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60

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This lesson looks at the issue of Ageism in the workplace. Students will read an article and listen to a conversation focusing on the issue. Exercises look at related vocabulary, reading and listening skills and offer students an opportunity to discuss issues relating to the topic.

Note: this lesson can take 60-90 mins.

by Joe Wilson

Ageism in the workplace.mp3

Transcript

00 : 00 00:00
Older Male: Well, I have to say I’m surprised.
Younger Female: What happened?
Older Male: I didn’t even get asked for an interview for that job I applied for. I just got a standard rejection letter.
Younger Female: Oh, which one was that?
Older Male: The sales job I applied for. They were looking for someone to manage computer sales to the Middle East. Not only have I sold computers before, but I also lived in the Middle East for seven years. I don’t know why they wouldn’t even talk to me.
Younger Female: That is disappointing. I wonder why.
Older Male: I bet it’s because I’m getting on a bit now.
Younger Female: (dismissively) Nah, you’re not that old.
Older Male: You’d be surprised. Sales is a bit of a young person’s game these days. People like me are seen as dinosaurs.
Younger Female: It could be that they think you’re overqualified for the position and that you’ll want to move on after a year. They might be looking for someone they can train and who can grow into the position a bit.
Older Male: I don’t know. I think someone’s looked at my CV and seen how far back my experience goes and decided I’m over the hill.
Younger Female: I admit that it is a bit strange that they didn’t even offer you an interview given how closely your experience matches to the job description, but you can’t know that they think you’re getting a bit long in the tooth to do the job.
Older Male: That’s just it. There’s no way of knowing or proving it. They can just say something vague like ‘we didn’t think he’d be a good fit,’ when what they mean is ‘you’re no spring chicken and you’ll slow us down.’
Younger Female: Would it help if I looked at your CV with you? I might be able to suggest some ideas to help.
Older Male: Like what?
Younger Female: Well, if you think people are going to be prejudiced about your age, then we can do some things to deal with that. Do you have the year you graduated on there?
Older Male: Yes.
Younger Female: Well, maybe take that off for a start. It doesn’t matter when you graduated, it matters that you graduated.
Older Male: I suppose.
Younger Female: And have you got that training you did recently on there?
Older Male: I didn’t think it was worth mentioning.
Younger Female: Of course, it is. And it shows you’re still actively learning.
Older Male: You make a good point. OK. I’ll play around with it a bit. I did really enjoy that training and spent a few months on it.
Younger Female: You did really well. You should definitely have it on there.
Older Male: I’m pretty smart for an old codger. (laughs)
Younger Female: laughs
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Sharon

30 March 2022

I have many adult students and this topic leads to a lot of conversation. The vocabulary, while not strictly business, was new, and the reading had great use of phrasal verbs and idiomatic expressions that they appreciated a lot. This lesson has gone longer than 60 minutes - so I've covered it in 2+ classes. I'm surprised it's so lowly rated.

Ginger

4 April 2022

This lesson has great exercises and questions for conversation. I have advanced students, and the lesson took us over two hours because there was such good conversation. We discussed the concept of "middle age." It was very interesting to hear perspectives from students of different ages (my youngest student is 18 and my oldest is in her late 60s). It's an excellent general lesson, not just for business English classes.

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60

min

This lesson looks at the issue of Ageism in the workplace. Students will read an article and listen to a conversation focusing on the issue. Exercises look at related vocabulary, reading and listening skills, and offer students an opportunity to discuss issues relating to the topic.

Note: this lesson can take 60-90 mins.

by Joe Wilson

Ageism in the workplace_ae.mp3

Transcript

00 : 00 00:00
Older Male: Well, I have to say I’m surprised.
Younger Female: What happened?
Older Male: I didn’t even get asked for an interview for that job I applied for. I just got a standard rejection letter.
Younger Female: Oh, which one was that?
Older Male: The sales job I applied for. They were looking for someone to manage computer sales to the Middle East. Not only have I sold computers before, but I also lived in the Middle East for seven years. I don’t know why they wouldn’t even talk to me.
Younger Female: That is disappointing. I wonder why.
Older Male: I bet it’s because I’m getting a bit older now.
Younger Female: (dismissively) Nah, you’re not that old.
Older Male: You’d be surprised. Sales is a bit of a young person’s game these days. People like me are seen as dinosaurs.
Younger Female: It could be that they think you’re overqualified for the position and that you’ll want to move on after a year. They might be looking for someone they can train and who can grow into the position a bit.
Older Male: I don’t know. I think someone’s looked at my resume and seen how far back my experience goes and decided I’m over the hill.
Younger Female: I admit that it is a bit strange that they didn’t even offer you an interview given how closely your experience matches the job description, but you can’t know that they think you’re getting a little long in the tooth to do the job.
Older Male: That’s just it. There’s no way of knowing or proving it. They can just say something vague like "we didn’t think he’d be a good fit," when what they mean is "you’re no spring chicken, and you’ll slow us down."
Younger Female: Would it help if I looked at your resume with you? I might be able to suggest some ideas to help.
Older Male: Like what?
Younger Female: Well, if you think people are going to be prejudiced about your age, then we can do some things to deal with that. Do you have the year you graduated on there?
Older Male: Yes.
Younger Female: Well, maybe take that off for a start. It doesn’t matter when you graduated; it matters that you graduated.
Older Male: I suppose.
Younger Female: And do you have that training you did recently on there?
Older Male: I didn’t think it was worth mentioning.
Younger Female: Of course, it is. And it shows you’re still actively learning.
Older Male: You make a good point. OK. I’ll play around with it a bit. I did really enjoy that training and spent a few months on it.
Younger Female: You did really well. You should definitely have it on there.
Older Male: I’m pretty smart for an old codger. (laughs)
Younger Female: laughs
RATE THIS LESSON
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Average overall rating: Excellent (4.9)

2 Comments

Sharon

30 March 2022

I have many adult students and this topic leads to a lot of conversation. The vocabulary, while not strictly business, was new, and the reading had great use of phrasal verbs and idiomatic expressions that they appreciated a lot. This lesson has gone longer than 60 minutes - so I've covered it in 2+ classes. I'm surprised it's so lowly rated.

Ginger

4 April 2022

This lesson has great exercises and questions for conversation. I have advanced students, and the lesson took us over two hours because there was such good conversation. We discussed the concept of "middle age." It was very interesting to hear perspectives from students of different ages (my youngest student is 18 and my oldest is in her late 60s). It's an excellent general lesson, not just for business English classes.

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