Lesson 33 – The Job Interview – Subject, Objects, and Possessives

LEVEL A2 - PRE-INNTERMEDIATE - THE JOB INTERVIEW

 


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VOCABULARY

 

  • He has been working
  • Diligently
  • To find an opening
  • His first job interview
  • A position
  • To recognise
  • That he is very intrigued by
  • A good first impression
  • He makes sure
  • To arrive on time
  • The company’s headquarters
  • The interviewer collects him
  • To proceed with
  • This job is ideal for me
  • To work with a team
  • Stressful environment
  • A dynamic person
  • A great challenge
  • Describe in further detail
  • I work very well
  • Under pressure
  • Under those circumstances
  • One of my strong points
  • The role of a leader
  • To organise people
  • To delegate
  • Academic and personal background
  • A very multicultural household
  • Mother tongue
  • Native language
  • My language of choice
  • To relate
  • Could you elaborate?
  • I have a master’s degree
  • To be in touch with
  • We have made our decision
  • An agreeable character

 

LESSON 33 DIALOGUE 

 

-The job interview-

 

 

Lesson 33 - The job interview

Michael has been working diligently in his search for a job. He has sent his curriculum vitae to several companies and is eager to find an opening. However, there have not been any results and Michael is getting tired of searching for the perfect job.
Luckily, Michael has his first job interview for a position that he is very intrigued by and he recognises the importance of making a good first impression. Michael makes sure to arrive on time at the company’s headquarters where the interview will be held. The interviewer collects Michael from their lobby and proceeds with the interview in their office.

Interviewer: So, Michael, we have read your CV and it is very interesting. What made you apply for this particular position?
Michael: I feel that this job is ideal for me, as it requires a person who is very flexible and comfortable working with a team in a stressful environment. I believe I am a very dynamic person, and this job would be a great challenge for me.
Interviewer: Very well. Can you describe in further detail how these characteristics are visible in your personality. And what role do you naturally play in a team setting?
Michael: Hmm.. Well, I work very well under pressure and stress and I remain calm and optimistic under those circumstances. That is one of my strong points, actually. I naturally take on the role of a leader in a team as I like to organise people and delegate to make sure everyone is doing their best.
Interviewer: Okay, Michael. Could you tell me a few things about your background? Both your academic and personal background.
Michael: I have grown up in a very multicultural household. My father’s mother tongue is Portuguese and my mother’s native language is Swedish. But we have always lived in English-speaking countries so even though I am fluent in both Portuguese and Swedish, English is my language of choice. I have always attended international schools, which has given me the ability to relate to different cultures’ ways of thinking and being.
Interviewer: And what about your academic background? Could you elaborate?
Michael: Oh, yes, of course! I studied mechanical engineering at university and I have a master’s degree in it. I studied at the University of Warwick and thoroughly enjoyed my time there.
Interviewer: Thank you very much for your time, Michael! Somebody from the company will be in touch with you when we have made our decision. It was great meeting you!

Michael leaves the company’s lobby feeling optimistic and hopeful. He was polite and had an agreeable character during the interview and now he cannot wait to hear from the company.

 

Facts: Portuguese is a Romance language and the sole official language of Portugal, Brazil, Mozambique, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, and São Tomé and Príncipe.

 

 

COMPREHENSION QUIZZES (3 to complete)

 

Interactive Video Comprehension Quiz 1

 

Summary Statements Comprehension Quiz 2

 

Drag and Drop Quiz 3: 

 

GRAMMAR PRACTICE: SUBJECT, OBJECTS AND POSSESSIVES

 

In the last lessons we have seen how there is sometimes a coincidence in the form of some personal and possessive pronouns.

For example, look how you can behave:

1) As a subject.

You are very especial.

2) As a object

I love you.

In the same way, the her form can assume the following functions:

1) Object

I don’t know her.

2) Adjective possessive of a female possessor

It’s her boyfriend.

 

For that reason, we are going to make an explanatory table so that in case of confusion you can go to him:

 

SUBJECT OBJECT   POSSESSIVE ADJECTIVE
POSSESSIVE PRONOUN
I

I love Michael

ME

Michael loves me

MY

It’s my book

MINE

It’s mine

YOU

You love Michael

YOU

Michael loves you

YOUR

It’s your book

YOURS

It’s yours

HE

He loves Michael

HIM

Michael loves him

HIS

It’s his book.

HIS

It’s his

SHE

She loves Michael

HER

Michael loves her

HER

It’s her book

HERS

It’s hers

IT

It loves Michael

IT

Michael loves it

ITS

It’s its owner.

WE

We love Michael

US

Michael loves us

OUR

It’s our book

OURS

It’s ours

YOU

You love Michael

YOU

Michael loves you

YOUR

It’s your book

YOURS

It’s yours

THEY

They love Michael

THEM

Michael loves them

THEIR

It’s their book

THEIRS

It’s theirs

 

Genitive 

The genitive is the label with which the way to indicate possession is known and to specify the owner as long as he is a person.

 ANDY’S                    CAT

Possessor        Object possessed

 

Therefore the structure would be the following:

Possessor, -'s + Object possessed

 

It is important to emphasize that the object possessed loses the article. We would say Andy's cat, but not Andy's the cat * or The Andy's cat *.

Examples:

It’s my friend’s house.

It’s Mr Smith‘s coat.

There are times when you can also use only the possessor with -'s without the possessed object when it is understood.

Example:

Whose book is this?

It’s Michael’s.

Or also to indicate someone's house.

I am at Michael’s.

 

ATTENTION. When the possessor is plural and the ending of that plural is -s the only thing we do is add an apostrophe at the end (-s').

 POSSESSER

 

My friends’ party

Your grandparents’ legacy

 

 

Express inhuman possesser

When the possessor is not a person, but rather an object, a city, a country, etc. the structure is:

The capittal                            of                       Italy

Object possessed           Preposition        Possessor

 

Examples:

Please, don’t tell me the end of the book

What’s the title of the film?

 

PRONUNCIATION PRACTICE

  • Related Pronunciation Video Lesson and interactive exercise(s):

 

 

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