Business English- Human Resource Vocabulary- The Same or Different?

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Topic: Body and bodily functions

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HR Vocabulary- The Same or Different?

Without looking at the list below, listen to your teacher and indicate whether you think that 
the words have the same or different meanings (don’t worry about other differences such 
as formality and connotations).

Mark each pair below S for the same or D for different, depending just on their meanings.

1. Annual bonus/ Christmas bonus
2. Application form/ CV
3. Benefits/ Perks
4. Between jobs/ Unemployed
5. Businessman/ Office worker
6. CV/ Résumé 
7. Candidate/ Interviewee
8. Casual/ Freelance
9. Certificate/ Qualification
10. Closing date/ Deadline for applications
11. Compassionate leave/ Maternity leave
12. Day off/ Holiday
13. Direct boss/ Line manager
14. Dismiss/ Sack
15. Downsize/ Lay off
16. Duties/ Responsibilities
17. Education/ Qualifications
18. Employee/ Staff
19. Employee/ Worker
20. Fire/ Sack
21. Freshman/ New recruit
22. Full time/ Permanent
23. HR department/ Personnel department
24. Headquarters/ HQ/ Head office
25. Income tax/ Payroll tax
26. Interviewee/ Interviewer
27. Job centre/ Recruitment agency
28. Job for life/ Permanent post
29. Job/ Profession
30. National insurance/ Social security
31. Part time/ Temporary
32. Per annum/ Per year
33. Personal/ Personnel
34. Probationary period/ Trial period
35. Remuneration/ Compensation
36. Salary/ Wage
37. Staff/ Workforce
Are there any differences, e.g. in formality, between the pairs you have marked S?

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2012

Optional cards for students to hold up

Copy one of each card per student

The same

Different

The same

Different

The same

Different

The same

Different

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2012