Vocabulary Lessons

"The Workplace"

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.

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

  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

Practice

She ________ everyday by bus and has a lot of time to do her work on a laptop.

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

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.

Follow-Up Activity

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?