Can I ask you a question?
Sure, what is it?
Do you believe in God?
Yes, I do, but I don't go to church any more.
I was raised catholic. But around the time I got confirmed I realized that I didn't believe there was a hell. or the pulpit could make decisions for Catholics.
So what religions do you follow now?
I guess I am not really religious anymore because I don't follow one particular faith. But I am spiritual, I believe a life after death. How about you?
I don't believe in God. I think that once we die, that's the end.
Why don't you believe in God?
I was raised Jewish, but I never really understood. I didn't see the point of going to a synagogue, and preying to God in a language that I did not understand.
Did you study Hebrew then?
Yes, everyone in my family speaks Hebrew. It's part of who we are.
So would you call yourself a heathenist?
Yes, but not in front of my parents. They would never forgive me for it.
I think that fewer people of our age are religiously as devout as our parents are.
I agree. I just tend to agree with scientific explanation, rather than theological ones. I need proof in order to understand things.
Did you hear about the documentary that's going to be on TV this weekend?
Which one is that?
It's a documentary about Jesus' tomb. Apparently they found the tomb and his bones.
But I thought Jesus was resurrected after death.
That's what Christians' belief. They are quite upset about this documentary. They think that the discovery channel is plain to make them foolish.
When did they find his tomb?
Apprently they found it in 1980, so it's fairly reason.
That sounds like quite a scandal.
We should watch it. Did you know that other religions like Islam and Judaism mentioned Jesus in their faith?
Really? So they are all connected.
Yes, they just don't think it's as powerful and important as Christian's belief.
Most religions have similar ideas. Many of them are common sense. That's why I believe in God but not in one religion.
I've never thought about it like that before.
Nothing could shake my faith in God.
We are very different people, aren't we?
I've been an atheist over my adult life.
C: Are you looking for a course?
J: Yes, but I am not sure which one to sign up for?
C: What kind of programme are you looking for? Full-time or part-time?
J:I have to work during the day, so I want to find a part-time course that I can do in the evenings.
C: What kind of course are you looking for?
J: I need to improve my English.
C: Do you want a one-to-one private tutor or a group class.
J: I think a one-to-one course will be too expensive for me, so a group class would be fine.
C: Have you ever considered taking one of our online courses?
J: I think I perfer face to face instruction better.
C: That's fine. If you want, you can sign up for a pre-sessional interview.
J: What's that for?
C: One of our qualified teachers will interview you so that they can find a class that suits you best.
J; Do you have a brochure about the course that I can take home to read?
C: Sure. Here is a brochure about our English classes that meet in the evenings.
J: Thanks, I will read through it tonight and get back to you tomorrow to sign up for a course.
J: Do many adults take part in adult education programs in your country?
C: Millions of Americans do every year.
J: When do they working adults find time to take classes?
C: They attend classes gesigned especially for working people on weekends or at night.
J: What do most of those students study?
C: Some adults are completing high school, college or graduate work.
J: What about the majority of the adult students in your country?
C:Most of them are trying to learn new job skills or simply exploring new interests.
J: What kind of interests?
C: Many of the studens attend classes in the arts.
J:If you take a class at the community college, can you get a certificate at the end to prove that you've done it?
C:Nearly all of the classes will provide you with a participation certificate, but there are some classes taht will also give you a
J: What kind of classes are those?
C: Most language classes will give you a certificate based on your proficiency in the language. You can also get certificates for things
like fist aid training.
J: Have you ever taken a class for further study ?
C: I usually take a few classes a year.
J: What kind of classes do you take?
C: I usually just attend language and dance classes so that I can have fun.
Abby: Hi, my name is Abby, What is your name?
Colin: I'm Colin. It's nice to meet you. What do you do?
A: I am a freelance English teacher. How about you?
C: I am in between jobs at the moment.
A: What kind of job are you looking for?
C: I'd like to find a job with flexible hours in the IT field.
A: Have you ever thought about becoming a freelance IT consultant?
C: No, Is it difficult to find such a job?
A: Not if you are good at net-working. Do you like to meet new people?
C:Yes, I am pretty out-going and friendly.
A: Do you have experience in the IT field?
C:I have some. I worked in the IT department at a language school for four years in Spain.
A: Do you sepeak Spanish?
C: Yes, but not fluently.
A: That's OK, Have you sent your CV(Curriculum Vitae) out to anyone yet?
C:I have sent my CV to dozens of companies but nobody has got back to me.
A: Did you write a clear objective in your resume?
C: No, because I didn't know what I wanted to do.
A: i think you need to update your CV. Bring it over to my office tomorrow and I will help you with it.
C:Thanks, I will. See you tomorrow then!
C: I have good news!
A: What is that?
C: I have an interview with an IT company on Wednesday!
A: That's fantastic! have you prepared for the interview?
C: Not really! I have just looked over my CV a few times.
A: Let's practice a few questions.
C: Ok, Ask away!
A: What kind of applicant do you think we are looking for at our company?
C:The successful applicant must be hardworking, responsible, and honest.
A: Good. What makes you think you would be a success in this position?
C: I would do well in this position because I have four years of experience working in this field, I am good at what I do, and I am easy to work with.
A: Ok, What are your salary expectations?
C: Oh, I haven't thought about that before. I guess I should. Well, to be honest, I don't mind if I start with a low salary because I am rather desperate for work right now!
A; that might not be the best thing to say to an interviewer. You should not ask for too much or too little.
C:but I have no idea how much freelance IT consultants earn!
A: That is something you should research before you go to the interview.