The Reading / Listening - Level 4

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will take two months of paternity leave after his daughter is born. This tells all would-be fathers to do the same. Zuckerberg is only taking half of the leave Facebook gives male employees, but it sets a good example. Zuckerberg wrote: "Studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, outcomes are better for the children." He added: "We're excited to start this next stage in our lives."



In the past decades, more companies have given paternity leave. However, many men do not take up this benefit. Technology companies often look after employees best, but even their male employees do not take the leave. Many continue working so they don't fall behind on projects or miss a promotion. An employment specialist gave some advice to men who were unsure about taking paternity leave: "Be courageous".

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Sources
  • http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2015/11/23/2015112300527.html
  • http://blogs.babycenter.com/mom_stories/mark-zuckerberg-plans-on-taking-a-2-month-paternity-leave/
  • http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/b05d721a-8ebd-11e5-8be4-3506bf20cc2b.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

Facebook

a.

with their newborns

2.

take two months

b.

is born

3.

after his daughter

c.

be fathers to do the same

4.

This tells all would-

d.

CEO

5.

male

e.

for the children

6.

take time to be

f.

of paternity leave

7.

outcomes are better

g.

stage

8.

We're excited to start this next

h.

employees



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

In the past

a.

a promotion

2.

many men do not take

b.

courageous

3.

Technology

c.

behind

4.

so they don't fall

d.

were unsure

5.

miss

e.

decades

6.

An employment

f.

up this benefit

7.

advice to men who

g.

companies

8.

Be

h.

specialist

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will take (1) ___________________ paternity leave after his daughter is born. This tells all (2) ___________________ to do the same. Zuckerberg (3) ___________________ half of the leave Facebook gives male employees, (4) ___________________ good example. Zuckerberg wrote: "Studies show that when working parents take time (5) ___________________ newborns, outcomes are better for the children." He added: "We're excited to start this next (6) ___________________ lives."

In (7) ___________________, more companies have given paternity leave. However, many men do (8) ___________________ this benefit. Technology companies often look after employees best, (9) ___________________ male employees (10) ___________________ leave. Many continue working so (11) ___________________ behind on projects or miss a promotion. An employment specialist gave some advice to men (12) ___________________ about taking paternity leave: "Be courageous".





PATERNITY LEAVE SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about paternity leave in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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Q.1.

 

 

 

 

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Q.5.

 

 

 

 

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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c)

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d)

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e)

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f)

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g)

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h)

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

a)

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b)

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c)

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d)

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e)

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f)

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g)

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h)

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FREE WRITING

Write about paternity leave for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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