Job interviews

You have written your application letter and compiled a CV (or ‘resume’ as it’s called in America). Now it’s time to interview the best candidates for the job. In groups, prepare a good list of questions to ask. Make sure all of you have written the questions down!

Here is a video to give you some tips on possible questions to ask as the interviewer, plus how best to answer them as the interviewee. In each interview, also remember to ask the candidates what THEY would like to ask.

Before you go for your interviews, watch this video and follow the advice closely.

GOOD LUCK! Let’s see which of you will be hired.

Looking ahead – final blog post

In connection with our last theme – the world of work – we read the article ‘Generation jobless’, published in the Economist magazine, Here is our jointly compiled summary of it:

Young people who start their working life on the dole are more likely to get lower wages and to be jobless for longer periods of time later in life because they don’t get any experience for the future. Currently, there are nearly 311m young unemployed people around the world, which is more than ever. There is a long recession in the west that has reduced demand for labour. It’s easier to put off hiring young people than it is to fire old workers. Another problem is that population growth is fastest in countries with dysfunctional labour markets. The rich world’s recession meets the poor world’s in the Middle East all the way to south Asia. Also Spain, Italy and Portugal have startlingly high youth unemployment.

Unemployment can be tackled by growth but this is hard because we are living in a world in debt. This, added to rigid labour markets and lack of young people with the right skills, makes unemployment higher. In countries with better records, governments take a more active role in finding jobs for those who are struggling. But these policies are too expensive to reproduce in countries with big populations and/or economic problems which should reform labour-hungry bits of the economy.

Governments shouldn’t try to increase the number of people who graduate from universities because there will not be enough work for them. What matters is not the amount of education but the quality and the content. Closing the gap between the world of education and the world of work can be done, for example by companies working with universities. Although the problem with youth unemployment has been getting worse for several years, governments and companies are taking more interest in making things better for the young.

 BLOG ASSIGNMENT

Write your last blog post on the theme of future. Your own plans of further studies, your career plans,  and dream jobs. How do you see your own future, as regards working life? Also, reflect on the wider issue of youth employment/unemployment in general. Do you feel optimistic or pessimistic about young people’s future? Work on giving your post some deeper thought than just writing about your own personal plans.

 

A look at the Finnish school system

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The Finnish education system that has been the centre of the whole world’s attention in the last few year, thanks to the success of Finnish 15-year-olds in the international PISA student assessments. Thousands of educators from many different countries have visited schools in Finland to learn our secrets, and dozens of articles have been written about our schools in international press.

I have compiled an online “magazine” of links to many of these articles and videos, with the title FINNISH EDUCATION IN SPOTLIGHT. Your job is to go through the list of links, and select a minimum of 1 article and 1 video to study. Have a good look at everything, and choose something that really interests you!

  • Take GOOD NOTES of what you read and hear.
  • Collect a list of GOOD VOCABULARY for yourself. You will need the special vocabulary to talk and write about what you learned. Why not use Lingro again to understand the article you choose!
  • If you have problems with understanding something, don’t hesitate to ask! We will do some of the work in class so you will have the chance to ask your friends and me.
  • The more you read and listen, the easier it will be to understand, as the same ideas keep coming up!

NEXT BLOG ASSIGNMENT

Write your own opinions and ideas about what you read and heard about the Finnish school system. Remember to refer to your sources, and use HYPERLINKS to the original articles and videos that you mention. You may agree or disagree with the information you read and hear but make sure you give good reasons for your opinions.

For Tuesday, April 30, write your draft in Google Drive.

How to learn better – some students, or schools, would go to any lengths!

Work in groups of maximum 3 students – you choose! Each of you, or each group will be given one of the texts below to study.

  1. First read the whole text to get a general idea what it’s all about.
  2. You will also get a worksheet with a list of important key words to learn and explain. Make sure you know what they all mean. You could try LINGRO, which is a great service that gives you a dictionary definition of any word you click in the text. You just write the URL of your article into LINGRO, and it will open your text with an inbuilt clickable dictionary. Why not try it!
  3. With the help of the key words, prepare a short summary of the main ideas of your text.
  4. Also work on answers to the extra questions on the worksheet.
  5. Be prepared to explain your key words to the rest of the class – making a PowerPoint or other presentation is advisable so they will be able to see the words and explanations. And remember that pictures help visual students!
  6. Also be prepared to present your summary fluently. This needs good preparation and practice!
  7. And finally present your answers to the extra questions.

1. The Myth of ‘Practice Makes perfect’

2. Chinese students and IV amino acids

3, Puppy room at University of Aberdeen

4. Rude awakening for sleepy U.S. students

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COURSE 3: Blog post 1

After some talk about learning and a brief look at some intelligence tests, write a post with this title:

YOU ARE WHAT YOU KNOW

Write your response to this title in as much detail as you can. You may agree with the statement or not; either way your answer should be the result of some deep thinking.

Make a draft in your Google Drive folder for Thursday morning!

Homework for Tuesday, April 16

After trying some simple IQ questions in class, let’s get to know a different theory of intelligence. American psychologist, Howard Gardner wasn’t happy with the old belief that intelligence could be summed up in a single number. Challenging the old theories, Gardner developed his theory of multiple intelligences.

Take this online test to find out your “profile”. Remember to write down your results, print them or save a screenshot of your results on your laptop as you will have to be able to discuss your results in class on Tuesday!