Unit 3. CORPORATE LIFE
3.1. Listening Development
Assignment. Listen to the recording to Unit 3. The current tendencies in workforce markets are described. What are these tendencies?
Listen again and fill in the gaps with the words and phrases used. Give their Russian equivalents.
China Faces Drop in Recruitment
Jobs in multinational companies are in China, especially . For a start the pay is often better than you might get as a or the employee of a state owned enterprise. The jobs at the moment in the larger cities, like Beijing or Shanghai, or in the areas where there are many factories .
Two years ago the multinationals were competing from China's universities but since the financial crisis jobs in multinational firms whose parent companies have overseas, like CitiGroup or Motorola, no longer look so secure.
This year there was of applications for the civil service, more than three quarters of a million people applied for 13,500 places. The surveys of the multinationals reported in the state media suggest that those applicants were wise .
Almost 7 out of 10 of the firms polled made clear they planned to recruit fewer staff in the year ahead. That will make life even harder for this year's graduates. There are fewer jobs available than before and they'll be competing with other unemployed graduates from previous years and with workers who already have experience. The graduate employment market has always been tough in China but this year it is looking like it will be tougher than ever.
British Job Losses
Here at the Mini car plant in Cowley they know all about . Recently over 800 agency workers were from here . They're now part of a growing number of jobless which has for the first time in 12 years.
What is particularly worrying is the way are happening . There is evidence too that the pain and suffering is being felt especially by younger people.
Politicians are for the summer when many school and university leavers will finish full-time education and start looking for jobs. That is one of the reasons why experts are that Britain could over three million unemployed, a situation not seen since the 1980 s.
3.2. Vocabulary Enrichment
Assignment 1. Use appropriate verbs to complete this company profile.
GKS Services in 1989 when Dieter Norland left his job as an engineer in the computer industry. The company high-tech security alarms and its products all over the world. It ISO people at its factory near Rotterdam, although the company's head office is in Amsterdam and a staff of 20.The company a number of new products each year GKS Services products to the security industry and domestic alarms for the general public.
Assignment 2. Complete these sentences with the correct form of the word given in brackets.
Assignment 3. Fill in the gaps with the phrasal verbs given in the box.
Hello, Bill, how’s the car business doing at the moment?
Not very well, I’m afraid. Our sales at the moment, and our latest model hasn’t . We’ve also had to a new project to build a family car. What about you?
Our export figures weren’t very good at the start of the year, but now they are starting to and we need to extra staff. In fact, we are thinking of of another business.
Lucky you! Our company is thinking of some of its staff until things get better. By the way, what happened about that design problem you were telling me about?
Fortunately one of our team managed to a brilliant solution to the problem – otherwise the whole project would .
Assignment 4. Make up a sentence with each phrasal verb given in the box above (Assignment 3).
Assignment 5. Fill in prepositions or postpositions where necessary. If you are not sure, look them up in the Preface and Unit 1 of Achievement 1 on pages 1-8.
After you have done this exercis,e check it up. Make sure to include prepositional phrases into the list of Active Vocabulary units. Practice pronunciation, and make sentences of your own to remember them.
Assignment 6. Translate the following phrases from Russian into English. Make sure you use the correct forms, articles and prepositions.
3.3. Reading Improvement
Assignment 1. What products do you think of when you see these brands?
Assignment 2. Read the first paragraph of the article about LVMH and complete the fact file.
Number of stores:
Number of brands:
Assignment 3. Answer the following questions.
Assignment 4. Mark each statement true or false.
3.4. Writing Enhancement
Assignment. Using the framework below, write a short report (15-20 sentences) on the form of ownership of your company.
|A six-point report writing plan|
An opening to briefly introduce your company:
Our company’s name is ___
Give an overview of the major forms of ownership
Companies are units of business organisation carrying on some productive activity resulting in the creation of goods and services. They represent a variety of forms of ownership from ___ to ___.
Make a transition to the chosen form of ownership
So what form of ownership have we chosen for our company?
Describe the chosen form of ownership
Our company is a ___
Form of ownership
Describe its main features
The founders of a ___ company signed a ___.
To sum up, ___
NOTE: Definition for Business Terms
The Company Profile Report provides an expanded directory display for a business. This report can include sales and sales trend information, business size, expanded SIC and line of business details, key principals, and business URLs.
3.5. Speaking Reinforcement
Launching Your Own Business
Step 1. Use the checklist below to help you draw a provisional business plan and present it in the classroom. You don’t need to include all these points but make sure you cover the basics. Try to anticipate some of the questions you may be asked.
BUSINESS PLAN CHECKLIST
What will be your main business activity?
Who will be your target customers?
Approximately how many people will the company employ and in what capacity?
Where will the company be located? Why?
What kind of property will you require? Offices or factories?
Step 2. Get ready to give your presentation. Try to ‘sell’ the idea in less than ten minutes.