General Listening Quiz

"Computer Jobs"

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate computers two men 01:19

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are the most important computer or technical skills needed in the following jobs: (1) teacher, (2) auto mechanic, (3) engineer, (4) doctor, (5) store manager, and (6) architect. Explain your reasons.

Idioms

"odd jobs" = different jobs
"He had a number of odd jobs before he was hired as a computer programmer."

"land a job" = succeed in getting a job
"She was able to land a job with a very prestigious computer company."

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

[ Although this conversation was recorded years ago, it is still a fun and interesting topic. ]

What is the main topic of this conversation?

The conversation opens up like this - Man: "Okay, Mr. Taylor, let's go ahead and begin. First of all, tell me about your last job." From that description, we can assume that it is a job interview.

What did Mr. Taylor probably do in his previous job?

Mr. Taylor: Umm . . . well . . . I did come in contact with computers every night at my last job. (It doesn't sound like he actually worked with the computers, but perhaps he just cleaned around them.)

Mr. Taylor thinks that Java is ____.

Mr. Taylor: Well . . . I think I've tried Java at a foreign coffee shop one time, if that's what you mean.

The company manager _____.

From everything Mr. Taylor said, it is obvious he doesn't know anything about computers.

What is the best word to describe Mr. Taylor?

Everything in the conversation seems to suggest that he isn't well-informed about computers.

Post-Listening Exercise

What are the most important computer or technical skills needed in the following jobs: (1) teacher, (2) auto mechanic, (3) engineer, (4) doctor, (5) store manager, and (6) architect. Explain your reasons.

Online Investigation

Having some background in computers can make a major difference in your ability to land a good job in some fields. Imagine you want to learn more about computers to improve your job skills. Search the Internet for online schools that offer computer training. Compare the cost, types of courses, and class requirements for two schools. Report on your findings.