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Branch Closure (7)

Published: 11.20.2019
Level 5   |   Time: 3:24
Accent: American
Source: The Office

Jan comes to the branch to give Michael some bad news.


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triangle Vocabulary

  • a hearty bowl of [exp] - a large amount of
  • On whom's authority? [exp] - Who has the right to make the decision?
  • relish [v] - enjoy
  • transferred to [v] - moved to another branch
  • a severance package [n] -
  • personnel [n] - employees
  • Things are looking up! [exp] - The situation is improving
  • be about numbers [exp] - related to finances and money
  • be about talent [exp] - related to people and leadership
  • CFO [n] - Chief Financial Officer
  • use discretion [exp] - keep things secret
  • get our ducks in a row [exp] - organize all of the details
  • check in [phv] - contact someone to see how things are going
  • put on a brave face [exp] - act confident in a difficult situation
  • screwed [adj] - in big trouble
  • shut down [phv] - close
  • all along [adv] - for the whole time, since the beginning
  • a traitor [n] - a person who betrays a friend

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb, [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression

triangle Background

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Michael Pam Jan Toby
  • Michael is the manager of one branch of a regional paper company.
  • Jan is a vice president in that paper company (Michael's supervisor).
  • Toby is the human resources representative of the branch.

triangle Questions

  1. When does Jan visit Michael?
    In the morning
    Lunch time
    In the evening

  2. What news does Jan have for Michael?
    He will get a raise.
    The branch will have to fire some people.
    The branch will be closed.

  3. Who made the decision?
    The board

  4. What will happen to the employees at the branch?
    Some will be laid off with severance.
    Some will be moved to another branch.
    All will be laid off with severance.
    All will be moved to another branch.

  5. What will happen to Michael?
    He will be laid off with severance.
    He will be moved to another branch.
    He will move to head office.

  6. Why did head office decide to close this branch (and not another)?
    Workplace harassment
    Financial reasons
    Poor leadership
    Bad location

  7. What does Jan want Michael to do next?
    Inform the staff
    Come to head office
    Keep it a secret

  8. What does Michael tell the office?
    Everything is fine.
    The branch will be closed.
    He feels confident.

  9. What does Toby ask Michael to do?
    Not talk about the closure to the staff
    Help the staff with their resumes
    Go back to his office

  10. Who found out about the branch closure last?

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