Computer Objective: Learners will be able to type a simple resume.
Literacy Objective: Learners will be able to write their job skills, work experience and educational experience in a simple resume.
Materials: Lesson 19 – Handout 1 and Lesson 19 – Handout 2.
Introduction: One of the most practical tasks that learners should be able to do on a computer is create documents needed for job searches. Most instructors can attest to the difficulties students have with this kind of task. In this lesson, learners use tables to help them organise and type information in a resume.
Procedure: Provide learners with the sample resume (Handout 1). Discuss the main parts of the resume and the way it is formatted. Make learners aware that the lines shown in the handout are just to help learners type the resume in a table. The borders should be removed before the resume is printed. Have learners type this sample resume for practice. Next, provide learners with the blank resume contained in Handout 2. Have them write their personal information in this form. Learners should edit this written version several times before attempting to type it on a computer.
Adaptations: A resume may not be appropriate or necessary for some beginner readers. Learners may only need to provide their contact information to potential employers or customers. These learners could produce simple “business” cards instead of complete resumes. Business cards can be typed in a table with 2 columns and 5 rows. Each cell should be 3 1/2” X 2”. Have learners type one business card and copy and paste it into the other cells. The final result can be printed on cardstock paper.
Computer Objective: Learners will have the opportunity to reinforce the word processing skills they have learned.
Literacy Objective: Learners will use the literacy skills they have acquired to write an information or opinion article.
Introduction: A collaborative class newsletter would be an excellent wrap up activity for this series of word processing lessons. It is a good opportunity for meaningful class interaction, and the results will be a keepsake the learners can be proud of. (The following websites contain examples of newsletters by adult learners that could be used for writing and formatting ideas: http://www.northbayliteracycouncil.ca/news.htm and http://sabes.necc.mass.edu/ilc/news02pg1.pdf
Procedure: The learners choose from a list of types of articles provided by the instructor; for example: class or world news, recipes, travel, health, etc. The learners may work individually or in pairs or groups to write the articles. The instructor provides directions on how the articles should be formatted. Each learner or group types their own article. They may include graphics or tables, and should be encouraged to be creative. The learners should check their spelling using the Spelling Tool. Putting this project together will entail some work for the instructor. The files will have to be merged into one document from learners’ disks or a network folder. The instructor can then put the newsletter into columns, add page numbers and headers/footers if desired. Finally, the newsletter can be printed and photocopied for each learner.
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