Business|Adults|Intermediate|19. Business ideas
Give definitions to some of the following words for your teacher to guess
||5. tax incentives||9. balance of trade|
||6. government bureaucracy||10. state-owned|
||7. GDP||11. denationalise|
||8. unemployment rate||12. expenditure|
Read and listen to the articles and complete the chart
Internet whiz-kid’s discount idea makes billions in two years
by Jonathan Birchall
Help with exports
by Peter Marsh
Think about a business you could start. Consider these questions
- What kind of business would it be?
- Which country and city would you like to locate your new business in? Think of the following factors: skilled staff, a healthy economy, easy access to credit, a stable political situation, low taxes, etc.
- What do you already have? Think about skills, experience and contacts.
- What other strengths do you have? What about your gaps?
- What difficulties do you think you may face? How will you overcome them?
Read the rules
Match the sentence halves to make appropriate sentences
Complete these sentences with when, while, before, after, until or as soon as. More than one answer may be possible in some sentences
Click on the wrong options. Listen and check
Say these numbers. Listen and check after each group
Saying large numbers
- 912 = nine hundred and twelve million,
- 757 = seven hundred and fifty-seven thousand,
- 250 = two hundred and fifty
- 252 = about/roughly/approximately two hundred and fifty
- 2.044 = just over two thousand
- 39% = just under 40 per cent
- 5/7 = five-sevenths
- ⅖ = two-fifths
- ½ = a half
- ¼ = a quarter
British and American English differences
- 320 = three hundred and twenty (BrE); three hundred twenty (AmE)
- 0 = nought / oh (BrE) / zero (AmE)
- 1.25 = one point two five
- 0.754 = nought point seven five four (BrE) / zero point seven five four (AmE) / point seven five four (BrE/AmE)
- 65% = sixty-five per cent
- £ 3,000,000 = three million pounds
- € 16,000 = sixteen thousand euros
Try to answer these questions
— What is the population of your country?
— It’s about 45 million people.
1. What is the population of your
2. How many people work for your company / study at your school/university?
3. What is the average salary in your country?
4. What is the current inflation rate?
5. Approximately how many people are unemployed?
6. What is the interest rate for savings?
7. What fraction of their income do you think people spend on living costs?
8. What percentage of your income do you spend on transport?
Choose the numbers you hear
Ask questions to complete the chart
You work for a marketing department, which is launching a new range of mobile phones in an overseas market. You are gathering statistical information. Discuss which markets would be the best for the launch of the new range of mobile phones.
Student | Teacher
S: What’s the population of Mumbai?
T: Eleven point ninety-eight million or eleven million, nine hundred eighty thousand.
Make one sentence from the two sentences given
Listen to the recording and choose the number you hear
Match the questions with the answers. Listen and check your answers
Footsie index: the Financial Times Stock Exchange 100 index — the main measure of the amount by which the Ieading 100 shares sold on the London Stock Exchange have gone up or down in value. It is updated once every minute of the working day.
Listen to the economic profile and complete the summary with the numbers you hear
Revise the economic terms
- Reading. New business ideas
- Grammar. Time clauses
- Time clauses practice
- Speaking. Dealing with numbers
- Listening to numbers
- Make the sentences
- The economic profile
- Revise the economic terms
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- Business|Adults|Intermediate|2. Changing jobs
- Business|Adults|Intermediate|3. Case study: Recruiting
- Business|Adults|Intermediate|4. Describing companies
- Business|Adults|Intermediate|5. Making sales
- Business|Adults|Intermediate|6. Sales skills
- Business|Adults|Intermediate|7. Partnership
- Business|Adults|Intermediate|8. Working across the cultures. Revision
- Business|Adults|Intermediate|9. New ideas
- Business|Adults|Intermediate|10. Successful meetings
- Business|Adults|Intermediate|11. Stress in the workplace
- Business|Adults|Intermediate|12. Business owners feeling stress
- Business|Adults|Intermediate|13. Participating in discussion
- Business|Adults|Intermediate|14. Eating and drinking
- Business|Adults|Intermediate|15. Corporate entertainment
- Business|Adults|Intermediate|16. Organising a conference
- Business|Adults|Intermediate|17. Doing business internationally
- Business|Adults|Intermediate|18. New business
- Business|Adults|Intermediate|19. Business ideas
- Business|Adults|Intermediate|20. Suitable location