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GCF LearnFree: Job Application


ESL: English as a Second Language

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required

http://www.gcflearnfree.org/edlall/job-application new window
Computer(s), Internet access, projector, speakers and/or headphones

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Activity Description

In this practice activity, students demonstrate their ability to complete a job application correctly.


  1. Teach job application vocabulary and familiarize your students with the layout of a job application before introducing this practice activity.
  2. Watch the tutorial external link opens new browser window or tab to familiarize yourself with the features of the Everyday Life lessons.
  3. Familiarize yourself with the Job Application activity before doing it in class.
  4. Make sure students have basic computer skills including the ability to click and drag before engaging in this activity. Make sure your lab has headphones for students at each computer.
  5. Print out copies of the Job Application Tips (PDF) for your students. If you need a copy of a sample Job Application for Step 7 below, try this one we found.


  1. Review the job application vocabulary and layout you previously taught.
  2. Display the Job Application activity external link opens new browser window or tab using the digital projector. Be sure the sound is turned on and you have speakers.
  3. Ask students to describe what they see (a blank job application and notes with Humberto's personal information, work history and education).
  4. Have students take turns coming to the teacher computer and clicking and dragging Humberto's information to the proper part of the job application. Remind students that the entire application must be filled out. If the information is not provided in Humberto's notes, students need to select that section of the application to have Humberto help them with the answer.
  5. If more practice is needed, have your students complete the activity independently on the student computers (with headphones).
  6. Ask questions about the information contained in the application.
  7. Distribute the Job Application Tips handout and review. Tell students they will be completing a job application with their own information tomorrow, so they will need to gather the information listed on the Tips sheet as a homework assignment.
  8. Plan the follow-up activity to complete the Job Application at the next class meeting.

Web Site

http://www.gcflearnfree.org/everydaylife new window

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More Ways

GCFLearn Free offers interactive situation-based lessons like this one on a variety of topics including:

  • Using an ATM
  • Filling out deposit forms
  • Counting money
  • Filling out a time sheet
  • Shopping with a grocery list
  • Checking a grocery receipt
  • Measuring ingredients according to a recipe
  • Blending ingredients according to a recipe
  • Following recipe instructions to bake a cake
  • Filling a prescription
  • Using a debit card at a self-pay machine
  • Learning about grill safety
  • Interpreting a home escape plan for fires
  • Using a bus map and schedule to get to a job interview on time
  • Finding and reading classified ads
  • Filling out a job application
  • Using a subway map to find a route to your destination
  • Using bills and coins in a vending machine
  • Identifying and counting coins
  • Identifying and counting postage stamps of various values
  • Using information on food labels to plan a menu for guests with dietary restrictions
  • Reading food labels
  • Using a chart to take daily vitamins
  • Scanning to find phone numbers
  • Comparing prices at the grocery store
  • Comparing labels at the grocery store
  • Microwaving food according to the cooking instructions
  • Finding important information on bills
  • Paying bills
  • Setting the time
  • Finding information on tax documents
  • Telling time

Here you will find the learning objectives and CASAS competencies for each Life Skill topic external link opens new browser window or tab.

The site also offers tutorials on many technology topics including Internet Basics, all the Microsoft Office products, E-mail Basics, Computers, and Google.


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2.7 Understand aspects of society and culture
4.1 Understand basic principles of getting a job
4.5 Effectively use common workplace tools and technology