Sarah starts her first day on the job and is shown around the office by Philip and Marcia.


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Task 1

Comprehension Task

Watch the video. Then decide if the sentences below are true or false.


Task 2

Business Notes

In the final video Sarah starts her first day at WebWare and Philip and Marcia show her around the office. Sarah is surprised to find that she doesn’t have to hot desk. Hot desking is the practice of using any available desk at work, instead of having a desk assigned to you and is quite common in UK companies. It is often associated with flexible working and work-life balance, two buzz words in corporate life these days.

Flexible working is a phrase that describes any working pattern adapted to suit the needs of the employee.

Common types of flexible working are:

part-time: working less than the normal hours, perhaps by working fewer days per week

flexi-time: choosing when to work (there's usually a core period during which you have to work)

compressed hours: working your agreed hours over fewer days

staggered hours: different starting, break and finishing times for employees in the same workplace

job sharing: sharing a job designed for one person with someone else

home working: working from home




Hello, I am going to make email for my boss and i want to my mail effect it on my manager story is boss may be say abt my regarding my salary to manager it is increase and i have not yet recvd increase.

so I am writing ---
Last month I heard about my manager he told me boss increase the salary but i am not yet received. so, i write a mail to boss and ask him i have not yet received the increase salay my last salary in Aug 2013. so pls increase my salary because june 2013 to date i am whole sole operating in there alone.
now you are requested to pls this draft to ready to send it if no pls make where necessary change or new wording require. thanks learner14

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Can i have Skype conversation

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Thank you mr.kirk

It is possible to download this discussion? Like mp3 format and listen it for example on the car.

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Its my firts time, Its very nice to meet you. I am really happy, because my aswers are good. I pretend to understand more and more. Tks.

I agree with above comments, it's really help to remember words and situations and it's good practice to apply in real life...

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