Part-time Job Debate Practice for ESL StudentsMatthew W. Blake (Shanghai, China)
Teacher NotesMany university students are taking part-time jobs. Students often view working part-time as purely a good thing: a way to make extra money and make new friends. This topic gets them thinking and has led to some good debates.
- To make students aware of the advantages and disadvantages of working a part-time job while at school.
- Speaking, listening
- Intermediate to advanced
- University students
- blackboard and handout
- 45 minutes
Introduction – 10 minutes
- Tell the students that in today's class you will discuss part-time jobs.
- Everyone in class stands up and interviews five students to ask them if they have a part-time job. If they have (had), what was it and did they like it?
- Teacher asks how many students in class have (or had) part-time jobs.
- Teacher ask how many students are seeking part-time jobs.
Building the Lesson - 10 minutes
- Put the students in groups of four and ask them to brainstorm and write down 10 part-time jobs that are common for students in their city.
- Teacher then asks each group for some examples and writes them on the blackboard.
Role play - 20 minutes
- Teacher writes "pros" and "cons" on the blackboard and explains both terms. Ask the students to think of one example of a "pro" of having a part time jobs and a "con."
- Get the students in pairs.
- Earn extra money
- Learn new skills
- Make new friends
- Help future career
- Good for your resume
- Become more confident
- No time for homework
- No time for family
- Dangerous to work at night
- No time for friends
- Salary is too small
Conclusion - 5 minutesStudent go back to their seats. The teacher takes a vote on who wants to have a part-time job.
The Internet TESL Journal, Vol. XI, No. 12, December 2005