A morning briefing

A morning briefing

Listen to a morning briefing to practise and improve your listening skills.

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.

Preparation

Transcript

Hi, everyone. I know you're all busy so I'll keep this briefing quick. I have some important information about a change in the management team. As you already know, our head of department, James Watson, is leaving his position at the end of this week. His replacement is starting at the end of the next month. In the meantime, we'll continue with our projects as usual.

I have two more quick points. Firstly, there will be some improvements made to the staff car park next month for a few weeks. It will be closed during that time.

Don't worry, we've found a solution. We can use the local church car park until our own one is ready. If you arrive before 8.30 a.m., please use our small car park on Brown Street, and if you arrive after that, you should go directly to the church car park. It's only a five-minute walk away. But they need it in the evenings, so you have to leave before 6 p.m. Sorry about that – I know how much you all love working late!

The other thing I wanted to tell you about is that the canteen has now introduced a cashless payment system. So, you can't use cash for payments any more. You can pay directly with your smartphone or you can pay using your company ID card. The total amount put on your company ID card comes off your salary at the end of each month.

OK. That's it? Are there any questions?

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Submitted by MAE on Sun, 07/06/2020 - 12:24

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I have to give information and instruction to my parents. You know they are always be confused with some new things like social media, smart phone and other tips in daily life.

Submitted by Teresa Chi on Wed, 03/06/2020 - 14:42

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sometimes in my class I have to give my information to my teacher, because I am a foreigner. and when I'm a team leader, I often give instructions to my college.

Submitted by omanov on Mon, 01/06/2020 - 10:47

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I want to learn English

Submitted by LarisaAlp on Sat, 30/05/2020 - 14:26

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I am a teacher at a University, so I often give some information and instructions to my students. In can be during our classes and after that.

Submitted by amal.araia on Thu, 28/05/2020 - 22:01

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I have to give information and instructions, about how to keep the house tidy and clean to my youngest brother, who has moved to live alone.

Submitted by cittàutopica on Wed, 27/05/2020 - 17:42

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On one side I have to give instructions to my employees how to execute the fulfilments of duty; on other side I can give informations about various topics to anyone.

Submitted by Nguyen Hien on Wed, 27/05/2020 - 05:02

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Hello support team, Can you explain to me the grammar of this sentence: You can pay directly with your smartphone or you can pay USING your company ID card. Why have you used "using" there? Thanks

Hello Nguyen Hien,

In this sentence, using is a present participle. It describes how the action can be done. It's quite a common construction. For example:

He opened the door, turning the old key slowly.

She travelled to London immediately, using sleeper trains so she could get there early in the morning.

You can read more about these constructions on this page:

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/grammar/intermediate-to-upper-intermediate/participle-clauses

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Milena1 on Mon, 25/05/2020 - 11:20

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I work at a high school in the Department of Study Control and Evaluation. I must provide information to parents and students about the processes and requirements they must meet. I give instructions to the teaching staff I direct, to the administrators under my direction. I also follow instructions from the educational authorities such as the campus director and the Ministry of Education.

Submitted by Olimpia Costa on Sun, 24/05/2020 - 14:53

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I already gave my information, but didn't confirm the subscription. I want a course where I listen to people talking, because i want to improve my accent and pronunciation. Please advise..