Discussing Your Education And Training (Adv)


In this lesson students will practice how to discuss their education and training qualifications in an interview situation.
Student Level: 
Unit Group: 
General Business - Interviews

Warm Up (5 mins)

Does your job require any specialized education or training?

Listening (5 mins)

Watch the following video.

1. What kinds of "clubs and societies" can students at Edinburgh University join?

Reading Comprehension (10 mins)

Read the following article.

1. Explain in your own words how you should talk about your educational background in an interview situation.

Conversation Skill (10 mins)

Politely Disagreeing

Conversation Skill Point: 

When you disagree with someone, it can often be difficult to express your point of view without offending that person. However, it is important to give your honest opinion.

There are several key phrases we can use to offer a different point of view in a polite way.



Partially agree

I agree with you up to a point, but…

That might be true to some extent, but ...

Some people may agree with that, but ...

Softly disagree

I’m afraid, I don’t agree.

I’m sorry, but I just can’t agree.

Sorry, but I really can’t agree with that.

Politely disagree with the following statements (be sure to explain why you disagree).

It isn't really necessary to wear a seat belt when driving a car.
The internet hasn't really changed society very much.
Learning English isn't as important today as it was 10 years ago.

Vocabulary (5 mins)

Word or expressionExample sentence

Role Play (15 mins)


Case Study (15 mins)

Imagine you are the Human Resources Director at East-West Construction Ltd, a company which builds major infrastructure projects.

The company is planning to hire a new Chief Information Officer (CIO) because the current CIO will retire in 6 months.

You believe the new CIO will need to have:

  • Strong knowledge of Information Technology (IT) systems
  • Strong international business skills
  • Strong business English skills in order to deal with a multinational team of IT contractors.
  • Native level Japanese skills for communicating with head office staff.

In addition it would be useful, but not essential if the the candidate has some understanding of:

  • Civil engineering techniques

You have to assess a short list of applicants:

Noboru Miyahara (Japan)

- Graduated from Waseda University with a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering

- Graduated from the London School of Economics with a Master of International Business Degree

- Has completed many short courses in computer network administration and programming

- TOEIC score 910

Jake Davis (USA)

- Graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science

- Graduated from Chicago University with a Master of Business Administration Degree

- Passed Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level 2

Carol Westford (Australia)

- Graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor Degree in International Business Relations

- Graduated from the Australian National University with a Master of Information Systems Degree

- Passed Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level 1


1) Together with your instructor, discuss which of the above is the most promising candidate based solely on their education and training background.

Your instructor may have a different opinion so feel free to use the "politely disagreeing" techniques.

2) Draw up a list of educational qualifications, professional skills, personal qualities, industry experience and other qualities which you believe somebody else requires in order to do YOUR current job.

Extension Activity

"University is a waste of time and money. Many people study for 4 years at university but when the graduate they get a job doing something completely unrelated to their training."

Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?

Review and Quiz (5 mins)

Do you have any questions about this lesson?

What did you learn today?

Did you learn any new vocabulary or expressions?

Ask your instructor for tips on how you can improve your English.

Finally, don't forget to take the quiz after all your lessons are finished today.

Thank you !