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Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required


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Computer(s), Internet access, projector, speakers and/or headphones (optional)

Activity Description

In this activity, students listen to a conversation about job hunting in which a number of slang terms and idioms are used. Students learn the meaning of these words and phrases, read sentences, select the best expression for each, complete a listening gap fill activity, practice using some of the terms and phrases to retell a story, and create their own sentences using this vocabulary.


  1. This listening activity should be part of a unit on jobs/employment. Before conducting this activity in class, be sure students are familiar the terms "slang" and "idiom."
  2. Make sure the audio files can be played on both the teacher and student computers.
  3. Print and make copies of the attached handout Job Hunting Dialogue & Vocabulary for your students or provide it to them digitally in an email or by placing a copy on lab computers.


  1. Write the words Job hunting on the board. Ask students to identify what this phrase means. Have students identify reasons people look for a new job. What are the best ways to go about looking for a new job?
  2. Distribute the Job Hunting Dialogue & Vocabulary handout to your students. Tell students they will be listening to a dialogue about job hunting that uses a lot of slang and idioms. Have them read the dialogue as you play the conversation.
  3. Play the conversation from the Example Web Site (above). Discuss which slang/idioms are familiar and which are new to the students.
  4. Review the definitions and sample sentences provided on the handout.
  5. Display the three questions listed under Section III. Catching the Meaning using the projector. Have students work in pairs or small groups to identify the correct answers. Go over the answers as a class.
  6. Direct the students to Job Hunting Part 2  and have them complete Section IV. Filling in the Meaning - Listen independently (using headphones). Have them show you their scores when they finish.
  7. Have students work with a partner to retell the story using the vocabulary they have learned.
  8. Have students do the Improvisation activity in Section VI. Expanding Your Learning (Part III)  with a partner. Have them write and turn in 10 sentences to you.

Teacher Tips

  • Sample sentences  are also available at the site to demonstrate more uses of various slang terms.
  • The site has ads. Be sure to teach your students how to avoid selecting these and what they look like.

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  • Continue learning on this topic by using the Writing, Real Speak, and Internet Search activities in the VI. Expand Your Learning section.
  • Assign other listening activities from this site for homework. Other conversations included in this site are:
    • Study Abroad: Making New Friendships
    • Distance Education and Online Degrees
    • Dating and Romance
    • Study Abroad and Travel
    • Budget Hotels and Reservations
    • Making Money



  • Intermediate High
  • Advanced


Basic Communication

  • (0.1) Communicate in interpersonal interactions

Basic Communication

  • (4.6) Communicate effectively in the workplace
  • (4.1) Understand basic principles of getting a job
  • (4.9) Understand how organizational systems function, and operate effectively within them
  • (4.2) Understand wages, benefits, employee rights, and concepts of employee organizations
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.