The ME interview

The “Me” Interview 

by Alan Marsh

Here’s an activity which I’ve adapted from Pair Work (P. Watcyn Jones, Penguin). It’s proved especially useful for the first day of both one-to-one (individual) lessons and group lessons. Once you’ve broken the ice a little you can move on to what I’ve called “The Me Interview”.   There is also a version which can be used for Business English students.

1    Student A and Student B are given the diagram below (or the Teacher and the    Student in one-to-one lessons). Each student is given a copy of their instructions, A’s instructions are different from B’s, and they mustn’t look at each other’s instructions. Each students writes the required information on the diagram. 

2 Each student then looks at their own diagram and tries to remember the reason for each item they have written. If they can’t remember they can refer to their original instructions. 

3 The students then exchange diagrams – but not instructions! They ask their partner why they’ve written what they’ve written for each number. They then ask supplementary questions in order to find out as much as possible about their partner as a person. The teacher monitors on two levels: as an interested person, and as a teacher monitoring diagnostically for linguistic strengths and weaknesses. 

Enjoy it! 

Alan 

 

General English version

 

Interview A 

On the drawing below, write down the following pieces of information about yourself: 

1. Write down the name of a beautiful place you have visited 

2. Write down the name of one of your favourite relatives 

3. Write down three essential characteristics of your ‘ideal’ partner 

4. Write down your favourite time of year 

5. Write down the name of a book you really enjoyed 

6. Write down what you are most looking forward to over the next year 

7. Write down the name of your favourite teacher when you were at school 

8. Write down the biggest challenge that your country faces in the near future 

9. Write down three things that annoy(irritate) you 

10. Write down three things you don’t like about your job 

 

Interview B 

On the drawing below, write down the following pieces of information about yourself: 

1. Write down the name of a person you really admire (living or dead) 

2. Write down the name of a film you really enjoyed 

3. Write down your three most positive personal qualities 

4. Write down the name of the town that you consider ‘home’ 

5. Write down what you are most looking forward to over the next few weeks 

6. Write down three things you would like to know about Malta 

7. Write down the name of the person who is closest to you in life 

8. Write down the year when you were happiest 

9. Write down three ambitions you have (personal/family/work/travel/?) 

10. Write down three things you like about your job 

 

 

Business English version

 

Interview A

1 Write down the name of a city or country that you have visited in your job. 

2 Write down 3 of the most important things you have to do in your job. 

3 Write down the biggest challenge your company or Institution faces in the future

4 Write down the three most essential qualities of a person who does your job well. 

5 Write down three things that you would like to improve in your job performance. 

6 Write down the name of a book or article that you have read which has really influenced you in your work. 

7 Write down three things that would irritate you in a colleague. 

8 Write down what you are most looking forward to in your job in the weeks or months ahead. 

9 Write down the year when you were happiest up to now in your professional life. 

10 Write down a personal achievement in your work that you are especially proud of. 

 

Interview B

1 Write down the name of a person you really admire in your field, or anyone else you really admire because of the work they have done. 

2 Write down the name of a person you enjoy/have enjoyed working with. 

3 Write down the 3 most important qualities of a person in your line of work. 

4 Write down the name of a country which you consider is good for business for your company’s product, or which has contributed a lot to your field. 

5 Write down what you are most looking forward to in the next few weeks (or months) in your job. 6 Write down 3 things you would like to know about your partner’s job. 

7 Write down the most challenging (difficult?) aspect of your job? 

8 Write down 3 things you really like about your job. 

9 Write down 3 ambitions you have in your job.

10 Write down what job you would like to do if you didn’t have your present job.

© Alan Marsh