B2 Lesson Plan

ESL Strategies for Acing Job Interviews - With Role-Play Simulations

Created by ALULA | March 22, 2024

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Securing a job can be a challenging process, especially when it involves an interview in English. For ESL adult learners aiming to thrive in English-speaking work environments, acing the job interview is pivotal. This lesson plan is strategically designed to prepare students for the nuances and expectations of job interviews in English. It gives an in-depth understanding of common interview questions, formulating appropriate responses, and the needed vocabulary to present oneself professionally and confidently.


This lesson plan equips ESL learners with skills to effectively handle job interviews conducted in English. By engaging in interactive role-play simulations and learning the art of resume building, students will grow their vocabulary and speaking abilities, directly correlating to enhanced vocational competence and confidence.

Lesson Focus

Students will gain:

  • Expanded vocabulary specific to job interviews and professional environments.
  • Enhanced speaking skills, including the ability to respond to common interview questions with fluency and articulacy.
  • Better understanding of cultural norms and expectations during English-speaking interviews.

Lesson Content

Activity 1: Vocabulary Builder

  • Approximate Time Needed: 20 minutes
  • Objective: To learn and practice key vocabulary related to job interviews and professional settings.
  • Materials: Vocabulary list, flashcards (can be made using index cards or digital flashcard apps), and example sentences. These materials can be sourced online or prepared by the teacher.
  1. Introduce the list of key job interview vocabulary to the students.
  2. Demonstrate each word through example sentences relevant to job interviews.
  3. Students create flashcards with the new vocabulary words and their definitions.
  4. Practice pronunciation and usage in sentences through pair-work.

Activity 2: Common Interview Questions

  • Approximate Time Needed: 30 minutes
  • Objective: To practice answering typical job interview questions with the newly learned vocabulary.
  • Materials: A list of common interview questions, a timer, and recording devices such as smartphones or computers (optional).
  1. Pair up students and provide each pair with a list of common job interview questions.
  2. Students take turns asking and answering questions, with a focus on using the vocabulary from Activity 1.
  3. If available, students can record their answers for self-evaluation and teacher feedback.
  4. Conduct a group discussion about the answers, highlighting good examples and areas for improvement.

Activity 3: Role-Play Simulation

  • Approximate Time Needed: 40 minutes
  • Objective: To simulate a real job interview experience, encouraging spontaneous use of language and professional interaction.
  • Materials: Scenarios of different job interview settings, evaluation forms, and dress code (optional for added realism).
  1. Create a realistic interview environment in the classroom.
  2. Assign roles to students (interviewer and interviewee) and give them the interview setting scenario.
  3. Conduct the role-play, with the interviewee responding to questions and scenarios provided.
  4. Other students and the teacher provide feedback using the evaluation forms.

Activity 4: Resume Building Workshop

  • Approximate Time Needed: 30 minutes
  • Objective: To create or improve personal resumes with the appropriate language and structure.
  • Materials: Resume templates, sample resumes, computers or paper for drafting.
  1. Discuss key elements of a professional resume in English, including language and layout.
  2. Review sample resumes and identify strong and weak points.
  3. Students draft or update their resumes, applying the principles discussed.
  4. Provide one-on-one or group feedback on the resumes.

Wrap Up

This comprehensive lesson plan offers ESL learners the necessary preparation for excelling in English-speaking job interviews. From expanding job-specific vocabulary to engaging in practical interview simulations, students are set on a course to present themselves professionally and succeed in their career aspirations.

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