In this unit you will learn how to describe an office design, ask for and confirm position of objects and locations in a building.
Listen to this description of an office interior and check the information which are true, false or not possible to verify according to the picture. Then, choose the tab that brings only the correct information.
A manager is sitting behind the desk.
There’s a desktop computer on the desk.
There are some folders to the right of the computer.
The folders are between the telephone and the computer.
Now listen again and repeat. Then, record a description of your own office and send the audio to you teacher and to your colleagues.
Listen to this conversation between a visitor and a concierge in a commercial building and check the words and expressions you know. The new ones will be ESCALATORS and NEWSSTAND.
Now listen again and do yourself the concierge’s part as many times as necessary for a good performance. Then, record it and send the audio to your teacher.
Listen to the audio with a description of what is happening at an airport departure and take notes. Then, choose the tab that brings only the correct facts.
There is a woman is standing at the currency exchange counter with her briefcase on the floor.
There is a Bankamerica sign on the wall to the right of the bank.
There are two people waiting in line behind the woman.
There is an empty bench across from the the currency exchange counter with a plant hanging above it.
There is a bank clerk behind the currency exchange window facing the woman at the counter.
There is a woman standing next to the man waiting in line at the currency exchange counter.
There are two people sitting on a bench across from the the currency exchange counter.
There is a duty free shop in the middle of a hall.
There is a man standing at the currency exchange counter with his suitcase on the floor.
There’s a Bankamerica sign on the window to the left of the bank.
There is a plant hanging above the bench in the back of the hall.
There are a woman and a child standing in front of the duty free shop in the middle of the hall.
Where’s your comfort zone?
Where we sit, or how close we stand to other people when we talk, can be very different from one culture to another. This is because people have different comfort zones. If you stand too close or too far away from someone, you may give the wrong idea and some people might stand back to give more space, while others can consider it unfriendly.
Avoiding cultural mishaps
If you don’t know about someone else’s customs, follow your own, but watch how the other person moves and it won’t be very long before you can have an idea about that person’s comfort zones.
Listen to the audio with information containing ordinal numbers and take notes of the numbers you hear. Then, check your answers with your colleagues.
What is there on your desk?
Can you describe your room?
What is a comfortable talking space for you?
How much eye contact do you have when talking to someone else?
Which floor is your office located in?
Is there a cafeteria in the building?
Behind/in front of
In the middle of
Next to/away from
To the left/right of