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Lesson 6: Taking Leave
I have something to announce.

I can listen to and understand an announcement about leave.

INTRODUCE

It’s common for employees to announce when they’re taking leave so that their coworkers can prepare.

PRESENT

STEP A VOCABULARY

I. Listen and repeat.

announce

report

apologize for

worry about

take over [person]’s tasks

temporarily cover [person]’s job

II. Which of the things above have you done before?

III. Practice reading the words.

/ w /

/ ʰw /

worry

whirly

wear

where

wit

wheat

STEP B GRAMMAR TIP

Use someone/anyone/no one/something/anything/nothing + (to-infinitive) to talk about people or things.

Use someone/anyone/no one + (to-infinitive) to talk about people.

  • I have a lot of work today, so I need someone to finish the report for me.
  • Sandra is sick today, but there isn’t anyone to take over her tasks.
  • Everyone went home, so there’s no one to help me with this.

Use something/anything/nothing + (to-infinitive) to talk about things.

  • We have something to announce.
  • Everything’s okay now. You don’t have anything to worry about.
  • Please go. There’s nothing to see here.

UNDERSTAND

LISTENING

Ai has an announcement for her coworkers.

TRIVIA

In Japan, less than 10% of men take paternity leave, but in Sweden, approximately 90% of men take paternity leave! In Sweden, both men and women can take up to 240 days of parental leave. They also get paid 90% of their salary for the first 180 days of parental leave.

PRACTICE

STEP A EXERCISE

Choose the correct words in the parentheses.

  1. I can’t go out this weekend. There’s (someone / no one) to take care of my kids.
  2. Can we go to your office? I have (anything / something) to report.
  3. Calm down. You don’t have (anything / no one) to worry about.
  4. The phone rang, but there wasn’t (something / anyone) to answer it.

STEP B EXERCISE

Complete the sentences using the words in parentheses as clues.

ex. We have a problem. There isn’t (person: take over his tasks) anyone to take over his tasks.

 

  1. Can I talk to you? I have (thing: tell you).
  2. All of the Russian-speaking staff went home. There’s (person: translate the documents).
  3. Thanks, but I already found (person: temporarily cover my job).
  4. It was really boring. There was (thing: talk about).

CHALLENGE

Challenge 1

During a meeting, your foreign boss has an important announcement.


Listen to his announcement. Then, tell your coworker who missed the meeting about your boss’ announcement.

Today's grammar tip

  • something/anything/nothing + (to-infinitive)
  • someone/anyone/no one + (to-infinitive)

Challenge 2

Discuss your ideas.

If Time
Allows
1

TAKING LEAVE

2

PARENTAL LEAVE

3

MAKING ANNOUNCEMENTS

1

TAKING LEAVE

  1. Do you know anyone who has taken leave? What kind of leave did he/she take?
  2. What should employees do before taking leave?
  3. Should leave always be paid?
  4. Imagine you can take six months paid leave from your job. What do you want to do (ex. go on a vacation, take a class)?

2PARENTAL LEAVE

  1. How long should maternity leave be?
  2. How about paternity leave?
  3. Do you think it’s important to have parental leave?
  4. When should parental leave start (ex. 2 weeks before the baby is born, after the baby is born)?

3MAKING ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. Who do you make announcements to (ex. family, customers)?
  2. What was the last announcement you made?
  3. What was the best announcement you’ve ever heard?
  4. What was the worst announcement you’ve ever heard?

FEEDBACK

I can listen to and understand an announcement about leave.

LESSON GOAL ACHIEVEMENT

  • 4
    Very Good

    Could complete the task with ease

  • 3
    Good

    Could complete the task with some clarifications

  • 2
    Fair

    Could complete the task with additional instructions

  • 1
    Poor

    Could somehow complete the task with difficulty

PERSONALIZED FEEDBACK

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Chapter 3 Lesson 7 (Speaking) - I think you need to leave work at work.