Bilingualer Fachunterricht an berufsbildenden Schulen
Berufsfeld: Wirtschaft und Verwaltung
ACTION PROGRAMME OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
LEONARDO DA VINCI –PROJECT
PROJECT No.: 2002 LA 112 628 BILVOC
LANGUAGE COMPETENCE THROUGH BILINGUAL TEACHING AT VOCATIONAL COLLEGES
Date of January 2004 Level of Language Skills: Threshold/ Vantage (B1/B2)
Subject: Business English Follow-Ups: None
Students should know all the parts of an
application. They should be able to write their
Topic: Business communication Objectives: own application and therefore they have to
know the basic criteria for an application form
and the necessary contents.
Title: The Application Benefits: Students should be able to answer the following questions:
- What steps should I take in order to get
an internship abroad?
Target Group: Students doing an -Which elements does a full application have?
apprenticeship at vocational -What can I do in order to prepare for a job interview?
Prior Knowledge of general business Authors: Students of the class SFA01 as well as Ms
Knowledge: vocabulary Hilpert, Mrs Bilsing and Mr Pfeifer
How to Write it
Golden Rules Specimen Letter
Curriculum Vitae Application Process
Preparation for the Job Interview Internship
I want to work abroad!
What is the first step I should take?
Before you start searching for a new job abroad, consider an
international assignment with the company you work for now, if that
is possible. If there are no opportunities within your company, your
first step might be to find a new job with an international firm in
your home country. Make clear that you are interested in a position
abroad. However, you should stay within your own field of work.
Show the new company what skills you have!!!
Golden Rules For a Curriculum Vitae
Write your CV with the help of a word processor. It makes a better impression.
You should not change your CV for each job you apply for.
Never use more than two sides of A4 paper. Selectors do not have the time to look
through several pages and your application could finally land in the garbage bin.
Always use good quality paper - preferably white.
Use good spacing between sections.
Employers are used to clearly laid out
Curriculum Vitae - structure
Job Objectives/ Job Targets
Education and Qualifications
• The UK Curriculum Vitae does not list any information about the applicant’s
family, e.g. parents, children etc.
• It is structured in different paragraphs, which usually have a main headline.
(Examples of possible headlines can be seen above.)
• You should never use more than two sides of A4 paper.
Stefanie Jordan, 4 Arthur Rd, Trentham TR4 RH1, Tel. +44-3452-344378
C U R R I C U LU M V I TAE
Name: Stefanie Jordan
Date of Birth: 14 January 1979
Place of Birth: London
Marital Status: Single
Home Address: 4 Arthur Rd
Trentham TR 4 RH 1
Education and Qualifications:
2001 – summer 2003 BTEC course Trentham Technical College
1999 – 2001 Work as a cashier at Tesco Trentham
1996 – 1999 Apprenticeship as an office clerk at Energy
Systems, Ltd, Trentham
1990 – 1996 Secondary school in Trentham
1986 – 1990 Primary school in Trentham
Positions of Responsibility and Extra Curricular Activities:
School: Member of school choir, member of school soccer team
Vacation Work Experience:
Summer 1996 Six weeks selling experience for Tupperware
Languages: English – mother tongue
Spanish, German – good knowledge
French – satisfactory knowledge
Hobbies: Reading, theatre and jazz dance,
Driving licence: Cars
Mr. J. Jones (Personnel Manager) Mr. J. Watson (Managing Director)
TESCO Ltd Energy Systems Trentham
10 Ingmire Rd 33 East Street
Trentham TR4 RH1 Trentham TR3 PF3
19 December 2003
Internship (practical training)
Internships are very important, if you have to decide about your
They can help you to get an overview of the different areas of
responsibility. After you have done an internship, it´s easier for
you to make up your mind and decide if the job is right for you.
Sometimes it´s possible to get a job afterwards in the same
company. While you do an internship you should give your best in
order to do your tasks satisfactorily. Furthermore, your should try
to be very involved and motivated.
Often it´s positive for your career, if you can certify that you
have done internships.
If you need help to find an internship have a look at the following
Talking your way into a job
Practice makes perfect: Think about likely questions (see below) and prepare
answers to them. Practice with a friend and record your answers so that you can hear
how you sound. Would you give yourself the job?
Back to the basics: Your interviewer will immediately start forming an
impression of you. So learn to introduce yourself clearly and confidently. The
best way is simply to say your name: "Good morning. Birgit Michl" Refer to
your interviewer with their title and last name - "Nice to meet you, Dr.
Roberts" - unless they invite you to use their first name.
Small is big: Take the opportunity to warm up before
the interview by making small talk in English with the
receptionist. Small talk at the start of an interview - for
example, on whether you found the office easily - also allows
you to relax, and to show that you understand English
and can use the language confidently.
Powerful past: To describe your achievements to date, use the simple past of
"power verbs":"I created a new system for ..."; "I increased sales by ten per cent"; "I
launched our new product range". The present perfect ("I have ...") is used when there
is a clear link to the present: "Over the past three years, I have modernised ... ."
Future plans: Talk about what you could bring to the job by using phrases such as
"I'm sure I would be able to ..."; "I believe I could ...";
"I look forward to ...(+ "-ing"); "I would ...". Remember that to get
the job you must solve the interviewer's problem. Therefore,
tell them what you can do for their company, not how happy
they would make you by offering you the position.
Question time: Interviews are a two-way process. You
need to be able to ask some intelligent questions.
So, practice forms such as: "How do you produce your ...?";
"What are your plans for ...?"; "When will you be making a decision?".
Who's perfect? Your interviewer wants to see if you can communicate effectively in
English. Don't worry too much about mistakes: they can even be charming. Just smile.
All's well that ends well: The last impression is almost as important as the first
one. Be polite and show enthusiasm: "It was very nice to meet you, and I am excited
by the prospect of working for you. I look forward to hearing from you."
Practice, practice, practice:
Before going to a job interview in English, practice your answers to questions such as:
1) Did you find your way to the office easily?
2) Why do you feel you would be suitable for this job?
3) What exactly are your responsibilities in your
4) What has been your biggest success?
5) What is your greatest strength/weakness?
6) What are your career goals?
HOW TO WRITE A LETTER OF APPLICATION
1) Contact the employer for a description of the vacant position,
a duty statement or job specification.
2) Research the company:
- What does the company make/do?
- Who are their customers and where are they?
- How big/small is the company? Use advertising material, web sites,
ask the company for publicly available information on its operations.
3) Construct the 'List of Criteria' (Try to find out what the prospective boss wants)
Points to remember for the letter of application:
• It should demonstrate your knowledge of the company
• Not to be too long-winded, but not too concise
• Use in-house/trade "jargon" to prove your knowledge
• It's OK to repeat what you have already stated in your resume
• Avoid negative or weak words, for example: only, just, some, fairly
• Don't make false claims, verify every claim you make
The most important step is to identify "what the boss wants"
(the Criteria List) and respond to this. Keep this as it will form the basis
of your interview preparation, helping you to decide what to say at your interview.
26 Silverside Place
COMMODORE SA 6210
Telephone: (+44) 346074 26237
14th May 2003
427 Apple Road
MCINTOSH SA 6207
I wish to apply for the position of a keyboard operator, job reference number 30060905 that you advertised in ‘The Border
Mail’ on Saturday, May 13th 2004. (This is an example of an introduction.)
MAIN PART OF THE LETTER OF APPLICATION:
This is where you "SELL" your skills. This may take a couple of paragraphs to complete. YOU WILL NEED TO REFER TO
YOUR "CRITERIA LIST" .
I have enclosed my resume, including qualifications and references, to give you additional information about myself. I would
appreciate an interview to outline my skills for this vacant position. If you wish to contact me, please call me at +44 (02)
6074 6237 or write to me at the address mentioned above. (This is an example of an ending.)
application - Bewerbung
chamber of commerce - Handelskammer
convention - Kongress
skilled worker - Facharbeiter
apply for sth. - sich um etw. bewerben
employer - Arbeitgeber
employee - Arbeitnehmer
employment/job office - Arbeitsamt
graduate - den Hochschulabschluss machen
help-wanted section - Stellenanzeige
international assignment - Auslandstätigkeit
personal details - persönliche Daten
work experience - berufliche Erfahrung
references - Referenzen (Zeugnisse)
additional skills - sonstige Kenntnisse und Fähigkeiten
job achievements - berufliche Erfolge
education - Ausbildung, Studium, Weiterbildung
occupation - Beruf
carefully - sorgfältig
effectively - effektiv, erfolgreich
A Job Quiz
1) James works at a bank as a bank ... .
2) Mary likes kids very much. She teaches them how to read
and write. She works at a school as a … .
3) Sue has just applied for a job in an English company in London.
She would like to write business letters, keep the records and organize
appointments for Mr. Smith at the London office as his … .
4) Jenny loves to help people, so he decided to work in a hospital as a … .
5) Gil also likes to help other people, especially when they have got
tooth ache. He is a … .
6) Jack works in a restaurant. He serves the guests. He is a … .