How to talk about your Qualifications in English

Having an skills refers to the ability to use one’s knowledge effectively and readily in execution or performance.

For example:

  • I can speak English
  • I can drive a truck
  • I can create websites
  • She can work pressure
  • We can design beautiful logos

A Qualification is an official record showing that you have finished a training course or have the necessary skills.

  • I have a degree in English Teaching
  • I have teaching qualifications
  • I have academic qualifications.

Questions about Skills and Qualifications

These are some questions that you can make when talking about skills and qualifications

  • Do you have a degree in Business Administration?
  • Do you have a driver license?
  • Do you have a high school diploma?
  • Do you have any master’s degree?
  • Do you have experience in sales?
  • Do you know how to use Microsoft?
  • Can you speak French?
  • Can you speak more than two languages?
  • Can you drive a truck?
  • Can you cook well?
  • Do you know how to prepare desserts?
  • Do you know how to use the dishwasher?

Questions and Answers about Skills and Qualifications

These are some questions and answer about skills and qualifications

  • Do you have a degree?
  • I have a degree in English Teaching
  • Does she have a degree in Business Administration?
  • She has a degree in Business Administration from Harvard
  • Can you drive a car?
  • Sure, I have a driver license
  • Is he good at public skills?
  • He has great presentation skills
  • Do they know how to use a computer?
  • They have advanced computer skills
  • Can you speak French?
  • I can speak English and Portuguese but not French

Lesson Plan – How to Describe Skills and Qualifications

This is a lesson plan that covers some practical ideals to describe skills and qualifications.

Schema Activation ( 10 Mins)

Teacher shows a video with key vocabulary about qualifications and skills, students watch the video and try to figure out words to figure out today’s topic.

Pre-Tasks (80 Mins)

  1. Teacher are given some pictures and they have to identify the qualifications and skills of such people. Then teacher highlights the structures necessary to talk about skills and qualifications.
  2. Students complete a survey in Google Form about the skills and qualifications that people have. Teacher and students analyze the results.
  3. Teacher gives students a matching to students with information about skills and qualifications necessary to do some jobs successfully, one person reads and the other person guesses the profession.
  4. Teacher gives students some examples of Jobs and they have to write what skills and qualifications are necessary to do that job successfully, when they finish, they present their cases to their partners.
  5. Students listen to a dialogue and they listen for some specific information, they note down all the details and then they take a quiz then they have to identify phrases that the interviewer use so they can use in the interview they have to do.

Main-Task (40 Mins)

  1. Students create an interview taking into account the following:
    • One student will be the interviewer and another one will be the interviewee
    • Both pick a job and try to identify the skills and qualifications for that job
    • They prepare an interview taking into account that information.
    • They present the information to their classmates

Post-Task (20 Mins)

  1. Teacher prepares a list of sentences  with grammar, word order and spelling mistakes.
  2. Teacher shows the sentences to the students and students have to spot the mistakes and correct them.

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