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Module 1.
1.1 World of work
Reading: Training and workshop
step 1. Brainstorm:
Have you ever attended any training courses?
If so, please tell me the relevant vocabulary
e.g. business negotiation
selling techniques
step 2. While-teaching:
1.Tell students J&C Training is a
company providing training services
for other businesses, and asks
students what they think J&C stands
for and what type of training this
company might provide.
2.Then ask students to open their
books and compare the courses
provided by J&C Training with the
ones they’ve suggested.
Teach and learn Reading 1 on page 6.
3.Teach and learn Reading 2 on page 6.
4. Ask students to skim Reading 3,
the gaps and find why the company is called
J&C Training.
( Because it is run by Janet Coyte)
5. Do Reading 4, and give the reasons.
Listening: What does your job involve?
1. Before learning, the students should be
pointed out the use of abbreviations in the
job titles:
(look at the job titles on page 7.)
Supplement---abbreviations of some other
job titles:
2. Before listening, first, ask students
to predict what kind of job these five
people do.
Students listen to the introduction
twice to find whether their prediction
were correct.
3. Write the sentences which are true
for you, using the expressions in
exercises 5
Grammar: The present simple
Speaking: Work-life balance
1. Ask students to give at least five
activities they usually do at work/for
study and five activities in their free
2. Read the questions and answer
whether their work time is balanced
with their free time.
3. Work in pairs:
1.2 Personal and professional details
Vocabulary : Meeting people
1. Ask students to point out
different greetings and also the formal
/informal greetings
2. Look at vocabulary 1,2,3,4,5 on
page 10.
Writing: Personal and professional
1. Finish the questionnaire
2. Work with your partner, interview
each other to know each other’s
personal file.
3. Write a personal profile of your
partner using the information you
knew just now. Write 30-40 words.
Vocabulary: job and work
1. Writing the correct form of the
2. Listening to the conversation and
check your answers.
3. Use some of the information from
the interview to write a profile of
Kostas Hadavas for the magazine.
Write 30-40 words.
some points should be covered:
name, surname, job, responsibility,
actions that Kostas performs every
day, reasons for liking the job.
1. Read the criteria and the
information of the four candidates and
decide who will win “Employee of the
2. Discuss the four candidates in your
group and choose a winner.
Useful sentences patterns:
I think Michelle is the ideal
candidate, because she……
Sarah should get the prize, because
Henry is the person who best
deserves the title of “Employee of the
Year”, because……
Ian has all the good qualities of the
best candidate, in fact……
1.3 BEC Preliminary Exam
Reading Test Format and page54, 94,
Module 2
2.1 Work in progress
Listening: New projects
Q: What do you think the relationship
between Vicky and Steve is?
( They are a married couple)
What is their conversation going to
be about?
Grammar: The present continuous
Reading: Temping is learning
Q: What does ‘temp’ mean?
Why do people temp?
Have any of you done a temping job?
Was it a good experience?
Speaking: Temporary jobs
Discussion: What are the positive and
negative comments about temporary jobs?
Positive comments:
1. Temporary jobs can foster a sense of
competition which is very important for
students in the future.
2. It enhances young persons’ social
responsibilities and teaches them how hard
it is to earn money and helps develop
thriftiness in our younger generation.
3. The working experience gives
students an insight into what work is
about and prepares them
psychologically for their future jobs.
4. Temporary jobs can make
students’ lives more colorful and are
good for their personal development. It
can, to some extent, relieve the
economic burdens of their parents.
Negative comments:
1. Temporary jobs often distract
students’ attention from their study.
2. Doing temporary jobs will make
students become vain and moneyoriented, it doesn’t help them develop
a sense of thriftiness because many
students spend the money on highpriced items, luxuries that their
parents can hardly afford.
3. Since students are in their
formative years, temporary jobs may
expose them to social ills at an age
when they can’t differentiate good
from bad.
4. Though temporary jobs may
relieve their parents’ economic
burdens, their early contact with
society adds greatly to the worries of
their parents.
Vocabulary: Hiring and firing
2.2 Making arrangements
Listening: Arranging a meeting
Q: For the first listening, the
question is---- When do Martina and
Dave agree to meet?
For the second listening, the
question is---- What other activities
Martina and Dave mentioned?
Writing: Confirming a meeting
Write an email to confirm a meeting:
To: John Smith
Subject: Meeting next week
Hi John,
I’m just writing to confirm our
meeting next Thursday. I’ll wait for
you at … café at 9 o’clock.
Have a good night.
Grammar: Prepositions of time: at / in
Writing: Accepting an invitation
Write a reply to Andrew Greer to
confirm your attendance at the fair
and either accept or decline the
invitation to the reception. Use some
of the expressions. Write 60-80 words.
Dear Ms Greer:
Thank you for your invitation to the
New Directions Book Fair. I can
confirm that we will be at the fair .
Thank you also for your invitation to
the special reception. I regret that
neither I nor my colleague, Felix Lund,
will be able to attend the reception, as
my company has organized an event
on Thursday evening. However I look
forward to seeing you again during the
Best wishes,
Bob Olaya
2.3 Writing Test
Exam Format:
Ask students to read the exam format
information, then answer the following
questions to check comprehension:
1). How long does the Writing Test
2). How many parts in the Writing Test
3). In Part One, what type of text do
you have to write and how many words
should there be in the text?
4). In Part Two, what type of text do
you have to write and how many words
should there be in the text?
5). What is the total number of marks
in the Writing Test ?
6). Where must you write your answers?
Exam Practice:
Write an email to your teacher of 3040 words:
Dear Ms Dilts:
I’m writing to say that I’m getting
ready to for my BEC Preliminary exam.
Could you tell me something about the
Writing Test? And could you give me
advice on how not to make mistakes?
Yours sincerely
Read the teacher’s reply.
Ask students to look at:
Writing Test : Part one on page64-65:
Exercise 4. Rewrite the note using 3040 words:
Dear Gianni,
I haven’t received your data yet, and it
‘s getting late. I have to write the
report for Cairoli & Sons, and I need
the data for this, please send it by
tomorrow morning. Thanks
Exercise 7.Use the phrases below to
help you write 30-40 words:
Dear Emilla,
Thanks for your report. I found it very
useful and interesting. It was wellwritten and complete. I’d like to talk to
you personally about your conclusions.
Would next Thursday be convenient?
Best wishes
Writing Test : Part two on page104-105:
Exercise 4:
Dear Ms Brent,
I have read your recent advertisement
in the Evening News.
We are currently organizing a dinner
for some of our clients. The dinner will
be on 20 October, and there will be
approximately 400 people attending.
Could you please give me a quotation
for the dinner? Could you send me
details of the discount you give for
large number?
Yours sincerely
David Loader
Exercise 5:
Dear Mr. Prandrakash,
Thank you for your letter about the
DVD player you brought from our shop.
I’m very sorry that it doesn’t work
properly, and we will of course be
pleased to give you a full refund for
the machine if you bring it back to the
Alternatively we can replace the
player with another of the same model.
Yours sincerely
Maureen Price
Module 3
3.1 Company biography
Some information about McDonald’s:
Established time: 1954
Advertisement: I’m lovin’ it!
The headquarter: Oakbrook Illinois
The founder: Ray Kroc
Official website:
Principles: Customer Foremost--Quality, Service, Cleanliness and
Value (QSC&V原则)
Main products: fast-food, dessert,
children’s garment
Reading: Company profile
Some information about three
The Body Soap: They sell personal
care products (eg soaps, shampoo,
make-up). Their products are made
from natural products and are not
tested on animals. They started in UK.
They have shops all over the world.
Lastminute.com: You can buy a
holiday online and get very good
prices. Their website is user-friendly.
You can book a flight or a hotel with a
few clicks.
easyJet: They offer low-cost flights.
The tickets are very cheap. They don’t
give you free drinks on board. You
have to pay the drinks.
Speaking: Presenting your company
Supplement of business organizations:
foreign invested (funded/ owned/
financed) enterprise
joint-ventured company
private enterprise
Some expressions to present your
Today I’d like to present my new
company. Its name is……
We sell (special shoes) that ( make you
lose weight when you wear them).
Our company specializes in producing
special shoes.
I got the idea for this business
I started selling……in……
After 2 years/The next year, I
expanded my business all over the
Ask students to present their own
Lostweight.com is a successful
company that sells special shoes that
make you lose weight by just wearing
them. The idea came to a university
student, when he added weight to his
running shoes to burn more calories
while jogging. He patented the idea in
2005 and started to sell the shoes to
his friends and relatives in Switzerland.
The following year, he started taking
orders from allover the world, thanks
to the excellent website he set up.
3.2 Company performance
Vocabulary: What company do
Write as many companies’ names as
you can in one minute:
BBC Gree Haier Hisense Ford Benz
Panasonic KFC……
Use verbs in exercise 1 to describe
the above companies
Writing: Press release
Ask students to write a press release
for Soap Heaven
Soap Heaven is pleased to announce
that a new CEO is joining the company
next year. Her name is … and she has
ambitious plans for expansion into
new EU markets, especially Northern
and Eastern Europe. The company is
based in Portugal and produces
neutral soaps, shampoos and skincare products that are very popular
with teenagers, both male and female.
Listening: Company structure
3.3 Listening Test
Ask students to answer some
questions concerning listening test:
1. In which part of the exam is the
Listening Test?
2. How many marks can you get in the
Listening Test?
3. How long does the Listening Test
4. How many parts are there in the
Listening Test?
(If the Ss can’t answer the Qs, then
ask them to check the information on
Module 4
4.1 International business
Some products that are imported and
Imported products: electronic
products, cars, make-up (AVON 雅芳,
Chanel 香乃尔 Christian Dior(CD) 迪奥
Estée Lauder 雅诗兰黛 KOSE 高丝
Lancome 兰蔻 L’Oréal 欧莱雅
Olay 玉兰油 Revlon 露华浓
Shiseido 资生堂 SK II
Exported products: agricultural
products (tea, pigs…), textile products,
household appliances…
Some famous fashion brands in EU and
in the world:
C&A Jack&Jones Amani D&G,
Burbbery Prada Versace Gucci
4.2 Business communications
Speaking On the phone
After finishing exercise1,2,3,4, ask
students to practise the telephone
conversation according to listening
script 4.3
Writing: Dealing with complaints
Reply to the customer
Dear Mr. Paxman,
I apologize for the fact that your order
has not arrived yet. Unfortunately this
is a period of high demand, and our
usual supplier is causing us some
problems. However, we now have all of
the items you requested and we are
ready to send your order. Because of
the delay, we would like to give you a
5% discount. Thank you for your
patience and cooperation.
Yours sincerely
Raj Kahn
4.3 Speaking Test
1. Ask students to look through the
exam format with the following
Q1: How long does the test last ? And
how many parts are there in the test?
Q2: What is the respective content in
part 1, 2 or 3?
Q3: How long will it last in part 1,2,or
3 respectively?
2. Students do exercise 1 on P.44
Module 5
5.1 Career choice
Reading Escaping the rat race
1. List the major changes in one’s life:
get married, become father and
mother, become a university student,
change job ……
2. Discuss the reasons for and against
‘escaping the rat race’ :
pros: live a quite life/ less stress
enjoy one’s free time
can do something you like
have more time to spend with
your family and friends……
Cons: earn less money
have to give up your career plans
might give up work when you are
at the top of your career……
Vocabulary: Money expressions
Some sentences with the word “money”:
I’ve spent all my money.
We ran out of money during my holiday.
I’d like to change some money.
I need to borrow some money.
She earns a lot of money.
I can lend you some money.
They made a lot of money by selling
I’m saving money to buy a new car.
Money loses its value.
My little brother gets some pocket
money every week.
5.2 Achievements and plans:
Reading: In-company communication
Exercise 5: Write Elena’s progress report
to Andres.(30-40 words)
Hi Andres,
I called the design office and spoke to
Octavio. Only two of the designs were
ready. I’ve sent them to the printers and
asked them for a price quotation. I’ll send
them the third one tomorrow afternoon.
Module 6
6.1 Business travel
Listening: Flight problems
Ask students to think of some words
connected with travelling, then ask them to
open the textbooks to check.
Grammar: direct speech and indirect speech
Reading: No card, no ticket
1. Ask students to predict what the following
letter is about according to the title, then ask
them to look through the letter.
2. Exercise 7: Write a follow-up letter to Mr.
Dear Mr. Bennet,
The editor of our in-flight magazine has
written to me about your complaint.
I have spoken to the check-in staff, and
they told me what they do in these
situations. As credit card fraud is a
serious problem nowadays, we make
every effort to protect our customers.
On this occasion, we would like to refund
And we look forward to seeing you on
board one of our planes in the future.
Yours sincerely
6.2 Travel arrangements
Writing: Booking enquiries
Exercise 4
Dear Mr. Rogers,
We are looking for a hotel to host our
marketing conference from 23th, June to
26th, June, with about 20 people attending.
We will need one conference room with a
computer for Powerpoint presentations. We
won’t need a internet connection. We will
need full-board, single-room accommodation
for everyone attending, for three nights from
Could you please confirm the availability of
the rooms, and send me a full quote for the
rooms and equipment?
Yours sincerely
Exercise 5
Thank you for your enquiry about hiring our
hotel. We have twenty single rooms available
for the dates you mentioned, and also one
conference room. All of our conference
rooms have computer presentation facilities
with Internet access. The accommodation
costs £ 95 per room per night, and the
conference room costs £650 per day,
including the cost of equipment and the
presence of a technician. Therefore, the
total cost is £7,650.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours sincerely
David Rogers.
Writing: Changes to flight details
Exercise 8
We have just heard that there is going
to be a strike by air traffic controllers
in Paris next week, so all flights to
Paris will be diverted to Lyons. The
strike could last only a short time, but
there is no guarantee of this.
Therefore, we can give you a refund on
your ticket, or alternatively make a
booking for a later date. Please let us
know which option you would prefer.
Yours sincerely
Exercise 9
To: Travelease
Subject: Re: Changes to flight details
Thank you for your email about the
strike in Paris next week. As I must go
to Paris, I’ll go by train.
Therefore, I would be grateful for the
refund on my ticket.
Yours sincerely
Module 7
7.1 Products and services
Guess what are the words:
1. An equipment that is used to
control something such as TV from a
distance----- remote controller
2. If there is a fire you call them----fire brigade
3. It’s the integration of all different
electrical systems / home automation
----- domotics
7.2 Orders and contracts
Writing: ISP (internet service provider)
An email from Maroon
Communications to Bryan Ross to
confirm his new contract :
Dear Mr. Ross,
We have received your request to
purchase our Maroon Business One
package. The contract will start as
soon as we received your signed copy
of the contract, and you will be able to
start using the new connection on the
same day.
Best regards
Maroon Communications
Module 10
Career Development
10.2 Organizing a conference
6 Writing:
Dear Ms Hanson,
I am writing to you to speak at a conference
in Dublin on 3rd-4th May. The theme is
promoting and assisting business initiatives
and helping local business to network.
• We would be delighted if you could give a
keynote speech at the conference. Please
confirm that you are available for this
speech. I enclosed the details of the
conference .
• Yours sincerely
• Speaking Test of BEC Preliminary
Part one.
Ask students to say something
about their hometown, hobby,
personality, education or work
background or some other
Part two.
Mini-presentation (speech)
1. What is important when
choosing a meal with an important
-price -type of food -quality of food
-environment of the restaurant
2. What is important when trying to
attract new staff ?
-salary -promotion -working
condition -training opportunity
-company reputation
3. What is important when planning
corporate hospitality ?
-guest list -type of event
Part three. Discussion (conversation
between the candidates.)
1.Training and workshops
Reading 1 on page6
2. Safety suggestions on page113
Staff Magazine
Your company is planning to introduce
an internal magazine to keep staff
informed of company development. You
have been asked to help plan the staff
Discuss the situation together and
What type of information to include in
the magazine.
Which type of staff should contribute to
the magazine.