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Lesson 1: Office Tours
She’s worked from home for the past month.

I can listen to and understand an office tour.

INTRODUCE

New employees and business partners are usually given an office tour to learn more about a company.

PRESENT

STEP A VOCABULARY

I. Listen and repeat.

be in charge of [thing]

lead [thing]

work on [thing]

manage [thing]

work from home

be based in [place]

II. Which of the things above do you want to do? Choose two or three.

III. Practice reading the words.

/ʧ/

/ʤ/

charge

jar

cheap

jeep

choke

joke

STEP B GRAMMAR TIP

Use present perfect have + (past participle) for actions that started in the past and continue in the present.

Use have + (past participle) with since to talk about when the action started.

  • Joanne has been in charge of customer service since last year.
  • A few employees have worked from home since last week.

Use have + (past participle) with for to talk about how long the action has continued.

  • Patrick has managed the department for three years.
  • Tori and Gerald have been based in California for five months.

UNDERSTAND

LISTENING

Mr. Goto has just arrived at the New York branch of the bank he works at. It’s his first time at this branch, so Daniel, the assistant manager, is giving him a tour of the office.

TRIVIA

Unlike in Japan, people in the United States are generally called by their names, not their titles, at work. In some offices, it’s even common to refer to superiors by their first names. If you’re not sure what to call someone, it’s best to copy what other people call him/her.

 

X You should ask Manager Watson.

Δ You should ask Amanda.

O You should ask Ms. Watson.

PRACTICE

STEP A EXERCISE

Complete the sentences with for or since.

  1. Sheila has been in charge of HR _____ last year.
  2. I’ve worked on the construction project _____ two months.
  3. Gilbert has worked from home _____ three weeks.
  4. Tony and Naoki have been based in Vancouver _____ January.

STEP B EXERCISE

Make sentences using the pictures and words.

1. I / be on sick leave / three days

2. Martha / manage the HR department / last year

3. we / be based in New York / seven months

4. my manager / interview several applicants / yesterday

CHALLENGE

Challenge 1

You’re visiting your company’s branch in Boston. It’s your first time at the Boston office, so they’re giving you a tour.


Later, call your coworker back in Japan and tell him/her about the office tour.

Today's grammar tip

  • have + (past participle) + since
  • have + (past participle) + for

Challenge 2

Discuss your ideas.

If Time
Allows
1

OFFICE TOUR

2

WORKING FROM HOME

3

WHAT TO CALL COWORKERS

1

OFFICE TOUR

  1. Do Japanese companies usually give office tours?
  2. How long does an office tour usually take?
  3. Have you ever given an office tour to a new employee or business partner?
  4. Would you like to give someone an office tour in English?

2WORKING FROM HOME

  1. Have you ever tried working from home?
  2. What are the advantages of working from home?
  3. What are the disadvantages of working from home?
  4. Should more companies in Japan allow their employees to work from home?

3WHAT TO CALL COWORKERS

  1. What do you call your superiors at work? What do you call your other coworkers?
  2. At your job, is it okay to call your superiors by their first name?
  3. What do people call you at work?
  4. Do you have nicknames for any of your coworkers?

FEEDBACK

I can listen to and understand an office tour.

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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