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The Workplace

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I. Introduction:

Finding a good job and performing your duties well can lead to better pay and promotions. Listen to the words below and consult a dictionary if you need a definition. Write a sample sentence for each word to learn how it is used in context. You can use the Internet to find such sentences.

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  1. change jobs
  2. commute to work
  3. draw up plans
  4. fill out paperwork
  5. get a promotion
  6. get a raise
  7. get fired
  8. give a presentation
  9. go home
  10. go on a business trip
  11. go on vacation
  12. go out to lunch
  13. go to a meeting
  14. go to work
  15. make copies
  16. meet with a client
  17. quit your job
  18. send a fax
  19. take a day off
  20. write a proposal
  21. write a report

II. Practice: Top
Now, complete the sentences below with the best answer:
1. She _______________ everyday by bus and has a lot of time to do her work on a laptop.

A. commutes to work B. draws up plans C. changes jobs

2. One of my friends got ____________ last week because he was late for work everyday.

A. fired B. a promotion C. a raise

3. My boss decided to ______________ for personal reasons, but he should be here tomorrow. He said something about seeing a doctor, but I don't know all of the details.

A. change jobs B. take the day off C. go on a business trip

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III. Follow-Up: Top
Discuss a typical day at work. What are your responsibilities and duties? Are you satisfied with your working conditions and what do employees have to do to get a raise or a promotion? Can workers take days off and are they given paid vacation?

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