Writing about your ideal job

What is your ideal job?


Use the internet to research your ideal job. Think about:

  • What is the job title?
  • List the tasks that you would need to do for this job
  • Where is this job located?
  • Are there many job opportunities for this job?
  • What is the average annual salary for this job?
  • What type of clothes do you need to wear for this job?
  • Do you need to work with other people in this job? Explain.
  • How many hours do you need to work every week?
  • Is there an option of different work hours eg. full-time, part-time or casual?
  • Do you need to complete any study for this job? Explain.
  • How many days of holiday does this job have every year?
  • Do you need to travel for this job? Explain.
  • Research any other relevant information for your ideal job.

Once you have researched your ideal job, write paragraphs about all the information  you have found.

Is your ideal job something you could aim for in the future?

For more activities on how to research go to Unit 10 Researching.

Speaking about jobs

Discuss these questions about jobs with a partner.


  1. Do you have a job now? Describe what you do.
  2. What was your first job? What did you have to do?
  3. What different types of jobs have you had? Describe them.
  4. What are some unusual jobs you know of?
  5. What job do you hope to have in the future?
  6. Describe your dream job.

Summarise what your partner has told you and tell it to another person or the whole class. Shorten what you have heard and choose only the most important information to share. Start your summary by mentioning one thing that you found the most interesting from what your partner told you, then complete your spoken summary by talking about the other points.

For more activities on summarising go to Unit 12 Summarising.

The form guide

Have a look at this form guide from the 2016 Melbourne Cup.


Scan over the guide quickly to answer these questions.

  1. How many horses are in the race?
  2. How many metres do the horses race?
  3. What time does the Melbourne Cup race start?
  4. Which horse won the Melbourne Cup in 2016?
  5. Which horse came second?
  6. Which horse came third?
1. 24 horses 2. 3200 metres 3. 12:00pm 4. Almandin 5. Heartbreak City 6. Hartnell

Now skim the guide to find more detail and answer these questions.

  1. How many horses come from Japan in the race?
  2. What is the name of the horse that comes from Australia?
  3. There is one female jockey in the race. What is the name of the horse she is riding?
  4. Who trained Oceanographer?
  5. What is the name of the other horse in this race that Oceanographer’s trainer trained?
  6. How many horses in this race has Robert Hickmott trained?
  7. Where does the winning horse come from?
  8. Which country has the most horses in this race?
  9. For how many metres do the horses run straight?
  10. How much is the total amount of money that can be won from the race?
1. 1 horse 2. Jameka 3. Katelyn Mallyon is riding Assign 4. Charlie Appleby 5. Qewy 6. 3 horses 7. Germany 8. Great Britain 9. 448 metres 10. 6 million dollars

For more activities on scanning and skimming go to Unit 6 Scanning, Skimming and Note-taking.

The race that stops a nation

The first Tuesday in November marks the day when all of Australia watch the Melbourne Cup horse race. It is a popular event where people dress up and attend Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne or parties around the country to watch the race live. It is the one race of the year where a large amount of people try their luck to bet on the winning horse.

Listen to this interview with Greg Miles, an on-course race caller at Flemington Racecourse and take notes as you listen for the first time.


Punters = people who attend a race and place a bet

A different kettle of fish = a phrase meaning something entirely different

Use your notes to see if you can answer these questions.

  1. When did Greg start working at Flemington?
  2. Make a list of the things a race caller has to do while calling a race.
  3. A good race caller has to be A________, E________, I________, O________, U________.
  4. How long does it take to prepare for a race?
  5. What are the 4 P’s of broadcasting?
  6. What equipment does he need?
  7. How does he feel about calling the Melbourne Cup?

Now listen for a second time and answer the questions.

1. 1989
2. add to the pictures, identify all the horses in the race, where the horses are in the race, how they are travelling in the race, who wins, who loses 
3. Accurate, Entertaining, Informative,  Original, Understood
4. a day
5. Preparation prevents poor performance.
6. a stand, binoculars, a swivel and a microphone 
7. so important, such a special race, he gets nervous

For more note-taking activities go to Scanning, Skimming and Note-taking.