I. Listen to an interview with Ian MiddleHurst, who runs a small business selling fish, meat, and other produce just outside Manchester, England
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I. Listen to an interview with Ian MiddleHurst, who runs a small business selling fish, meat, and other produce just outside Manchester, England



1. Listen to the interview and put the following events in the order (1-5) that they happened.

a…………Ian’s uncle retired.

b…………His father was made redundant.

c…………Another fish shop opened down the road.

d…………His father and uncle bought the shop.

e………….His father only looked after the fish.

Write down where Ian sources the following food products.

1. Most of the fish.___________

2. Tuna and swordfish.________

3. Rabbits and pigeons.________

4. Venison and chicken._______

Look at the sentence below about shop and mark them true (T) or false (F).

1. Staff at the shop will cook seafood for the customers.________

2. The shop will lend customers equipment for cooking.________

3. The new supermarket was a disaster for Ian’s business._______

4. The staff will cook food for customers based on recipes they bring to the shop._____

5. The shop delivers fresh produce to customers._____

6. Over the years the shop has improved by installing air-conditioning._____

7. The shop only uses special advertising at Christmas._____

4. Listen and tick (√) the ways that customers hear about the shop.

· TV adverts

· Adverts in magazines

· Cooking and food websites

· Posters

· Door-to-door mailings

· Word of mouth

Writing

Which cuisine is the best in the world? Surf the Internet. Rank the following cuisines in order of preference and explain your choice. Russian, Mexican, Georgian, English, French, German, American, Chinese, Italian, Indian. Choose any cuisine. Make presentations.

Project work

You work for a company that imports food products and you are looking to add a new product to your range. You have information on two potential products from another company. Make your own individual specific unusual product which will be very popular.

1. Olivada, from Spain, is a paste made from black olives. It can be eaten as a snack with toast and bread. The olives are picked by hand and then pressed and mixed with a delicious blend of oil and herbs. So far it has been well accepted all over the Mediterranean region, but in the rest of Europe sales have been slow. We predict the product will be successful in the USA and Latin America.

2. Casa de mi abuela, from Mexico, is a range of ready-to-eat spicy sauces. It is perfect as a TV snack with potato or corn chips, or with raw vegetables. Only the finest chillies, peppers, and onions are selected. These are then cooked in oil and immediately preserved. This is a new product so no sales figures are available, but we expect that this product will be popular worldwide.

  Product 1 Product 2
what/call?      
where/produce?      
how/eat?      
how/produce?      
where/sell?(up now)      
where/sell(up future)      

From In Company Intermediate

Unit VI.TECHNICAL MEANS OF COMMUNICATION

Learn how to exchange information on the telephone, arrange appointments, answer and make telephone calls, control the conversation, leave and take telephone messages, write formal and informal e-mails.

Lesson 1.Telephoning skills

Warm up

I. Read the questionnaire and tick (√) the sentences which are true about you. Discuss your answers.

II. Match the statements 1–6 with the responses a–f.

1. This website takes a long a. He is probably chatting online or surfing

time to download the Internet.

2. Would you like her mobile number? b. No, send it as an email attachment.

3. His line is still busy. ____ c. Hold on, I’ll put you through to her extension.

4. Your fax isn’t very clear___ d. Yes, there are too many images.

5. I’d like to speak to Sam, please___ e. Would you like me to send it again?

6. Shall I print this letter and post it? ___ f. Yes, please. I’ll send her a text message.

III. List the words and expressions in ex. I. connected with telephoning.

· the Internet

· email

· letters and faxes.

IV. Which ways of communicating do you use regularly?

Active vocabulary

Translate the words and phrases and try to pronounce them correctly.

speaking can you hold on?
this is Peter Smith calling Mr. Jones is on the other line
phone book this is a private residence
who is calling, please? I’ll call back later
to make a long-distance call Mr. Roberts is not available
is that Mr. Green? you have got the wrong number
I am afraid he is out at the moment I have to make a call
could you put me through to Mr. Brown? could you speak up, please?
I can’t get through I’ll see if he is in
the line is engaged could I leave a message?
I want to book a call to Moscow sorry to have troubled you
hold the line, please is there any message?

It is interesting to know ….

A lot of people find it difficult to make phone calls in a foreign language–and that’s understandable. You can’t see the person you are talking to, their voice might be unclear, and you might find it difficult to find the right words.

Multi-word verbs

One thing you can do to improve your telephone skills is to learn some of the multi-word verbs that are commonly used in telephone conversations. Hold on means “wait” – and hang onmeans “wait” too. Be careful not to confuse hang on with hang up! Hang up means “finish the call by breaking the connection” – in other words: “put the phone down.” Another phrasal verb with the same meaning as hang up is ring off. The opposite of hang up / ring off is ring up – if you ring somebody up, you make a phone call. And if you pick up the phone, (or pickthe phoneup) you answer a call when the phone rings.

"Hang on a second..."

If you are talking to a receptionist, secretary or switchboard operator, they may ask you to hang on while they put you throughput through means to connect your call to another telephone. With this verb, the object (you, me, him, her etc.) goes in the middle of the verb: put you through. But if you can't get through to (contact on the phone) the person you want to talk to, you might be able to leave a message asking them to call you back. Call back means to return a phone call – and if you use an object (you, me, him, her etc.), it goes in the middle of the verb: call you back.Another thing to think about when talking on the telephone is formality. It's important to use the right level of formality – if you are too formal, people might find it difficult to feel comfortable when they talk to you. On the other hand, if you are too informal, people might think you are rude! Generally speaking, if you are talking to someone in a business context, you should use could, can, may or would when you make a request: 'Could I speak to Jason Roberts, please?' “Can I take a message?” “Would next Wednesday be okay?”? You should also use please and thank you or thanks very much whenever you ask for, or receive, help or information.

It's important to show politeness by using words like would, could, please, thank you etc. But it's also okay to use some of the features of informal/spoken English – short forms, phrasal verbs and words like okay and bye– in other words –everyday English! So phrases like I'm off to a conference..., no problem, bye! and hang on a moment and I'll put you through are perfectly acceptable, as long as the overall tone of the conversation is polite. One last tip – it's better to ask for help or clarification when you're having a telephone conversation, than to pretend you understand something that you didn't. It's perfectly acceptable to use phrases like “Could you repeat that, please?” “Could you speak a little more slowly, please?”and “would you mind spelling that for me please?” Using phrases like these will help make sure that you have a successful phone call, and may save you from lots of problems later on. You could always say that the line's very bad today if you can't hear very well. And it's also a good idea to practice words, phrases and vocabulary before you make the call!

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