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1. Talking about your life

  • I wasn’t born in a hospital.
  • I didn’t get promoted.

Dialog
[NANCY] Did you watch TV all day?
[BOB] My wife worked all day.
[BOB] What did I do ?
[BOB] I just sat in front of the TV. But I'm retired. I mean, I have all this time on my hands.
[EMMA] I graduated from university last year.
[EMMA] I’m looking for a job, but … you know, it’s not that easy.

noun : death, retirement, marriage, birth, graduation

make past tense questions.

  • Where were you born?
  • I was born in Seoul.
  • A: Where did you grow up?
  • B: I grew up in Belgium.

比利时

  • When did she start working there?
Dialog
JAMES: So, Hailey, let’s start with some basic information. Where were you born?
HAILEY: I was born in Amman, Jordan.
JAMES: And when were you born?
HAILEY: I was born on April 22nd. The first day of spring.
JAMES: That’s lucky. And, uh, where did you grow up?
HAILEY: I grew up with my family in Al Karak, Jordan. Near the Dead Sea.
JAMES: Beautiful. And now a question about your high school, or university. Where did you graduate from ?
HAILEY: I graduated from the University of Chicago in 2009.
JAMES: Uh-huh? Now let’s talk about your work experience. Where are you working?
HAILEY: I’m working at Carter and Lindsey, in Chicago, as the creative director.
JAMES: And when did you start working there?
HAILEY: I got my job there in May 2011.

Geneva
It’s my pleasure

2. Discussing important life events

  • It’s my turn, right?
  • people got married very young then

2.1 ‘Get’ for life events

  • get married
  • get pregnant [‘prɛɡnənt]
  • get over a relationship
  • get a degree
  • get a job
  • get promoted
  • get fired
  • get a driver’s license
  • get old

My best friend is six months pregnant
She’s getting her driver’s license next year.
They’re getting married next month.

2.2 Clauses with ‘when’

  • When I was young, we didn’t sit around all day texting.
  • Do you remember when we bought that house on Oak Street.
  • She spent a lot of time in her car when she first got her driver’s license.

2.3 text

I got my driver’s license when I was 16. I was 18 years old when I got my first job. When I was 21, I graduated from university. When I was 23, I left New York. When I was married for two years, I got pregnant.

Tell me something about yourself.
What do you want to know?
When did you get your first job?
She left Los Angeles when she got divorced.

3. Giving details about someone’s life

  • move out
  • meet the love of her life

More life events
I first traveled abroad when I was 15.
I got my first car when I was 17.
I moved away from home when I was 18.
I moved out of my parents’ house when I was 18.
I met the love of my life when I was 22.
We fell in love and got married.
We had our first child when I was 25.

I first traveled abroad when I was 16. I went to Paris with my family. It was fantastic. The next year, I got my first car. It was red! I moved out of my parents’ house when I was 18, to go to university. I got my first apartment with a friend near the university. My second year of university, I met the love of my life. We fell in love and got married one year later. We had our first child after we graduated from university. I was only 22! We didn’t have a lot of money, but we were happy.

He traveled abroad after he graduated.

Clauses with ‘after’
After I moved out of my parents’ house, I got my first apartment.
I got my first apartment after I moved out of my parents’ house.

I was born in 1975. I got my first car when I was 16 years old. After I graduated from high school, I moved out of my parents’ house. After I got an apartment, I got a good job. I met a girl at work, and we fell in love. After I got a promotion, we got married. When our first child was born, I really became an adult.

4. Interviewing for a job

  • appointment
  • candidate
  • strengths [streŋθs]
  • opportunity

Dialog
[SALLY] Can I help you?
[CAROL] Yes. I have a 2 o’clock appointment with Joan Baxter.
[SALLY] Oh, yes. That’s her office over there. She’s waiting for you. Good luck!
[CAROL] Thanks.
[CAROL] Hi. I’m Carol.
[JOAN] Nice to meet you, Carol. Have a seat.
[CAROL] Thanks.
[JOAN] So, I’ve looked over your resume, and I’ve talked with Todd.
[JOAN] He was very impressed with your last interview. He thinks you’re a suitable candidate for the position.
[CAROL] I’m happy to hear that.
[JOAN] You’re a designer over at Future Studios?
[CAROL] Yes, that’s right. For six years now.
[JOAN] Why do you wanna leave?
[CAROL] Opportunity. I mean, Future Studios is a very small company, with only three designers. There isn’t much chance for me to advance.
[JOAN] I see.
[CAROL] And you are looking for a senior designer.
[JOAN] That’s right. So, what do you think are your strengths?
[CAROL] Well, I’m very creative. My boss and the other designers love my designs.
[JOAN] Yes. Your designs are impressive.
[CAROL] Thank you. I also have an excellent technical background.
[JOAN] When would you be available to start?
[CAROL] I could start next month.
[JOAN] Great! Well, I’d like you to talk to a few other members of the team. Uh, do you have time now?
[CAROL] Yes, I do. That would be great.
[JOAN] Okay. Come this way.
interview sentence 1
Can you send me your resume?
There are many candidates for this job.
I’m very interested in the position.
I have an appointment to talk to the manager.
I have an interview on Thursday.
This is a really good opportunity for me.
interview sentence 2
Do you have any teaching experience?
Could you talk about your education?
What are your strengths?
What is your greatest weakness?
Tell me about your work background.
interview sentence 3
Could you come back for a second interview?
I’d like to introduce you to the other people on the team.
How is February 1st as a start date?

reading

Thank you very much for this opportunity to speak with you. I think I am a very strong candidate for this position. As you can see on my resume, I have a lot of work experience, and my university education was excellent. I want to talk to you about both my strengths and weaknesses. I know I can do great work on your team .

interview dialog

  • I have a 3 o’clock job interview with Ken Smith.
  • Thank you for seeing me, Mr. Smith.
  • Thank you for the opportunity to meet with you.
Dialog
INTERVIEWER: Good afternoon. I’m Carol Higgins, director of Human Resources. Please have a seat.
CANDIDATE: Thank you. And thank you very much for speaking with me today.
INTERVIEWER: My pleasure. Your resume is impressive. I think you are a strong candidate for the position of IT manager. I just have one question about your resume. Who was your supervisor at Data Systems?
CANDIDATE: Oh, that was Trisha Chambers. She left the company last month.
INTERVIEWER: Why is that, and why do you want to leave?
CANDIDATE: Well, I don’t think the work is challenging . Business isn’t good, and people are worried.
INTERVIEWER: I see. And you like a good challenge?
CANDIDATE: I do. The more challenging, the better.
INTERVIEWER: Good. How about weaknesses ? Where do you think you need to improve?
CANDIDATE: Well, sometimes I try to do too much. I need to work on one thing at a time.