Work in groups of 3 or 4 and comment on the differences about the work customs in the USA and Russia.
4. Listen to the interview with Jessica from Canada and tick (٧) the statements from 2 she agrees with. Put (?) if she doesnt talk about a statement. (Cover the tapescript)
5. Listen to the interview again and fill in the gaps.
Interviewer: What .. ?
Jessica: The official hours are 8 to 5 or 9 to 6. But people always work longer than this.
Interviewer: What .. ?
Jessica: Casual but smart.
Interviewer: How long .. ?
Jessica: One hour.
Interviewer: Do .. ?
Jessica: Yes, very often.
Interviewer: How many days vacation .. ?
Jessica: 30 days.
Interviewer: When ?
Jessica: After 60 for women and 65 for men or after 30-35 years of work.
Interviewer: When . ?
Jessica: Depends on the company. Some companies pay twice a month and others once.
Interviewer: Do ..?
Jessica: Yes, depending on the company and the status of the worker they receive a car, house, school for the children, lunch vouchers, transport passes, house ensurance.
Interviewer: Do ?
Jessica: No, this has changed a lot in Canada. In the past the good worker was one who stayed 20 or 30 years with the company. Now a good worker changes job every two or three years.
Interviewer: Do people ever use personal connections to get a suitable job for them or a member of their family?
Jessica: Yes, this is very common and the best way to get a good job.
Work in pairs. Use the questions from the interview and talk about your country.
C. Travel Opportunities
Work in pairs. Ask and answer these questions. Summarize the answers of your partner.
1) Do you like travelling?
2) What do you think is the aim of travelling?
3) Which countries or cities have you been to?
4) When was the last time you were a tourist?
5) What places would you like to visit?
2. Are you logical? Solve these problems!
Rachel, Brian, Charlotte and David are back from their holidays. They all went to different places America, Ireland, France and Greece and for different lengths of time 7, 10, 14 and 21 days. When they meet up, they exchange souvenirs. From the information given, can you tell who went where, for how long, and who brought back the boots, jewellery, pottery and wine?
Rachel had less than two weeks away, but found some beautiful rings; David brought back champagne; the pottery came from Greece; Charlotte had a perfect break, it was sunny all week; Brian was away longest he showed off his tan and cowboy boots hed bought.
Length of stay
3. Work in pairs. Ask each other questions about your last vacation. Talk about:
- where you went;
- how you traveled;
- where you stayed;
- how long you stayed there;
- what the weather was like;
- what the food was like;
- what you did;
- whether you would like to return there.
4. There are many different ways of traveling. Work in pairs and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the methods of traveling given below. Which method do you prefer to use? Why? Compare your answers with the other people in class.
Methods: by ship, by car, by train, on foot, by bike,