The Reading / Listening - Level 6

University graduates hoping to get a job as an investment banker in London could be disappointed if they wear brown shoes to their job interview. A new report highlights how the investment banking industry in the UK follows centuries-old, unwritten rules about how bankers should conduct themselves. The study was undertaken by the British government's Social Mobility Commission. Researchers looked at how the industry selected people in job interviews. They found that the industry was governed by "relatively opaque" codes of conduct. They wrote: "For men, the wearing of brown shoes with a business suit is generally considered unacceptable…within investment banking."



The survey suggested that people from working class backgrounds had to change their behaviour to fit in with bankers who were from middle and upper classes. One newly-appointed banker said: "I felt like my accent was a bit out of place, so I changed it." The study also said the industry discriminated against those who did not go to elite universities. The Commission's chairman said: "Bright, working-class kids are being systematically locked out of top jobs in investment banking because they did not attend a small handful of elite universities." He added: "It is shocking…that some investment bank managers still judge candidates on whether they wear brown shoes with a suit, rather than on their skills and potential."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Level 4  or  Level 5

Sources
  • http://www.cnbc.com/2016/09/01/wearing-brown-shoes-could-lose-you-a-banking-job-in-uk.html
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/01/candidates-miss-out-on-financial-jobs-because-they-wear-brown-sh/
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37244180


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. JOB INTERVIEWS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about job interviews. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       graduates / investment / banking / job interview / industry / code of conduct / suit /
       survey / behaviour / middle classes / discriminated / working class / shocking / skills

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. UNIFORMS: Students A strongly believe everyone should wear the same uniform to work; Students B strongly believe no one should wear uniforms.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. INTERVIEWS: What should you do to pass a job interview? Discuss this with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

  • Dress
  • Punctuality
  • Mood
  • What to talk about
  • Research
  • Ask questions
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5. SHOES: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "shoes". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. CANDIDATE: Rank these with your partner. Put the most important things a candidate needs at a job interview at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • work experience
  • good clothes
  • politeness
  • a firm handshake
  • nice shoes
  • a nice smile
  • confidence
  • qualifications

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The article said high school graduates could be disappointed.     T / F
  2. A study said the investment banking industry follows unwritten rules.     T / F
  3. The study said the industry's code of conduct is very unclear.     T / F
  4. Brown shoes were generally unacceptable for investment bankers.     T / F
  5. The study said people from upper-class backgrounds had to change.     T / F
  6. A new banker had to change his/her accent to fit in.     T / F
  7. Most investment bankers did not go to an elite university.     T / F
  8. Investment bank managers always judge a candidate on potential.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. hoping
  2. disappointed
  3. undertaken
  4. selected
  5. generally
  6. behaviour
  7. changed
  8. elite
  9. shocking
  10. potential
  1. on the whole
  2. chosen
  3. appalling
  4. let down
  5. manner
  6. top
  7. wishing for
  8. promise
  9. done
  10. amended

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. graduates hoping to get a job
  2. could be
  3. unwritten
  4. codes of
  5. a business suit is generally
  6. people from working
  7. change their behaviour to
  8. I felt like my accent was a bit out
  9. systematically locked
  10. judge
  1. of place
  2. considered unacceptable
  3. candidates
  4. disappointed
  5. class backgrounds
  6. as an investment banker
  7. rules
  8. out of top jobs
  9. conduct
  10. fit in

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
hoping
selected
highlights
within
conduct
generally
unwritten
codes

University graduates (1) ____________ to get a job as an investment banker in London could be disappointed if they wear brown shoes to their job interview. A new report                      (2) ____________ how the investment banking industry in the UK follows centuries-old, (3) ____________ rules about how bankers should (4) ____________ themselves. The study was undertaken by the British government's Social Mobility Commission. Researchers looked at how the industry                (5) ____________ people in job interviews. They found that the industry was governed by "relatively opaque" (6) ____________ of conduct. They wrote: "For men, the wearing of brown shoes with a business suit is (7) ____________ considered unacceptable…(8) ____________ investment banking."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
upper
systematically
judge
class
potential
against
handful
accent

The survey suggested that people from working (9) ____________ backgrounds had to change their behaviour to fit in with bankers who were from middle and (10) ____________ classes. One newly-appointed banker said: "I felt like my (11) ____________ was a bit out of place, so I changed it." The study also said the industry discriminated (12) ____________ those who did not go to elite universities. The Commission's chairman said: "Bright, working-class kids are being (13) ____________ locked out of top jobs in investment banking because they did not attend a small (14) ____________ of elite universities." He added: "It is shocking…that some investment bank managers still (15) ____________ candidates on whether they wear brown shoes with a suit, rather than on their skills and (16) ____________."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) graduates hoping to get a job as an investment banker in London ______
     a.  could be disappointed
     b.  could been disappointed
     c.  could being disappointment
     d.  could be disappointment

2)  follows centuries-old, unwritten rules about how bankers should ______
     a.  conduit themselves
     b.  contract themselves
     c.  conduct themselves
     d.  combat themselves

3)  Researchers looked at how the industry selected people ______
     a.  on job interviews
     b.  by job interviews
     c.  in job interviews
     d.  of job interviews

4)  They found that the industry was governed by "relatively opaque" ______
     a.  codes have conduct
     b.  codes off conduct
     c.  codes for conduct
     d.  codes of conduct

5)  brown shoes with a business suit is generally ______
     a.  considered unacceptable
     b.  considering unacceptable
     c.  considered non-acceptable
     d.  considered unacceptably

6)  people from working class backgrounds had to change their ______
     a.  behaviour to fit up
     b.  behaviour to fit out
     c.  behaviour to fit in
     d.  behaviour to fit over

7)  I felt like my accent was a bit out of place, ______
     a.  so I charged it
     b.  so I changed it
     c.  so I chained it
     d.  so I change it

8) the industry discriminated against those who did not go ______
     a.  two elite universities
     b.  to elite universities
     c.  too elite universities
     d.  top elite universities

9) Bright, working-class kids are being systematically ______
     a.  locked up
     b.  locked out
     c.  locked in
     d.  locked down

10) whether they wear brown shoes with a suit, rather than on their ______
     a.  skills and potentially
     b.  skillful and potential
     c.  skills and potential
     d.  skillful and potentials

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

University graduates hoping (1) ___________________ an investment banker in London could be disappointed if they wear brown shoes to their job interview. A new report (2) ___________________ investment banking industry in the UK follows centuries-old, (3) ___________________ how bankers should conduct themselves. The study was undertaken by the British government's Social Mobility Commission. Researchers looked at how the industry (4) ___________________ job interviews. They found that the industry was governed by "relatively opaque" (5) ___________________. They wrote: "For men, the wearing of brown shoes with a business suit is generally (6) ___________________ …within investment banking."

The survey suggested (7) ___________________ working class backgrounds had to change their behaviour (8) ___________________ bankers who were from middle and upper classes. One newly-appointed banker said: "I felt like my accent was a (9) ___________________, so I changed it." The study also said the industry discriminated (10) ___________________ did not go to elite universities. The Commission's chairman said: "Bright, working-class kids are being systematically locked out of top jobs in investment banking because they (11) ___________________ a small handful of elite universities." He added: "It is shocking…that some investment bank managers still judge candidates on whether they wear brown shoes with a suit, rather (12) ___________________ and potential."

Comprehension questions

  1. What kind of graduates could be disappointed?
  2. How old are the unwritten rules the investment banking industry follows?
  3. Who looked at how the industry selected people in interviews?
  4. What was described as being 'relatively opaque'?
  5. What is considered unacceptable in the investment baking industry?
  6. What did working class people have to change to fit in?
  7. What did one banker have to change to not feel out of place?
  8. What kind of universities do investment bankers usually come from?
  9. Who is being systematically locked out of top investment banking jobs?
  10. What are candidates not being judged on?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What kind of graduates could be disappointed?
a) technical college graduates
b) high school graduates
c) university graduates
d) undergraduates

2) How old are the unwritten rules the investment banking industry follows?
a) centuries old
b) 87 years old
c)  no one knows
d) it didn't say

3) Who looked at how the industry selected people in interviews?
a) researchers
b) bankers
c) universities
d) candidates

4) What was described as being 'relatively opaque'?
a) glass
b) codes of conduct
c) transparency
d) investments

5) What is considered unacceptable in the investment banking industry?
a) cheating
b) causing global financial collapses
c) taking unnecessary risks
d) wearing brown shoes

6) What did working class people have to change to fit in?
a) their investments
b) their behaviour
c) their shoes
d) their careers

7) What did one banker have to change to not feel out of place?
a) his/her accent
b) his/her career
c) his/her university
d) his/her hairstyle

8) What kind of universities do investment bankers usually come from?
a) public universities
b) online universities
c) elite universities
d) financial universities

9) Who is being systematically locked out of top investment banking jobs?
a) candidates
b) graduates
c) upper-class kids
d) working-class kids

10) What are candidates not being judged on?
a) skills and potential
b) background
c) shoes
d) maths ability

Role play

Role A — Nice shoes

You think nice shoes are most important in an interview. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them things that are wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): confidence, qualifications or a firm handshake.

Role B — Confidence

You think confidence is most important in an interview. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them things that are wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): nice shoes, qualifications or a firm handshake.

Role C — Qualifications

You think qualifications are most important in an interview. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them things that are wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): confidence, nice shoes or a firm handshake.

Role D — A firm handshake

You think a firm handshake is most important in an interview. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them things that are wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): confidence, qualifications or nice shoes.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'job'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'interview'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • suggested
    • middle
    • accent
    • kids
    • small
    • rather
    • hoping
    • follows
    • undertaken
    • how
    • codes
    • within




    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Brown shoes could mean you fail a job interview

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What springs to mind when you hear the word 'interview'?
    3. What experience do you have with job interviews?
    4. What's the best way to pass interviews?
    5. What do investment bankers do?
    6. What kind of clothes are best to wear at an interview?
    7. What kind of code of conduct should investment bankers follow?
    8. What do you think about what you read?
    9. Are black shoes better than brown shoes?
    10. What advice do you have for people going for a job interview?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. Are there different classes of people in your society?
    3. What is wrong with all investment bankers being upper class?
    4. Do people discriminate against accents in your country?
    5. What difficult questions have you had at a job interview?
    6. Should people from elite universities get the best jobs?
    7. Should unsuccessful candidates be able to sue companies?
    8. What skills do you have that would impress in a job interview?
    9. Should all workers wear the same clothes?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the researchers?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    University graduates (1) ____ to get a job as an investment banker in London could be disappointed if they wear brown shoes to their job interview. A new report (2) ____ how the investment banking industry in the UK (3) ____ centuries-old, unwritten rules about how bankers should (4) ____ themselves. The study was undertaken by the British government's Social Mobility Commission. Researchers looked at how the industry selected people in job interviews. They found that the industry was governed by "(5) ____ opaque" codes of conduct. They wrote: "For men, the wearing of brown shoes with a business suit is (6) ____ considered unacceptable…within investment banking."

    The survey (7) ____ that people from working class backgrounds had to change their behaviour to fit in with bankers who were from middle and upper classes. One (8) ____-appointed banker said: "I felt like my accent was a bit out (9) ____ place, so I changed it." The study also said the industry discriminated against (10) ____ who did not go to elite universities. The Commission's chairman said: "Bright, working-class kids are being systematically locked out of top jobs in investment banking because they did not attend a small (11) ____ of elite universities." He added: "It is shocking…that some investment bank managers still judge candidates on whether they wear brown shoes with a suit, (12) ____ than on their skills and potential."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     hopping     (b)     whopping     (c)     hooping     (d)     hoping    
    2. (a)     high society     (b)     high-powers     (c)     lowlights     (d)     highlights    
    3. (a)     chases     (b)     follows     (c)     tails     (d)     stalks    
    4. (a)     contract     (b)     combat     (c)     conduct     (d)     conduit    
    5. (a)     relatively     (b)     relative     (c)     relations     (d)     relativity    
    6. (a)     generally     (b)     generalize     (c)     genially     (d)     genie    
    7. (a)     suggestion     (b)     suggest     (c)     suggestive     (d)     suggested    
    8. (a)     newly     (b)     news     (c)     new     (d)     newish    
    9. (a)     to     (b)     of     (c)     as     (d)     up    
    10. (a)     them     (b)     us     (c)     those     (d)     that    
    11. (a)     eyeful     (b)     stomachful     (c)     handful     (d)     headful    
    12. (a)     instead     (b)     rather     (c)     prefer     (d)     if

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Put the text back together

    (    )     The survey suggested that people from working class backgrounds had to change their behaviour to fit

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    (    )     opaque" codes of conduct. They wrote: "For men, the wearing of brown shoes with a business suit

    (    )     undertaken by the British government's Social Mobility Commission. Researchers looked

    (    )     in with bankers who were from middle and upper classes. One newly-appointed banker said: "I felt like my accent

    (    )     brown shoes to their job interview. A new report highlights how the investment banking industry

    (    )     handful of elite universities." He added: "It is shocking…that some investment bank managers still

    (    )     at how the industry selected people in job interviews. They found that the industry was governed by "relatively

    (    )     in the UK follows centuries-old, unwritten rules about how bankers should conduct themselves. The study was

    (    )     being systematically locked out of top jobs in investment banking because they did not attend a small

    (    )     is generally considered unacceptable…within investment banking."

    (    )     judge candidates on whether they wear brown shoes with a suit, rather than on their skills and potential."

    (    )     elite universities. The Commission's chairman said: "Bright, working-class kids are

    Put the words in the right order

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    3. looked   Researchers   people   selected   industry   the   how   at   .
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    8. Systematically  jobs   locked  in   out   investment   of   banking   top   .
    9. not   small   elite   did   a   of   They   attend   handful   universities   .
    10. Judge   shoes   brown   wear   they   whether   on   candidates   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    University graduates hoping / hopping to get a job as an investment banker in London could be disappointment / disappointed if they wear brown shoes to their job interviewee / interview. A new report highlights how the investment banking industry in the UK following / follows centuries-old, unwritten rules / rulers about how bankers should contract / conduct themselves. The study was overtaken / undertaken by the British government's Social Mobility Commission. Researchers looked at how / what the industry selectedpeople in job interviews. They found that the industry was governed of / by "relatively opaque" codes of conduct. They wrote: "For men, the wearing of brown shoes with a business suit is generally considered unacceptable…within / without investment banking."

    The survey suggestive / suggested that people from working class backgrounds had to change / charge their behaviour to fit in with bankers who were from middle / centre and upper classes. One newly-appointed banker said: "I felt like / so my accent was a bit out of place, so I changed it." The study also said the industry / industrial discriminated against those / them who did not go to elite universities. The Commission's chairman said: "Bright, working-class kids are being / been systematically locked up / out of top jobs in investment banking because they did not attend a small handful of elite universities." He added: "It is shocking…what / that some investment bank managers still judge candidates on whether they wear brown shoes with a suit, rather than on / in their skills and potential."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    university graduates hoping to get a job as an investment banker in london could be disappointed if they wear brown shoes to their job interview a new report highlights how the investment banking industry in the uk follows centuries-old unwritten rules about how bankers should conduct themselves the study was undertaken by the british government's social mobility commission researchers looked at how the industry selected people in job interviews they found that the industry was governed by "relatively opaque" codes of conduct they wrote "for men the wearing of brown shoes with a business suit is generally considered unacceptable…within investment banking"

    the survey suggested that people from working class backgrounds had to change their behaviour to fit in with bankers who were from middle and upper classes one newly-appointed banker said "i felt like my accent was a bit out of place so i changed it" the study also said the industry discriminated against those who did not go to elite universities the commission's chairman said "bright working-class kids are being systematically locked out of top jobs in investment banking because they did not attend a small handful of elite universities" he added "it is shocking…that some investment bank managers still judge candidates on whether they wear brown shoes with a suit rather than on their skills and potential"

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    oncouldbedisappointediftheywearbrownshoestotheirjobinterview.A
    newreporthighlightshowtheinvestmentbankingindustryintheUKfoll
    owscenturies-old,unwrittenrulesabouthowbankersshouldconductt
    hemselves.ThestudywasundertakenbytheBritishgovernment'sSoci
    alMobilityCommission.Researcherslookedathowtheindustryselecte
    dpeopleinjobinterviews.Theyfoundthattheindustrywasgovernedby"
    relativelyopaque"codesofconduct.Theywrote:"Formen,thewearing
    ofbrownshoeswithabusinesssuitisgenerallyconsideredunacceptable
    …withininvestmentbanking."Thesurveysuggestedthatpeoplefromw
    orkingclassbackgroundshadtochangetheirbehaviourtofitinwithbank
    erswhowerefrommiddleandupperclasses.Onenewly-appointedba
    nkersaid:"Ifeltlikemyaccentwasabitoutofplace,soIchangedit."Thest
    udyalsosaidtheindustrydiscriminatedagainstthosewhodidnotgotoeli
    teuniversities.TheCommission'schairmansaid:"Bright,working-clas
    skidsarebeingsystematicallylockedoutoftopjobsininvestmentbankin
    gbecausetheydidnotattendasmallhandfulofeliteuniversities."Headd
    ed:"Itisshocking…thatsomeinvestmentbankmanagersstilljudgecan
    didatesonwhethertheywearbrownshoeswithasuit,ratherthanontheir
    skillsandpotential."

    Free writing

    Write about job interview for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    All workers should wear the same uniform. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about job interviews. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. JOB INTERVIEWS: Make a poster about how to pass interviews. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. DRESS CODES: Write a magazine article about having to wear the right clothes in job interviews. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against it.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on job interviews. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to pass them. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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