Before reading the passage, think over the questions.
1. Computers have become more and more a part of our daily life. Name some of the specific jobs and activities that involve computer use.
2. What else do you think the computers can do for us if a multimedia1 function is built in?
Now compare your answers with your neighbours'.
Take a Multimedia Course, Ms Smith
1 What's good for the manager is good for the secretary, too. Until very recently, multimedia training had been for managers only. Now it is being introduced as a stimulating2 learning package for the person at the centre of office life, the secretary.
2 The secretary is also, of course, at the centre of huge changes in the workplace: flattening4 hierarchies5 form the background to her own much-altered role, whether she is a secretary or PA, clerk or administrative6 worker. Call her what you will; for the purpose of multimedia training, her title is office professional -- the person at the centre of a busy team, who probably has a better rapport7 with the technology than anyone else.
3 "The Office Professional" is also the title of her multimedia training package. It has been designed to widen her understanding of her changing, rapidly expanding job, with its opportunities and responsibilities and its need to communicate, develop and delegate.
4 Multimedia comprises text, graphics8, sound and pictures. It is a highly interactive9 form of training: the computer and office professional work together, asking each other questions, and this gives the learner the know-how10 and confidence to handle a range of real-li