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Reading Comprehension

APPLYING FOR A JOB

Pre-Intermediate English

Exercise # 1

Read the following job advertisements:

 

1. Needed: Full time secretary position available. Applicants should have at least 2 years experience and be able to type 60 words a minute. No computer skills required. Apply in person at United Business Ltd., 17 Browning Street, Leeds 2. Are you looking for a part time job? We require 3 part time shop assistants to work during the evening. No experience required, applicants should between 18 and 26. Call 366 - 76564 for more information.
3. Computer trained secretaries: Do you have experience working with computers? Would you like a full time position working in an exciting new company? If your answer is yes, give us a call at 457-896754 4. Teacher Needed: Hania's Playschool needs 2 teacher/trainers to help with classes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Applicants should have appropriate licences. For more information visit Hania's Playschool in Leicester Square
5. Part Time work available: We are looking for retired adults who would like to work part time at the weekend. Responsibilities include answering the telephone and giving customer's information. For more information contact us by calling 345-674132 6. University positions open: The University of Bristol is looking for 4 teaching assistants to help with homework correction. Applicants should have a degree in one of the following: Political Science, Religion, Economics or History. Please contact the University of Bristol for more information.

Comprehension Questions

Which position is best for these people? Choose ONLY ONE position for each person.

 

  1. Jane McInnery. Jane recently retired and is looking for a part time position. She would like to work with people and enjoys public relation work.

    The best job for Jane is

     

  2. Mark Cohen. Mark graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in Economics two years ago. He would like an academic position.

    The best job for Mark is

     

  3. Kasia Page. Kasia is 21 years old and would like a part time position to help her pay her university expenses. She can only work in the evenings.

    The best job for Kasia is

     

  4. Alice Plant. Alice was trained as a secretary and has six years of experience. She is an excellent typist but does not know how to use a computer. She is looking for a full time position.

    The best job for Alice is

     

  5. Julian Smith. Julian went to business school and studied computer and secretarial skills. He is looking for his first job and would like a full time position.

    The best job for Julian is

     

  6. Vincent Fish. Vincent loves working with children and has an education licence from the city of Birmingham. He would like to work with young children.

    The best job for Vincent is

     

 

Exercise # 2

 

Read the following information about different pen pals.

 

1. Mary, 24 years old, comes from Scotland and would like to find a pen pal who comes from East Europe. She likes playing the piano and listening to jazz music. She is interested in history but does not like discussing politics. 2. Kim Lee, 19 years old, comes from Seoul, South Korea. Kim loves travelling and hopes to visit Great Britain in the future. He would like a pen pal who is interested in discussing the differences between life in Europe and life in Asia. He loves listening to pop music and playing football in his free time.
3. Pietro, 42 years old, comes from Argentina. He is a businessman and would like to find a pen pal who is also a businessperson and lives in North America. He is married with three children and likes using the Internet in his free time. 4. Helga, 33 years old, comes from Germany and speaks French, English and Russian. She would like a pen pal who is interested in exchanging ideas about language learning. She does not like using computers for learning and believes that language learning can only happen in a classroom.
5. Jennifer, 18, comes from Cardiff in Wales. She is interested in discussing the political differences between East Europe and the United Kingdom. She loves riding her horse, Jackie, and listening to jazz music. 6. Alessandro, 25 years old, comes from Rome. He is interested in finding a pen pal who speaks different languages and can exchange ideas on using the computer for learning purposes. He likes playing tennis and football in his free time.

Comprehension Questions

Which pen pal is best for these people? Choose ONLY ONE pen pal for each person.

 

  1. Piotrek Kowalski, 18, comes from Poland and would like a pen pal who is interested in discussing the current political situation in the world. He likes jazz and playing tennis in his free time.

    The best pen pal for Piotrek would be

     

  2. Tom Hendrix, 36, is a businessman from Toronto, Canada. He would like to find a pen pal from a different continent to discuss business practices and differences between his country and others.

    The best pen pal for Tom would be

     

  3. Olga, 33 years old, comes from Moscow, Russia. She is a historian and would like to find a pen pal who is interested in discussing the history of Russia before the communist regime. She is not interested in comparing different political systems.

    The best pen pal for Olga would be

     

  4. Jack, 27, is from London. His favourite pastime is learning languages. He goes to evening German and French classes and uses his computer to improve his German and French by visiting Internet sites.

    The best pen pal for Jack would be

     

  5. James, 22, is from Dublin. He loves travelling and wants to visit Asia in the near future and would like a pen pal who likes playing football and who can tell him about the differences between life in Asia and Ireland.

    The best pen pal for James would be

     

  6. Ela, 35 years old, comes from Sydney, Australia. She likes learning languages, but does not like using modern technology. She is interested in finding a pen pal who also enjoys learning languages in a traditional manner.

    The best pen pal for Ela would be

     

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