Write a magazine article about two very different people in your society who live by different sets of rules. Include imaginary interviews them.
Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down new words and expressions.
18. Write a letter to a CEO. Ask her/him three questions about her/his job. Give her/him your thoughts on her/his multi-million-dollar salary. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.
UNIT 6. WOMAN FIRED FOR USING CAPITAL LETTERS
A. BEFORE LISTENING
Practice the pronunciation of the following words taken from the text which you are going to listen.
Angry, e-mails, lots of capital letters, New Zealand, accountant, co-worker, to complain, staff, constantly, mails, bold, confrontational, to cause, disharmony, workplace, company, court, to sue, unfair dismissal, to win, in damages, to appeal, further compensation, greater protection, disputes, white-collar workers, helpless, large employers, to fire, to fight, financial, mental, experience, mortgage, to re-mortgage, to borrow, nearly, to ruin, a widespread uncertainty, “netiquette”.
Give Russian equivalents to the following English words and word combinations.
To get angry, to get e-mails, lots of capital letters, a New Zealand boss, to see red, to use block capitals in e-mails to colleagues, accountant, to be fired, co-worker, to complain about her use of caps, members of staff, to fill mails with sentences in capital letters, bold and red text, to find the e-mails “confrontational”, to dismiss Ms Walker for causing “disharmony” in the workplace, to take to court, to sue for unfair dismissal, to win the case, to pay in damages, to appeal for further compensation, to speak out for greater protection, to be in disputes with big companies, white-collar workers, to feel helpless, large employers, to fire, to fight bosses, financial and mental stresses, to involve, to use smb’s own experience as an example, to be a single woman with a mortgage, to re-mortgage, to borrow money, nearly, to ruin smb’s life, to highlight a widespread uncertainty regarding “netiquette” and e-mails.
B. WHILE LISTENING
3. Listen to the text “Woman fired for using capital letter” twice. First time make notes about the numbers, geographical, proper or personal names which you might hear. When you are listening to the text for the second time, try to catch the events and the order in which they are spoken about.
Agree or disagree to the following statements.
1) A woman in New Zealand lost her job for speaking in capital letters.
2) The woman’s co-workers complained about her many hats.
3) Her colleagues said her e-mail style wasn’t good for office harmony.
4) The woman lost a court case when she sued her company.
5) The woman is planning on taking further court action.
6) She thinks office workers should be stronger against big companies.
7) The woman had to refinance her housing loan because she was fired.
8) The article suggests most people know the rules of writing e-mails.