The Reading / Listening - Working At Home - Level 1

Twitter has told many of it employees they can work from home forever. The boss, Jack Dorsey, told workers they can work from home even after the COVID-19 pandemic ends. Twitter said it will decide when it will open its offices, but that will not happen before September. It said workers will decide when to come back. It added when they open, it will be "careful, intentional, office by office and gradual".



Twitter is in a good position for workers to work at home. Workers can contact each other on video chat platforms like Zoom. Twitter said it could help workers at home very quickly. It said its workers are "capable of working from anywhere". It added that workers have successfully worked at home in the past few months. It said: "If they want to continue to do so forever, we will make that happen."

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Sources
  • https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/twitter-employees-can-work-home-forever-ceo-says-n1205346
  • https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/12/twitter-tells-employees-they-can-work-from-home-forever.html
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-52628119


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 :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. many of its
  2. The boss, Jack Dorsey,
  3. even after the COVID-19
  4. when it will open
  5. that will not happen
  6. workers will decide when
  7. it will be
  8. office by
  1. to come back
  2. its offices
  3. office
  4. pandemic ends
  5. careful
  6. told workers
  7. before September
  8. employees

Paragraph 2

  1. Workers can contact each
  2. it could help workers
  3. It said its workers are
  4. working from
  5. workers have successfully
  6. in the past few
  7. If they want to
  8. we will make
  1. months
  2. anywhere
  3. that happen
  4. capable
  5. continue
  6. at home
  7. worked at home
  8. other

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Twitter (1) ___________________ of its employees they can work from home forever. The boss, Jack Dorsey, (2) ___________________ can work from home even after the COVID-19 pandemic ends. Twitter said (3) ___________________ when it will open its offices, but that (4) ___________________ before September. It said workers will decide (5) ___________________ back. It added when they open, it will be "careful, intentional, office by (6) ___________________".

Twitter is in a good position for (7) ___________________ at home. Workers can contact (8) ___________________ video chat platforms like Zoom. Twitter said it could help workers at (9) ___________________. It said its workers are "capable of (10) ___________________". It added that workers have successfully worked at home in the (11) ___________________. It said: "If they want to continue to do so forever, we will (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Twitterhastoldmanyofitsemployeestheycanworkfromhomeforever.
Theboss,JackDorsey,toldworkerstheycanworkfromhomeevenaftert
heCOVID-19pandemicends.Twittersaiditwilldecidewhenitwillope
nitsoffices,butthatwillnothappenbeforeSeptember.Itsaidworkerswil
ldecidewhentocomeback.Itaddedwhentheyopen,itwillbe"careful,int
entional,officebyofficeandgradual".Twitterisinagoodpositionforwor
kerstoworkathome.Workerscancontacteachotheronvideochatplatfo
rmslikeZoom.Twittersaiditcouldhelpworkersathomeveryquickly.Its
aiditsworkersare"capableofworkingfromanywhere".Itaddedthatwor
kershavesuccessfullyworkedathomeinthepastfewmonths.Itsaid:"If
theywanttocontinuetodosoforever,wewillmakethathappen."

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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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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