Business Conversation (Intermediate): Complaint about the employer

PART A_1
Let’s learn new vocabulary. Listen and repeat these words with your tutor.
PART A_2
1. struggle 取り組む、悪戦苦闘する
  He is struggling with his commute to work every day.
2. stressful ストレスの多い、精神的に疲れる
  I think I’ve got one of the most stressful jobs there is.
3. patience 忍耐
  I have run out of patience with my rude boss.
4. extended 延ばされた、延長された
  She’s taking extended vacation leave.
5. task タスク
  They attempted to finish the task before June.
PART A_3
I will ask the questions. Please answer them in complete sentences.
PART A_4
1. Do you struggle with something at work?
2. Is your work stressful?
3. When was the last time you run out of patience at work?
4. Do you like the idea of extended work hours?
5. Could you tell me about your tasks at work?
PART B_1
Let’s read the dialogue. I will play Ron, and you will play Emma. Then, we’ll switch roles.
PART B_2

So, Emma, what prompted you to arrange this meeting?
To be honest, I’m struggling with my workload.

Do you mind elaborating?
The last few weeks have been really stressful for me. I’ve run out of patience with the extended work hours.

I understand what you’re trying to say.
I work on the new project we’re supposed to release. I start work early in the morning and finish late in the evening. I even have to work during my lunch break on occasion. I no longer have time for myself. I only go home to eat, sleep, and clean.

I’m sorry to hear that.
But, the time when I had to work overtime until 11:00 p.m. to finish my task was the last straw for me. I can’t see myself staying if the situation doesn’t improve anytime soon.

Don’t worry, I’ll talk to your supervisor about it, and I’ll address that problem as soon as possible.
But still, things may turn around if my supervisor reduces my workload.

PART C_1
Let’s read the dialogue. Read aloud, and fill in the blanks as you remember the sentence you just read.
PART C_2

So, Emma, what prompted you to arrange this meeting?
To be honest, I’m struggling with my workload.

Do you mind elaborating?
The last few weeks have been really stressful for me. I’ve run out of __________ with the extended work hours.

I understand what you’re trying to say.
I work on the new project we’re supposed to release. I start work early in the morning and finish late in the evening. I even have to work during my lunch break on occasion. I no longer have time for myself. I only go home to eat, sleep, and clean.

I’m sorry to hear that.
But, the time when I had to work overtime until 11:00 p.m. to finish my task was the __________ for me. I can’t see myself staying if the situation doesn’t improve anytime soon.

Don’t worry, I’ll talk to your supervisor about it, and I’ll address that problem as soon as possible.
But still, things may __________ if my supervisor reduces my workload.

PART D_1
Let’s read the new dialogue. Read aloud, and fill in the blanks with the vocabulary and expressions you learned.
PART D_2

So, Emma, what prompted you to arrange this meeting?
To be honest, I’m having trouble keeping up with my workload.

Could you please elaborate?
For me, the previous two weeks have been quite difficult. I’ve run out of __________ with my tasks at work.

What you’re attempting to express makes sense to me.
I’m working on a project that we’re about to release. I start work early in the morning and work until late at night. Sometimes, I’m forced to work throughout my lunch break. I don’t have time for myself anymore. I only eat, sleep, and clean at home.

I am sorry to hear that.
But, __________ when I had to work overtime until midnight to finish my task was the last straw for me. If things don’t change soon, I don’t think I’ll be able to stay.

Don’t worry; I’ll discuss it with your supervisor and resolve the issue as soon as possible.
But still, things may __________ if my supervisor reduces my workload.

PART E_1
Let’s do a roleplay. Talk with me according to the situation below, using the expressions you just learned.
PART E_2
Complain to your employer about your tasks at work. Use the expressions you learned today. The tutor will be the employer.
PART E_3
REVIEW AND FEEDBACK
Now, let us review the things that you learned in this lesson.
(Please give a short feedback on how your student did on your class.)
Grammar
文法
Pronunciation 発音 Vocabulary
単語
Comprehension
理解
GOOD 文法の誤りはほとんどなく、完全な文章で話すことができる ほとんどの単語をはっきりと正しく発音することができる 習った表現を適切に使うことができる 文章を理解し、質問に正しく答えることができる

FAIR
文法の誤りはあるが、完全な文章で話すことができる 発音の練習が必要な言葉がいくつかある たまにミスはあるが、習った表現を適切に使うことができる 文章を完全に理解するのは難しく、質問に正しく答えられないときもある

POOR
文章で話すのは難しく、単語だけで話すことができる 発音の練習が必要である 習った単語と表現を少しだけ使うことができる 文章を理解するのは難しく、質問に答えるのは難しい
TUTOR FEEDBACK

GRAMMAR
Good: Was able to speak in complete sentences with minimal grammatical errors.
Fair: Was able to speak in complete sentences with evident grammatical errors.
Poor: Was able to speak using words only.
PRONUNCIATION
Good: Was able to pronounce most of the words clearly and correctly.
Fair: Mispronounced a few words.
Poor: Mispronounced most of the words.
VOCABULARY
Good: Used appropriate expressions learned in class.
Fair: Used appropriate expressions learned in class and made a few errors in word choice.
Poor: Used only a few words and expressions.
COMPREHENSION
Good: Was able to understand the passages and answer the questions correctly.
Fair: Had a little difficulty in understanding passages and answering questions.
Poor: Had a hard time understanding passages and answering questions.