Summary

This unit is about home installations. It explains how the power reaches home through the grid and the elements needed to make appliances work and to turn lights on an off. It also deals with safety regulations and includes the “musts” and “don’ts” in the work of an electrician. The aim is to make you get acquainted with specific vocabulary and expressions that you already know in your native language and which are used to discuss electrical terms. Also there is a list of symbols used to represent switches, socket outlets, and other electrical elements. You will see a list of safety issues with regards to electricity installations.

In this unit, in the “Storyline”, Jordi and Bill go to Mr White’s to comission an electrical installation. Jordi introduces Bill to all the devices in the home, such as switches, sockets, meters and light fittings. He also instructs him about the standard wiring and safety procedures. In the second section, Bill and Jordi plan for the electrical wiring and layout of a house under construction. The constructor handed over to them an approved electric installation plan, and they work on it. In the last section, Bill and Jordi are on electrical inspection visit to certify a new lift installation in an existing residential building. They discuss the steps to take according to safety regulations.

This section is intended to show the everyday life of an electric technician, with emphasis on job related conversation. The idea is for you to get acquainted with the daily tasks that an electrician does in English.

The grammar section in this unit introduces the different verb tenses used to speak about the present and the past as well as the adverbials of time which are commonly used with those tenses. There is also a special reference to the adverbs and adverbial expressions of frequency. In this unit, you will also study the adjectives, which are the words used to describe nouns, and there is a special section devoted to the comparative forms, which are the forms that the adjectives and adverbs can take to make comparisons. Finally, you will also study the English prepositions of place and time, with a special emphasis on the expression of the dates and the clock times.

The ‘Everyday language’ section in this unit introduce different functions of the language. In the first one, you will learn how to ask and give personal information (name, age, address…); next, you will learn different expressions used in telephone conversations; and finally, you will learn different ways of giving people some advice.

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