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PJ: Rarely before midnight. I always read a book for half an hour before going to sleep.

J: Right, thank you, Mr. Johnson …

Task 4.

Answer the following questions to the conversation. Describe the day of Paul Jonson.

1. What article is the journalist going to write?

2. Where does Paul Johnson go before breakfast?

3. Does the businessman have time to read the papers?

4. What papers does Paul Johnson take?

5. What is the first job of the day?

6. What time does P.J. have a daily meeting?

7. What do they do at the daily meetings?

8. What meetings does P.J. have with his Finance and Sales Directors?

9. How does P.J. keep up to date when he is abroad?

10. Where does he have his lunch?

11. When do they have weekly management committee meetings?

12. When do they have monthly board meetings?

Task 5.

Reconstruct the text.

Following is an interview between a ___ (J) and a top ___ Paul Johnson (PJ). The journalist is going to write аn ___ called "A Day in the Life of Paul Johnson".

PJ: Oh, I usually ___ up about five, go for a ___ before breakfast. We usually have ___ around 6.30. Then I have time to read the___.

J: Which papers do you___?

PJ: Well, The Financial Times, ‘The Times’ and ‘The Independent’. I don't exactly read them from ___ to___.

J: No, of course not.

PJ: Well, after the papers I ___ for the office. I'm usually ___ my desk by 7.30. The first ___ of the day is the post. My secretary ___ out those letters which need immediate___. Then round about 9.00 I have a ___ meeting, with Pete Sykes, he’s mу___. We run through the ___ for the day.

J: What’s а typical day like?

PJ: Well, there's no such thing as a typical ___, but I have regular morning ___ with mу Finance and Sales ___. Of course, I ___ abroad a lot, then I keep up to ___ by telephone.

J: What about lunch?

PJ: Well, I try to have lunch in the company ___ аs often as possible. But, of course, sometimes I have lunch with my ___ or the bank___. People like that.

J: What about the afternoons?

PJ: If I’m in the country, I often go ___ to our ___ and see how ___ are going. We have weekly management ___ meetings on Friday afternoon. Then, of course, there are month­ly ___ meetings, usually the first Monday of the month.

J: When do you finish ___?

PJ: Round about 7. Then, if there's nоthing on in the evening, I’ll go___. More often than not there’s a dinner ___. My wife comes to quite a lot of these, so at least we see each other.

J: When do you go to bed?

PJ: Rarely before ___. I always read a book for half an hour before going to ___.

J: Right, thank you, Mr. Johnson …

2.2. Making relations

Task 1.

Read the words and word combinations. Copy them down into your vocabulary, then learn them by heart.

get on

преуспевать, делать успехи

get along

уживаться, ладить

on-going problem

активная (горящая) проблема


рабочий блокнот, ежедневник

fact sheet

лист для записи фактов, событий


эскиз, набросок


кромка, кайма, (черта, линия)


сердечный, искренний


неофициальный; свободный

overseas sales rep

представитель по продажам за границей

to encounter

встретиться, столкнуться


старший по рангу


служащий, клерк




мило; справедливо

Task 2.

Work in pairs. Role play five short conversations between people who work in the same company.


(from Leo Jones. Richard Alexander)

1. Bob: Er...Tony?

Tony: Mmm.

Bob: Er...I’d like to see you for a minute, would you come into the office?

Tony: Oh, yeah, right.

Bob: Good. Now, how did you get on in Copenhagen?

Tony: Ah,, Carlsson had the flu, so I couldn't see him.

Bob: Couldn’t see him?

Tony: No, so I had to see his assistant. And, you know, got along quite well, there are problems got in before us.

Bob: Oh Lord!

Tony: Yeah, they were in last week. know, they...they spent days there was all wrapped up really by the time I got there.

Bob: Is it a question of...of...of supply? Are we … are we not producing enough for them?

Tony: Well, no, they didn't really look at the figures, quite frankly, and I showed them the figures and they...they weren't interested.

Bob: Yeah, well you see the trouble is that we've got a...we've got an on-going problem . . .

2. Mr Allen: Now, Susanna, have you got your worksheet in front of you – fact sheet here?

Barry & Susanna: Yes.

Mr Allen: Now you can see here that Miss Henry is James Ferguson’s personal assistant. That’s pretty important to know. Ted Douglas is the chief export clerk.

Susanna: Ah, right.

Mr Allen: Er...Barry, you're going to be working with us very closely here . . .

Barry: Good.

Mr Allen: think it’s very important, Barry, that together with Susanna over there and try to work out the...the letter filing system here.

Barry: Uhuh.

Susanna: Mmm.

Mr Allen: Now, as you can see, we’ you can see your fact sheet here we've got is marked Urgent and Non-urgent.

Barry: Yeah.

Mr Allen: Er...anything essential I'll take care of, OK?

Barry & Susanna: Haha.

3. Mr Green: OK, Martin, er … let’s go through it again. You go to the airport.

Martin: Right.

Mr. Green: OK. Terminal 2.

Martin: Terminal 2.

Mr Green: Pick up Glenn Donaldson.

Martin: Glenn Donaldson.

Mr Green: Now I want you to write this down.

Martin: Yeah, I’ve got it down.

Mr Green: OK, he’s arriving from Miami on the flight number LX 432.

Martin: LX432.

Mr Green: Have you got that?

Martin: Yeah, I’ve got it.

Mr Green: Right, off you go. Get back here as soon as you can.

Martin: Yes, sir, Mr Green.

Mr Green: Thank you.

4. Mandy: Geoff, um...could you just come over here for a minute and have a look at this sketch?

Geoff: Yes, sure.

Mandy: What do you think?

Geoff: Aha, yes, well you've put a lot of work into it,

that's...that’s very good. I'm not too happy about this border round

Mandy: No?

Geoff: Maybe you could try another go at that.

Mandy: I will, I’ll try again. OK.

5. Tony: Mrs Lang, could I have a word, please?
Mrs Lang: Oh, yes, Tony, of course.

Tony: I wondered if I might have next Friday off. My

sister's arriving from’d like to meet her at the airport.

Mrs Lang: Oh, Friday’s rather difficult. What time does she arrive?

Tony: Well, the plane gets in at four pm.

Mrs Lang: Oh, I know, Tony! Why don’t you go off just after lunch, then you’ll manage to get to the airport on time to meet her at four.

Tony: Oh, thank you very much, Mrs Lang.

Task 3.

Discuss these questions with your partner:

  • What is the relationship between the speakers?

  • What are their jobs?

  • What are they talking about?

If you have difficulties with answering the questions, read the suggested answers to them. Then speak on the topic “Making relations”.

1. Tony and Bob have a cordial, informal relationship. Tony is an overseas sales rep and Bob is the Export Sales Manager. They’re talking about problems Tony
encountered on a visit to a client in Copenhagen.

2. Mr Allen is very friendly and informal but is superior to Barry and Susanna, who are new to the company. Mr Allen is probably office manager and the other two are clerical staff. Mr Allen is explaining who is who in the office.

3. Mr Green behaves very much as Martin's boss (he is quite authoritarian). Mr Green is probably the transport manager and Martin is a driver. They are talking about Martin collecting someone at the airport.

4. Geoff is more experienced and probably senior to Mandy. They have an informal relationship. They are probably commercial artists or designers. She’s asking him to evaluate some work she has done.

5. Tony is junior to Mrs Lang, she is his boss and they have a fairly formal relationship. We can't tell what their jobs are. They are talking about Tony having time off on Friday.

2.3. Donald’s Working Day / Audial practice

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