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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Summer 2021
Units: 0
Hours: 4 lecture per week (48 total per quarter)
Degree & Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Non-Credit Course
Basic Skills, 4 Levels Below Transfer
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Non-Credit Course (Receives no Grade)
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Effectively use common job search techniques (key words in search engines, Craigslist).
  • Understand and respond to typical interview questions in mock interview.


Designed to teach English for job searching to non-native speakers. Focus on developing reading/writing/speaking/listening skills needed for job searching and interviewing as well as improved understanding of American work culture.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Develop job search skills.
B. Navigate interviews and discuss their skills, training, and education.
C. Demonstrate knowledge of American work culture.

Course Content

A. Develop job search skills
1. Compose and update resume
a. Vocabulary used to describe work experience
b. Appropriate names and titles of jobs/positions
c. Standard American resume form
2. Perform basic internet job searches
a. Use key words in search engines and online job sites (e.g., Craigslist)
b. Interpret vocabulary typical in want ads (e.g., job requirements, duties, salary)
3. Apply for jobs
a. Understand and fill out paper job applications
b. Understand and fill out online job applications
c. Vocabulary and grammar for basic email/cover letter for prospective employers
B. Navigate interviews and discuss skills, training, and education
1. Polite/formal English
a. Standard greetings
b. Polite forms of address (e.g., Mr., Ms.)
2. Answer questions about education, skills, experience
a. Use correct tense (e.g., past vs. present perfect)
b. Vocabulary and grammar to describe education
c. Vocabulary and grammar to describe skills
d. Vocabulary and grammar to describe experience
3. Ask culturally appropriate questions about the job (e.g., pay, benefits)
4. Display culturally appropriate non-verbal language
a. Eye contact
b. Handshake
c. Confident body language
C. Demonstrate knowledge of American work culture
1. American work values
a. Timeliness
b. Directness
c. Respecting diversity
d. Expected behavior with superiors/peers
2. Appropriate dress standard for specific jobs
3. Appropriate work "small talk"

Lab Content

Not applicable.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. Lecture room equipped with overhead projector, white/black board, and a demonstration computer connected online.
B. Computer laboratory equipped with online computers, network server access, and printers.

Method(s) of Evaluation

Methods of Evaluation may include but are not limited to the following:

In-class assignments
1. Individual work
2. Pair and group work
Class performance
Listening and speaking exercises
Job search vocabulary use
Informal evaluations
Role-play job interview
Filled out applications

Method(s) of Instruction

Methods of Instruction may include but are not limited to the following:

Oral presentations
Role plays

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

1. Gaer, Susan, and Sarah Lynn. Project Success 5. White Plains, NY: Pearson Education, Inc., 2014.

1. Longman Dictionary of American English, 5th ed. White Plains, NY: Pearson Education, Inc., 2014.

Other instructional materials:
1. Instructor will provide job search specific materials, such as key words for job search sites, vocabulary lists, examples of want ads/job applications/resumes, job search related readings, and interview role-plays.

Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Readings in text.
B. Job search related readings.
C. Vocabulary exercises.
D. Resume and cover letter writing.


English as a Second Language (ESL): Noncredit