photos from CVs sent in.

  1. false–1to2pagesisenough;3to4istoolong
  2. false
  3. false
  4. false – only 30 seconds on average.

Task 2: What parts does a CV have?

  1. a)
  2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
  3. b)

Personal details
Education and qualifications Work experience
Skills
Interests
References

  1. C 2. D 3. A 4. E 5. B 6. F

Task 3: Parts of Nisa’s CV

  1. a 2. e 3. b 4. d 5. c 6. f

Task 4: Looking at Nisa’s CV

  1. Because she wants to get a job in healthcare.
  2. She’s an ESOL student and a volunteer worker.
  3. Headings
  4. Extra information to help the reader understand her CV:
    • which country Bangkok is in
    • what Help the Aged is
    • the level of her language skills
    • details about what computer programmes she can use
  5. All other information is in note form (without verbs and full stops)
  6. Mr Hargreaves is her ESOL teacher; Ms Dangda was her boss in the hospital in Bangkok. As

they are giving her a reference to help with her job application, Nisa needs to ask them if this is alright BEFORE she puts their names on her CV.

 

 

Worksheets

 

Task 1: what do you know about a CV?

Speak with a neighbour. Are these sentences true or false?

  1. A CV is a document with information about you.
  2. YouuseaCVtogetajob.
  3. You should put your photo on your CV.
  4. Your CV should be 3 or 4 pages long.
  5. It’s OK to have mistakes (spelling, grammar...) on your CV.
  6. All information on your CV must be in full sentences.
  7. Employers usually look at a CV for about 2 minutes.

Task 2: what parts does a CV have?

  1. a) Write the missing letters.
  1. 1  P_rs_n_l     det_ _ils
  2. 2  Ed_c_t_ _ n and q_ _lific_t_ _ns  
  3. 3  W_rk exp_r_ _nce
  4. 4  Sk_lls  
  5. 5  Int_r_sts
  6. 6  R_f_r_nc_s  

Match the parts 1-6 with their meanings A-F.

A jobs you did before
B things you enjoy (e.g. playing a sport)

C your name, address, date of birth, email, phone number

D the name of your school / college; exams you passed

E things you can do (e.g. speak a language; drive a car; use a computer)

F names of people who know you (e.g. your teacher or your boss), and who can say that you’re good for a job

Student worksheets

Task 3: Parts of Nisa’s CV

Nisa Thaoto is a nurse from Thailand.

Look at the details from her CV (a-f), and write them under the right heading in her CV.

  1. Personal details

Date of birth: 30 April 1992

  1. Education and qualifications
  2. Work experience
  3. Skills
  4. Interests
  5. References
  1. Date of birth: 30 April 1992
  2. 2011-2012 nurse at Bumrungrad International Hospital, Bangkok
  3. I enjoy football and played for the women’s team at school.
  4. Languages: Thai (fluent); English (elementary). UK driving license
  5. 2010-2011 Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Bangkok (Thailand). Diploma in Nursing
  6. Mr Mark Hargreaves, ESOL lecturer, Beechen College This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Now look at Nisa’s CV. Check your answers to Task 3.

Task 4: Looking at Nisa’s CV

Work in groups and answer these questions:

  1. Why did Nisa write this CV?
  2. What does Nisa do now?
  3. What words are in bold on Nisa’s CV?
  4. What information did Nisa put in brackets (like this)?
  5. How many full sentences (with a verb and a full stop) are there in Nisa’s CV?
  6. Who are Mr Hargreaves and Ms Dangda? What does Nisa need to ask them?

Nisa’s CV – version 1: full version

Nisa Thaoto CV

I am a nurse with qualifications and experience. I am looking for a job in healthcare in Beechen.

Personal details

Address: Email: Phone:
Date of birth:

391 Newbury Road, Beechen, BE2 3AC

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

07746 128 497 30 April 1992

Education and qualifications

2010-2011: Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Bangkok (Thailand). Diploma in Nursing 2012-present: Beechen College. ESOL course. I will take Entry 1 exams this term.

Work experience

2011-2012: nurse at Bumrungrad International Hospital, Bangkok
2013-present: volunteer assistant at Help the Aged (charity shop), 14 High Street, Beechen

Skills

Languages: Thai (fluent); English (elementary)
Computers: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) UK driving license

Interests

I enjoy football and played for the women’s team at school.

References

Mr Mark Hargreaves, ESOL Lecturer, Beechen College: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ms Pikul Dangda, Head of Nursing, Bumrungrad International Hospital, Bangkok: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Ms Dangda was my supervisor when I worked at Bumrungrad Hospital.

Nisa’s CV – version 2: headings missing

Complete Nisa’s CV. Write the headings in the right place on the dotted lines (...).

  1. Education and qualifications
  2. Personal details
  1. References
  2. Interests
    e. Work experience f. Skills

Nisa Thaoto CV

I am a nurse with qualifications and experience. I am looking for a job in healthcare in Beechen.

..................................................

Address: Email: Phone:
Date of birth:

391 Newbury Road, Beechen, BE2 3AC

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

07746 128 497 30 April 1992

..................................................

2010-2011: Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Bangkok (Thailand). Diploma in Nursing 2012-present: Beechen College. ESOL course. I will take Entry 1 exams this term.

..................................................

2011-2012: nurse at Bumrungrad International Hospital, Bangkok
2013-present: volunteer assistant at Help the Aged (charity shop), 14 High Street, Beechen

..................................................

Languages: Thai (fluent); English (elementary)
Computers: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) UK driving license

..................................................

I enjoy football and played for the women’s team at school.

..................................................

Mr Mark Hargreaves, ESOL Lecturer, Beechen College: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ms Pikul Dangda, Head of Nursing, Bumrungrad International Hospital, Bangkok: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Ms Dangda was my supervisor when I worked at Bumrungrad Hospital.

Task 5

Blank CV – for students to complete

Now write your CV. Write information about yourself.

...... CV

I am a ......
I am looking for ....

Personal details

Address: ... Email: ... Phone: ... Date of birth: ...

Education and qualifications

Work experience

Skills

Languages: ... Computers: ... ...

Interests

References