Writing a CV Lesson Plan for ESL Students

Instructor: Matt Gromlich

Matt has taught at the K-12 level and beyond for the last five years. He is currently getting his Ph.D. in Mathematics Education.

This lesson plan introduces the resume basics. Although the cover letter is a part of the video, this lesson specifically targets the resume portion. An activity encourages students to think about their own educational and work experiences and create their own resumes. Throughout the lesson, discussion questions are presented to build on prior knowledge and extend student learning.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify professional vs. unprofessional email addresses.
  • Create a detailed profile line that highlights their value as an employee.
  • Develop strong descriptions of job experiences using action verbs.
  • Determine which information should be placed on their resume.


60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.


Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.


  • Quiz worksheet for How to Create a Great Resume and Cover Letter (either printed or projected for students; only work through the resume questions, #2, #3, and #5)
  • Possible extension activities, questions, and/or worksheets (see extensions at the end of the lesson)

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