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Introduction

Dave Volek

Welcome learners of business English to Brag, Brag, Brag! My name is Dave Volek, the inventor of this innovative business English training.

Before you do this online activity, I recommend that you first go through Increase & Decrease Online. I think even advanced learners will find the language used in Brag, Brag, Brag somewhat difficult. Get some practice with the easier activity first!

Assistant

The setting for this online and classroom exercise is a large grocery store chain. The district manager oversees operations of nine grocery stores, is now vacant. The chain likes to promote from within, so it has asked the store managers in this nine-store district if they are interested in this position. Three store managers have applied.

Dave Volek

Changes in upper management in this grocery store chain are not that common, so this opportunity will likely be the last chance for advancement for several years for these store managers. If a store manager wants to get ahead now, he or she must compete fiercely for the district manager position. And the two managers who are not successful will then be working for the winner. So you are going to hear a great competition in this dialogue.

Assistant

The chain has an interesting process to select which store manager will get promoted to be the next district manager. The three managers will be in the same room. They have to brag about how well their store is currently doing and brag about how well it improved from last year to this year. They will brag about their own store, while trying their best to downplay the good statistics from the other two stores. The store manager who does the best bragging gets the promotion.

Dave Volek

You are probably thinking this interview process is very unusual and confrontational. It is not realistic. However, I designed Brag, Brag, Brag to give you lots of practice with using numbers, increase & decrease, percents, and comparative grammar structures. If you can do this online activity well, you have a very important communication skill for international business and technology.

Assistant

The activity requires you to fill in blanks as you listen to the dialogue. The website will give you the department income statements for each of the store managers. Each set has the data for last year, but the data for this year is blank. Your job is to pick from the dialogue the changes that happen in this year—and enter that data into the blank spaces on the webpage.

Dave Volek

You can fill in the blanks for this year as best as you can. Every time you fill a blank and press <enter>, a check mark or an ‘x’ will tell you if you got the answer right or not.

Special Note: The √ or × does not happen until you press “Calculate Score”. The plan for the website changed a little after the recordings were completed.

Assistant

For about 25% of the blank spaces, you can determine an exact answer. Sometimes that answer is directly stated by one of the store managers. Sometimes you will need to do one or two calculations to get that answer. When entering your calculated answer, round your answer to the nearest one thousand dollars, except for sales per square meter, which is in simple dollars.

Dave Volek

Sometimes, there might be two ways to get the same exact answer. Use this information to confirm your listening skills.

Assistant

In a few cases, you will not be able to determine an exact answer. But from the dialogue you can estimate an approximate answer. So enter your estimate; the website’s program will accept a range of values as being correct.

Dave Volek

As well as approximate answers, you can also determine when a value is above or below another value. Use the “greater than” (>) or “less than” (<) symbols before that second number to get the right answer.

>Enter maximum values like this: <45, <450, & <4500. Enter minimum values like this: >12, >120, & >1200. You will have to determine whether a value is a maximum or minimum from the English dialogue. Entering 125 for >120 will not work: you must show the maximum or minimum.

Assistant

If you are good with business calculations, you could determine a reasonable estimate on many of the blanks just by doing some calculations with proportions. This DVBE activity, however, requires that you must hear something from the dialogue to put in a value. If you cannot hear something from the dialogue, put the letters “NA”, which stands for “not available” in the blank.

Please note that about half the blanks will require an “NA” to get the right answers. So “not hearing things” is just as important as “hearing things” in Brag, Brag, Brag.

The BBB program will accept “NA” or “na” as acceptable entries for “not available.” .

Dave Volek

This exercise will certainly test your ability to hear business English numbers in business English sentences. Have fun—and remember you can listen to these clips as many times as you need to get the right answer.

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