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Unit 3 Preparing For The Future

3.4. Your Career Choices

Word Bank

Phrase Bank

• part-time;

• graduation;

• scary;

• editorial;

• supportive.

• to make a good career in…;

• to need a friendly ear;

• to look confused;

• to pass exams in…;

• to feel scared;

• to keep an open mind;

• space exploration.

Communication Box: How to discuss career choices

• What are you going to do?

• That suits me very well.

• Have you ever thought of …?

• That would be great.

• Perhaps you could…

• I think it’s my cup of tea.

• It might be a good idea to…

• Sorry, it’s not in my line.

• Would you care to…?

I won’t fit in it, I’m afraid.

• You’d better…

• Well, what I would do is…

• Why not…?

• I’m in two minds.

• What are you up to after finishing school?

• I’m a little uncertain.

I. Go Ahead!

Look at the photos and say in what professions it is difficult or easy to succeed. Say why.






Example: I think it’s difficult to succeed in space exploration, because you should not only be healthy enough to fly into space, but also to have many different skills. Besides, you must be a many-sided and knowledgeable person.

II. Reading

Read / listen to the dialogue of Alice and mum and say what worries the girl.

Mum: Hi, Alice. Where have you been? Jennifer has called you several times today. You’d better call her. Maybe she feels lonely.

Alice: Don’t worry, mum. I saw her 10 minutes ago. She is thinking of taking a medical course in the University of Manchester and asked me for advice.

Mum: Do you think she’ll make it?

Alice: I’m sure, she will. She is good enough to pass her exams in chemistry and biology.

Mum: And what about her cousin Robin? Is he going to stay here or go some place?

Alice: He is working part-time at our department store and seems to enjoy his job. I think he’ll make a good career in trading.

Mum: Oh, isn’t he too ambitious to become a salesman? I thought he would rather go to Harvard University, where his dad studied.

Alice: He’ll be fine, mum. It’s me who needs a friendly ear.

Mum: Sorry, dear. What’s up? You look a big confused.

Alice: It also deals with my feelings about graduation.

Mum: And how do you feel?

Alice: A little scared and excited too. The scary part is leaving home and moving to college. I don’t want to live alone.

Mum: Oh, leaving home is a part of growing up, Alice. You are so good at writing. Have you thought of becoming a journalist?

Alice: I am a little uncertain. Making decision is so difficult! I’m too nervous to do it alone.

Mum: Indecision is a problem. But why not try, at least? You’ve written so many wonderful film reviews and editorials. I think it’s your cup of tea and you’d better go to Yale University. They have a very good journalistic department, as far as I know.

Alice: I’ve been thinking about it. Do you think I’ll fit in it?

Mum: Sure. Work for it!

Alice: Thank you, mum, for hearing me out. I knew it would be great to talk with you. You are so understanding and supportive.

Mum: Everything will be all right, dear. I also had such problems when I was your age.

Across Cultures: the USA

Harvard University - a famous and respected university in Massachusetts, which is the oldest university in the USA.

Yale University - an old and famous university in Connecticut, the USA.

III. Language Track

1. From the text, reproduce general and special questions, following the pattern. Practise them with your partner.

1. Study the difference in meaning. From the text, reproduce the sentences with them in context and make up your sentences by analogy.

alone — with nobody or nothing else (not necessarily unhappy).

lonely — unhappy, because you are alone or have no friends to talk and think that nobody loves you.

Example: That evening Sonia was left alone in the house.

Example: I feel lonely, Jack, come and talk to me, please.

2. From the text, reproduce words and phrases in context which convey the following meanings:

Example: to telephone somebody

Jennifer has called you several times.

Use them in your own sentences.

If you have problems, call me and I’ll come to help.

• to manage to pass exams;

• to be good at some subjects;

• to leave the place for another city;

• to work not the whole day;

• determined to be successful;

• to want somebody to hear you out;

• to look embarrassed;

• to become an adult;

• to understand and support somebody;

• to be the type of thing that you like.

3. From the text, reproduce words and phrases in context which characterize teenagers’ career choices. Add 2-3 sentences about possible reasons.

1. From the dialogue reproduce grammar items in bold and interpret their meanings.

2. Complete the instructions and illustrate them with your own examples.

• If you want to give the reason of something use … or…

If you want to give advice, taking into consideration the existing circumstances use…

• If you want to focus on options use…

3. Look at the photos and read what the teenagers in them say. In your opinion, what they had better do and what you would rather do in his/her place.

Example: The girl in the 1-st photo had better work more. I would rather ask somebody for help if the subject comes difficult to me.

IV. Communication Track


a) Imagine that you are a career advisor. What tips can you give school leavers in choosing a career? Focus on the learners’:

b) In pairs read mini-dialogues under the photos. Choose one and complete it to the end.

- You’ve always been interested in debating, Borys. You’d better become a politician.

- Not me. Politics is not my cup of tea.

- You are so good at sciences, Mark, and have a head for technology. Have you ever thought of becoming a cosmonaut?

- Sorry, I won’t suit to this profession.

- You are a very creative person, Ann and participated in film making in school. Perhaps, you could become a film director.

- That would be great, but I’m a little uncertain.

с) In the whole class think and decide why some succeed, others fail in their career making. What are the reasons?


a) Before you listen

You are going to listen to one English teenager’s story who once exclaimed: “I sometimes feel that I’m a product that is continually being processed in a factory”.

• Brainstorm with your friends and say:

- what he meant by that;

- how the teenager feels;

- what he is protesting against.

b) While you listen

Listen to Frank’s story and from the pictures given design Frank’s conveyor belt.

с) After you listen

In the whole class, discuss Frank’s idea of the Conveyor Belt of Life. Is it typical of Ukrainian teenagers? Are you expected to make a standard career?

Writing: Project

At the end of the unit design a creative poster “The Road to a Successful Career”.

Your steps:

1. Make a list of difficulties school leavers face during their last years of studies.

2. Work out effective, in your opinion, tips for choosing a job.

3. Collect photos, pictures, quotes and other illustrative materials to support your tips.

4. Find interesting information about any person with a successful career.

5. Think of an interesting format of your poster’s presentation.

6. Listen to your friends’ presentations and give your feedback in writing. Use the evaluation card below.

Evaluation Card


Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

If the difficulties presented are typical of your age group:

If the tips of making a career are really effective:

If the illustrative material is essential:

If a person with a successful career is really interesting:

At Home: Search the Internet and find the information about the most prestigious jobs among teenagers abroad.

1. Are these jobs popular in your country?

2. If so, what attracts teenagers in them?

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