Bulats language functions – parler des entreprises

Language Functions refer to the different situations where we use language. Often, the meaning of expressions we use is not easy to understand from the words of the sentence. For example, a person could say ‘I see what you mean but …’ and the meaning of the sentence is ‘I understand what you are saying but my opinion is different.’

In BULATS, your knowledge of Language Functions will be tested. You will see examples of Language Functions in the Reading texts and you will hear people use them in the Listening audios. They are also important in the Writing Test and the Speaking Test. If you can understand the different nuances of meaning, you will improve your score.

This exercise will give you examples of typical expressions that are used to describe your job, your company and how a company is organised.

 

Describing your job
Elementary
I am a (secretary / manager / technician …).
I am an (accountant / electrician / assistant).
I work as a (secretary / manager / technician …).
I work as an (accountant / electrician / assistant).
I work for (Bensons).
I work for a company called (Bensons).
I work in a (factory/office/shop …).
I work at a train station.
I work at night.
I work at home.
I work from home.
I work full-time.
I work part-time.
 
Intermediate
I work for myself, I’m self-employed.
I have my own company.
I’m currently working as a (secretary / manager / technician …).
I’ve been with (Bensons) since 2014.
I’ve been with (Bensons) for five years.
I’ve been a (secretary / manager / technician …) since 2014.
I’ve been a (secretary / manager / technician …) for five years.
I work in the advertising industry.
I’m responsible for (marketing).
I’m in charge of (marketing).
I’m in charge of the (marketing) department.
I manage the (marketing) team.
 
Advanced
My responsibilities include dealing with (customer complaints).
I ensure that the (marketing) is carried out correctly.
I deal with (customer complaints).
I handle (customer complaints).
I manage (a large team).
I supervise (a large team).
I oversee (a large team).
I advise (clients about …).
My role is to (manage a large team).
I report to (the CEO).
I work with (the R&D team).
 

 

Describing a company
Elementary
This company is present in 20 countries worldwide.
We have offices in (France/Italy/the USA).
We have sites in (France/Italy/the USA).
We’re a multinational company.
We’re a local company.
We’re a small business.
We’re a start-up.
 
Intermediate
The company was founded in (1966).
The company was set up in (1966).
The company was established in (1966).
The company was started in (1966) by (Harold Benson).
Our turnover is around 6 million euros.
We make annual profits of 3 million euros.
Our head office is in Paris.
Our headquarters are in Paris.
The company is based in (France).
The company is located in (France).
Our head count is (around 5000) people worldwide.
Around (5000) people are employed by (Bensons) around the world.
The company has (around 5000) employees.
We are the (biggest/oldest/most profitable) company in this market.
We are the market leaders in (this industry).
We make (parts for cars).
We produce (parts for cars).
We manufacture (parts for cars).
We do research into (new vaccines).
We carry out research into (new vaccines).
We sell (parts for cars).
Our main activity is (selling parts for cars).
We are involved in (marketing / advertising …).
 
Advanced
We provide (insurance/healthcare/cleaning …) services.
We help customers to (find/decide/invest …).
We offer to (clean/organise/analyse …).
Our customers rely on us to (find/decide/invest …).
We supply (parts for cars).
We distribute (parts for cars).
We have subsidiaries in (several countries).
We’re a privately-owned company.
We’re part of a large corporation.
We’re a non-profit organisation.
We’re a charity organisation.
We do business with (car manufacturers).
Our clients/customers include (Bensons).
We merged with (Bensons) in (1995).
We were taken over by (Bensons) in (1995).
The company changed its name to (Bensons) in (1995).
The company was floated on the stock exchange last year.
The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange.
 

 

Describing how a company is organised
At the head of our company is (Harold Benson), our company President.
At the head of our company is (Harold Benson), our CEO (= Chief Executive Officer).
Below the President is the Managing Director.
The company is divided into (seven) different departments.
Each department has its own manager.
The (Shipping) department consists of the (Transport and Warehouse) teams.
The (Shipping) department also includes the (Transport and Warehouse) teams.
I report to the (Human Resources) manager.
(15) people report to the (Human Resources) manager.
There are (15 people) in the (Human Resources) team.
The (Human Resources) manager has (15) direct reports.
The (Human Resources) manager has (15) people in his team.
The (Human Resources) manager is responsible for (15) people.
The (Human Resources) manager oversees (15) people.
The (Human Resources) manager is in charge of (15) people.
The (Human Resources) manager runs the (Human Resources) department.
(John Smith) manages the (Human Resources) department.

To go further in your Bulats preparation, you can check out our Language Function summary, or choose one of the study sheets below.