SPEAKING: ASKING FOR THINGS

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SPEAKING: ASKING FOR THINGS

Title: Science Learning Center Service Encounters Transcript ID: SVC999MX148

Ó R. C. Simpson, S. L. Briggs, J. Ovens, and J. M. Swales. (1999) The Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English. Ann Arbor, MI: The Regents of the University of Michigan

SU-m: can i get a P-C computer?

S1: actually we don’t have one right now. [SU-m: oh ] there’s a waitlist if you wanna sign up.

SU-m: okay oh

S1: we have a regular computer if you want.

SU-m: do they have disk drives?

S1: mhm SU-m: okay

S1: i just need your M-Card <SCANS CARD>

SU-m: thanks. <PAUSE:14> you wouldn’t happen to have change for a dollar would you?

S1: actually no, sorry.

SU-m: do you know where i can get change, anywhere?

S1: um, Chem Stand downstairs maybe or, i wo- are you using it for vending machines? cuz they take dollars.

SU-m: i’m using it for the, copier.

S1: the copier takes dollars.

SU-m: okay

Title: Science Learning Center Service Encounters Transcript ID: SVC999MX148

Ó R. C. Simpson, S. L. Briggs, J. Ovens, and J. M. Swales. (1999) The Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English. Ann Arbor, MI: The Regents of the University of Michigan

S5: someone helping you?

SU-f: i’m not sure if she checked_ um i need the Chem two-sixteen exams.

S5: oh. <PAUSE:07> you have your M-Card?

SU-f: yeah.

<PAUSE:10>

S5: there you go.

SU-f: thanks.

Title: Media Union Service Encounters Transcript ID: SVC999MX104

Ó R. C. Simpson, S. L. Briggs, J. Ovens, and J. M. Swales. (1999) The Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English. Ann Arbor, MI: The Regents of the University of Michigan

S3: can i help you? hi.

S18: yes, i’m looking for room sixteen.

S3: okay, all the rooms are behind us kind of

S18: okay, [S3: and the s- ] i only found up to fifteen <LAUGH>

S3: okay. if you’ll go straight [S18: uhuh ] and make a, right around the corner [S18: uhuh ] go through the double doors you’ll pass the copy room, and it’ll be on your right hand side, if you’ll pass it, and around the corner make left. it’s right next to the elevator. [S18: okay. ] it’s kind of, <GESTURE> so you’re going straight [S18: okay ] you’re making right, [S18: right ] and then, make left around the corner. [S18: okay. ] you’ll get in there.

S18: okay, thank you.

SPEAKING: ASKING FOR THINGS

ROLEPLAY 1

ROLE A) Imagine you are trying to find a book in your university library. This book is a specialised dictionary. Please ask the librarian how to find that book.

ROLE B) The librarian should give as much information as possible, including how to get to a specific floor and shelf in the library.

ROLEPLAY 2

ROLE A) You are trying to find your tutor’s office. She teaches Biology and her name is Prof. García. Her office room number is TC1327DD. You are not sure if it is today that you have your appointment with her. Ask the person in the service desk to phone her before you go to her office and ask her if you are right on the day and time of the appointment.

ROLE B) You work at the information service. A student is trying to find a teacher.

You should help the student as much as possible.

ROLEPLAY 3

ROLE A)

You want to use a computer in the computer room. All computer rooms are managed from the IT Services Desk located at the entry of the building.

• Ask the person in charge what you need to do in order to use a computer.

• Ask if it is possible to change your library card password because you always forget it.

• You will need to print a couple of pages.

• Next week you have to write a research project and you will need to use the computers with your classmates. Find out if there is any small room you can work in.

ROLE B)

You are responsible for the organisation and use of the computer room. There are certain rules a student must follow if they want to use a computer:

• You must be registered as a university student.

• You will need your library card to go into the it Services Desk.

• A number of computer rooms are available for use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; others are available for use during a specific timetable when there is no teaching in those rooms.

• Before you start using a pc in the rooms on campus, the screen is blank. This is because all of the pcs are set to power down if they haven’t been used for a while. Switch it on by pressing the power button on the front of the box and after a few moments you should see a screen inviting you to login.

• You will need to type in your it Services username and password.

• Your password to it Services facilities, including the PCs, is changed using the following web page: uni.de.itservice.edu. you will find a computer icon on the

pc desktop, it provides easy access to changing your password.

• Some computer rooms are bookable and should be booked in advance.

• There is one laser printer in each room, prints should be paid in the it Service Desk when you leave the room (number of copies are registered in your computer and go directly to the it Service computers). Prints are 1ct each.

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