In this course, we are going to explore a variety of ways to use movies, television
shows,short videos, podcasts, music, and live webcasts for the purposes
of language learning. We will also be using web-based and mobile tools,
including student blogs, video publishing, and group chats.
Note: For some reason, Band often cuts short Dubsmash videos. If that is the case, please post it to your blog or post to your Google Drive and share the link in the Band.
Part#2 - Shadow Reading Audio or Video (How to do a Shadow Reading) Choose from selected scenes (not one you’ve done before) or choose your own (at least one minute) and send (or post) a before and after recording.
Part#3 - Update your Quizlet with at least 20 additional words from the second half of the semester (class discussions, Shadow readings, and/or SHELF projects). Study, take a Quizlet test (computer required).
Part#4 Participate in a Hangout-on-air Segment (Lebow's classes only) or Job Interview with Jeff (in person or via Hangout, resume required)
or Panel Discussion (2-4 people - discussion NOT presentation) and
Feel free to choose more than one option. Whichever you choose, you’ll need to watch the recording and post an analysis/reflection on your blog. We will schedule Part#4 during Hour#3 this week.
Lebow's Make-up Week Schedule. (Final prep, attendance optional) All times open to all students
Monday, June 8: 11am~1pm Virtual Office Hours (Jeff will be available via Hangout) Tuesday, June 9: 10am~11am D204 Wednesday, June 10: Virtual Office Hours noon~2pm
Go over the list of interview questions. Number them as you go. Choose (check) at least five that you’d like to practice.
Write down any additional questions you’d like to answer.
Briefly think about how you will answer them.
In groups of three or four, take turns choosing a question to practice. Discuss how you might answer it. Each of you then answer it in 90 seconds or less. Partners can ask follow-up questions
(e.g. Can you give us an example?, Why do you think so? What do you mean by….?).
Record your answers on your phone.
Be prepared with examples for anything you say about your character and experiences. STAR: Situation, Task, Action, Result
Speak slowly and clearly to avoid ums and other hesitation words.
Have personality. Be likable and remember you’re speaking to a person. Make eye contact
Don’t ramble. If you’re not sure what else to say, finish your sentence or story.
When in doubt...Smile, Pause, & Think, but don’t suffer in silence too long. If you're not sure you understand a question, try rephrasing it... "Are you asking....?". If you definitely don't understand a question, ask for what the unknown word means or ask them to rephrase the question.
Have a basic resume prepared for Hour#3. You can use the form on the back on the job interview question list or make your own.
Hour#3 - Mock Job Interviews
We will record 15 minute practice job interviews. Prepare you basic resume and three questions from the Megalist of Job Interview Questions you would like your interviewers to ask you. The interviewers will ask you these and other questions. People who are absent are required to record a 10-minute mock interview at home. Posted Example: Grace
Watch the recording of your mock interview. Upload the video to your Google Drive and share it with your professor. On your blog, post a reflection on the experience along with any specific learning points (e.g. I said X, but should have say Y. or How can I better express this phrase?)
Interviewees rambling on is one of the most common blunders Fogarty sees. "You really have to listen to the question, and answer the question, and answer it concisely," he says. "So many people can't get this basic thing down. You ask them a question, and they go off on a tangent. They might think you want to hear what they're saying, but they didn't answer your question." Provide Examples It's one thing to say you can do something; it's another to give examples of things you have done. "Come with a toolbox of examples of the work you've done," advises Fogarty. "You should come and anticipate the questions a recruiter's going to ask based on the requirement of the role. Think of recent strong strategic examples of work you've done, then when the question is asked, answer with specifics, not in generalities. You should say, ‘Yes, I've done that before. Here's an example of a time I did that…,' and then come back and ask the recruiter, ‘Did that answer your question?'"
Ask Great Questions
Another of Fogarty's interview tips is to come ready with good questions. He says nothing impresses him more than a really good question that not only shows you've researched the company in general, but also the specific job you're hoping to land in particular. "That makes me go, ‘Wow, this person has really done their homework. They not only know the company, but they know the role.'"
Fail to prepare, prepare to fail: Ask a hundred recruiters what disappoints them most about the people they interview and I can safely predict the top answer - lack of knowledge of their organisation. And for lack of knowledge, they read lack of interest. Interview over.
Any degree develops research skills, so apply them to your job hunting and don't forget the social networks that provide so much inside information. Find out how the organisation you are applying for has developed in recent years, how its products or services and markets have changed, who its competitors are, what its ethos is and what the future holds. Then use that information intelligently. Interviews are not like Mastermind – regurgitating facts won't win any prizes. Instead, you need to demonstrate an understanding of what it all means for you as a prospective employee, what the challenges would be and the skills and attributes you'll need to make a positive contribution.
Be prepared to convince the employer you're perfect for them:Preparation for the big day is essential and key to this is knowing yourself and knowing the company. Before the interview, take the time to re-read your application and CV and identify what it is about you that makes you a great potential employee. Convince the employer that you are not just another job seeker by pinpointing the gems in your experience and creating a clear match between your goals and the employers goals.
First impressions are very important: Three-quarters of interviews are failed within three minutes of entering the room. Interviewers are put off by weak handshakes, a lack of eye contact, poor body language, poor posture (slumped shoulders suggest a lack of confidence) and a grim demeanour. You should shake hands firmly and warmly, but wait to be invited to sit down. Handshakes originated as a way for knights to show that they didn't have concealed weapons. They communicate sociability and friendliness: normally desirable qualities in candidates whereas weak handshakes may communicate introversion and shyness. At the start of the interview you should smile at and maintain good eye contact with the interviewer. Try to relax without perching on the edge of your chair, but don't slouch either. Speak clearly and not too fast. Give yourself a moment to think about your replies. Avoid fidgeting and using phrases like "you know" and "I mean".
Go one step further in your company research and you'll really impress: Inevitably, you will be asked at some stage during the interview why you want to work for the organisation you are applying to. This is a great chance to demonstrate your commercial awareness - an area lots of students struggle with at interview - but it will take a bit of preparation. Prior to the interview, contact one of the organisation's customers - you can most likely identify some through a simple internet search - and ask them questions such as: "What it's like to do business with company X?", "What makes them stand out?", "What do you think it would be like to work for them?", "What makes them successful (or not)?". And then at interview, by explaining the research that you've done and including their customer's responses in your answer, you're almost guaranteed to stand out from the crowd; not only will you be able to give evidence of your personal enterprise, your research skills and your genuine interest in the organisation, but also a strong sense of business acumen. Be prepared to tackle competency-based interview questions:Most employers are looking for applicants to demonstrate a specific set of skills and competencies which they believe are essential to the job role, for example team work, communication, problem solving and time management. At interview, you are likely to be asked to give specific examples of times when you have demonstrated those competencies. Employers recognise that you might not have lots of directly relevant work experience, so when they ask these questions they will usually be happy for you to provide examples from any aspect of your life, such as your studies, part-time work, volunteering, interests or extra-curricular activities. So, before you go to an interview, check the job description for the skills and competencies required, then reflect on your experiences and think about examples that you could use as evidence. A good answer will give a specific example, rather than vague generalisations, and will emphasise your role and actions. A tip to help you structure your answer is to use STAR, which stands for Situation, Task, Action and Result: briefly outline the situation and your task or objective, then provide details of what you actually did - your role and input. Finally, tell them what the result was - did you achieve your goal or deadline ? Be prepared for follow-up questions, which might ask for more details of what you did, or require you to reflect on the way that you approached the task. Never leave an employer feeling the company is just one of many you are applying to: With competition for jobs at a premium, interviewees should ensure their answers to interview questions stand out. Avoid poorly-targeted and bland replies. Each organisation sees itself as unique and wishes to project its own identity, so never leave an employer feeling it is just one of many companies to which you are applying. Having made it clear what you admire about the company, explain how you meet its requirements and could contribute wholeheartedly to meeting its goals. Tailoring your replies in this way injects a personal touch that is convincing and brings results. What you're really doing in an interview is living up to your promise: When it comes to interview advice, "just be yourself" is a popular cliché that sometimes makes students roll their eyes. For once, though, the cliché is true. It's natural to be nervous about interviews and waste energy worrying about what you don't know. However, the fact of being invited to an interview is definitive proof that the employer already believes you can do the job. If they thought you weren't good enough, they simply wouldn't waste their energy (or time and money) and on getting to know you. What an interviewer aims to do is find out whether what's written in your CV or application is genuine and how well you'll fit in. Are you as charming, intelligent and helpful in person as you seem on paper? Of course, they'll also be testing your understanding, motivation and ability, most often by asking you to talk them through examples of your experiences that showcase the attributes the job requires. You'll probably need to expand on what you've written and it's a good idea to have some new examples ready, too. But as long as you've been truthful, what you're really doing in an interview is living up to your promise. How to answer the question 'Tell me about yourself'.
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