The Reading / Listening - Burnout - Level 2

Workers have experienced burnout for decades. Burnout is mental exhaustion from too much stress at work. The WHO has now called it a medical problem. People with burnout often lack energy or feel exhausted. They feel negative about their job and have problems finishing things at work. The WHO says doctors should treat patients for burnout. However, doctors are among the most highly stressed workers. They get burnout two times more than other workers. The number of people with burnout is increasing very quickly. More and more workers are getting stressed at work.



An American psychologist identified burnout in 1974. Since then, many studies have tried to explain it. Researchers said it is similar to anxiety. It can come from depression. The Mayo Clinic website said burnout can cause serious health problems, like insomnia, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Mayo Clinic gives advice on how to manage burnout. It suggests talking to your boss to change things at work; reaching out to co-workers, family and friends; and relaxing activities like tai chi, meditation, going for a walk in the countryside, and yoga.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Burnout - Level 0 Burnout - Level 1   or  Burnout - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.aol.com/article/lifestyle/2019/05/29/burnout-is-now-officially-recognized-as-a-medical-condition-here-are-the-symptoms-you-should-know-about/23736830/
  • https://www.treehugger.com/health/who-officially-recognizes-burnout-symptoms-solutions.html
  • https://www.forbes.com/sites/karlynborysenko/2019/05/29/burnout-is-now-an-officially-diagnosable-condition-heres-what-you-need-to-know-about-it/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. mental
  2. too much stress
  3. lack
  4. They feel negative
  5. treat patients
  6. doctors are among the most
  7. increasing very
  8. More and more workers
  1. quickly
  2. highly stressed
  3. are getting stressed
  4. for burnout
  5. energy
  6. exhaustion
  7. at work
  8. about their job

Paragraph 2

  1. many studies have
  2. it is similar
  3. cause serious health
  4. high blood
  5. change
  6. reaching
  7. relaxing activities
  8. going for a walk
  1. things at work
  2. like tai chi
  3. pressure
  4. in the countryside
  5. to anxiety
  6. tried to explain it
  7. problems
  8. out to co-workers

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Workers have experienced (1) ___________________. Burnout is mental exhaustion from too much (2) ___________________. The WHO has now called it a medical problem. People with burnout often (3) ___________________ feel exhausted. They feel negative about their job and have problems finishing things at work. The WHO says doctors should (4) ___________________ burnout. However, doctors are among the most highly stressed workers. They get burnout two times more (5) ___________________. The number of people with burnout is increasing very quickly. More and more workers are getting (6) ___________________.

An American psychologist (7) ___________________ 1974. Since then, many studies have tried to explain it. Researchers said it is (8) ___________________. It can come from depression. The Mayo Clinic website said burnout can (9) ___________________ problems, like insomnia, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Mayo Clinic gives (10) ___________________ to manage burnout. It suggests talking to your (11) ___________________ things at work; reaching out to co-workers, family and friends; and relaxing activities like tai chi, meditation, going for a walk (12) ___________________, and yoga.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Workershaveexperiencedburnoutfordecades.Burnoutismentalexha
ustionfromtoomuchstressatwork.TheWHOhasnowcalleditamedicalp
roblem.Peoplewithburnoutoftenlackenergyorfeelexhausted.Theyfe
elnegativeabouttheirjobandhaveproblemsfinishingthingsatwork.Th
eWHOsaysdoctorsshouldtreatpatientsforburnout.However,doctors
areamongthemosthighlystressedworkers.Theygetburnouttwotimes
morethanotherworkers.Thenumberofpeoplewithburnoutisincreasin
gveryquickly.Moreandmoreworkersaregettingstressedatwork.AnA
mericanpsychologistidentifiedburnoutin1974.Sincethen,manystudi
eshavetriedtoexplainit.Researcherssaiditissimilartoanxiety.Itcanco
mefromdepression.TheMayoClinicwebsitesaidburnoutcancauseseri
oushealthproblems,likeinsomnia,heartdisease,highbloodpressurea
nddiabetes.MayoClinicgivesadviceonhowtomanageburnout.Itsugge
ststalkingtoyourbosstochangethingsatwork;reachingouttoco-wor
kers,familyandfriends;andrelaxingactivitiesliketaichi,meditation,go
ingforawalkinthecountryside,andyoga.

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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