|"learn the ropes" = learn how to do a specific job|
"It took me a few months to learn the ropes at my new job."
"pull one's weight" = do a person's share of the work
"If you can't pull your own weight around here, the boss is going to fire you."
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[ Quiz Script ]
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What jobs are popular among men and women in your country? Are there social or cultural rules that influence what jobs people do?
|1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]|
HELPFUL TIP: Work satisfaction often is not rooted in the money you make but in the joy it brings you in helping others. |
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|2. Listening Exercises [Top]|
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|3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]|
|Review the key vocabulary from the conversation:
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|4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]|
In the past, what kinds of jobs were mainly done by men or women (a registered nurse, a secretary, or childcare worker)? Is this still true today, or is this trend changing? What are the reasons for these changes: social, religious, or economic?
Use the Internet to find out how the workplace is changing in a different country in terms of men's and women's roles and cultural diversity. Interview a classmate from a different country if possible to understand their views on this topic. Here are some possible questions to consider:
- Are women often more qualified then men to work in positions that were traditionally held by men? If so, what has caused this change?
- Are there any religious principles within certain faiths that influence the degree to which women work outside of the home?
- How do people view men who work in jobs that are often held by more women (nursing, elementary school teachers, secretaries, office clerks, etc.)?
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