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ENGLISH FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES

Unit 2. Your Place of Work: Places of work. Company
structure.
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I Preparation

II Text Reading
A) Company history

III Vocabulary
A) Office equipment
B) Places of work

IV Grammar

V Skills. Tasks.
A) Skills
B) Tasks

VI Answer Key
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I Preparation
In this unit you will read a company hi story.

In the vocabulary section you will learn several pieces of office equipment and
different places of work.

In the grammar section we will talk about the present perfect and the simpl e past.

You will learn to make an organisation chart.


















































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II Text. Reading

A) Company history
The Bear Company Group is an international company. Rob Fowles founded The Bear
Company in 1955 to produce teddy bears. Its headquarters are in Leeds. Most of its products is
carried out in the UK, but the company is present in several European countries and in South
America. The company has 1,300 employees.

The Toy Company Group merged with the Bear Company in 1997, and the Bear
Company Group was founded. Rob Fowles J r. is its Chairman, and J ane Fowles its Chief
Executive Office.

Since then, the company has developed a new range of products: teddy bears that
hibernate in Winter time and rabbits that can run and jump.


A)

According to the text, are the following sentences true or false?

1.
a. Rob Fowles founded the company in the 50’s.
b. It sells bears.
c. It is based in Leeds.
d. The company has an important presence in the five continents.
e. The Company has 1,300 employers.
f. The Toy Company Group took over the Bear Company in 1997.
g. Its new product is a doll that sleep in Summer.


B)
Merged merge: to make a friendly offer to the share-holders of a company to buy their shares
and control that company.
Take over: to make an unfriendly offer to the share-holders of a company to buy their shares
and control that company.

2.
Which nouns result from this verbs?










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III Vocabulary
A) Office equipment
1. Which is which in this picture?


a. DESKTOP, b. MOBILE PHONE, c. HOLE PUNCHER, d. TELEPHONE, e. STAPLER,
f. DIARY, g. SCOTCH TAPE, h. FILE, i. LAPTOP, j. FAX MACHINE, k. CD ROM













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B) Places of work
1. Look at these pl aces of work:




Where do these people work?

a. A receptionist.
b. A social worker.
c. An auctioneer.
d. A shop-assistant.
e. A marketing manager.
f. A trader.
g. A professor.
h. A clerk
i. A minister


2. There are different types of companies. Read them:

Partnership: Association of 2 or more people in order to carry out a business. In
this association, the partners are liable for the debts of the company.
Limited Liability Company (Ltd): A company whose owners are liable just to a
limited amount for its debts.
Public Limited Company (Plc): A company which sells shares to buyers in the
open market.

Which are the equivalent nouns of these terms in your language?










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IV Grammar



a. The Present perfect is used when we want to know the present results of
something that started in a non-defined past.





Present
perfect
form:
Subject +
Present
simple
verb to
have +
Past
participle


1. Exerci se. This year has been very good for the Bear Company Group. Read
what J ane Fowles says about her company. Fill in the gaps with the verbs in
brackets.
a. We ……. non-stopping improvement (see)
b. We ……. the number of orders (double)
c. Sales ……. by 50% (rise)
d. Our costs ……. (not go up)
e. We ……. 500 new workers (recruit)
f. We ……. 3 new buildings (build)
g. We ……. a cycling team (sponsor)




















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b. The simple past i s used to describe actions that started and fi ni shed in
the past.







Simple
past form:
Regular
verbs:
INFINITIVE
WITHOUT
TO +ED
Irregular
verbs: SEE
APPENDIX
I



2. Lily Green is working for The Bear Company. Last month she travelled to China to sell
100000 teddy bears to a very important Department Store. Find out what she did:

a. She ……. at the Ritz in Beijing (stay)
b. She ……. the Managing Director of the department store (meet)
c. She ……. eventual customers (phone)
d. She ……. to dinner every night (go out)
e. She ……. the Chinese wall (visit)
f. She ……. to Hong-Kong (fly)
g. She ……. a Chinese teacher and ……. in love with him (meet/fall)
h. They ……. married (get)
i. Finally, she ……. 200000 teddy bears to two large department stores in Beijing
and Hong-Kong (sell)








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V Skills. Tasks.
A) Skills
What is an organisation chart? It is a graph that shows the structure of a company.

Look at the following organisation chart of the Bear Company_



Main positions in a company:
President (Chairman BrE)
Chief Executive Office
Managing Director
Senior Managers:
Finance Director
Sales Director
Marketing Director
Human Resources Director
Different Managers (Home Sales Manager, Production Manager, etc.)



B) Tasks
Listen to Marcia Fish, talking about her company.

- I work for a small-sized company called Modern Vintage that sells vintage clothes at very good
prices. We collect second-hand vintage clothes, clean and mend them if they are not in good
conditions, and then sell them to second-hand clothes shops.
Marcy Green founded the company ten years ago and she is our CEO. Muriel Cohen is her
personal assistant. I am the Finance Director and J ohn, my husband, is the Sales and
Marketing Director. Paul Smith is the Designing Director, and we three have the same personal
assistant: Ann Cole. Andy von Kopf is the Purchasing Manager, depending on my husband.
There are also several assistants and dressmakers that work part-time.

1. Write the organisation chart for the company.

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VI ANSWER KEY

II Text
A)
1.
a. True.
b. False. It sells teddy bears.
c. True.
d. False. Only in Europe and South America.
e. False. 1,300 employees.
f. False. They merged.
g. False. It’s a teddy bear that hibernates in Winter.

B)
2.
Merge: Merger (noun).
Take over: Take-over (noun).


III Vocabulary
A)
1.
a1; b9; c11; d10; e8; f6; g7; h5; i2; j3; k4.

B)
1.
a. In a hotel.
b. In a rest house.
c. In an auction house.
d. In a department store.
e. In a company.
f. At the stock market.
g. At college.
h. In a bank.
i. In a ministry.

2.
a. Partnership: sociedad.
b. Limited liability company: Sociedad limitada (España).
c. Public limited company: Sociedad anónima (España).









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IV Grammar
A)
a. We have seen non-stopping improvement.
b. We have doubled the number of orders.
c. Sales have risen by 50%.
d. Our costs have not/ haven’t gone up.
e. We have recruited 500 new workers.
f. We have built 3 new buildings.
g. We have sponsored a cycling team.

B)
a. She stayed at the Ritz in Beijing.
b. She met the Managing Director of the department store.
c. She phoned eventual customers.
d. She went out to dinner every night.
e. She visited the Chinese wall.
f. She fly to Hong-Kong.
g. She met a Chinese teacher and fell in love with him.
h. They got married.
i. Finally, she sold 200000 teddy bears to two large department stores in Beijing and
Hong-Kong.


V Tasks
B)