This unit is called “At work” because it is centered on the work of a caregiver. You will see different aspects of a caregiver’s working life as illustrated by the three texts that compose the unit.

The text in the first section deals with the tasks that caregivers usually do. You will also see the reports of two cases of people with disorders associated to aging. Finally, there is a list of the contents of a first aid kit. The second text describes the working conditions of caregivers and also the example of an old lady who suffers from arthritis; we can see the consequences of the disease and the treatment required. The third text includes some hints on how to write a curriculum in English in case you need it to look for a job in another country.

In the grammar sections, you will study the modal verbs. These form a special type of verbs which are very similar to auxiliary verbs from a grammatical point of view. Modal verbs are used to express things like obligation, possibility, etc. and they are also used to ask for and give permission, makes requests, etc.; you will also study the different ways of speaking about the future and the corresponding adverbials which are used to refer to the future as well as a form of the verb called ‘imperative’ which we use to give orders and instructions. In the second section, you will study different sentence structures in English. A sentence structure is the way in which we must organize the words in a sentence. You will learn the structure of statements, questions and, most specially, the structure of the passive sentences, which are much more widely used in English than in Catalan or Spanish. Finally, you will also study the English conditional sentences and the relative clauses, each with their own sentence structure. Before this grammar section, you will see the storyline, where you can see some examples of the grammar points in context.

The ‘everyday language sections’ introduce three other examples of functional language. In the first section, you will learn about the ways of giving and responding to instructions; in the second section, you will study how to make and respond to requests, which is what you do when you want somebody to do something for you; and in the third section, you will learn how to make and respond to suggestions.

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