UNIT 03 - In the office

In the office

In this unit you will learn how to talk about your weekly schedule, frequency of work activities and daily routines.

STARTING OUT

Listen to the this CEO of an international company talk about his daily schedule and put his activities in order from most to least often.

Now listen again and repeat. Then, practice telling about your schedule and send the audio to you teacher and to your colleagues.

LET'S TALK

Listen to the conversation and check the words and expressions you hear from the section above. The new ones will be REPORT and STATUS MEETING.

Now listen again and do yourself the secretary’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

Busiest days – Thursdays
Plan new sales strategies
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (meetings 10 to 5)

Felx hours – Tuesdays
Call overseeas to Asia
11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Longest days – Wednesdays
Work overtime
Get ready for meetings
8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

LET'S READ

Business meals

The work week in Argentina is Monday through Friday, but executives in Argentina have very long days. Sometimes business meetings start at 8 p.m., so they very often have business dinners.

Executives in the United States often start work very early and many companies have business breakfast meetings, so that managers can meet clients and customers before the start of the usual business day.

Working on the weekend

In South Korea, the usual business hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, when managers often have business lunch after work, sometimes just in a local coffee shop.

LISTEN AGAIN

Listen to the audio and take notes of the hours you hear these people say. Then, check your answers with your colleagues.

UP TO YOU

What is your work week?
When do you have important meetings?
How often do you work overtime?
Do you ever work flexible hours?
Where do you usually eat during the day?
Do you usually work on the weekends?

SUMMARIZING

Almost always/usually/often
Always
Hardly ever/seldom
Monday through Friday
Never

Report
Sometimes
Status meeting
Weekly/daily schedule
Work late/overtime/flex hours

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