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Case study English 6

A CHAIN OF HEALTH CLUBS NEEDS TO FIND A NEW MANAGER IN BRAZIL. APPOINTING THE RIGHT PERSON IS
ESSENTIAL FOR THE SUCCESS OF THE BUSINESS.

Background
Remember:

 BE READY TO LEAD THE DISCUSSION.

 Use expressions to agree, disagree, interrupt, asking for comments and opinions, make suggestions.

 Be prepared to answer questions about the candidates.

 Use indirect questions every time you want to ask something.

CRITERIA DESCRIPTOR 1 2 3 4 5
VOCABULARY Vocabulary from unit 8.
Give numbers and figures accurately
Useful expressions to hold a discussion, agree, disagree,
and interrupt, asking for comments, making questions
and suggestions.
PRONUNCIATION Clear pronunciation and intonation (especially when
asking questions).
Correct stress
INTERACTION Partner’s suggestions are understood and the students
are able to respond to it positively or negatively.
Questions are understood and answered correctly.
GRAMMAR Accurate use of tenses: present, past and future when
needed. Use of modal verbs and use of conditionals.

TASK Discussion is performed successfully.


COMPLETION Students are able to understand questions and make
comments about each other’s ideas.
All points above are included and a decision is made.

THE CANDITATES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF THE INTERVIEWS ARE IN THE NEXT PAGES.
C02 TRACK 10 (I = INTERVIEWER, SW = SEAN
WILDER)

I: Could I ask you, Mr. Wilder, why you want to leave


your present job?
SW: OK, well, I really enjoy teaching languages, but
I'm 52 now, and I feel I need a new challenge,
something to really motivate me. It's not about money
-we’re very well off as a family -but recently I've felt
teaching really wasn't enough, wasn't stretching me. I
wasn't going to work with a good feeling inside me,
let me put it that way.

I: So, basically, you were bored?

SW: Exactly.

I: 0K. Now, what would you say is your main weakness,


in terms of this job?
SW: Mmm, that's a tricky question. Let me think ... well,
I seem to get on well with most people, you know, I'm
very easygoing -everyone says so -and someone has
to do something really bad to me before I get angry.
In fact, I can't remember the last time I got angry. I try
to avoid confrontation with people. What's the point?
I mean, for example, a lot of people say to me, you seem to have such a happy marriage, you two, you never seem
to argue, and I say, well, actually, we never do! I hope that answers your question.

I: Well ... er ... perhaps. A final question: why should we offer you the job?

SW: Well, I've got a background organizing sports, I'm very fit, as you can see, and I think teaching's just like running
a health and leisure centre. You need the same skills, to get on well with people, have good communication skills
and plenty of common sense. I'II find lots of ways to make money for you and increase the profits of the business.
Also, don't forget I have a very good academic background. Yale is one of the best universities in the world, and my
Master's in Sports Management is ideal for the job, even if I did get it years ago.

CD2 TRACK 11 (I = INTERVIEWER, PG =


PAOLO GONCALVES)

I: My first question, Mr Goncalves, is why do


you want to leave your present job?

PG: Well, my present job's OK, I suppose ... but


I think I can do better. Who doesn't? I'm well
known in Sao Paulo because of my movie
career, and I think it's time for me to use my
image to make more money. Actually, my
agent suggested I apply for this job -he
thought my background in martial arts would
appeal to your organisation.

I: OK, thanks. Now, what about your


weaknesses? What would you say is a
weakness in terms of the job we're offering?

PG: Well, I suppose I don't have a lot of


educational qualifications . probably the other
candidates have more to offer in that area. But
the teachers did try to widen my horizons
when I was training to be an actor at RADA in
London. I don't have qualificatiOns in bllsiness, but it seems to me you need other qualities for the job you are
offering, like a strong personality, a charismatic person, with good people skills, and I've certainly got all that.

I: Mm-hm. Finally, why should we offer you the job?

PG: Offer me the job because I'm famous in Brazil, and that will attract lots of customers for you. And I've got a load
of ideas for improving your clubs. I could send you a report if you like, by the end of the week, showing what I would
like to do to raise Fast Fitness's profile ni Sao Paulo. I'm a very enterprising man, a risk·taker, and that’s what you
want at the moment
C02 TRACK 12 (I = INTERVIEWER, MG = MARTHA
GOMEZ)

I: Could I ask you, Ms Gomez, why do you want


to leave your present job?

MG: OK, it's a good question. I really enjoy


working for Superfit, but it's rather a small centre,
and the equipment is mostly out of date. I don't
think I'm using all my skills at the moment, and
to be honest, I don't get on at all with my boss.

I: Oh, what's the problem?

MG: Well, for one thing, I don't think he really


values the work I do with people suffering from
disease. I think he's a bit jealous of me, especially
when I won that award. But what really bugs me
is that he doesn't appreciate the fact that I
manage Superfit most of the time. He's always
away visiting the other centres, and then I'm in
charge it's a lot of responsibility, but he never
gives me a word of thanks.

I: What would you say is your main weakness, in terms of this job?

MG: Well ... my friends say, um, I need to be more assertive. I just don't like upsetting people, so I often do what they
want, instead of saying 'no: I suppose I'm a little shy, but I'm becoming more self-confident as I get older. Actually, I
went on an assertiveness course a few weeks ago, and it really helped me a lot.

I: A final question: why should we offer you the job?

MG: Well, I've got lots of energy, and I really believe I can persuade people to have a healthier lifestyle. That's the
key, I think, to building up a good fitness centre. Also, I'm a creative person and I will come up with other ideas for
serving our local community and bringing more customers into Fast Fitness clubs.
C02 TRACK 13 (I = INTERVIEWER, SC = SILVIA
COMINELLI)

I: First, Ms Cominelli, why do you want to


leave your present job?

SC: That’s easy to answer. To be honest, I'm


not being paid enough for my qualifications
and experience. I'm looking for a really big
job that is well paid and will enable me to
meet a lot of people and challenge me in the
years to come.

I: OK. Now, what would you say is your main


weakness, in terms of this job?

SC: Main weakness ... I speak my mind, and


that can sometimes upset people. I'm not a
diplomatic person, but staff and students
know where they are with me, and they like
that. l don't talk about people behind their
back, I say it to their face or not at all.

I: A final question: why should we offer you


the job?

SC: Look, let me put my cards on the table. You're looking for someone who'll boost your profits and meet some
very tough targets. I can do that for you. I expect a lot from people working with me, ] set high standards, and staff
have to achieve those standards. 1l1at's the bottom line. I believe in rewarding people who do well and getting rid of
those who don’t. And that's the kind of genera] manager you need at the moment. So that's why you should offer
me the job.