The Reading / Listening - Working At Home - Level 2

Twitter has told many of its employees they can work from home forever if they want. CEO Jack Dorsey told workers on Tuesday that they will be allowed to work from home even after the coronavirus pandemic ends. Twitter said: "Opening offices will be our decision. When and if our employees come back, will be their [decision]." Twitter was one of the first companies to let workers work from home in the pandemic. Twitter said most of its offices would not open before September. It added when they do open, it would be "careful, intentional, office by office and gradual".



Twitter is in a good position to have workers working from their home. Many employees and bosses can contact each other on video chat platforms like Zoom. Twitter said: "We were uniquely positioned to respond quickly and allow folks to work from home." It said its workforce is "capable of working from anywhere". It added: "The past few months have proven we can make [working from home] work. If our employees are in a role and situation that enables them to work from home and 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. work from home forever
  2. even after the coronavirus
  3. When and if our employees
  4. Twitter was one of
  5. work from home in
  6. its offices would not open
  7. when they do open, it would
  8. office by
  1. before September
  2. if they want
  3. the pandemic
  4. be careful
  5. come back
  6. office
  7. the first companies
  8. pandemic ends

Paragraph 2

  1. Twitter is in a good
  2. employees and bosses can
  3. respond
  4. The past few
  5. make working from home
  6. that enables them to work
  7. continue to do so
  8. we will make
  1. forever
  2. position
  3. that happen
  4. work
  5. from home
  6. contact each other
  7. months
  8. quickly

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Twitter has told many (1) ___________________ they can work from home forever if they want. CEO Jack Dorsey told workers on Tuesday that they (2) ___________________ to work from home even after the coronavirus pandemic ends. Twitter said: "Opening offices will (3) ___________________. When and if our employees come back, will be their [decision]." Twitter was one (4) ___________________ companies to let workers work from home in the pandemic. Twitter said most (5) ___________________ would not open before September. It added when they do open, it would be "careful, intentional, (6) ___________________ and gradual".

Twitter is in a (7) ___________________ have workers working from their home. Many employees and bosses can (8) ___________________ on video chat platforms like Zoom. Twitter said: "We were uniquely positioned (9) ___________________ and allow folks to work from home." It said its workforce is "capable of working from anywhere". It added: "The (10) ___________________ have proven we can make [working from home] work. If our employees are in a (11) ___________________ that enables them to work from home and they want to continue to (12) ___________________, we will make that happen."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Twitterhastoldmanyofitsemployeestheycanworkfromhomeforeverif
theywant.CEOJackDorseytoldworkersonTuesdaythattheywillbeallo
wedtoworkfromhomeevenafterthecoronaviruspandemicends.Twitt
ersaid:"Openingofficeswillbeourdecision.Whenandifouremployeesc
omeback,willbetheir[decision]."Twitterwasoneofthefirstcompaniest
oletworkersworkfromhomeinthepandemic.Twittersaidmostofitsoffi
ceswouldnotopenbeforeSeptember.Itaddedwhentheydoopen,itwou
ldbe"careful,intentional,officebyofficeandgradual".Twitterisinagood
positiontohaveworkersworkingfromtheirhome.Manyemployeesand
bossescancontacteachotheronvideochatplatformslikeZoom.Twitter
said:"Wewereuniquelypositionedtorespondquicklyandallowfolksto
workfromhome."Itsaiditsworkforceis"capableofworkingfromanywh
ere".Itadded:"Thepastfewmonthshaveprovenwecanmake[workingf
romhome]work.Ifouremployeesareinaroleandsituationthatenablest
hemtoworkfromhomeandtheywanttocontinuetodosoforever,wewill
makethathappen."

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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