Pay – Human Resources vocabulary mind map 4

This is the fourth Louise‘s series of Human Resources vocabulary mind maps.

The first one focused on people and places; the second on strategy and policy. The third had vocabulary for talking about employee relations. This one is about that most important subject: pay.

You can see the mind map on Popplet or download a pdf.

Once you have studied the mind map, you can test yourself with the activity in the second part of this blog post.


Test yourself

How well do you know the words in the mind map? Test yourself with this activity. The answers are at the end of this blog post.

Don’t forget you can use a dictionary to help you. The Cambridge English Dictionary has a special business English section.

Activity

Choose the correct word/s to for each definition.

1.  a fixed amount of money that you earn each month or year from your job

wage / salary / pay

2. pay that does not change even if conditions change

basic wage/ flat rate / hourly rate

3. an extra amount of money that you earn in your job every time you sell a product or get a new customer

bonus / incentive / commission

4. pay that increases when you are successful at your job and that goes down when you are not successful

performance-related pay/ incentive / expenses

5. the total amount before taxes or costs have been taken out

basic salary / gross salary / annual salary

6. something that an employee receives from the company they work for, other than their usual pay, for example a car or health insurance

fringe benefit / piece work / benefit in kind

7. an extra amount of pay given to someone because they work in an expensive area such as a big city

weighting / expenses / minimum wage

 

 

 


Answers

1. a fixed amount of money that you earn each month or year from your job = salary / pay

2. pay that does not change even if conditions change = flat rate / basic wage

3. an extra amount of money that you earn in your job every time you sell a product or get a new customer = commission

4. pay that increases when you are successful at your job and that goes down when you are not successful = performance-related pay

5. the total amount before taxes or costs have been taken out = gross salary / annual salary

6. something that an employee receives from the company they work for, other than their usual pay, for example a car or health insurance = benefit in kind / fringe benefit

7. an extra amount of pay given to someone because they work in an expensive area such as a big city = weighting

 

 


 

Did you find this useful? Download a pdf of the mind map.

There are lots more HR vocabulary mind maps to come. We will add a new one soon

If you can’t wait until then, check the website again soon for extra activities using the words from this mind map.

 

There are lots more mind maps on the Stratford Teachers blog.

Employee Relations – Human resources vocabulary 3

People and places – Human resources vocabulary 1

Strategy and policy – Human resources vocabulary 2

Telephone vocabulary

Lose your job

Internet vocabulary

Trade vocabulary


If you have any questions about the mind map, leave a comment below.

Do you need to develop your business English vocabulary? Send us a message.

 

 

Fireside Tales – Chapter Six

It’s here! We’ve arrived at the sixth and final part of Simon and Penguin’s Fireside Tales.

You can find chapter one here, chapter two here, chapter three here,chapter four here and chapter five here. If you haven’t watched them yet, it won’t take you long to catch up.

You can download the transcript with a glossary so you can follow as you listen. After you have watched the video, use the quiz to test your understanding.

In chapter five, Simon explained how biologist Edward Wilson and his companions Bowers and Garrard carried three precious penguin eggs 108 kilometres back through the Antarctic winter and arrived safety at their base camp. Although it was the end of the ‘worst Journey in the world’, it wasn’t quite the end of the story. In chapter six, Simon tells what happened next.

Chapter Six – Bringing the Story Up-To-Date


Quiz

How well did you understand the story so far?

Try and answer these questions. You can watch the video again.

1. Only one person survived the “worst journey” and returned safely to Britain. Who was it?

  1. Cherry Garrard
  2. Roald Amundsen
  3. Edward Wilson
  4. Henry Bowers

2. Cherry Garrard reached the South Pole.

  1. True
  2. False

3. Penguins are the evolutionary link between dinosaurs and birds.

  1. True
  2. False

4. Emperor Penguins are safe because they live a long way from humans.

  1. True
  2. False

 


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Answers

1a, 2b, 3b, 4b

 


 

We hope you enjoyed this Fireside Tale. We are hard at work on the next series and expect to start publishing it near the end of the year.

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Fireside Tales – Chapter Five

Here is part five part of Simon and Penguin’s Fireside Tales.

You can find chapter one here, chapter two here, chapter three here and chapter four here.

You can download the transcript with a glossary so you can follow as you listen. After you have watched the video, use the quiz to test your understanding.

At the end of chapter four, biologist Edward Wilson and his companions Bowers and Garrard had completed their 108 kilometre trek through the Antarctic winter to visit an Emperor Penguin colony. They had collected five penguin eggs for scientific study but, as they climbed back to their camp, Garrard slipped and fell. Watch chapter five to find out what happened next.

Chapter Five- Fight for Survival

Watch Chapter Six or try the quiz.


Quiz

How well did you understand the story so far?

Try and answer these questions. You can watch the video again.

1. The explorers collected five eggs. Why did they return with only three?

  1. Garrard broke two when the storm destroyed the hut
  2. Garrard ate two eggs during the storm
  3. Garrard broke two when he fell over
  4. The storm blew two eggs away

2. What did the explorers lose because of the storm?

  1. The tent
  2. Part of the cooker
  3. Many of their teeth
  4. Two of the penguin eggs

3. Why was it difficult to use the damaged cooker?

  1. Because Bowers fell into a crevasse
  2. Because they had left one sledge at the hut
  3. Because they were moving faster
  4. Because of the frostbite risk

4. Why was the sky brighter in the middle of the day?

  1. Because snow conditions were better
  2. Because temperatures were higher on the sea ice
  3. Because the sun was nearer to appearing above the horizon

5. If the explorers had not found their tent, they would have died.

  1. True
  2. False

 


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Answers

1c, 2b, 3d, 4c, 5a

 


 

Watch Chapter Six.

 

Fireside Tales – Chapter Four

It’s time for the fourth part of Simon and Penguin’s Fireside Tales.

If you haven’t seen the first three chapters, you can catch up in less than ten minutes. You can find chapter one here, chapter two here and chapter three here.

As always, you can download the transcript with a glossary so you can follow as you listen. After you have watched the video, use the quiz to test your understanding.

Chapter three concluded with biologist Edward Wilson and his two companions standing on the edge a huge crevasse. How can they get past in order to continue their journey to the Emperor Penguin colony? Watch chapter four to find out.

Chapter Four- At the Colony

Watch Chapter Five or try the quiz.


Quiz

How well did you understand the story so far?

Try and answer these questions. You can watch the video again.

1. The last 35 kilometres were especially difficult because…

  1. the volcanoes were in the way
  2. there were only about 100 penguins
  3. it was dark all the time
  4. they had to find a way past very big cracks in the ice

2. Why were the penguins standing close together?

  1. To protect against the cold
  2. Because they were afraid of the explorers
  3. To protect against predators
  4. To pose for selfies

3. Why did the explorers give up on their first attempt to reach the colony?

  1. There were too many crevasses
  2. They were attacked by an Orca
  3. The penguin eggs were too big to carry
  4. They could not climb down a cliff

4. Why do the penguins keep their eggs on their feet?

  1. The eggs are too big to sit on
  2. To keep the eggs warm
  3. To protect the eggs from predators
  4. Because the female birds are far away at sea

5. The male penguins do not eat for two months as they incubate the eggs.

  1. True
  2. False

 


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Answers

1d, 2a, 3d, 4b, 5a

 


 

Watch Chapter Five.

 

Employee relations – Human Resources vocabulary mind map 3

This is the third of Louise‘s Human Resources vocabulary mind maps.

The first one focused on people and places and the second on strategy and policy. This one is all about employee relations.

You can see the mind map on Popplet or download a pdf.

Once you have studied the mind map, you can test yourself with the activity in the second part of this blog post.


Test yourself

How well do you know the words in the mind map? Test yourself with this activity. The answers are at the end of this blog post.

Don’t forget you can use a dictionary to help you. The Cambridge English Dictionary has a special business English section.

Activity

Choose the correct word/phrase to complete each sentence.

1.  The ___________ are everyone who has an interest in the company. That includes ___________ , shareholders and customers.

stakeholders / employer’s association / employee forum / staff

2. “I heard James is claiming unfair dismissal at the ___________ .”
“Really? I know he was having problems with his manager.”

arbitration / employment tribunal / management board

3. Talks ended in ___________ again today, so the union has asked for arbitration.

strike / picket / deadlock

4. Some companies have ___________ to help improve communication between management and the workforce.

conciliation / works councils / grievance procedures

5. We have a ___________ in our company. That means everyone has to join the union.

closed shop / employee forum / no-union agreement

6. “Have you ever been on strike?”
“No, but we had a month of ___________ last year which meant we only did exactly what was in our contracts.”

blockade / work to rule / cooling-off period

7. ___________  is what some people call workers who cross a picket line to go to work.

negotiator / blackleg / shop steward

8. If you arrive late again, you’ll get a ___________ because you’ve already had a verbal reprimand.

strike / claim / written warning

9. “Are you a ___________  of a trade union?”
“No, we don’t have an official union at work and I’ve never bothered to join.”

member / staff / strikebreaker

10. There’s been a change in the ___________ , so we need to make sure we comply with it.

employment law / work to rule / picket

 

 

 


Answers

1. The stakeholders are everyone who has an interest in the company. That includes staff, shareholders and customers.

2. “I heard James is claiming unfair dismissal at the employment tribunal.”
“Really? I know he was having problems with his manager.”

3. Talks ended in deadlock again today, so the union has asked for arbitration.

4. Some companies have works councils to help improve communication between management and the workforce.

5. We have a closed shop in our company. That means everyone has to join the union.

6. “Have you ever been on strike?”
“No, but we had a month of work to rule last year which meant we only did exactly what was in our contracts.”

7. Blackleg is what some people call workers who cross a picket line to go to work.

8. If you arrive late again, you’ll get a written warning because you’ve already had a verbal reprimand.

9. “Are you a member of a trade union?”
“No, we don’t have an official union at work and I’ve never bothered to join.”

10. There’s been a change in the employment law, so we need to make sure we comply with it.

 


 

Did you find this useful? Download a pdf of the mind map.

There are lots more HR vocabulary mind maps to come. We will add a new one soon

If you can’t wait until then, check the website again soon for extra activities using the words from this mind map.

 

There are lots more mind maps on the Stratford Teachers blog.

People and places – Human resources vocabulary 1

Strategy and policy – Human resources vocabulary 2

Telephone vocabulary

Lose your job

Internet vocabulary

Trade vocabulary


If you have any questions about the mind map, leave a comment below.

Do you need to develop your business English vocabulary? Send us a message.

 

 

Fireside Tales – Chapter Three

We are halfway through Simon and Penguin’s Fireside Tales. That means we have arrived at chapter three.

Have you seen the first two chapters? If you haven’t, why not watch them now; they are only three minutes long. You can find chapter one here and chapter two here.

As always, you can download the transcript with a glossary so you can follow as you listen. After you have watched the video, use the quiz to test your understanding.

At the end of chapter two, we left biologist Edward Wilson and his two companions shivering in their tent trying to decide whether or not to continue their journey. Watch chapter three to find out what happened next.

Chapter Three – Trial by Ice

Watch Chapter Four or try the quiz.


Quiz

How well did you understand the story so far?

Try and answer these questions. You can watch the video again.

1. Why did the explorers have to stop so often?

  1. To eat and drink
  2. Because they were lost
  3. To take action to stop frostbite
  4. To rest

2. Why did Garrard have problems with his vision?

  1. Because he was snow-blind
  2. Because he couldn’t wear his spectacles due to condensation from his breathing
  3. He was short-sighted
  4. The ice on his face got in the way

3. How many hours did they travel each day?

  1. Nine
  2. Seven
  3. Eight
  4. Two or three

4. In a blizzard, what happened to the temperature?

  1. It decreased slightly
  2. It fluctuated between -40°C and -61°C
  3. It increased a little
  4. It went up a lot

5. The explorers slept well during the journey.

  1. True
  2. False

 


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Answers

1c, 2b, 3c, 4d, 5b

 


 

Watch Chapter Four.

 

Fireside Tales – Chapter Two

It’s time for chapter two of Fireside Tales.

If you missed chapter one, you can catch up here.

Don’t forget, you can also download the transcript with a glossary so you can follow as you listen. After you have watched the video, use the quiz to test your understanding.

In chapter one, we learned the background to the ‘worst journey in the world’. In chapter two, Simon and Penguin begin the story of how the three explorers walked across Antarctica in the winter of 1911.

 

Chapter Two – The Journey Begins

Watch Chapter Three or try the quiz.


Quiz

How well did you understand the story so far?

Try and answer these questions. You can watch the video again.

1. When do emperor penguins lay their eggs?

  1. Early spring
  2. The middle of winter
  3. Autumn / fall

2. Why did Dr Wilson decide to walk to the penguin colony?

  1. Because sea ice made travel by ship impossible at this time of year
  2. Because there were no aircraft
  3. Because he needed the exercise
  4. Because he didn’t want to frighten the penguins

3. Why did Dr Wilson take two companions on the trip?

  1. To help him pull the sledges
  2. Because he was lonely

4. Which one of these sources of light did they not have during the trip?

  1. Direct sunlight
  2. Starlight and moonlight
  3. Torches
  4. Candles and matches
  5. The Aurora

5. The explorers were optimistic about reaching the penguin colony.

  1. True
  2. False

 


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Answers

1b, 2a, 3a, 4ac, 5b

 


 

Watch Chapter Three.