The Workplace, English template intermediate mid

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The Workplace


Students will discuss their future career preferences. They will practice how to be persuasive with their speech to achieve something or to be convincing. Students will decide appropriate ways to talk about themselves and their talents in a formal setting. 

Proficiency Level:

Intermediate mid


career preferences, career, talents, speech, applications, jobs, workplace

World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standard 1.1 Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.”
  • Standard 1.2 Students understand and interpret spoken and written (target language) on a variety of topics.”
  • Standard 1.3 Students present information, concepts, and ideas in (target language) to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.”
  • Standard 2.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of (target culture).
  • Standard 3.1 Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through (target culture).

Idaho State World Language Standards:

  • COMM 1.1 - Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions
  • COMM 2.1 - Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
  • COMM 3.1 - Present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media in the target language.
  • CLTR 1.1- Analyze the cultural practices/patterns of behavior accepted as the societal norm in the target culture.
  • CLTR 1.3- Function appropriately in diverse contexts within the target culture.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can be persuasive in my speech to achieve something or be convincing
  • I can talk about my career preferences
  • I can talk about myself and my talents in a formal setting

Materials Needed:


1. Begin by introducing the Can-Dos for today’s activity and opening the Google Slideshow 

“Today, we are going to chat about our ourselves, our talents, and our future career preferences. We will chat about how we can be persuasive or convincing in our speech. We will also decide how to best promote ourselves in formal settings.

2. Have students look over applications from Argentina and the United States and answer the following questions:

What are some similarities?

What are some differences?

What was the most surprising question on the application?

Main Activity

1.Before watching the video on the Google slideshow and discuss what an elevator pitch is. 
               a. First define what is an "elevator pitch"
i. An elevator pitch is a short description of an idea, product, company, or oneself that explains the concept in such a way that any listener can understand it in a short period of time
              b. When could they use an elevator pitch?
i. Present themselves for a job, join an organization, or to impress a boss for a raise/higher position
ii. Present their idea to an individual/group, boss, or organization
iii. Present an item they are trying to sell (sales pitch)

2.  To help gain more understanding of what an elevator put is watch this video starting at 1:10 until the end. As the lady gives steps and her own pitch:

             a. Explain to students they should pay attention to the points she talks about BUT when they make their own, they should only include what is relevant to them

3. Students, will have 5 minutes to come up with an "elevator pitch" of about one minute using the 7 step process from the video

4. Divide students in pairs

5.  Potential employer profiles are going to be on the slides (i.e. principal of the school they want to work at, CEO of a company, owner of a restaurant, manager for music or art). In each pair, someone will play the employer while the other person does their elevator pitch. After each slide, students will switch roles so that they can each practice talking to different types of employers and practice giving their pitch.

6. After each slide: partners should switch roles so they can both practice giving their pitch and listening to the other

7. If the students need some help, use this model as an example:
         What are you best qualities? - My best qualities are my attention to detail and my planning skills. 


Ask the following questions to end the lab: 

1. Does an elevator pitch work in real life? 

2. Could you use this elevator pitch in real life? 

3. In what situations would you use an elevator pitch?

End of lab:

• Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate their confidence. 
(Use thumbs up/thumbs down or download our student cards.) 
• Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
• Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future labs!

Relevant NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can be persuasive in my speech to achieve something or be convincing
  • I can talk about my career preferences
  • I can talk about myself and my talents in a formal setting

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