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This is a course proposal I wrote to teach Spanish students job preparation and readiness for working in an English speaking environment in the EU or outside the EU. It was written for a local ...

This is a course proposal I wrote to teach Spanish students job preparation and readiness for working in an English speaking environment in the EU or outside the EU. It was written for a local business college in Spain (close to where I live). If you are interested in this proposal, please contact me.

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  • CLASS TITLE: Job Preparation and Readiness for the English Speaking Market GENERAL CLASS DETAILS Ideal Class Size Maximum 10 students Required Level of English Based on the Common European Framework, the students level should be at least B2. This class will be challenging academically in the areas of English reading, writing, conversation, and comprehension. Length of Class Class Length 3-6 months (optional to shorten or extend 1.5/class (1-2 times/week) time)CLASS OBJECTIVEThis class is extremely participatory and hands-on. It will cover all facets of job preparation andreadiness for working in an English speaking country and/or marketplace. Students will producecover letters and resumes based on real world opportunities that are closely related to theircareer objectives, while also matching their current skill set.The class will inform and prepare students about professional cover letter and resume writing inEnglish. Preparing them to think critically about what to put into and how to best presentrelevant information in their resume / curriculum vitae. As well as, emphasizing the organizationand the visual presentation of the information. It will also cover interviewing preparedness andskills plus concerns and pit falls. We will review methods of making your resume/curriculumvitae stand out of a crowd and look at examples. Through videos and readings we will study bestpractices and recommendations for getting hired in a crowded job market. Finally, the class willalso address some modern day job searching methods, such as doing informal interviews, usingsocial media sites, and networking.The Role of English ConversationDiscussion and conversations will all occur in English. Student’s incorrect use of grammar andany poor pronunciation will be constantly corrected in every class. The class will also focus onimproving the student’s English writing skills. Each class the students will be given a writingassignment on job preparation and readiness for homework. The writing assignments will helpthe students improve their English writing skills, gain personal clarity regarding their futures, itwill give them some material that can be used to write cover letters, in job interviews, and/or toget a better understanding of who he/she is and what he/she wants to do professionally. Sometopics might include: where do you want to be in five years, what have you accomplished inyour life that would make you a good candidate for your dream job, what skills do you have tooffer, what skills do you need to be competitive in your job market, etc.? 1 Elizabeth E. Brait, MSS Barrio del la Pila, 134, Lloreda de Cayon 39694 España eebrait@gmail.com | 659.946.710
  • COURSE OUTLINE The class is divided into 5 sections throughout the semester. Section 1 Brainstorming: What do you want to do, where do you want to be, and what skills do you need to get there? Section 2 Demystifying Cover Letters and Resumes/Curriculum Vitae (CV) for the English Speaking Job Markets and What Makes a Good Reference Section 3 Making your Resume / Curriculum Vitae Stand Out Section 4 Interview Preparedness, and Skills, What to do after the interview (Thank you/Follow up letters), and Getting Hired in a Crowded Job Market Section 5 Job Searching (Informal interviews, social media, and networking) Section 6 Cultural Differences and Different Expectations to Be Aware of Regarding Employment in English Speaking Countries Optional Collaboration Among ProfessorsI. Brainstorming: What do you want to do, where do you want to be, and what skills do you need to get there? The material in this class would extend over multiple class hours. The point of this class is to help the students to brainstorm about their future. Brainstorming exercises will help the student gain a better understanding of what he/she may want to pursue, and to increase their clarity and focus in order to help them make better decisions. Students will need to answer a series of questions in discussion and in writing assignments; as well as, make lists in order to clarify what steps they should take towards their future. These assignments will be used as references for each student when they are starting to develop their profession curriculum vitae and material for cover letters, and in preparation for job interviews. The students should be prepared to write a lot. Some examples of brainstorming exercises will include: • What is your dream job? • Where do you want to work and why? • What skills do you think you need to get there? • What skills you really need? – The students will be asked to research this by looking at job descriptions on the internet from multiple companies • List your certifications and degrees • List of your volunteer, work experience, and personal projects • What skills do I currently have to offer? • Make a list of my accomplishments (projects, published articles, presentations) • Make a list of keywords that describe what you have done/accomplished (for example, responsible, managed, sold, started, created, increased, etc) – This will help the students to start thinking in terms of action words to describe their successes. • Make a list of technical and language skills 2 Elizabeth E. Brait, MSS Barrio del la Pila, 134, Lloreda de Cayon 39694 España eebrait@gmail.com | 659.946.710
  • II. Demystifying Cover Letters and Resumes/Curriculum Vitae (CV) for the English Speaking Job Markets and What Makes a Good Reference a. Cover Letters The students will be provided with examples of different cover letters in English. The components of a cover letter will be discusses in detail. Format guidelines and common Do’s and Don’ts will also be covered. The students will be asked to find job opportunities online that they are interested in and that they have some or all of the qualifications of the job advertised. Then they will be asked to practice writing cover letters for these different job opportunities. b. Resumes Each student will develop a resume and/or curriculum vitae that they will be able to use when searching for employment. The students will be provided with examples of different resumes and curriculum vitae in English. Videos from youtube.com (i.e. http://jetresumes.blogspot.com.es, videos on business and marketing oriented resumes, etc) about resumes will be used as teaching material and in discussion. The class will cover the differences between them and which country uses which format. The components of a resume/curriculum vitae will be discusses in detail. Format guidelines and common Do’s and Don’ts will also be covered. In addition to the information that goes into a resume (CV), I will also cover resume/CV readability (for example, what to make bold, italic, underline, font type and size, etc). As described in the earlier part of the class, the students should have all the information at this point to be able to create a resume / curriculum vitae. c. References This section of the course will mostly be a combination of presented information and discussion. It will cover the following: • Who should be a reference? • What should they say? • What is a good reference vs. a satisfactory reference? • Why is this important? • How to write a reference (the components of a reference)III. Making your Resume / Curriculum Vitae Stand Out This class will involve a lot of reading and discussion about making the resume (CV) stand out. The class will cover tips, do’s and don’ts, advice, how resumes are evaluated by people and machines. For example, using of key words found in the job announcement and adapting your CV for specific job announcements. We will also watch some videos via youtube.com on this subject. The class will also provide examples of ways different people have made their resume stand out, such as the resume of Christopher J. Spurlock’s. His resume went viral on the web 3 Elizabeth E. Brait, MSS Barrio del la Pila, 134, Lloreda de Cayon 39694 España eebrait@gmail.com | 659.946.710
  • (http://cjspurlock.squarespace.com/resume-cv/) and the advice he offers others about how they can stand out (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/craig-kanalley/how-to-make-your- resume-g_b_828559.html). Additional examples showing other creative presentations (i.e. http://iidastudents.wordpress.com/category/trends, http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=e0qbgCmHdrY) will be provided and students will also be asked to find examples that they think are useful. All of the collected material will be shared with the entire class. The students should leave this section understanding how to write resume that catches the reviewers attention and what are the pit falls to avoid. By the end of the class students should have a resume that they are ready to present to perspective employees.IV. Interview Preparedness, and Skills, What to do after the interview (Thank you notes / Follow up letters), and Getting Hired in a Crowded Job Market a. Interview Preparedness and Skills We often forget that job interviews are a two-way street. This class will cover the entire street. This section will cover: • What makes a good interview? • Selling yourself without sounding arrogant • How to prepare for an interview? • Knowing the company • Question to expect and what questions to ask • How to answer the “dreaded” salary question? • How to answer questions that might be uncomfortable (for example, about gaps in your CV, why you left a previous job or only worked there for a short period of time) • How to ask questions that you wouldn’t ask in your country? Mock Interviews: Students will be paired up. One person will be the interviewer and the other the interviewee. The students will give their partner some information about the company that they have chosen to “submit a resume (CV)” to and the partner will create a list of interview questions that relate to that company, using the job description the student is responding to, and the general material provided in the class. The person who is the being interviewed will also make a list of questions about the job and the company to ask the person who is interviewing them. b. What to do after the interview (Thank you/Follow up letters) In this class, students will learn about the components and the importance of thank you/follow up letters. Why it matters and the role it can play. Examples will be provided and the students will have practice writing sample letters to the companies that they choose to write a cover letter to and have an interview with throughout the class. 4 Elizabeth E. Brait, MSS Barrio del la Pila, 134, Lloreda de Cayon 39694 España eebrait@gmail.com | 659.946.710
  • V. Job Searching (Informal interviews, social media, and networking) This section will cover the following: • What is an informal interview and how does it work? • How to use social media to find work? (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203750404577173031991814896.html? mod=wsj_share_in_bot) • What is networking and how do I do it? • Targeting markets and jobs • Top 10 job sites • Jobs that are advertised on more specialized sites (finding through keyword searches, university links/resource pages, associations, etc) - We will create a resource list for all of the students.VI. Cultural Differences and Different Expectations to Be Aware of Regarding Employment in English Speaking Countries This class will look at an overview regarding cultural differences and expectations in the workplace. Readings will be provided to the students and students will be expected to participate in class discussion on the different themes. This section will cover at least the following subjects: • Different expectations in different cultures • Adapting to different works hours and expectations. What is normal vs. acceptable? • Working through lunch (No siestas) and unpaid overtime to meet deadlines, different work compensation options • Different modes of communication and presentation • Differences regarding policies OPTIONAL: Collaboration Among Professors This class could also collaborate with other professors at CESINE who teach or have knowledge of/experience in graphic/web design and video creation. By adding a dynamic component to this course, in that, students would also create a video resumes/CV that they can post online, send to companies, and also could be put on the CESINE website similar to what other business universities have done in the United States. Some examples include: • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLBye5Z1ViM&feature=related , • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7piXWfcZ54, • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fCSSBA0dGg, • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHCcbC5bdEo, • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuKbrHD0aVg&feature=related , • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAS0_LS0knQ&feature=related, • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRHFEDyHIsc 5 Elizabeth E. Brait, MSS Barrio del la Pila, 134, Lloreda de Cayon 39694 España eebrait@gmail.com | 659.946.710
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  • Teacher: Elizabeth E. BraitSummary of my qualificationsI am a native English speaker from the United States.DegreesBachelor of Arts in Anthropology (University of California, Santa Cruz)Master in Social Services (Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work & SocialResearch)Experience • Working in the US job market in different fields since age 13 • Since 2006, teaching English in Santander, Spain • Experience working in public health, social work, graphic/web design • Taught job preparation and readiness, and created career development projects • Work experience with project development, coordination, and creation, report and proposal writing, editing, and research (including internet research) • Experience with a lot of different computer programs and platforms • In active development, I have some social media experience (already, enough to understand it’s importance) • Hired as a reviewer of program and project proposals for funding • Working independently and in collaborations For full work experience details, please review my CV 7 Elizabeth E. Brait, MSS Barrio del la Pila, 134, Lloreda de Cayon 39694 España eebrait@gmail.com | 659.946.710