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The Post Of f ice. , Student Lesson #13, .£nglish for 
livinq. 

New York State Educa"»-ion Dept., Albany, Bureau of 
Bilinqual Fducation, ' ' - , 

Office of Bilingual Education and Minority 'Langua ges 
Affairs (ED) , Washinqtcn, D,C, ' 

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, Adolescents : *Enqlish (Second Language): Secondary 
Education: Second I^nquaae Instruction; Units of 
S^udy 

*Pcst Office: *Survival Competencies 



To assist the learner of Englis}) as a second language 
in dealina with the various services provided by the post of ficfe, a 
ser,ies of dialoqs*, comprehension questionsr r'eadfings, and points of 
discussion- are presented. The text is illustrated with sample forms. 
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ERIC 



STUDENT LESSON #13 

V THE POST OFFICE 

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V ' * ' English for Living 



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The work upon which this pubhcation is based was performed pursuant to ESEA 
Title VIL Contract #G{)077C0041 of the United States Office of Education to the 
New Vork State Education Department. It does not, however, necessarily reflect 
the views of that agency or the ^ew York State Education Department, 



■PERMISSION TO REPRODUCE THIS 
MATERIAL HAS BEEN GRANTED BY 

NoY. State Dept^ 
of Education 



TO THE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES 
INFORMATION CENTER (ERIC)." 



EDUCATION 4 WELFARE . 
NATIONALINSTITUTEOF 
EDUCATION 

j^^'S D0CU^1ENT HAS RPPm « 
DUCED EXACTLY AS RErrf. . ''^^^0- 
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The University of the State of New York 
THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT 
Bureau of Bilingual Education 
Albany, New York 12234 



1979 




OBJECTIV'E^ 

When you fi^nis^lV'^fiis module you \viin)e able to- 

1. Buy stamps and other things ^it the post office. 

2. Send a p&ckage. 

3. Fill out a form, for something lost in the mail. 

4. Send a money order, * . . 

5. . F)il out an alien-address report. \ ' \ . 

6. Report a change of address. ' * . 

SITUATI(>N SETTER 

The post office is a ver\^ itnportant place. It is not just a place to buy stamps 
'and mail lettei;s. there are many other things you do at the 'post office. You go 
there to, send packages, buy money orders, and fill put a form for something lost 
in the mail. You also go to the i>ost office to fill out an alien-address report and a 
change of address. • ' , 

BACKGROUND TO THE DIALOG 

Lee is irt) the post office. He' wants to mail some letters. 

DIALOG 1 , . 

Lee: Td hke a book of 15?! stamps; please. • 

Clerk: That'll be $3.60 for 24 stamps. ' . ^ / 

Lee:' Here you are. , , 

Clerk: Thank you. * . 



COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS \ 

1. Where is Lee? L 

2. What does he want? % 

3. How much a book of 15^ ^stamps? . • 

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BACKGROUND TO THE D1?VL0G ' • 

ZIP codes are used to help get-letters to people faster. Be sure to include the ZIP 
code of the person you're writing to. , • . , " 

DIALOG 2 ' ^ • 

Lee: Tm sending this letter to Fairfax, CaHfornia; but I don't have the ZIP code. 
Clerk: It's 94930. It's a good idea to alNvays use the ZIP code in an address. Don't 

forget to pii^t your ZIP code in your return address. _ 
Lee: Why are ZIP codes so important? / ; , 

CIerk:/They show the number of the p^sinffice that dehvers your mail. It's^ier 

and quicker to sort the mail by numl^rs than by addresses. 
Lee: How can I find ZIP codes when I need them? ' 

Clerk: We have a book at the post office. It has all the U,S. ZIP code^. You can 
also buy a ZIP code book: for yourself. Local ZIP codes are listed in the 
yellow pages of the telephone book. . • ,^ 

Lee: Thank yoii. That's good to know. ■ . 



COMPREriENSION QUESTIONS ' 

•^1.' What information does Lee need before he sends the letter to Cahfornia? 

2. What is a ZIP code? ' ' , 

3. Why are ZIP codes so important? 

4. Where cai'i Lee find a ZIP code if he doesn^t know it? 

5. Does he always have to go to the post office to find oiit a ZIP code? 

POINT? FOR DISCUSSION 

1. Tell about the postal service in your country, 

2/ Do you have ZIP codes in your countiy? What was yours? . 
3. Have you ever gone to the post office? What did you have to do? Did you 
Rave any problem^? What were they? 



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BACKGROUND TO THE DIALOG V 

Lee wrote a letter to his friend in Mexico, He wanfs to kno^ how much it will 
cost to send the letter. ' • 




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DIALOGS ^ 

Lee:. How much does it^cost to stMid ^i^lfHMI^l^^^^ico first class? 
Clerk: The rates for Mexico and Canada iSfSKtl fiame as in tiie United States. 

It's fifteen cents.an ounce for first clw ^ , . x 

COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS • ' • 

1. Where is Lee's friend?. * . . 

2. What does Lee want to know?, ^ -^'^^ff 

3. How much does it cost to send a letter ^V-Mexico or Canada? 

MICROCONVTRSATION: Pract^^Ttfiis conversation Xvith another student. 

Student A: This letter is going overseas. How much is- the postage to France? 

.. to Spain? 

. ' , , to Japitti? 

to Belgium? 

<^ . • , ^ to Vietnam? 

Student B: Let me weigh that letter for you. It's half an oxince, That'll be 3l0. ' v 

DIALOG 4: AEROGRAMS ' ^ 

Lee; What's an aerogram? \ , • . 

Clerk: ItV a special paper for writing a short airmail letter, ^du write on it, fold 
it, and write th^ address on t]\e 6utside. The postage is included in^the 
price of the aerogram. It is cheaper than sending an ^urmail letter, 

Lee:, How much is an aerogram? 

Clerk: It's 22^.' An airmail letter costs 3H a half ounce. 



COMPREHENfSION QUESTIONS - ^ 

1. What is an aerogram? ' ' , 

2. Do N'oii have to put^a stamp on it? . .. . 
'3. How much is an aerogramf * ■ 

4. Which is more' expensive to send," an aerograni or, a -reguhir airmail letter'. 
• • How much does it cost to' send a regular airmail letter? V » 

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flEADING ; , ' * 

Here in*e the difieient prices af things you can buy in a post office. 

ITEM • V PRICE , 

Book of 150 stamps ■ S3.60 a book 



First-class stan\ps. 


150 


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each 

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Overseas ■ 


310 


a half ounce 




Aerograms , ' , . 


m 


each 


— * 


Postcards - j . \, 


m 


each 




Stamped eiTve lopes. 




each 




COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS 




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1. How much is an eiWelope that already has a stamp.on it? . ' 

2. How much does it cost to send an airmail letter to Switzerland? i 

3. How much is a book of 150 stamps? ^ 

4. How much are tjjree. aerograms? Seven postcard^? TWo first-class stamps? 
POINTS FOR DISCUSSION ^ 

1. How much do6s it cost to send a first-class letter ip your con^itry? 

2. Is it cheaper ox more expensive than in the United States? . 



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SITUATION SETTER: INSURING A f ACKAGE V 

n^'u" ^l^'^"''' '"^"''^ valuable packages. Wlien you insure a package, vou have to 
tell the clerk how much, the package is worth. You pay ^xtca nionev for the insuiv 
ance. How much you pay depends on )iow much the package is worth. 
package gets lost,, tli^ post office will pay you the amount of money the packiKre is 
worth. - / • V 

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BACKGROUND TO THE DIALOG 

Kim is ftt the post office. She has a package which she^ wants to send to California; 



DIALOG 



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^im: I want to send this package to California. 
Clerk: Do you w^ant to insure it? 
Kim: Yes, I do. 

Clerk^ How mucVdo you want to insure it for? 
Kim: It's worth aboiltr $25. 
Clerk: ThatUl be $4.99 postage and $1.80 for the insurance; $6.79 altogether. 
Kim: OK. Here you are. 

Clerk: Thank you. Here's your receipt. " 
Kim: Thank you very much. , . 



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COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS 

1. What should you do when you send a v^liiable package? 

2. ,What <^oes Kim wartf to send? 

3. Does she want to insure the pafckage,. ' • 

4. How much is the package worth? ' ' Vn 

5. How much is the postage?^ • 

6. How much does the insurance cost? 

7. What will happen if the ^package gets lost in the ma^? 

p6ints for discussion • 

1. ^ Have you ev^r mailed a: package? 

2. Was it worth a lot of money? • , ^ 

3. Did you insure it? . 



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SITUATION BETTER: F^ACKAGES LOST IN THE MAIL 

You can fill out a form for pack*ages that get lost in the mail. The post office 
will ti^^o find the lost package. ' . ^ 

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BACKGROUND TO THE DIALOG 

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Kim has lost a package in the mail. It was not insured. She's in the \post officfe 
now. 1 ^ ^ 

DIALOG ' ' 

Kiip: I sent a j^ackage to Pennsylvania two months ago. My aynt never received 

■it. •■ ' . . , 

Clerk: "Let me get a claim fornix Did you insure the package? 

Kim: No, 'I didn't. ^ , • A ^ / 

Clerk: We oan trace it, but if we ^pnt find it you Can't get your ijaoney back,^ 
because it wasn't insured. \ • • 

, The clerk gets the claim form. He is getting the information from'^Kim. 
.Clerk: When did you mail it? • ' ^' 

K4m: Around Septembier 15th. 
Clerk: Where, did ypu mail it from? 

Kim: From tjie post office on New Scotland Avenue, Slin^rlands". 



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Clerk: Who tvas the package sent to? - , 

Kim: Sue Ling, 180 Lake Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
Clerk: Did you have a return address on the package? 

Kim: Yes. It's Kim Lu, 210 NeSv Sc6tland Avenue, Slingerlands, New York 12808. 
Clerk: That's all. Hi send this form out to the Lost and Found Department. We'll 

try to trace the package. . ^ 

Kim: I'd appreciate it very much. Thank you. ' • 
Clerk: You're welcome. ^ 

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COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS 

1.' What has Kim lost? • ^ . 

I 2. Was the package insured? * - 

3. When did she send the, package? . 

4. Where^did she mail it from? ^ 

5. Who was the package sent to? 

6: Did ICim piit a return address on the package? 
7. What will the clerk do? - * * 



POINTS FOR DISCUSSION * 

1/ Have you ever lost anything through the mjjil? 

2. What is the safest way to send a package? \ 

3. Why is^^ important to have the. return address on the package? 




SITUATION SETTER: SENDING AvMONEY ORDER 

A money^der is a safe >vay to mail money to people and to pay bills. It can b 
used like a check. 



BACKGRO.UND TO THE DIALOG 

Kim wants to pa\- for some rtfcords she ordered through the mail. 

V DIALOG ! ■ ^ • . ^ ^ - 

Kim: I'd hke to mail some monev to pav a hill. How c'an I do it? . 
Clerk: yoli can hiiv a monev order. 
Kim: What is a money order?' 

Clerk: A money order is used like a check. It's a safe way to send money. Nobody 
can cash the money order except the person you send it to. Yoii give the 
money to me and I'll give yo,u a money order for the same amount. Yoii ' 
also pa\' a small fee. ' 

*Kim; Td like money order for $16.10, 

Clerk: All right. We chaige 35?! for the money order. The total >s S16.45. 
Kim: Here you are. 

Clerk: Thank you. Here's your receipt. Keep it so that you can get your money 
back if the money order is lost. . • 

Kim: Thank von verv much. . ' 



COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS 

L Where is Kim? ^ 

2. What does she want to do? 

3. What lis a money order? H[ow does she get one? 

4. ' How much do they charge for the money order? 

5. Why should she keep^ier receipt? 

6. Can she use a money order to pay her bill? 



POINTS FORDISCUSSION ^ 

1. Is it safe to send cash through the mail? Why not? 

2. - Why is a money order safe? 

3. Have you ever bought a money order? 

4. Are money orders accepted everywhere? 

5. Have you ever received u money order? T 



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SKILL: MONEYORDER 



Fill out this money order. You owe $25.00 to the Capitol Record Company lor the 
records you ordered. Only fill out the parts that sa\' "Pay to*'* and "From.** 



PAY THIS AMOUNT | 25 OO « JT.?- " ^.^m.^ . \ CO I 



U. S: Postal Money Order 

oy ODllARS^ 



NOT ¥*II0 > . 

f 01 mi III! ■ • 



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PAY TO m 

FROM ^ 



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9,999-,'93 7, 342 ', 9,999,98/, 3«'9. 999.987,34-2 



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^ i'1if*c•M^>^R:, f((Cri^T I POST orncr RfCORC 

*l I' SPoiliI Money Order ' 



00 NOT FOLO'^STAPU | DETACH AND HOID 



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SITUATION SETTER: THE ALIEN-ADDRESS REPORT . 

Alien residents in the United States must £11- out an ;>^en-addrcss report evaiy 
Januar>\ It is necessary to fill out one card for each person in the family, including 



'children. 



BACKGROUND TO THE DIALOG 

Kim is talking to her teacher, Mrs. Johnson, about some immigration rules. 
DIALOG 



Mrs/ Jphnsou: It s Januaiy. Have you filled out the alien-address report for tlie 

U.S. Immi^gration and Naturalization service? 
Kim: No, I haven't. What is it? ^ 

Mns^ ^(^hnson: It's a form on which alien residents have to report their addresses 

every Jamiary. . 
Kim: Where can I get an alien-address report?^ 
iV^rs. Johnson: They're available at any post office in Januaiy 
Kim: I'll get one as soon as possible. « ' 
Mrs. Johnson: Don't forget to Pdl it out. 
Kim: No, I vvoh/t. ^ . 



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COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS \ 

1. When do you have to Till Out the aheiWldress report? 

2. What is the aheiYaddress report? \ 

3. W)iere can you get the form? 

POJNTS FOR DISCUSSION 

1. Ha\'e you ever filled out the alien-iuldress report? 

2. Must eveiy resident ahen filfone out eveiv vear? 



SKILL: PRACTICE Billing OUT THEj ALIEN-ADDRESS REPORT. 



ALIEN ADDRESS REPORT •p^:;^TsrT^™;r"' " ^^^^ -tt... w.th b...po.mt ^ 



1 ILAST NAMEt 



2 ADDRESS IN THE US y^%CZP^ COMMUTERS-SHOW ADDRESS [N MEXICO OR.CANADA. SEE ITEM 10» 



CITY OJJ TOWN 



ZIP CODE 



' 3 COPY NO FROM ALIEN CARD 

A- 



4 PLACE ENTeRED THE U S 



12 ARE YOU PRESENTLY EMPLOYED 

IN THE US □ VES . O NO 



5 ^DATE ENTERED U.S 
<MO' DAYz-Yr') 



7 SEX 


8 DATE OF BIRTH 


9 COUNTRY OF BIRTH 


10 NATIONALITY 


^MALE 








LJ FEMALE 


fMO DAY'YR) -I 







13 FOR GOVERNMENT USE ONLY 



14 PRESENT OR MOST RECENT OCCUPATION IN U S i MAIN JOB> ' 



16 STATUS tCHECK APPRQPRrATE BOXi . 

„ J Q IMMIGRANT iPERMANENT RESIDENT' , 

2 Q IMMIGRANT tCOMMl-iJER WORKER-ChECK THIS SLOCK 
IF YOU ENTER THE U S DAILY OR AT LEAST TWICE A WEEKi 



CHECK HERE IF ADDREISS 

\ 

IS CURRENT 11 



6 DATE OF ADMISSION TO PRESENT 
IMMIGRATION STATgs 



(MO/DAY/YR) 



n SOCIAL SECURITY KlO (IF ANY) 



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15 ,TYPE OF FJRM OR BUSINESS OF PRESENT OR MOST RECENT 
EMPLOYMENT (MAIN JOP> 



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3 n VISITOR A Q crewman'- 5 [7] STUDENT 

n EXCHANGE ALIEN REFUGEE 
^ d OTHER (*;PFrtFv» ■ ■ 



17 I CERTIFY THAT THE STA-TEMENTS ON THIS CARD ARE TRUE TO THE. BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE 
SIGNATURE ilF UNDER 14 YEAf?S OLD SIGNATURE OF PARENT OR GUARDIAN) 



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THIS CARD PLACE A TEN CENT US POSTAG^ STAMP ON REVERSE AND BROP.IN NEAREST MAIL BOX . IF NOT 

MUST BE MAILED "^^'^ED during JANUaJy. place in envelope and mSTl TO U S IMMIGRATtON AND NATURALIZATION 
SERVICE, WASHINGTOig, D C 20536 . ' 

FORM I— 53^ReV. 1-1-79}N us department of justice- immigration and NATURALIZATrONSERvice 

FORM APPROVED OM8 NO 43- R0306 « w 



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DIALOG: CHANGE OF ADDRESS 

Lee is moving. He wants .to know what wilUliappen toiiis mail. 

Lee: I m going to move to another address soon. \Vhat happens to my lyail? 
Kim: Go tojj^e post office an4 fill (Hit a change of address card. The post' office 

. wilfse nd any mail that goes to your old address to your new one. 
Lee: Thanks for the infbrmaficm. 

.Kim: .You Ve welcome. ' ^ 




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ADDRESS 
=J FORMS 



COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS 

• L What is Lee going to do? What does he want to know? 

2, What must he do in Qrtter to get his anail at his new address? 
, 3. What will happen if li^doesn t fill out a cliange of address card? 

POINTS FOR DISCUSSION 

1. Did yoii ever move to a new address in your countiy? 

2. Did you have tcouhle with your mail? 




SKILL: Practice filling out this change of address' form. You're moving to 871 
North Side Drive, Johnson City, Texas 78636, permanently, on May 7, 1977. 

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THIS ORDER PROVIDES 
for the forwarding of first-class mail 
and all parcels of obvious value for a 
period not to exceed 1 year. 


CHANGE OF 
ADDRESS 
IS FOR 


1 1 ENTIRE 
1 1 FAMILY 

( 1 INDIVIDUAL 

SIGNER 
' DNLY 


FORWARDING 
POSTAGE 
GUARANTEED 
FOR MAGAZINES 
& NEWSPAPERS 


□ VES 


CLERK/ 

CARRIER 

ENDORSEMENT 




DATE 
ENTERED 





PRINT OR TYPE iI j^i \ar 'ie. Firu \anic. Middtv Iniiuh 



ND & STREET. APT. SUITE. PD BDX DR RD NO. lf>i .a/-. <>/} 



POST OFFICE. STATE AND ZIP CODE 



NO. & STREET. APT. SUITE, PD BOX OR RO NO i/>i ur,-,,}) 



POST OFFICE. STATE AND ZIP CDOE 



EFFECTIVE DATE 



TEMPORARY DATE (USTU.) 



DATE signed' 



/; lisntd ai attnt. include idle. DO SOT print or type. 



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WHAT DOES IT MEAN? 



CLASS OF MAIL , 


1~ ' ' " 

TYPE 


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LNFORMATION 




Letter 


The usual \va\' to send 
a letter. L5^5. 


Hogisteri'il 


Letter or 
sinall package 

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The safest \va\' to simuI 
something valuahle. 


.^^r I nail 

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Letter or 
small package 
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The best way to send mail to 
foreign countries or anv 
long distance. 


Spec ial ilelivery 


Letter or 
package 


It will he delivered even 
when the post oflice is 
closed (for example, Sunday). 


Insured 


Packages and 
important letters 


You insure the package or 
letter for its value, in 
case it gets lost. 


Parcel post 


Packages 

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Usual wa\' to send a 
pacjni^Se.. 


Surface mail 

(.3r(l class) ' • 


packages 


,This is the slowest wa\' 
to send packages, ^ 


Hook rate 
(4tli class) 


Books and 
, records 


It s a special cheaper rate . 
for hooks and records. You 
cannot send a letter inside 
the package. 



COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS 

1. What is the hest wav to send a letter to Spaiii'^ 

2. Whv c\o you insure a package? ^ 

3. What is the safest way to send a vahiable letter? -'^ 

4. What is the cheapest way to send records? 

5- How do you send a letter that needs to Ix? delivered right away? 

fl What is the usual way to send a letter? . ' 

7. What is parcel post? > ^ . ' • 

8. What is the slowest way to send letters or packages? 



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