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Writing Write a follow-up letter
Ex.4.24. Complete the following dialogue by filling in the missing prepositions from the chart. Underline any fixed expressions which you think may come in useful. With your groupmates, compose a similar dialogue and act it out.
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A. I wonder if I could have a word (1) …… you (2) …… that job in C&A?
B. Yeah, sure. What’s (3) …… your mind?
A. Well, you know that Susan McDowell’s applied (4) …… it, I suppose?
B. Naturally. I interviewed her. In fact, she and Ferris Bushnell both came (5) …… extremely well, I thought. To tell you the truth, we’re going to find it pretty difficult to choose (6) …… them.
A. That’s what I thought. Only I think I should warn you (7) …… Susan.
B. Oh, really?
A. Yeah. I mean I don’t want to interfere (8) …… your selection procedure, or anything. It’s (9) …… to you to make (10) …… your own mind (11) …… the sort of person you want for the post.
B. Paul, will you just get (12) …… the point? What’s Susan been (13) …… to?
A. Oh, it’s nothing like that.
B. Because I know she’s got a reputation (14) …… being a bit over-assertive at times.
A. Yeah, but it’s not that that I object (15) …… so much. I reckon she believes (16) …… what she’s doing – even if nobody else does. No, it’s just that I know you want to make our internal training more cost-effective and I really don’t think you can rely (17) …… someone like Susan McDowell to carry (18) …… your programme of economy measures, that’s all.
B. I see. And what makes you think that, Paul?
A. Well, for one thing, she’s always insisting (19) …… bringing (20) …… outsiders to run most of the seminars. You know how expensive that can be. And for another, she’s all (21) …… setting (22) …… some sort of joint venture with MP Associates – more outsiders! I’ve been opposed (23) …… this all along, as you know. And so has David. He’s quite capable (24) …… running things himself.
B. Ah hah. That’s what this is all (25) ……, is it? You don’t like the idea (26) …… Susan taking control away (27) …… you and David. Well, I’m glad we had this little chat, Paul. I’ll certainly bear it all (28) …… mind when we make our final decision (29) …… who gets the post.
A. Thanks, Charles. I knew you’d come (30) …… to our way of thinking on this. I mean Susan’s very talented. I’d be the first to admit it. And I’d hate to think anything I’d said had spoilt things (31) …… her.
B. Oh, don’t worry, Paul. It hasn’t. You can bet (32) …… that.
Discuss:How are people appointed in many companies? Are there clear guidelines on how to come to a decision about who to recruit?
Study the following table. Would you accept or reject the applicants described? Give your reasons; compare your decisions with those of your group mates.
Choose one of the situations above where you decided to reject the applicant and write a letter to the person concerned explaining your decision. You may find the notes below helpful.
Thank / application / this post.
Whlist / impressed / qualifications and experience / and / performance / interview / regret / inform / this occasion / not successful.
As you know / large number / applications / this post / and / standard / applicants / extremely high.
Should not feel / non-selection / due / failings / on your part.
I wish you every success / future career. We / put / details on file / shall consider you / suitable.
Ex.4.25. Discuss the following quotations about Women and Women’s Role in Society with your groupmates. Try to guess which of them belong to men or to women. Say which of them are pro- and which anti-feminist.
1) I heard a man say that brigands demand your money or your life, whereas women require both
2) I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist wherever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute
3) Women do not find it difficult nowadays to behave like men, but they often find it extremely difficult to behave like gentlemen
4) When women kiss it always reminds one of of prize-fighters shaking hands
5) ‘Always be civil to the girls, you never know who they may marry’ is an aphorism which has saved many an English spinster from being treated like an Indian widow
6) We are becoming the men we wanted to marry
7) I blaim the women’s movement for 10 years in a boiler suit
8) The only options open for girls then were of course mother, secretary or teacher. At least that’s what we all thought and were preparing ourselves for. Now, I must say how lucky we are, as women, to live in an age where ‘Dental Hygienist’ has been added to the list
9) It used to be almost the first question (just after ‘Can you type?’) in the standard female job interview: ‘Are you now, or have you ever, contemplated marriage, motherhood, or the violent overthrow of the US government?’
10) A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle
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