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Podcast #23 – Working Online and a Job Interview Activity

July 15th, 2008 by Dave · 2 Comments


In this podcast I talk about what I’ve been doing for the past several months. I talk a bit about my time at Dancing Rabbit, a community based around environmental sustainability with a website full of photos and articles. I also talk about two online jobs, as a tutor for and as a rater for the iBt TOEFL exam.

I next talk about my new job as the Technology Coordinator for the English Language Institute at the University of South Florida. Check out the new website I’ve been working on.

Finally, I talk about a low-prep job interview discussion activity that I recently did. We began by brainstorming questions as a class, going over vocab and grammar as needed. I also taught some terms related to benefits, and also told students about certain topics (age, marital status) which were illegal to broach in America. I then had students do interviews in pairs, and wrapped up with a class discussion about “difficult” questions — What is your biggest weakness? Why did you leave your last job? etc.

The last thing I mention is a new planner made for teachers interested in social justice.

If you have any questions, or other low-prep activities that work well with all sorts of classes, please let me know.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 paige // Jul 28, 2009 at 10:21 pm


    I recently began volunteering as a teacher for a class meant to teach students how to write resumes and cover letters as well as build interviewing skills. The last is the most challenging as their english is not their first language. As a result, I am interested in your low-prep job interview activities. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

    thank you,

  • 2 Dave // Jul 29, 2009 at 5:56 am

    Hi Paige,

    I hope you find something useful in the podcast. If you have any questions, just let me know.


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