The Reading / Listening - Egg Freezing - Level 5

British companies are considering offering their female workers egg freezing as a perk. Apple and Facebook already offer egg freezing as a benefit to female employees. Other companies may soon follow their lead. British companies are in talks with IVF clinics about this. The UK's largest chain of fertility clinics, CARE Fertility, has been in discussion with several high-profile employers. There is a considerable cost to employers. Apple and Facebook have been offering subsidized egg freezing to female staff at a cost of up to £16,000 ($20,000) per worker.



The perk will allow women in their 20s or 30s to focus on their careers. Women could make use of their frozen eggs in their 40s when they settle down or are financially stable. CARE said: "Successful pregnancy at that age is very low…so by freezing eggs earlier on they will…have that guarantee at the back of their mind." The perk is also an option for couples wanting to have children later in life. Critics say it is wrong to put careers over having children. One said: "When [IVF] is done purely to protect their job, I think it's extraordinary that women think this is liberating."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Egg Freezing - Level 4 or  Egg Freezing - Level 6

Sources
  • http://news.sky.com/story/egg-freezing-offered-as-perk-to-female-employees-10848413
  • http://www.londonlovesbusiness.com/business-news/business/british-companies-in-talks-to-offer-egg-freezing-as-a-perk-to-female-employees/15313.article
  • https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/egg-freezing-perk-for-female-staff-qv5rnsx2q


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. offering their female workers
  2. as a benefit
  3. Other companies may
  4. companies are in talks
  5. The UK's largest chain
  6. in discussion with several high-
  7. a considerable
  8. offering subsidized egg freezing
  1. profile employers
  2. soon follow
  3. to female staff
  4. of fertility clinics
  5. to female employees
  6. cost to employers
  7. with IVF clinics
  8. egg freezing

Paragraph 2

  1. women in
  2. focus
  3. when they settle
  4. financially
  5. have that guarantee at the back
  6. The perk is also an option
  7. done purely to
  8. women think this
  1. down
  2. is liberating
  3. of their mind
  4. for couples
  5. their 20s or 30s
  6. protect their job
  7. on their careers
  8. stable

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

British companies are (1) ___________________ their female workers egg freezing as a perk. Apple and Facebook (2) ___________________ egg freezing as a benefit to female employees. Other companies may soon follow their lead. British companies (3) ___________________ IVF clinics about this. The UK's largest (4) ___________________ clinics, CARE Fertility, has been in discussion (5) ___________________-profile employers. There is a considerable cost to employers. Apple and Facebook have been offering subsidized egg freezing to female (6) ___________________ up to £16,000 ($20,000) per worker.

The perk will allow (7) ___________________ or 30s to focus on their careers. Women could (8) ___________________ frozen eggs in their 40s when they settle (9) ___________________ financially stable. CARE said: "Successful pregnancy at that age is very low…so by freezing eggs earlier on they will…have that guarantee (10) ___________________ their mind." The perk is also an option for couples wanting to have children later in life. Critics say it is wrong to put (11) ___________________ children. One said: "When [IVF] is done purely to protect their job, I think it's extraordinary that women think (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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zingasaperk.AppleandFacebookalreadyoffereggfreezingasabenefitt
ofemaleemployees.Othercompaniesmaysoonfollowtheirlead.British
companiesareintalkswithIVFclinicsaboutthis.TheUK'slargestchainof
fertilityclinics,CAREFertility,hasbeenindiscussionwithseveralhigh-p
rofileemployers.Thereisaconsiderablecosttoemployers.AppleandFa
cebookhavebeenofferingsubsidizedeggfreezingtofemalestaffatacos
tofupto£16,000($20,000)perworker.Theperkwillallowwomeninthei
r20sor30stofocusontheircareers.Womencouldmakeuseoftheirfroze
neggsintheir40swhentheysettledownorarefinanciallystable.CAREsa
id:"Successfulpregnancyatthatageisverylow…sobyfreezingeggsearl
ierontheywill…havethatguaranteeatthebackoftheirmind."Theperkis
alsoanoptionforcoupleswantingtohavechildrenlaterinlife.Criticssayi
tiswrongtoputcareersoverhavingchildren.Onesaid:"When[IVF]isdo
nepurelytoprotecttheirjob,Ithinkit'sextraordinarythatwomenthinkt
hisisliberating."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic 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.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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