Now it’s time to practice.
- Take one concrete job offer that you are interested in – and you feel you can do the job.
- In the actual work: What are the most important tasks that you will need to do? Write them down.
- For each task: Why is this important to the employer? Write the answer down.
- Rank the tasks by importance
- For each task: How exactly will you perform this task in English in a complete German work environment? Write down the answers.
- For each task: Which results are you trying ot achieve with this tasks?
- Which alternative ways exist to achieve the same results?
- What are the 5 most important tasks that you perform in your current (or last) job?
- Which of the 5 was the absolute most important?
- Which concrete outcome did the employer try to achieve with this task? Which result?
- Why was it so important to the employer? Describe in detail.
- Now imagine you would have to perform this same task in a completely German language environment. How would you achieve the desired results? Explain in detail
- Test your explanation by explaining it to a friend. Is s(he) convinced?
Now imagine you are in an conversation with a manager. She asks you about each of these tasks. Explain to her how you will perform the tasks and achieve the desired outcome in English. Explain evey single step of the process.
Repeat this excercise for at least 5 different tasks.
Pick your best example (in your opinion) and explain this to a friend. Ask the friend if your explanation would convince them that you can perform this task. Ask which part was most convincing – and why.
After you finished the excercise:
- Which differences did you discover between watching the video and doing the actual excercise?
- Which difference did you discover between the written version and the explanation to your friend?
- In both cases: What worked best – and why?
- Where do you still struggle? What would be one change that would help you the most?