Students often face difficulties when making decisions concerning their future. One of those is choosing the right career path. In order to help them in this difficult decision-making process, it is important for the teachers of all subjects to include career awareness activities in their lessons.
The main aim of this learning scenario is to inspire students to reflect on jobs from the past and think about the new jobs that might emerge in the future. A multidisciplinary approach was used to develop 21st century skills, such as digital and language skills and critical thinking.
This LS was implemented online, in English as a foreign language lesson with students aged 14. It is a self-study lesson and each student worked individually at home, using his/her own computer, tablet, or smartphone.
Jobs – old and new
The lesson activities are presented using genial.ly app. During the lesson, students practised vocabulary related to different jobs and occupations by doing game-like activities made using learningapps.org. In the beginning, they watched a video about different occupations and did a quiz in eslvideo.com. The activity made in learningapps.org was used to practice word-formation. Photos and article from Europeana Exhibitions called ‘Peculiar Jobs’ were used to introduce extraordinary jobs from the past. In the end, students had to reflect on the jobs from the past and future by writing a short essay and upload it on Google classroom. Afterwards, the assessment was made by the students and the teacher.
Why this Learning Scenario?
The students’ feedback on the lesson was positive, they liked the topic and the activities. They found the Europeana photos of peculiar jobs from the past interesting and were amazed to see that such jobs existed. The video and the game-like activities made it easier for them to revise and acquire new job-related vocabulary. In the last activity, they gave detailed answers to the questions about old and new jobs, which was a pleasant surprise.
The best outcome of this lesson was that it made students more aware that we live in a world where the job market, including the types of jobs and the way we work, is rapidly changing.
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CC BY 4.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana Collections and provided by the Wellcome Collection.
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