Lee aquí la
historia de la empresa en la cual vas a
trabajar durante 15 días.
Realiza todas las
actividades de cada día de trabajo y
consulta las respuestas.
In this first step, you will read carefully the presentation of this
unit (phrasal verbs have been highlighted in yellow). A full
glossary below will help you understand it better. To get
information in Spanish, just place the arrow of your mouse on any
highlighted word without clicking.
The Company is expanding, and
the present factory is rapidly becoming too small
to cope with
the increase in production.
Some months ago it was decided that the Company would have to build an
extension to the present factory.
An architect, Mr. Norman Phillipson, was
called in, and given the
drew up the plans and the
applied for an
I.D.C., which is
granted by the Board of Trade.
This was granted provided that the Fuel and Paint Stores were put in
a different position. The authorities are very strict in seeing that
certain rules are obeyed. Possible dangers to health and safety are
When Harper & Grant's new extension is
built on to the existing area they will have
bays, but the present Fuel and
Paint Stores would be too near the new extension. As both these
materials are highly inflammable, it was considered that a fire
spread to the new extension very
easily. The proposed new Paint Store will be protected by the
wall of the main
factory. The County Planning Authority will also have to approve the
plans. The present
Managing Director, Hector
Grant, has called a meeting of a committee
dealing with the new
extension, with the architect present, to discuss progress. Mr.
Grant is the Chairman in charge of the meeting.
Also attending are Peter Wiles, Production Manager; John Martin, Sales
Manager, William Buckhurst, the Company
Ian Hampden, who is the
The meeting is
just about to begin.
GLOSSARY: to cope with: to satisfy or fulfill
(hacer frente a);
building added to an existing one(ampliación edilicia);
to call in: to ask to participate
(llamar a alguien para presupuestar o realizar un trabajo);
to draw up: composed the basic details for (esbozar, realizar un esbozo o plan de);
to apply for: to ask for
Industrial Development Certificate(Certificado de Ampliación Industrial);
to grant: to give (otorgar, conceder);
to built on: to add (anexar una construcción);
bays: divisions of a factory floor
to spread: to extend (extenderse);
fire-proof wall: a wall resistant to fire
(muro incombustible, pared a prueba de fuego);
Managing Director: a member of the Board of Directors who controls
resources and expenditures in the Company
to deal with: to occupy with, to manage a problem (ocuparse de,
hacerse cargo de);
Personnel Manager: a manager in charge of all the employees (the
staff), employed by the Company
(gerente de personal); just about to begin: starting in a few minutes(a punto de empezar).
Listening for Gist
In this second step, you will listen through this conversation.
Don't worry about understanding every word they are saying. Now,
just relax, start listening to the audio file and try to understand
the general meaning.