Interlocutor: Good morning. My name is John Smith, and this is my colleague,
Mary Clinton. And your names are Li Hua and Wang Wei?
Interlocutor: Thank you. Now, first of all, we'd like to know something about
each of you. Mr. Li, can you tell me about yourself?
Li: My pleasure. As you know, my name is Li Hua. I'm from Jiangsu Province.
I'm now studying in Suzhou University. And I'm majoring in international trade
Interlocutor: Thank you, Mr Li. Now Mr. Wang, can you tell me about your
Wang: Yes. I am now a student with Suzhou University majoring in business
administration. I hope I can join a world-famous multinational company. And
after I have had enough experience, I am going to start a company of my own.
Interlocutor: Thank you, Mr. Wang. And Mr. Li, could you tell me about your
Li: A big question for me indeed. I've never thought about it, but I bet I'll
work towards a CEO of a big multinational corporation. That's my goal in life.
And that's why I am spending so much time on English, business English in
Interlocutor: Mr. Li, you said you're spending a lot of time on business
English. Do you think business English is difficult to learn?
Li: Not exactly, though it may be difficult at the initial stage. The thing
is that you need to have some business knowledge before you start to learn
Interlocutor: How about you, Mr. Wang? Is it difficult for you?
Wang: Not really. You know, I like English very much, and my major is
business administration. So I have always found business English very
The importance of having a good CV
Well, in my opinion, you can never underestimate the importance of having a
In the majority of cases, your CV is the employer's first impression
of you, your first chance to impress your potential employer, let's say. It is
the essential illustration of your suitability for the job, showing how your
skills and experience match your employer's requirements.
But more than that, it shows your ability to summarize, prioritize and
present information effectively, essential skills in today's job market. It also
shows your linguistic and communicative abilities.
Even though employers these days use a variety of selection techniques, such
as analyzing your handwriting, a good CV is still the single most important part
of any application.
Your company has found that ineffective time management is one of the major
problem areas throughout the workforce. You have been asked to put forward some
suggestions for improving the situation.
Discuss, and decide together:
Why poor time management can become a major
problem in companies
What procedures could be adopted to ensure that time is
Zhang: Hi, Ms Wang, you know, our company is sort of out of control these
days. Don't you think so?
Wang: Yeah. Everything seems to be in disorder here in our company. And that
obviously has a lot to do with poor time management.
Zhang: You mean poor time management has caused all these problems. Why?
Wang: When time is not well planned within a company, they usually do not
allocate blocks of time to specified tasks. They do not have a definite idea of
when they should complete a certain task. And …
Zhang: And I think they often neglect the ordering of priorities. I mean
certain tasks need our prior attention. But in our company every task is treated
on an equal basis, even if it is a very urgent task.
Wang: That's the point. So time should be planned according to the importance
of the tasks we need to deal with.
Zhang: So what do you think we can do so that time is managed effectively
here in our company?
Wang: You mean what procedures we can adopt?
Zhang: Sure. That's what our boss is asking us to do. Right?
Wang: Right. I think we've got a lot to do. First, we should make all the
staff members realize how important effective time management is to our company.
Zhang: Yes, I think we can give them instruction in time management,
especially those in supervisory positions.
Wang: Right, perhaps we can run a few training programs for them. If need, we
may invite some experts from outside to help us.
Zhang: Another thing we can do is to make all the managers, or even every
staff member, come up with a job description of their own. In this way, they can
be pretty sure about what they are responsible for and what they are not.
Wang: Yes, that's a good idea. And I think, the top managers of our company
should come up with a set of rules as to what kind of jobs should be given
priority to. In this way, we can make sure that important tasks are dealt with
Zhang: Good idea. So to sum up, our company should run a few training
programs, and every staff member should write a job description of their own.
Wang: And rules should be made as to what kind of job should be given
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