UNIT 02 - Tell me about your company

Tell me about your company

In this unit you will learn how to greet business colleagues, talk about what you do and exchange information about your company.

STARTING OUT

Listen to the audio about these multinational companies that we all know and check what they do and where they are from.

Now listen again and repeat. After that, practice telling about what your company does and where it is from. Then, send the audio to your teacher and to your colleagues.

LET'S TALK

Listen to the conversation and check the words and expressions you hear from the previous unit. The new ones will be I WORK FOR/I’M WITH and SALES/MARKETING DEPARTMENT.

Now listen again and do yourself the host’s part as many times as necessary for a good performance. Then, record it and send the audio to your teacher.

LISTEN TO ME

Listen to the audio and take notes of the names of the cities where the head quarters of these companies are located and the products that they make. Then, click the answer key and check your answers.

ANSWER KEY

Qualcom
San Diego – California
Cellular phone technology
Cell phone chips and software

PDVSA
Caracas – Venezuela
Oil industry
Exploration, production, refining and marketing

LET'S READ

What is a typical business greeting?

In international business, shaking hands is the usual greeting. But people shake hands in different ways. In France hand-shakes are very quick, but in Brazil people take more time to shake hands. However, in both countries it’s customary to shake hands with people in a room when you arrive and when you leave.

What else is good etiquette?

People do not shake hands as often in North America, but always remember to look at the other person in the eyes and shake hands firmly, but not too strongly, for no more than 2 or 3 seconds.

LISTEN AGAIN

Listen to the audio and take notes of the numbers you hear about companies production, transactions and staff. Then, check your answers with your colleagues.

UP TO YOU

How long do you usually shake hands for?
In what countries do people greet with a bow?
What other greetings do you know about?
Do you give your business card when you first meet someone?
What else do you consider good etiquette?

SUMMARIZING

Can you spell that?
Head office/quarter
Here’s my card
How many employees?
I work for

I’m in the… department
My company is/We’re
Shake hands/Greet
We make/manufacture
We’re in the… industry/business

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