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Unformatted text preview: Minds at work TOPIC PREVIEW [I Read about the employees of Ashton Corporation. Identify the kind of intelligence associated with each person’s abilities. Write the letter on the line. KINDS OF INTELLIGENCE a. intuitive d. intrapersonal g. interpersonal b. musical e. visual and spatial h. physical c. mathematical f. linguistic 1. Janice White is a genius with numbers. She can do complicated math problems in her head. She is smart with her finances, and friends often come to her for advice on money matters. 2. Valerie Hueso spends much of her free time painting, drawing, and creating sculpture. Some of her work was recently exhibited at a local art gallery. 3. Nick Richards is good at explaining things and is patient about answering questions. A born teacher, he is often asked to train new employees. 4. Dave Marrow works well by himself. Although a new employee, he rarely needs to ask his supervisor or other co-workers for help. He is always looking for ways to improve his job skills. 5. Ashley Reese is the most outgoing person in her office. She has a great sense of humor, and she always keeps her co~workers laughing. She writes poetry in three languages—her native language of English, and Japanese and Spanish—which she learned as an adult. ‘2. Task l 1. provide musical entertainment design invitations, decorations, and signs Vince Boyton is always one of the first to come up with new and original ways of doing things. While he sometimes makes business decisions based on his feelings rather than on facts and information, his choices usually prove to be correct. Mac Myers has a great voice and plays the guitar very well. A few years ago he and three friends formed a band. They often perform at local events on weekends. Debbie Tan is able to fix almost anything, which is why everyone at work turns to her when a computer, printer, or other machine breaks down. She’s also really good at putting things together, especially electronics. 8 The Ashton Corporation is organizing its annual company picnic. Read the list of tasks that need to be completed. Select an employee from Exercise 1 to complete each task, according to the skills required. Give a reason for each choice. Employee Reason for choice film; «'Vlycr's Mac Hus high/cyan, musical intelligence His band could play or the: picnic . plan a budget and calculate all costs . tell jokes, introduce activities . set up lighting and stereo systems . create a theme for the picnic and ideas for games and activities UNIT 7 _._ LESSON 1 Read the descriptions of the zodiac signs. Then find your sign. Do you think your strengths and weaknesses match those described? Explain your answer. Characteristics of the Zodiac Signs AQUARIUS Oanuary 20—February 18) You are intelligent and inventive. With an independent (and rebellious) mind. yott have yottr own unique way of thinking and refuse to follow the crowd. Yotl have a talent for discovering new ways of doing things. You love electronic gadgets and figuring out how they work. Your unusual lifestyle and unpredictable nature may seem odd to some people. PlSCl-‘S (February lib—March 20) You have a vivid imagination and have a talent for writing poetry. creating art. and perfonning on stage. You care deeply for other people and devote time to helping those who are sick. A daydreamer. you have a habit of seeing life as you want it to be. rather than how it really is. You sometimes allow your emotions to control your behavior. ARIES (March 21—April 19) You are adventurous and not afraid to try new things. You are always busy and never lazy. Yott prefer to work independently and don't have patience with people who are slower or less talented. You're not afraid to light with others to achieve your goals. In yottr enthusiasm to get things done. you sometimes work too quickly and don't notice smaller points. TAURUS (April 20—May 20) You have a fondness for luxury and relaxation. You have excellent taste in food. art, and music. After hearing a songjust once. you can sing the lyrics or play the melody. Slow to act and speak. you view all sides ofa situation before making decisions. and you choose your words carefully. Although some may find you too quiet. you are a loyal friend. GEMINI (May 21—June 20) A smooth talker. you have the ability to communicate ideas clearly and persuade others to agree with your point of new. Always the life of the party. you have many friends. You are skilled at using tools and fixing machines. Your love of talk sometimes gives you the reputation of being a gossip. CANCER (lune Zl-july 22) You are sensitive and emotional. Your love of famin is strong. as is your need to protect and care for the people close to you. When making decisions. you have a talent for sensing the correct choice. However. you have a tendency to allow your emotions to get in the way of rationaljudgments. Shy and easily hurt, you are slow to make friends. Minds at work 7 5 76 UNIT 7 2.2. 12- {‘3‘ i. .. n ;- z. . ‘YL LEO duly 23—August 22) You are a born leader and others naturally look to you for advice and inspiration. An independent spirit. you don't like being told what to do. You love being the center of attention and dislike being ignored. You enjoy playing sports of all kinds, especially in front of an audience. Your desire to be a star sometimes causes you to forget to be a team player. VIRGO (August 23—September 22) A perfectionist. you are highly critical of any1hing that is not done properly. You notice small things that less perceptive people miss. You pick up foreign languages easily. You are highly organized and dislike messiness. With your irresistible urge to improve everything and everyone. you are sometimes seen by others as being fussy and narrow-minded. LIBRA (September 23—October 22) Easygoing and charming. you get along with almost everyone. A skilled diplomat. you are good at solving problems and convincing people to compromise. You have a need for peace and avoid conflict and arguments. Because you always see both sides of any issue. you have difiiculty making decisions. SCORPIO (October 23—November 21) Watchful and perceptive. you quickly sense other people's tnle thoughts or feelings. You are a goodjudge of people and a patient listener. However. you are intensely private. and hold back expressing your own emotions. This lack of openness prevents others from getting to know you well. SAGI'I'I'ARIUS (November 22-December 21) Fun-loving and free-spirited. you are happiest when on the move or trying new things. You lean] foreign languages easily. and your open-mindedness about other cultures makes travel a rewarding experience. A natural storyteller. you love recounting your adventures, although you often exaggerate the facts. You are easily bored. CAPRICORN (December 22—]anuary l9) Disciplined and hardworking. you know how to get things done. Determined to succeed. you set goals for yourself and patiently take steps until you achieve them. Shy and cautious with new people. you are often uncomfortable in social situations. You prefer to work independently and have trouble asking others for help. ' The fiead’cftlie Vatican fi'Erary, Cardinal'giusque Mezzo anti (1774-1849), Haifa reaf EnacE hr fanguages. 'Jt’s Beft'ev tflat 5}}. when He died‘ at tlie age of75. e syolie at Qast 40 languages ~11 fluentf . This accomyfisfiment isyarticufarfy remarEaEfi confident” 5'" ’ that t Canfi'naf never t‘raveled'outsidl~ cf‘Jtafy. 911T his flaming came from yractice witli visitors to tlie Vatican or from 50055. 5* JJ‘ [I Read the statements. Check m or false, according to the information presented in the zodiac descriptions in Exercise 3. w 50 2' Aries signs have an eye for detail. Taurus signs have an ear for music. Gemini and Aquarius signs tend to be mechanically inclined. Cancer and Scorpio signs have strong interpersonal intelligence. Leo, Libra, and Gemini signs have a way with people. Virgo signs have a head for figures. Sagittarius signs have strong linguistic intelligence. Capricorn signs don’t have strong intrapersonal skills. PPNF‘Y'PWNz‘ Aquarius and Scorpio signs have a good intuitive sense. DDEIDEIEJDDEID DDDDDDDDDD .a P Pisces signs have higholevel abilities in visual and spatial intelligence. 5 Read the conversations. Write a sentence about the strengths and/or weaknesses of each person. There may be more than one correct answer. Conversation 1 Ray: Thanks again for helping me out with those calculations today. Diana: No problem. Glad to help. Ray: You know, I wish I were good at numbers like you. Diana: Do you? Actually, I'm envious of your talent for learning languages. Ray: Really? But languages are easy to learn! Diana: Not for me. I took four years of French and can’t even make a sentence! (Ray) Ray doesn't have a head for figures. (Diana) Conversation 2 Aidan: Hey, Dave. Nice job on the presentation you gave this afternoon. You got your ideas across really well. Dave: Thanks. I appreciate that. Aidan: I could never stand up in front of a big group and give a speech. Dave: It's not that hard, once you get used to it. It just takes practice. Aidan: You're probably right, but I think I'll just stick to fixing computers. Dave: Well, you're really good at that. (Aidan) (Dave) Conversation 3 Darla: Your scarf is beautiful. Emily: Thanks. I made it myself. Darla: You're kidding! Emily: No. I love doing arts-and-crafts projects. Darla: Wow, you’re so talented. I love the intricate weave. Emily: Thanks. I can't believe you noticed that. Most people wouldn't pay attention to such a minor part of the design. (Darla) (Emily) Minds at work 7 7 Conversation 4 Andy: Ugh! This stupid watch stopped running again! Ethan: I can take a look at it if you want. I'm pretty good at fixing things like that. Anyway, I’m sick and tired of studying. I’m never going to remember all these dates for my exam. Andy: Why don’t you make up a song to help you remember them? Put the words to a tune. That's how I usually remember things. Ethan: That sounds like your area of expertise, not mine. I tell you what: I'll take a look at your watch, and you can help me come up with a song. (Andy) (Ethan) Conversation 5 Joseph: Congratulations, Barbara. I heard you set another sales record. How do you do it? Barbara: Honestly, I just seem to know what people want to hear, even without knowing much about them. That makes the sales pitch easy. Joseph: You make it sound simple, but I could never be a salesperson. Convincing people to buy something just isn’t one of my talents. Barbara: Well. not everyone's a people person. (Joseph) (Barbara) a Read the statements. Then complete the sentences. Circle the correct subordinating conjunctions or transition words. 1. Marta doesn't like art class. The reason is that she's not very good at drawing. Marta doesn't like art class because I even though she's not very good at drawing. The only way for us to avoid getting in trouble is to finish the project tonight. Since / Unless we finish the project tonight, we'll get in trouble. Your acceptance into college depends on how high you score on your exams. You'll get into college even if / as long as you get high scores on your exams. Natalie never studies for tests, but she always gets good grades. Even though / Provided that Natalie never studies for tests, she always gets good grades. The product is quite expensive, but many people want to buy it. The product is quite expensive. Nevertheless / Consequently, many people want to buy it. Illnesses related to smoking cost insurance companies millions of dollars each year. For that reason, big discounts are given to people who don‘t smoke. Illnesses related to smoking cost insurance companies millions of dollars each year. Therefore I Nonetheless, big discounts are given to people who don't smoke. I want that dress. I don't care if it’s overpriced. I want that dress even if / unless it's overpriced. Jon is a really hard worker. He wouldn’t have been chosen for the job if he weren't. Jon is a really hard worker. Consequently / Otherwise, he wouldn't have been chosen for the job. As a condition of employment, the company requires that you be a member of a professional association. You'll be hired by the company only if / unless you are a member of a professional association. 78 UNIT 7 LESSON 2 Read the article. HtURNAl ()l‘ “'ORH) S('lEN('l "Intelligence" Isn’t Universal In a recent study, l’h.D.s Robert Sternberg and Elena Grigorenko of Yale University evaluated the accuracy of traditional IQ tests in measuring the intelligence of people in non—Western countries. Although these lQ tests have been successful in accttrately predicting academic and career success in many Western countries, the study indicated that they may not accurately assess intelligence in other areas of the world. The study suggests that tests devised for Western cultures fail to take into account the different ways that other cultures define and reward intelligence. The researchers used Sternberg's Triarchic Theory of Human Intelligence to assess aptttudes of children in different cultures. This model identifies three distinct types of intelligence: crystallized, practical, and creative. According to Sternberg’s definitions. crystallized intelligence refers to academic knowledge and skills. l’ntcticnl intelligence involves the ability to understand and deal with everyday tasks. Creimt'e intelligence is a person's ability to react to new situations. Results showed that Kenyan children who demonstrated high practical intelligence performed poorly in areas of crystallized intelligence. The researchers suggest that the reasons for this may lie in Kenyan cultttre. Some children are kept at home instead of being sent to school. These children, consequently. are more exposed to their indigenous culture. They learn "I! is not enough to have a good mind; the main living is lo use fl we”. " —Retié Um 1595-1650. French mathematician. mum. and scientist practical skills such as identifying and using medicinal herbs. Since they do not attend school. however. they may feel uncomfortable when placed in a school environment. They score poorly on academic tests of their native language and English. Therefore, standard IQ tests which only assess crystallized intelligence may not accurately test a Kenyan child's full cognitive abilities. Similarly, the researchers found that in Russta. a country that has recently expenenced many social changes. women with high levels of practical intelligence were better able to cope with changing social conditions than other women. If a Woman had strong practical abilities. she usually felt more in control of her own life despite the changes going on around her. Fven if a woman scored high in crystallized intelligence, this score alone didn't predict life success in this particular culture. Based on the results of their studies, the researchers concluded that it's dangerous to assutrte that the cognitive skills valued and useful in one culture are the same as those valued by another. vowmr 2o, tsstit. 6 Minds at work 79 Now complete the chart. List the subordinating conjunctions and transitions that are used in the article. Subordinating conjunctions Transitions a Complete the sentences based on the article in Exercise 7. Use subordinating conjunctions and transitions. There may be more than one correct answer. 1 . a person scores well in crystallized intelligence, he or she won't necessarily do well at life tasks. 2. researchers are careful, it's easy for them to make mistakes in measuring intelligence cross-culturally. there are cultural differences in definitions of intelligence, it can be difficult to compare intelligence across cultures. 4. Researchers must take into consideration which intelligences a certain culture values. , results of their studies might be inaccurate. 5. There is no one test that can accurately measure intelligence in all cultures. researchers are still interested in comparing intelligence across cultures. a What About You? Read the statements. Do you agree with the opinions expressed? Write your reaction to each statement. 1. "Even if someone scores very high on IQ and EQ tests, it doesn't prove that the person is very intelligent." 2. "A person is intelligent only if that person has common sense. What good is being able to do math problems in your head if you're unable to function in everyday life?" 3. "Because high [05 and E05 are crucial to success, schools and businesses should use tests to measure the intelligence of new students and employees." Th. Stfln‘OId-Blflet SCBIG is the usual standard DY Whlch IOS are measured. An average adult l0 score on thiS scale ranges from 85 to 115. Approximately 1 percent 0f the people In the world have an IQ of 135 or higher (a score indlcatlng genius or near geniu5). According to estimates. which Of course are an inexact science, Leonardo da Vincl had a staggering IO Of 220! 80 UNIT 7 LESSON 3 m Read the article. GET IN THE ZONE When athletes are so focused on a task that they are unaware of any physical or mental distractions, they are said to be "in the zone." Athletes know that preparing their bodies for competition is only part of a winning formula; mental preparation is just as important. Getting in the zone means getting into your most productive state. MASTERING THESE EIGHT CONCENTRATION SKILLS WILL ENABLE YOU TO GET IN THE ZONE. I Planning: Although it's important to define long-term goals, there are a lot of steps you need to take in order to make these goals happen. The planning skill involves identifying and updating as necessary the smaller steps you need to take in order to accomplish your bigger dreams. I Visualization: Never underestimate the power of the mind. If you can imagine yourself completing a task, then you'll be successful when you’re actually doing it, even if the task may be very difficult or new to you. Envision yourself working toward a goal and overcoming obstacles to achieve it. I Mental preparation: Whether it’s a big sales pitch or an important presentation, you need to get your mind ready for the task ahead. Some people find it useful to review their notes right before, while others think about something , completely unrelated. Find what works best for you and stick with it. I Focusing: For you to produce your best work, every bit of your energy needs to be channeled into the task at hand. You must train yourself to ignore any thoughts or outside stimuli that may distract you. Corporate competition is similar in many ways to athletic competition. Performing well when the 'pressure’s on is as important for business professionals as it is for athletes. In both fields, success depends on performing better than the competition. Focus and mental preparation are the keys to achievement. I Staying calm: Anxiety and nervousness can take your concentration away from the task at hand. Techniques such as dee breathing or taking a short break can he p you deal with those unpleasant feelings and get back to doing your best. I Positive thinking: Any time you're working on a task, give yourself positive suppert and feedback. Take time to note what you're doing well and enioy the feelings of pride that follow. Use positive thinking to instill confidence in yourself and you can be your own biggest supporter. I Boosting your energy: There are times when you’ll feel mentally and physically tired as a result of your work. Successful people learn tricks to give themselves that quick pick-me—up needed to get the job done. Next time your eyes start drooping, try eating a high-energy snack such as crackers with peanut butter or taking a brisk walk around the office. I Refocusing: Disappointment and ‘ frustration are a part of life and work, so . it's inevitable that sometimes you'll experience these emotions. The trick is to recover from these setbacks quickly and redirect your full attention back to what needs to be done. Minds at work 81 Now read about the people. For each person, choose one of the eight concentration skills in the article that you think would be most helpful to that person. Explain your answer. There may be more than one correct answer. I w 1. "I wish I could learn to be a better public speaker. My new job requires me to give a lot of presentations in front of large groups of people. But I'm really shy and when I get up to make my presentation, I panic. Even if I've spent hours rehearsing my speech, I get nervous and forget everything I wanted to say. " — Dave Boy/e, London, England Tf’h’: skw'l tit slay/Ix; cc‘m would Wisp Jun. raiu- whu‘ rm: nz/tz'? '..:‘ max? pres;an man "I work really well in the mornings, and I usually get a lot done before lunchtime. But every afternoon at about 3:00, I feel like I'm going to fall asleep at my desk! I'm obviously not too productive when | feel like that." — Jennifer Bowers, Wellington, New Zealand "I was recently given a task at work that I just can't see myself doing. I mean, me, overseeing an entire project? There are so many steps, and it’s so involved. I can't imagine how I'm going to get it done!" — Ana Correa de Costa, Brasilia, Brazil "I work really hard at my job, and to tell the truth, I’m pretty good at it. But I get down on myself sometimes. If things get difficult or stressful, I tend to focus on what I've done wrong or could have done better—and that just kills my self-confidence." — Pietro di Alberto, Milan, Italy W What About You? Answer the questions in your own way. 1. Describe a time when you reached your achievement zone. How did you feel? 2. Which of the eight concentration skills mentioned in the article in Exercise 10 do you think are the most effective? Which do you think are the least effective? Explain your answer. 3. Can you think of any other skills that might help people stay focused under pressure? 82 UNIT 7 LESSON 4 m Read the article about Shakuntala Devi. Then read the statements. Check true, false, or no information, according to the information in the article. A Mathematical Genius Her name is Shakuntala Devi. but she's often kno“ n as the "human calculator." Born in Bungladorc. lndia in I933. Devi l'irst astounded her uneducated parents with her calculations at just three years of age. By the time she was six. she was shoning off her talents by calculating large numbers in front ol- university students and professors. Haning rccciud no formal training in mathematics. Devi's abilities have stunned mathematicians. Her now- famous mental multiplication of two lfi-digit numbers in 28 seconds earned her recognition in the Guinness Book of World Records in I980. Aside from multiplication and division of HT) large numbers. she calculates square and cube roots as “ell as algorithms in her head. She took uni) g0 seconds to correctly determine the 23rd root or a ZOI-digit number. (It took a computer over a minute to complete the calculation.) llyou gi\c her an) date in the last century. she can identify the (lay of the week \\ithin seconds. “’itb no formal education (in her own words. "I do not qualify to even get a typist's job"). Devi has inspired students around the world to take an interest in mathematics. "It's a myth that numbers are tough." she has said. "They are beautiful. one just has to understand them." Devi's talents are not limited to numbers. As a child. she taught herself to read and write. She describes herself as a voracious reader. And having authored l-‘l books in English, she's become a prolific writer. ller books range from children‘s stories to mathematical puules to a cookbook for men. “It‘s a myth that numbers are tough," she has said. “They are beautiful, one just has to understand them.” true false no information 1. Shakuntala Devi has a head for figures. 2. Devi inherited her talents from her parents. 3. To nurture her special talents, Devi received preferential treatment at school. 4. Devi has only average visual and spatial intelligence. 5. Devi showed signs of genius at a very early age. 6. Devi's intellectual genius was determined by years of formal education and training. D BBB BBB E] BBC] BBC] [:1 DEC] DUE 7. Devi is gifted with the ability to write poetry. Minds at work 8 3 m Challenge. Reread the article on Sigmund Freud on page 83 in the Student’s Book. Compare Sigmund Freud and Shakuntala Devi. How are they similar? How are they different? What environmental or genetic factors determined their intellectual abilities? Complete the diagram. Sigmund Freud Shakuntala Devi BOTH didn't come from highly educated families attended school didn't receive a formal education Now, on a separate sheet of paper, write a short paragraph comparing Sigmund Freud and Shakuntala Devi. Describe their similarities and differences, and give your opinion on the origin of their intellectual abilities. Use the information in the diagram for ideas. Grammar Booster a Complete the sentences. Circle the correct word or phrase. 1. Although / As long as / Besides she drank coffee for over 20 years, my mother has recently switched to green tea. 2. The amount of trash produced in this country has dropped. Otherwise / Still / In fact, there are people who throw away things like glass, paper, and aluminum that could be recycled. 3. In my opinion, the high price of those concert tickets is worth it. That is / Now that / Similarly, l’d pay $100 to go if tickets were still available. 4. The best ways to lose weight are through a nutritious diet and exercise. Nonetheless / Whereas / Unless you change your eating and exercise habits, you’ll never get results. 5. Donald Frank is an excellent candidate for the job because of his education. While I Moreover / As a result, he has professional experience in the field. 6. Georgia King is very generous with her time. For instance / Consequently / Furthermore, last week she volunteered 30 hours at the public library. 84 UNIT 7 E Complete each sentence with a conjunction or transition from the box. as long as in other words nonetheless so besides likewise now that whether 1. Charlie did poorly at school but was successful in life. , his son James was never a good student but started a very profitable business. 2. we’re tested on this information or not, we should still study it. It could be very useful later on. 3. Bob Alderson really dislikes public speaking. , he does it frequently for his job. 4. People were stressed out for a while. a decision has been made, everyone is feeling relieved. 5. Clark College appeals to a lot of non-traditional students. night and weekend classes, the school offers several online courses, which allows people to continue to work while they study. 6. Jean Hicks continues at her current pace, she'll easily win the race. 7. Lauren Cook has the best sales record in the company. , she's the company’s most valuable salesperson. 8. The department head wanted to show his appreciation for the employees' efforts, he took the entire group out to lunch. Combine each pair of sentences into one sentence. Use the conjunction or transition in parentheses and the correct punctuation. 1. Harry has only studied Italian for a year. He is the best student in the class. (however) Harry has only studied Italian for a year. however. he is the best student in the class. 2. Karen has a good head for numbers. She’s very good at chemistry and physics. (furthermore) 3. We're facing a big challenge. We’re managing to stay positive. (even though) 4. Sharon is saving money right now. She can buy a house in a few years. (so that) S. I don’t really like vegetables. I eat them because they’re good for me. (though) 6. Lucia disliked the ring that her husband gave her on their anniversary. She wore it every day to avoid hurting his feelings. (yet) Minds at work 8 5 Writing: Describe one of your strengths Step 1. Prewriting. Brainstorming ideas. Think about your strengths. Choose one and brainstorm ideas. Include ideas on how you got the strength (was it learned or inherited?), its effects on your life, and ways in which you might use it to your advantage in the future. Step 2. Writing. On a separate sheet of paper, write about your strength, developing the ideas you came up with through brainstorming in Step 1. Use the outline below as a guide. Be sure to include subordinating conjunctions and transitions. Paragraph 1: State the strength and summarize its effect on your life. Paragraph 2: Explain the strength and its effects in greater detail. Support your ideas with examples. Paragraph 3: Describe how your strength might help you in the future. Step 3. Self-Check. E] Do your paragraphs follow the outline in Step 2? E] Did you use subordinating conjunctions and transitions to signal causes and results? D Did y0u use the correct punctuation? WRITING MODEL One of my strengths is my ability to communicate with others. I think I really have a way with peoPIe. Since my mom is the same way, and I never really had to work at it, I probably inherited the trait. I think that I have a way with people because they really listen to me. For example, I was class president when I was in high school, and I was able to convince the other student leaders to change their points of view on a few issues. As a result, we made some changes to the school's policies. When I was in college, I had a part-time job at a store in a mall. I learned quickly and was able to teach other workers how to do things. Consequently, I was promoted to manager in less than a year. My dream job definitely includes working with people. I can't imagine a job where I worked by myself all day. I'm studying right now to become a teacher. I think I’ll be a good teacher because I'll be able to use my people skills to connect with students. 86 UNIT 7 ...
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