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E-06.04 Work Through Employment Situations by Applying Skills to Job-Related Communication Successfully

E-06.04 Work Through Employment Situations by Applying Skills to Job-Related Communication Successfully

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WorkLife English: Competency-Based Listening/Speaking, Book 3; Chapter 4, Work + Transcript

12 + 4 = 16 pp

Who It’s For: (Teachers & Helpers of) (Intermediate & Beyond) Language Learners Working on Application of Listening / Speaking Abilities to Employment-Related Goals    

Why It’s Useful: Nearly all (young) adults who are working for a living are interested in improving their linguistic skills: their aims may be to get or keep a job, to hire help, and/or to communicate better with employers, co-workers, and everyone else involved in their work lives. Of course, the parallels between employment / business talk and relating verbally in other areas of life remain steady.  Here’s material designed to boost ability to Understand & Generate Speech that Describes (Work) Activity, leads to Interview Success, & Fulfills (Job) Responsibilities.

What You’ll Do: 

[1]  A look at the Competencies on the Chapter 4 Opener page will remind learners that Work Communication may involve Describing Job Duties; Getting & Giving Info; Setting Up Interviews; Interacting with Questions & Answers.  (Relying on the Simple Present + Frequency Expressions) In these exchanges, they may also need to “Ask for Clarification & Repetition.”

[2] While Listening Better in Part One, listeners will learn what the usual text characters did to go after higher pay or benefits—or to consider starting a business.  Hearing / Using Contractions & other Words in Fast Speech will add to participants’ fluency. 

[3] To move toward Clear Speech in Part Two, speakers can contrast features of Voiced vs. Voiceless Consonants in Initial & Final Word positions.  In Part Three, they’ll pair up to discuss the ramifications of the wording in simulated “Job Ads.” The “Practical Listening” in Part Four is likely to stimulate discussion of (in)effective ways to answer typical questions like “Would you like any coffee?” “How much experience do you have?” “What do you want to leave your present job?” and other (subtle) queries.

[4] For further study or analysis, all of the relevant Audio material appears in attached AudioScript pages.  For reference or help now or later, an Answer Key for Text Exercises is also available: it’s in Download E-06.11.

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