On the job hunt (writing a CV)

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Writing a CV

writing a CV in English


In this lesson, students watch a video about writing a CV in English, have a closer look at a CV sample and write parts of their CVs.  

B1 / Intermediate75 minStandard LessonUnlimited Plan


The lesson starts with a warm-up in which students talk about writing a CV. They decide whether certain elements should be included in CVs (e.g. your photo, your date of birth, your hobbies). There are no incorrect answers in this task but students need to explain why they would include some elements and not others. Then, students do a vocabulary task. They need to match five statements with their follow-ups. The context for the target vocabulary (template, bullet points, chronological order, etc.) is provided. If the teacher thinks it’s necessary, they might ask students to explain the target vocabulary after they have finished the task. Next, students discuss some questions about writing a CV in English and other languages. They also share their experience with online CV writing tips.


Students watch the first part of the video and match three types of CVs with their descriptions. While they watch the second part of the video, they decide whether five sentences are true or false. They also need to correct the false sentences. After the video, students answer some questions about writing a CV in English using the information they’ve learned from the video. Next, students read a CV and answer some questions about it. They decide whether the author followed the rules from the video and talk about the skills listed in the CV. Then, students read the CV objective again and complete some notes about it. Their next task is to complete some notes about themselves and write a CV objective. Finally, students look at the work experience described in the CV and use the verbs included there to create some collocations. They also decide which of the verbs they will use while writing a CV in English. In the last task, students need to use the verbs to write about their work experience. As homework, students can use the parts of CV they wrote in the class to create their own complete CV in English.




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  1. nijattino

    Another practical and great lesson plan for professional contexts!
    As an ESL teacher, we are encouraged to assist our non-native speaker students to do something actionable in their professional life.
    Thanks for the plan. Happy New Year!

    1. Ewa

      I’m glad to hear the lesson is useful. Happy New Year to you, too 🙂

  2. DaveMar

    Really useful!

    1. Ewa

      Great! Thanks!


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