The Reading / Listening - Working At Home - Level 3

The boss of Twitter has told many of his employees that they can work from home forever if they want to. CEO Jack Dorsey told many workers on Tuesday that they will be allowed to work from home even after the coronavirus pandemic ends. A Twitter spokesperson 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 allow workers to work from home after the COVID-19 pandemic started. The spokesperson said it would not be, "one of the first to return to offices". 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 said it was in a good position to have many of its workers working from their home. It is an online company so many employees and bosses can contact each other on video conferencing platforms like Zoom. The company said: "We were uniquely positioned to respond quickly and allow folks to work from home, given our emphasis on decentralization and supporting a distributed workforce 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."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Working At Home - Level 0 Working At Home - Level 1   or  Working At Home - Level 2

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. WORKING AT HOME: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about working at home. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       boss / employees / coronavirus / decision / company / pandemic / office / careful /
       position / online / video conferencing / emphasis / home / role / situation / forever
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. REMOTE WORKING: Students A strongly believe remote working (working from home) is better than working in the workplace; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. AT HOME: What are the good and bad things about working at home? How could you overcome problems? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Good Things

Bad Things

Problems

Meetings

 

 

 

Phone calls

 

 

 

Photocopying

 

 

 

Space

 

 

 

Family

 

 

 

Commuting

 

 

 

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5. WORKER: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "worker". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. HOME: Rank these with your partner. Put the best things about your home at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • The furniture
  • Wifi connection
  • The smell
  • The outside
  • The kitchen
  • The bathroom
  • Your room
  • The location

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. boss a. A person who says important things for a company to the public, newspapers or television.
      2. allowed b. A disease that is over a whole country or the world.
      3. pandemic c. Let someone do something.
      4. decision d. Happening slowly.
      5. spokesperson e. The leader / top person of a company.
      6. intentional f. A choice you make after thinking about what to do.
      7. gradual g. Done on purpose; deliberate; not by accident.

    Paragraph 2

      8. position h. Say something in reply.
      9. contact i. Showed that something is true.
      10. platform j. Special importance on something.
      11. respond k. Communicate with someone.
      12. emphasis l. Makes possible.
      13. proven m. Place.
      14. enables n. A computer system that can run all kinds of software.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The boss of Twitter said he would work at home forever.     T / F
  2. Twitter said its workers must return to work after the pandemic ends.     T / F
  3. Twitter was the very first company to let workers work from home.     T / F
  4. Twitter said it would open office by office.     T / F
  5. Bosses and employees only use mail and phones to contact each other.   T / F
  6. Twitter said it was in a unique position to let staff work at home.     T / F
  7. Twitter has proven working at home works.     T / F
  8. Twitter said if employees want to work at home forever, they can.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. boss
  2. allowed
  3. ends
  4. come back
  5. gradual
  6. position
  7. respond
  8. emphasis
  9. workforce
  10. forever
  1. importance
  2. return
  3. permitted
  4. react
  5. for good
  6. head
  7. step-by-step
  8. employees
  9. is over
  10. situation

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. they can work from home forever
  2. they will be
  3. Opening offices will be our
  4. it would not be one
  5. office
  6. Twitter said it was in
  7. employees and bosses can contact
  8. We were uniquely positioned
  9. capable of working from
  10. they want to continue to do
  1. by office
  2. of the first
  3. so forever
  4. each other
  5. decision
  6. if they want to
  7. anywhere
  8. a good position
  9. allowed to work from home
  10. to respond quickly

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
offices
allowed
gradual
back
forever
added
started
pandemic

The boss of Twitter has told many of his employees that they can work from home (1) ____________ if they want to. CEO Jack Dorsey told many workers on Tuesday that they will be (2) ____________ to work from home even after the coronavirus (3) ____________ ends. A Twitter spokesperson said: "Opening offices will be our decision. When and if our employees come (4) ____________, will be their [decision]." Twitter was one of the first companies to allow workers to work from home after the COVID-19 pandemic (5) ____________. The spokesperson said it would not be, "one of the first to return to (6) ____________". Twitter said most of its offices would not open before September. It (7) ____________ when they do open, it would be "careful, intentional, office by office and (8) ____________ ".

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
bosses
few
emphasis
happen
position
role
platforms
anywhere

Twitter said it was in a good (9) ____________ to have many of its workers working from their home. It is an online company so many employees and (10) ____________ can contact each other on video conferencing (11) ____________ like Zoom. The company said: "We were uniquely positioned to respond quickly and allow folks to work from home, given our (12) ____________ on decentralization and supporting a distributed workforce capable of working from (13) ____________." It added: "The past (14) ____________ months have proven we can make [working from home] work. If our employees are in a (15) ____________ and situation that enables them to work from home and they want to continue to do so forever, we will make that (16) ____________."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  many of his employees that they can work from home forever if ______
     a.  they want too
     b.  they want to
     c.  they want two
     d.  they won two
2)  CEO Jack Dorsey told many workers on Tuesday that they will ______
     a.  be aloud to
     b.  be a lowed to
     c.  be all owed to
     d.  be allowed to
3)  A Twitter spokesperson said: "Opening offices will ______"
     a.  be our derision
     b.  be our decision
     c.  be our deciding
     d.  be our incision
4)  The spokesperson said it would not be one of the ______
     a.  fast to return
     b.  fist to return
     c.  flirts to return
     d.  first to return
5)  it would be careful, intentional, office by ______
     a.  official and gradual
     b.  office and gradual
     c.  office and graduate
     d.  offices and gradually

6)  It is an online company so many employees and bosses can ______
     a.  contact each other
     b.  contact teach another
     c.  contact each others
     d.  contact teach other
7)  The company said: "We were uniquely positioned ______"
     a.  to respond quickly
     b.  to response quickly
     c.  to respond quick
     d.  to respond quicken
8)  supporting a distributed workforce capable of ______
     a.  work in from anywhere
     b.  work kin from anywhere
     c.  were king from anywhere
     d.  walking from anywhere
9)  The past few months have proven we can make working ______
     a.  from homework
     b.  from home works
     c.  from homes work
     d.  from home work
10) enables them to work from home and they want to continue to ______
     a.  does forever
     b.  do sew forever
     c.  do so forever
     d.  do sow forever

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The boss of Twitter has told many of (1) ___________________ they can work from home forever if they want to. CEO Jack Dorsey told many workers on Tuesday that they will (2) ___________________ work from home even after the coronavirus pandemic ends. A Twitter spokesperson said: "Opening offices will (3) ___________________. When and if our employees come back, will be their [decision]." Twitter was one of the first companies to (4) ___________________ work from home after the COVID-19 pandemic started. The spokesperson said it would not be, "one of the (5) ___________________ to offices". Twitter said most of its offices would not open before September. It added when they do open, it would be "careful, intentional, office by (6) ___________________ ".

Twitter said it was in (7) ___________________ to have many of its workers working from their home. It is an online company so many employees and bosses (8) ___________________ other on video conferencing platforms like Zoom. The company said: "We were (9) ___________________ respond quickly and allow folks to work from home, given our emphasis on decentralization and supporting a distributed (10) ___________________ working from anywhere." It added: "The past few months have (11) ___________________ 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 (12) ___________________, we will make that happen."

Comprehension questions

  1. Who is Jack Dorsey?
  2. Who will decide when workers go back to work in Twitter's offices?
  3. What was Twitter one of the first companies to do after COVID-19?
  4. What did Twitter say it would not be one of the first companies to do?
  5. When is the earliest Twitter will reopen its offices?
  6. What kind of position did Twitter say it was in?
  7. Who did the article say could contact each other on platforms like Zoom?
  8. What did Twitter say it was uniquely positioned to do?
  9. What have the past few weeks proven that Twitter can do?
  10. What did Twitter sat it would make happen?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Who is Jack Dorsey?
a) an office worker
b) Twitter's CEO
c) someone banned on Twitter
d) an actor
2) Who will decide when workers go back to work in Twitter's offices?
a) the government
b) the managers
c) the boss
d) the workers
3) What was Twitter one of the first companies to do after COVID-19?
a) sent tweets
b) give workers masks
c) let workers work from home
d) test workers
4) What did Twitter say it would not be one of the first companies to do?
a) return to offices
b) hire new workers
c) make a profit
d) give up
5) When is the earliest Twitter will reopen its offices?
a) October
b) September
c) January
d) 2023

6) What kind of position did Twitter say it was in?
a) a good position
b) a difficult position
c) the number one position
d) last
7) Who did the article say could contact each other on platforms like Zoom?
a) tweeters
b) everyone
c) employees and bosses
d) staff and tweeters
8) What did Twitter say it was uniquely positioned to do?
a) respond quickly
b) tweet
c) hire new workers
d) make money
9) What have the past few weeks proven that Twitter can do?
a) make people happy
b) survive
c) keep a great service
d) make working from home work
10) What did Twitter sat it would make happen?
a) the future
b) a safe workplace
c) allow workers to work at home forever
d) tweets

Role play

Role  A – The Furniture
You think the furniture is the most important thing in a home. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): the kitchen, the location or the smell.

Role  B – The Kitchen
You think the kitchen is the most important thing in a home. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): the furniture, the location or the smell.

Role  C – The Location
You think the location is the most important thing in a home. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): the kitchen, the furniture or the smell.

Role  D – The Smell
You think the smell is the most important thing in a home. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): the kitchen, the location or the furniture.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'work'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'home'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • boss
    • even
    • if
    • started
    • first
    • careful
    • position
    • contact
    • quickly
    • anywhere
    • role
    • happen




    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 - Working At Home

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'employee'?
    3. What do you think of Twitter?
    4. What do you think of working from home?
    5. Would you like to work from home forever?
    6. What do you think of working in an office?
    7. Do people do more work when working from home?
    8. How will COVID-19 change the way people work?
    9. Where is your perfect work location?
    10. Is it better to be an employee or employer?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'home'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think working for Twitter would be like?
    5. What are the best things about working from home?
    6. What are the worst things about working from home?
    7. Is video conferencing better than face-to-face meetings?
    8. How good a worker are you?
    9. Would you be a good boss?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Twitter's CEO?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    The boss of Twitter has told many (1) ____ his employees that they can work from home forever if they want (2) ____. CEO Jack Dorsey told many workers on Tuesday that they will be allowed to work from home even after the coronavirus pandemic ends. A Twitter spokesperson said: "Opening offices will (3) ____ our decision. When and if our employees come back, will be their [decision]." Twitter was one of the first companies to (4) ____ workers to work from home after the COVID-19 pandemic started. The spokesperson said it would not be, "one of the (5) ____ to return to offices". Twitter said most of its offices would not open before September. It added when they do open, it would be "careful, intentional, office (6) ____ office and gradual".

    Twitter said it was (7) ____ a good position to have many of its workers working from their home. It is an online company so many employees and bosses can contact (8) ____ other on video conferencing platforms like Zoom. The company said: "We were uniquely positioned to respond quickly and allow (9) ____ to work from home, given our emphasis on decentralization and supporting a distributed workforce capable of (10) ____ 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 (11) ____ them to work from home and they want to continue to do so forever, we will make that (12) ____."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     as     (b)     by     (c)     at     (d)     of    
    2. (a)     by     (b)     as     (c)     at     (d)     to    
    3. (a)     being     (b)     be     (c)     been     (d)     is    
    4. (a)     alloy     (b)     allay     (c)     allow     (d)     all     
    5. (a)     prime     (b)     leader     (c)     first     (d)     winner    
    6. (a)     by     (b)     at     (c)     in     (d)     through    
    7. (a)     under     (b)     in     (c)     over     (d)     on    
    8. (a)     each     (b)     another     (c)     both     (d)     all    
    9. (a)     forks     (b)     folks     (c)     fakes     (d)     flicks    
    10. (a)     works     (b)     worked     (c)     working     (d)     work    
    11. (a)     faces     (b)     masks     (c)     enables     (d)     offices    
    12. (a)     do     (b)     being     (c)     is     (d)     happen

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  started. The spokesperson said it would not be, "one of the first to return to offices". Twitter said most of its offices would not
    (...)  them to work from home and they want to continue to do so forever, we will make that happen."
    (...)  can make [working from home] work. If our employees are in a role and situation that enables
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    (...)  companies to allow workers to work from home after the COVID-19 pandemic
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    (...)  capable of working from anywhere." It added: "The past few months have proven we
    (...)  folks to work from home, given our emphasis on decentralization and supporting a distributed workforce
    (...)  be our decision. When and if our employees come back, will be their [decision]." Twitter was one of the first
    (...)  Twitter said it was in a good position to have many of its workers working from their home. It is an
    (...)  open before September. It added when they do open, it would be "careful, intentional, office by office and gradual".
    (...)  online company so many employees and bosses can contact each other on video conferencing platforms like
    (...)  forever if they want to. CEO Jack Dorsey told many workers on Tuesday that they will be allowed
    (...)  Zoom. The company said: "We were uniquely positioned to respond quickly and allow

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. be   work   They   will   from   home   .   allowed   to
    3. employees   When   our   back   .   and   come   if
    4. was   Twitter   one   the   companies   .   first   of
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    7. positioned   were   uniquely   We   to   quickly   .   respond
    8. capable   from   anywhere   .   workforce   of   A   working
    9. proven   months   past   have   can   .   we   The   few
    10. They   forever   .   to   continue   to   so   do   want

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Twitter said it was in / on a good position to have many of its workers working from that / their home. It is an online company so / such many employees and bosses can intact / contact each other on video conferencing platforms love / like Zoom. The company said: "We were unique / uniquely positioned to respond quickly and allow folks / forks to work from home, given our emphasis on decentralization and supporting a distributed workforce capable to / of working from anywhere." It added: "The past few months have proof / 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 happened / happen."

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the boss of twitter has told many of his employees that they can work from home forever if they want to ceo jack dorsey told many workers on tuesday that they will be allowed to work from home even after the coronavirus pandemic ends a twitter spokesperson 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 allow workers to work from home after the covid19 pandemic started the spokesperson said it would not be one of the first to return to offices 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 said it was in a good position to have many of its workers working from their home it is an online company so many employees and bosses can contact each other on video conferencing platforms like zoom the company said we were uniquely positioned to respond quickly and allow folks to work from home given our emphasis on decentralization and supporting a distributed workforce 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

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    ThebossofTwitterhastoldmanyofhisemployeesthattheycanworkfro
    mhomeforeveriftheywantto.CEOJackDorseytoldmanyworkersonTu
    esdaythattheywillbeallowedtoworkfromhomeevenafterthecoronavi
    ruspandemicends.ATwitterspokespersonsaid:"Openingofficeswillbe
    ourdecision.Whenandifouremployeescomeback,willbetheir[decisio
    n]."Twitterwasoneofthefirstcompaniestoallowworkerstoworkfromh
    omeaftertheCOVID-19pandemicstarted.Thespokespersonsaiditw
    ouldnotbe,"oneofthefirsttoreturntooffices".Twittersaidmostofitsoffi
    ceswouldnotopenbeforeSeptember.Itaddedwhentheydoopen,itwou
    ldbe"careful,intentional,officebyofficeandgradual".Twittersaiditwas
    inagoodpositiontohavemanyofitsworkersworkingfromtheirhome.Iti
    sanonlinecompanysomanyemployeesandbossescancontacteachoth
    eronvideoconferencingplatformslikeZoom.Thecompanysaid:"Wew
    ereuniquelypositionedtorespondquicklyandallowfolkstoworkfromho
    me,givenouremphasisondecentralizationandsupportingadistribute
    dworkforcecapableofworkingfromanywhere."Itadded:"Thepastfew
    monthshaveprovenwecanmake[workingfromhome]work.Ifourempl
    oyeesareinaroleandsituationthatenablesthemtoworkfromhomeand
    theywanttocontinuetodosoforever,wewillmakethathappen."

    Free writing

    Write about working at home for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    All companies should let employees work at home if they can. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. TWITTER: Make a poster about Twitter. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. WORKING AT HOME: Write a magazine article about working at home. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on working at home. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on working at home. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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