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Advice on writing CVs

Listen to an interview with a recruitment expert, who talks about his experience of reading CVs and offers some good advice on writing them.

Do the Preparation task first. Then listen to the audio. Next go to each Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the transcript at any time.

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

Weak forms are syllable sounds that become unstressed in connected speech and are often then pronounced as a schwa.

In the sentence below the first 'do' is a weak form and the second is stressed.

What do you want to do this evening?

Weak forms are very common in English. Listen carefully and fill in the gaps with the missing words typed out in full.



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


hi guys! i have a question i don't understand what is a "weak form"??
i would appreciate any help thank you!

Hi ale_g,

'Weak form' is a term related to pronunciation. It describes vowel sounds which change when they are unstressed.

If you look at the dictionary entry for 'and' (here) you will see the pronunciation given for 'strong' and 'weak' forms. The spelling does not change; this is purely a question of pronunciation in connected speech, and whether or not the rhythm of the sentence requires that the word be stressed or unstressed. Grammar words such as auxiliary words like 'have', common conjunctions like 'and', articles like 'a' tend to be unstressed unless there is a particular reason why they are important in the sentence.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

dear sir,

I am working as an accountant in India. currently looking job in UAE.i need to improve my language skills for my career advancement. which course is better for me.

Hell hafilkaringappara,

The most effective thing you could do is take a course at a British Council Teaching Centre. If that doesn't work for you, then I'd suggest you take our level test and then search for pages on our site at your level. It might also be a good idea for you to read our Frequently asked questions page, which offers advice on how to get the most out of our site.

If you have any other specific questions after that, please let us know.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

my english is very badd(((

I can't find the preparation task, can you help me please.

Hello Samar Ahmed,

The Preparation task is located between the Instructions and the audio player. If you click or press on the word Preparation, the green bar should expand to reveal the exercise. If you can't see that, I'd recommend trying to view the page in a different browser -- this should let you see it. But if not, please let us know what browser version you're using.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I am a high school student who is waiting for my exam results. I would like to ask for an advice. I am going to further my studies in a college and my English level is B1~B2. How can I improve my English level to a better level in terms of communication, listening, speaking and writing skills?

Hello Racheal,

Welcome to LearnEnglish! Obviously, it's hard for me to give you individual advice as I don't know your particular strengths and weaknesses. However, I can give you some general advice.

First of all, please take a look at our Getting Started section, which you can find here. It has a lot of information about the site, where to find different things and how to best use our materials.

Second, please read our Frequently Asked Questions page, which you can find here. You'll find tips and advice there on particular aspects of learning English, such as improving grammar, writing, speaking and so on.

Third, please take a look at this page, which has a table of materials so you can search for material at a given level, on particular topic or dealing with a particular language point.

You can use the comments sections on each page to ask any questions you have. We are a small team here and can't provide individual lessons, but we can answer specific questions if you have any problems or need any further help.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks Peter. Your informations are very informative.