Language Resident: Franco Rivas Quiroz

Level: Intermediate

Class theme/topic discussed: Work and future plans.

Goal of the class:

Students will be able to:

  • Describe job positions, tasks, different work settings and eventual future plans.
  • Talk about hypothetical situations and things that they would like using the conditional form (for example, trabajaría, ganaría, me gustaría, etc.)
  • Simulate job interviews

 Class structure:

Warm up:

Word Box: students come up with vocabulary words related to the topic and the facilitator writes them on the board. There will be a chart on the board to organize them, in terms of objects, actions and characteristics.

Students discuss the following question in a small group, then share it to the class: have you ever had a job? What was it? What kind of job would you like to have in the future?


Students watch a video of a woman talking about her job routine and tasks. They talk in a group and then share the following: 

  • ¿A qué se dedica?
  • ¿Cuáles son sus funciones?
  • ¿Cuál crees que son las ventajas y desventajas de su trabajo?
  • ¿Trabajarías en algo similar?

Choose the right person for the job: Each student chooses one occupation for which they will be looking for a candidate. In two rotating circles (one inside of the other) students will interview each other simulating short job interviews. First, half the class will interview and the other will be interview. Those who interview have to describe the job position and ask questions to the other. After a couple of minutes, the circle rotates and they interview the next one. After the circle does a whole round, they switch and those who were being interviewed, take the other role. 

At the end of the activity, everyone shares who they would hire for that position. The person who gets more job offers wins.

Wrap up:

Students talk about what their ideal job would be, describing hypothetical work settings, talks, routines and so on.

Resources used: Powerpoint, projector, youtube video

Reflection: What worked/did not work? How can it be improved?

Students seemed excited to go back to class after finishing the project. They seemed to have fun with job interviews and choosing the right candidate, since they ended up acting as real hr  agents and being critical about the candidate’s background. It might have been a bit repetitive but it seems that it helped them by being exposed to certain questions that they could be potentially ask one day if they ever have a job interview in Spanish