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The Weirdest Jobs Ever

Speed Up B1 Unit 6 Reading

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INDEX

The Weirdest Jobs Ever

What you´ll need (Video intro)

Pre Activity (3)

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Text

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Comprehension

Post Activity (3)

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Cool Down

Vocabulary Review

Grammar Refresher

Photo Prediction

Choose one, choose all!Please select at least one Pre Activity to get you ready for the reading!

Pre Activities

Vocabulary Review

Grammar Refresher

Photo Prediction

Choose one, choose all!Please select at least one Pre Activity to get you ready for the reading!Then press START to continue to the reading.

Pre Activities

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EmploymentWageCareerSalary

Out of workBe in chargeConsist ofBe willing to

Part time or Full timeMedicine, Education, Psychology, Marketing.60K/year$10/hour

Without a jobResponsible forAble and offering to do somethingDetails

Use Me!

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Vocab Review

Let´s take a look at some key words to help us understand the text.

ANSWERS:Employment 1Wage 4Career 2Salary 3

Answers:Out of work 1Be in charge 2Consist of 4Be willing to 3

Let´s review our Conditionals! We´re going to need them later...

Grammar Refresher

Zero Conditional

If + present simple, present simpleIf I drink water, I am not thirsty.

First Conditional

If + present simple, will + infinitiveIf she practices English everyday, shewillimprove.

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Second Conditional - NEW!

If + past simple, would + infinitiveIf I won the lottery, I would travel the world.

Third Conditional - Sneak Peak...

If + past perfect, would + have + past participleIf I had trained harder, I would have won the game.

Can you fill in the blanks using some vocabulary from the Lesson?Can you identify what makes these sentences Second Conditional?consist ofemploymentsalary1. If I was out of work, it would be very difficult to find _________ right now.2.I would be willing to have more responsibility at work if my ______increased.3.If she had a career as a doctor, she wouldhave to accept that most of her 20s would __________ 6 long years of medical school.

Job #1

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Job #5

Job #6

Job #3

Job #7

Can you guess my job?

Job #2

Job #4

Job #8

Can you guess all 8 weird job titles just by looking attheir photo clue? Record your predictions in your notebook using full sentences.Click here to see any example.

5 of these 8 Jobs will appear in our reading. Can you guess which ones? Write down your predictions to see if you´re right!

Job #PredictionWould I want that job?1I think thatYes, I would.2345678

We can add words like maker, tester, taster nouns to make a job title, if we don´t know that actual word.For example, instead of saying, someone who makes dog food, we can say: Dog food maker.

The Weirdest Jobs Ever

Pet Food Taster & Gumologist

Video Game Tester & Dog Walker

Job Cycle

Check for Understanding.

Water Slide Tester & Snake Milker

Happiness at Work

Check for Understanding.

Check for Understanding.

Check for Understanding.

Check for Understanding.

Title 1

When we ask this question, we usually expect an answer within the range of the most typical job possibilities, like babysitter, sales assistant, swimming instructor, doctor or vet. If we know people quite well, we are usually able to imagine more or less what jobs they would like to dedicate their time to. This means that most people have quite common careers. Others, however, have occupations that are so unusual that it is difficult to believe that they exist at all.

The Weirdest Jobs Ever

Let me start by saying that it´s no secret that sooner or later everyone needs to find a job. People are born, grow up, get educated, and then inevitably look for employment. It´s almost impossible for human beings to avoid having to work. People can be out of work from time to time, of course, but this condition either lasts a short time or brings insecurity and desperation to the person involved. Actually, the question, "What do you do for a living?" is so common , that it usually comes up in the first two minutes of conversation.

Question 1

The question about a person´s employment regularly comes up of the conversation.

at the end

in the middle

in the beginning

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CORRECT!

INCORRECT!

INCORRECT!

Title 1

Take, for instance, the job of the pet food tester. According to statistics,75% of people in the US consider this job the strangest one. So can you guess how pet food testers earn their salary? Well, although it sounds pretty weird, they actually eat pet food. An owner of a pet food company, Mark Gooley, says, "Don´t ever expect your dog to eat anything that a human being won´t." Mark takes his business so seriously that he doesn´t hire a food tester, but rather is in charge of this important task himself.

The next strange employment can seem really attractive to kids. I am talking about being a "gumologist." As you might guess, the word gumologist comes from gum. This job consists of finding a perfect chewing gum recipe. A gumologist is responsible for tasting gum, evaluating its flavor, and trying to make bubbles with it!

Mark Gooley

"Don´t ever expect your dog to eat anything a human being won´t."

Question 2

Pet food testers

share their food with pets

taste pets´ food

report which food their pets prefer

INCORRECT!

INCORRECT!

Question 3

Gumologists are mainly responsible for gum.

making

classifying different kinds of

tasting

CORRECT!

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INCORRECT!

INCORRECT!

Correct!

The fourth place on our list is given to the snake milker. This job sounds shocking, doesn´t it? Only adults are allowed to sign up for this dangerous work, of course. It´s common knowledge that snake venom is widely used in the drug industry. Have you ever stopped to wonder, however, how people manage to collect this deadly substance? Well, they have to hold the snake´s head very firmly and slightly squeeze its fangs for it to produce the venom. It´s terrifying, isn´t it?

The third place in the weird jobs contest belongs to an occupation that would certainly interest teenagers. How would you feel about sliding down a waterslide in hot summer weather? What about being paid for it? Well, although being a waterslide tester is obviously a strange occupation, it´s a full time job. People can only apply for it if they are adults in perfect physical condition and like to remain active.

Question 4

According to the author, the job that would mostly interest teenagers is a

gumologist

video game tester

waterslide tester

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INCORRECT!

Question 5

The job of a snake milker is important because

snakes´ venom is used to prepare certain drugs

it helps to calm the snakes down

it makes snakes less venomous

CORRECT!

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Correct!

INCORRECT!

INCORRECT!

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Interestingly enough, the list of weird jobs is quickly changing. Several years ago, for instance, the job of a dog walker was considered extremely unusual. Now however, it is as common as being a lawyer or earning your wages as a fast-food delivery person.

Finally, the fifth weird job sounds like a dream come true. I´m talking about being a video game tester, of course. Before you let your imagination fly, let me tell you that people who dedicate their lives to this undoubtedly unusual occupation say that it´s not just fun and games, although it literally sounds like it. As one professional gamer said, "The video game tester´s job is to criticize the game and be willing to find any drawbacks it has. It´s this part that sometimes makes playing boring. Besides, you have many meetings to attend before you can actually try the game... "Doesn´t this description sound disappointing?

Question 6

Video game testers have to

advertise the new video games online

score as many points in video games as they can

find drawbacks in new video games

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INCORRECT!

Question 7

The job of a dog walker

is considered to be one of the strangest

was considered weird by many people, but is perfectly common nowadays

has always been seen as something perfectly normal

CORRECT!

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INCORRECT!

Correct!

INCORRECT!

Title 1

In summary, there are many jobs that are perfectly common and there are also a few that seem weird at first glance. What job would be perfect for you? Well, the answer is, "the one you will do with pleasure." The kind of job you do doesn´t necessarily imply you will be happy with it. Although, there are many enthusiastic sales assistants in the world, there are also many actors and fashion models that you´d think would feel great, but aren´t always happy. So maybe the key to being happy with your employment is neither having a weird job nor doing the job of everyone´s dreams. The key is to be passionate about what you are doing. So, whether you´re a doctor, an accountant, or an astronaut, be happy and make others happy with the product of our work.!

Question 8

The author ends the article

suggesting readers to always try to take jobs that they really like

with steps readers have to follow to choose a perfect job

recommending readers to get interesting jobs, such as being an actor

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INCORRECT!

Results

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0 correct

2 correct

4 correct

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6 correct

8 correct

I did awesome! I can continue on with my class.

I must read the text again and maybe I should call a friend to help me!

I should read the text again, underlining important information!

I must read the text again and take some quick notes!

I did a good job, I can reread the confusing parts if I want.

Go to Post Activity

Pet Food Taster & Gumologist

Video Game Tester & Dog Walker

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Job Cycle

Check for Understanding.

Water Slide Tester & Snake Milker

Happiness at Work

Check for Understanding.

Check for Understanding.

Check for Understanding.

Check for Understanding.

Lights, Camera, Action

Investigation

Expression through art

Choose one, choose all!Please select at least one Post Activity to finish up!

Post Activities

Lights, Camera, Action

Investigation

Expression through art

Choose one, choose all!Please select at least one Post Activity to finish up!Then press START to end with the Cool Down.

Post Activities

Start

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You´re hiring!

Imagine you are the boss of one of the jobs you have read about in the teXt (weird or normal), and you are looking to hire someone.Make a short commericial that summarizes what position you are hiring for, what type of person you are looking for and next steps.

What type of job are you posting?What does it consist of?

What type of person SHOULD they be?

When are you hiring for?What is the last day they can send their CV?

What type of skills MUST this person have?

Ask your applicants to respond to one question in their Cover Letter...If you were hired, ________ ?

Post Activity: The Ultimate List

Check out some more unique jobs by watching this video. Pick the job that MOST interests you, it can either be from the text or from the video, and do some further investigation using the internet. Make sure to take notes while you research.CLICK HEREto work with one of the Graphic Organizers and send it to your teacher!

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Draw your Future

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AND THEN PRESENT IT EITHER VERBALLY OR THROUGH WRITING

USE THIS CHECKLIST

Remember to use some of the Vocabulary for the Text:EmploymentSalaryConsist ofCareerRemember to use phrase like:If I were a _____ I would _____As a ______, I must ______I should ______I can´t ______

Would you prefer a traditional style job or one of these weird jobs.

THANK YOU