Student Book & Teacher's Book with MP3 Audio CD Set
The Audio-CD contains all the recordings of the three
Sample Text & Audio :
Note to the teacher or tutor:
This first lesson is typical one in format with its initial interview and
follow-up dialogue, its two taped vocabulary exercises, the
reconstruction exercise, and three sets of questions? the first two about
the interview, very general questions followed by the detailed
comprehension questions given only in this book, and a third set of
discussion questions following the dialogue. And then there are the
communicative activities or projects suggested in the student’s book.
This typical format will be followed throughout with some variations.
However, Freddy is not typical. At any rate he is not what most people
from other cultures think of as a typical North American. He likes his
work, but he doesn’t want to “get ahead.” He enjoys his job and the life
it lets him lead. Who is to say he isn’t successful? Actually, of course,
he isn’t really atypical at all. There are lots of people who are happy
where they are, doing what they are doing. This may lead your students
to an interesting discussion of their cultural stereotypes and
There are seven projects to choose from in the first lesson, three of
which involve interviews. In the student’s book as part of the second
lesson, there are some suggestions on how to prepare for and handle
interviews. These suggestions are not given in the first lesson for three
reasons: 1) they will mean first more to the students after they have
done an interview, 2) the projects in the second lesson are all interviews
and somewhat more challenging, and 3) with seven projects to choose
from, lesson one gives the students enough to read without introducing
an additional element. However, you may want to read over the
suggestions yourself before introducing the idea of projects to your
A specific note on the reading in Project Seven at the end of this lesson
(pages 9_11 in the student’s book): the text comes from a brochure
based primarily on oral English. It is compiled from the transcription of an
interview and informal notes. Since it is sometimes ungrammatical and
unstructured, you may want to point out to your students that it is not
meant to be model for formal writing.
Work Related Vocabulary - with definitions
This reading, which is given in the student’s book on page 1, should be
discussed as a pre-listening exercise.
- a bank teller: a bank employee who has contact with customers
and primarily takes care of their deposits and withdrawals
- a time card: a card that records an employee’s arrival and
departure time each day
- a vault: a room or compartment often made of steel for the
safekeeping of valuables. It is sometimes called a “safe.”
- cash and change: ready money; currency; coins
- a deposit slip: a piece of paper filled out by the customer indicating
how much money is to be put into the account
- a withdrawal slip: a piece of paper filled out by the customer
indicating how much money is to be taken out of the account
- credit and debit slips: pieces of paper given to a customer after a
transaction is complete indicating that money has been put into
(credited to) or taken out of (debited from) an account
- paper clips: bent pieces of wire used to hold two or more pieces of
- a rubber stamp: This is a piece of rubber with a design or writing
raised on its surface. It is usually attached to a handle. When
stamped on an ink pad, it then can print ink impressions (of names,
dates and the like) on a piece of paper.
- an ink pad: a piece of soft substance held in a small container and
saturated with ink. A rubber stamp is pressed on it before the
stamp is pressed on to paper.
- to sign on: to make contact with the computer
- a station: the special place or position where a teller works
- a teller number: Each teller has a number that gives him access to
the computer. He will be responsible for what is entered under his
- a secret code numver: Each teller has a numver that gives him
access to the computer. He will be responsible for what is entered
under his number.
- to access: to make contact with the computer
- to punch in: to press the computer keys to enter the customer’s
- an account number: Every customer at the bank has a number
which represents his or her business with the bank.
- transactions: Everything that is done by the customer is a
transaction. If you take money out of your account, that is a
If you put money into your account, that is another
you move money from one account into another
account, that is
- “the computer is down”: The computer is not working.
- pass books: Very often, people with savings accounts have a
small account book which they must use when they go to the bank.
All of their transactions are recorded in it.
- loans: If you need money and don’t have it, the bank will consider
giving it to you. You will return it to them and pay them a certain
extra percentabe called “interest” as payment for using their money.
- money orders: You can send money by buying a money order and
mailing it. Only the person whose name is on the money order can
- interest rates: The percentage you pay when you borrow money is
the interest rate. If, for example, you borrow $1000 for a year at a
flat annual interest rate of 10%, you must repay $1100.
An innovative whole-language program based on recorded interviews
with 10 working people.
by: Edgar Sather, Catherine Sadow, and George Draper
Level: Intermediate to advanced, Secondary to Adult
Click here to Read what teachers say about
People At Work:
• People at Work has ten-units. There are 3 cassette
tapes with 3 1/2
hours of listening. The cassettes are reasonably priced so that students
can afford them.
• Each unit follows the same format:
- Pre-listening - a brief reading with the working
and a vocabulary list.
- First Listening to the taped interview. "Generic"
questions, and a taped idioms exercise.
- Second Listening to the interview. Specific
(from the teacher's book) and a reconstruction exercise.
- The Dialogue - a taped dramatization of some
mentioned in the interview. Discussion questions. A taped interactive
- Communicative Activities. Students choose from
1. 5 to 7 projects for out-of-class experiential learning to be done
either individually or in small groups and then reported on in class,
2. Readings related to the occupations being explored-they are not
simplified. Various activities are suggested using the readings.
• Who are the people? A bank teller, a shopkeeper,
a waiter, an elementary
school teacher, a folk singer, a volunteer ombudsman, an industrial
engineer, a student dean, a medical intern, and a building contractor. Each
individual is successful and a good role model. Each has a compelling
story to tell.
• What is the program's focus? The interviewer
brings out more than
information about the person's work and workplace. The people discuss
issues that are important to them and that will be important to students
learning about American culture.
Teachers who are using the program say:
EFL in Russia - Alyson Ewald
"I brought your wonderful People at Work
books and tapes to Russia with
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institute. People was very popular and
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institute who've used it after I left. They love it, and it's become the
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Adult Ed. in Newton, Mass. - Faye Stylianopoulos
"Where can Iranian dentists, Guatemalan cleaning ladies, Taiwanese
computer scientists, European au pairs, and Brazilian doctors become
life-long friends? In my adult ed. ESL classroom, of course, and People
Work deserves much of the credit for this. Working in groups across
ethnic and class lines, students have learned important new vocabulary
and enjoyed the challenge of the clever interactive listening exercises. We
videotape group presentations of the communicative activities found at the
end of each People at Work lesson, thus
allowing students to monitor their
Georgetown University, d.c. - Virginia Lezhnev
"People at Work has really worked for me.
This text keeps the students
interested and involved while giving them a solid foundation in
understanding and using conversational English. A real plus is the list of
out-of-class projects at the end of each unit. Introduce your students to
People at Work, and they'll make all kinds of new friends-both
in the book
and in the real world.
University of Washington, Seattle - Kim Newcomer
"Finally, a good listening text with affordable student tapes! People
offers believable interviews and dialogues from an interesting array of
people and professions. The material is long and complex enough to be
challenging for more advanced students, while still being manageable for
intermediate students. Best of all are the projects, which help get all types
of learners out of the classroom and into the community."