Do you want to improve your English writing skills? Check out this activity, ESL practice filling out job application forms for a practical, easy way to do that!
This ESOL writing activity is especially relevant if you live in place where English is the first language! It’s better to practice first than to have to fill out an application on the spot, but not know what things mean, or what you should write in that blank space.
Filling out an Application Form for ESL Writing Practice
During a teacher training course, my tutor mentioned that “writing” is not only writing essays. He said that we can get our students to practice writing just about anything and it would be useful. That comment changed my outlook on teaching writing, especially to beginners.
If you’re a lower-level student, don’t worry about writing 5-paragraph academic essays. This will be too difficult for you and you will likely feel extremely overwhelmed. Even native English speakers might find this task difficult.
Instead, focus on things that you CAN do. There is a lot of ways for you to practice English writing that are short, simple, and very specific. Application forms are one of those things. You may also want to check out this article about How (and Why) to Journal.
Simple Writing Practice for Beginners
One simple thing that beginners can do is fill out an application form for a job. To find an application form, Google “sample job application form USA.” Filling out an application form is a very practical activity. You will have to fill one out if you want to get a job, visa, or when traveling.
However, maybe you’re kind of like me. If you don’t practice something, then it’s easy to freeze up and forget everything when you actually have to do it. Avoid this by working on some of these things ahead of time and building your confidence.
It really is a smart thing to do!
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- English (Publication Language)
- 72 Pages - 12/09/2019 (Publication Date) - Independently published (Publisher)
Time to Practice English Writing
Here’s one example of an application form you can use to practice ESL writing: http://www.careerchoices.com/lounge/files/jobapplication.pdf.
Print it off and fill it out. Look up anything you don’t know in your dictionary. Ask your teacher if they’d be willing to quickly look at it once you’re done and let you know if you made any big mistakes.
When you’re done that, fill out a different form. For example, a customs form for traveling, or a visa application form. Think about your daily life in your home country and the kind of forms you have to fill out. Then, find one of those forms in English and practice!
There are a number of common questions that people have about filling in applications forms. Here are the answers to some of the most popular ones.
What information should I provide in the “Personal Information” section?
Provide your full name, contact details (address, phone number, email), date of birth, and any other requested personal information.
Should I include my full employment history?
It depends on the instructions and the relevance of your past work experience. Generally, include the most recent and relevant positions you’ve held.
How should I answer the question about salary expectations?
Provide a realistic salary range based on industry standards, your qualifications, and the position you’re applying for. You can also mention that your expectations are negotiable.
What should I write in the “Skills” section?
List your relevant skills that align with the job requirements. Include technical skills, software proficiency, foreign languages, or any other skills that are relevant to the position.
Do I need to provide references on the application form?
It depends on the instructions. Some applications may ask for references, while others may request them at a later stage or during the interview process. Be prepared with a list of references in case they are requested.
How should I handle gaps in my employment history?
Be honest about any employment gaps and briefly explain the reason, such as personal reasons, travel, or further education. You can also use a functional resume format that highlights skills and achievements instead of a chronological format.
Should I include my salary history on the application form?
It depends on the employer’s requirements. Some employers may ask for salary history, while others may request salary expectations instead. If it’s required, provide an accurate and honest salary history.
Is it necessary to attach a cover letter with the application form?
If the application instructions state that a cover letter is required, it’s important to include one. However, if it’s not mentioned, you can still choose to include a cover letter to showcase your interest and qualifications.
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If you need more ESL writing tips and ways to practice, you’ll need to check out 71 Ways to Practice English Writing: Tips for ESL/EFL Learner. This English writing tip is from the book, and there are 70 more just like it! The tips range from making the most of your study time, to having fun with English writing, to where you can find the best free online resources for ESL writing.
Better English writing is in your future! There are tips for beginners, intermediates and advanced level students. Anyone can improve their ESL writing by using these simple ways to practice English writing. Time to get practicing! Are you ready?
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