Business Conversation (Intermediate): Talking about working conditions

PART A_1
Let’s learn new vocabulary. Listen and repeat these words with your tutor.
PART A_2
1. condition 状態、条件
  The working condition in my previous job was dreadful.
2. factor 要素
  Several factors like house duties and other distractions can affect the productivity of work-from-home individuals.
3. flexible 柔軟性のある、順応性のある、適応性のある
  I’m currently looking for a job with a flexible schedule.
4. incorporate 組み込む、アイデアを取り入れる
  We could incorporate our ideas into theirs to come up with a better outcome.
5. reasonable 理性的な、合理的な、妥当な
  Considering the world-class quality, the company sells its products at reasonable prices.
PART A_3
I will ask the questions. Please answer them in complete sentences.
PART A_4
1. How are the working conditions at your current job?
2. What are the factors that affect your productivity at work?
3. Have you tried working with a flexible schedule?
4. If given an opportunity, what would you incorporate into your current company policies?
5. In your opinion, are your company’s policies reasonable?
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

Hi, Emma. I heard you’re working in Viva Comms now.
Indeed, Ron.

So, how are the working conditions there?
My company’s working environment is awesome!

Really? What makes you say that?
Having a flexible schedule is a contributing factor. We get to time in and out whenever we want as long as we complete eight hours a day.

Wow! That sounds great!
I wouldn’t say that. The company can still incorporate a system to balance employee attendance in the day and night shifts.

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

Hi, Emma. I heard you’re working in Viva Comms now.
Indeed, Ron.

So, how are the working conditions there?
My company’s ___________________ is awesome!

Really? What makes you say that?
Having a flexible schedule is a _______________________. We get to time in and out whenever we want as long as we complete eight hours a day.

Wow! That sounds great!
I wouldn’t say that. The company can still _________________ a system to balance employee attendance in the day and night shifts.

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

Hello, Emma. How’s work at the ABD Channel?
Hmm… Not so good, Ron.

Oh? What are the working conditions like?
My company’s ___________________ is cramped and too strict.

Why do you say that?
The company policy against using mobile phones while working is a _____________________. They say that mobile phones could be a huge distraction to employees.

Hmmm… I see. I think that’s somehow reasonable.
Well, hopefully, things will change. The company can _____________________ a new policy allowing the use of mobile phones even at certain times, especially during emergencies.

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
You are a new employee in CDO, a start-up manufacturing company. Your friend calls you and you talk about the company’s working conditions. Your tutor will play your friend’s role.
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.